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Yakuza 3 (PlayStation 3)

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After the events of the second game in the series, Kiryuu Kazuma, "yakuza with the heart of gold", has once again tried to leave the world of organized crime behind him. He has built an orphanage on the remote island of Okinawa, which he manages together with his adopted daughter Haruka. But it seems that life will never be peaceful for him. Shady politicians are conspiring to take away the land on which his orphanage is built. A person whom Kazuma believed dead has miraculously returned from the grave. And once again Kazuma finds himself in the middle of a battle between organized crime divisions. He has to go back to Tokyo, to the Kamurocho district, for his third adventure.

The third Yakuza game retains the basic premise of its predecessors: it is an action RPG set in a free-roaming environment. As before, the core of the gameplay are hand-to-hand battles and building Kazuma's abilities by acquiring and distributing experience points (divided into Mind, Technique, and Body). Kazuma can still freely roam the city, go to restaurants, seduce pretty hostesses, and even play old Sega games in arcades. New mini-games have been added, such as playing poker, singing in karaoke bars, etc.

The combat system is similar to the one in the first two games, but with more techniques and more refined weapon handling. Kazuma can now equip up to three different weapons at the same time; he can also repair and create weapons. At certain points Kazuma will also have to chase enemies through the city, balancing his stamina and trying not to bump into pedestrians. It is also (finally) possible to freely rotate the camera as Kazuma explores the city.


Yakuza 3 PlayStation 3 Don't worry boys, there's enough beating for everybody in here
Yakuza 3 PlayStation 3 Kazuma is writing a blog about his revelations.
Yakuza 3 PlayStation 3 Ouch, that's gotta hurt
Yakuza 3 PlayStation 3 About to throw this punk with a crude spear

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Alternate Titles

  • "龍が如く3" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Ryuu ga Gotoku 3" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

1UP Mar 12, 2010 A- 91
PlayStation Lifestyle Mar 19, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Thunderbolt Games Mar 11, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Gamer Limit Mar 24, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
SegaFan.com Dec 21, 2010 8.3 out of 10 83
Eurogamer.pt Apr 16, 2010 8 out of 10 80
XGN Mar 19, 2010 7.6 out of 10 76
DarkZero Apr 16, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine Mar 19, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65
games xtreme Apr 07, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65


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Related Web Sites

  • Yakuza 3 (official website)
  • Yakuze 3 reviewed by Yakuza (Article by Japan-based crime reporter Jake Adelstein who somehow managed to get three Yakuza to play and review the game.)
Unicorn Lynx (174027) added Yakuza 3 (PlayStation 3) on Aug 27, 2009