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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 When radiating a blue aura, Kazuma can perform various special moves.
Yakuza 3 PlayStation 3 Using special attack with a sword weapon.
Yakuza 3 PlayStation 3 Kazuma left his Yakuza days and opened an orphanage in Okinawa.
Yakuza 3 PlayStation 3 Returning to Kamurocho.

Promo Images

Yakuza 3 Screenshot
Yakuza 3 Wallpaper
Yakuza 3 Wallpaper
Yakuza 3 Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "龍が如く3" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Yakuza 3: Remastered" -- US PS4 title
  • "Ryuu ga Gotoku 3" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

The A.V. Club Mar 15, 2010 A- 91
Gaming Target Mar 23, 2010 9 out of 10 90 Mar 18, 2010 9 out of 10 90
GamingTrend 2010 87 out of 100 87
GameFocus Apr 07, 2010 8.6 out of 10 86
GamingXP Mar 22, 2010 84 out of 100 84
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Mar 24, 2010 8 out of 10 80
GamesRadar Mar 09, 2010 8 out of 10 80
PlayStation Universe Mar 17, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Teletext 2010 7 out of 10 70


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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 (181593) added Yakuza 3 (PlayStation 3) on Aug 27, 2009
Other platforms contributed by mars_rulez (43909)