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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 Haruka
Yakuza 3 PlayStation 3 Kazuma and Rikiya pretending to be a couple to follow the Yakuza leader to a love hotel.
Yakuza 3 PlayStation 3 Pause menu has a plethora of options, some of which include the inventory, a city map, you cellphone emails, side quests and more.
Yakuza 3 PlayStation 3 Street punks want to taste my fist

Promo Images

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


Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Vandal Online PlayStation 3 Mar 09, 2010 8.8 out of 10 88
Worth Playing PlayStation 3 Apr 01, 2010 8.8 out of 10 88 PlayStation 3 Dec 21, 2010 8.3 out of 10 83
NZGamer PlayStation 3 Mar 31, 2010 8 out of 10 80
AceGamez PlayStation 3 Mar 25, 2010 80 out of 100 80
Meristation PlayStation 3 Mar 10, 2010 8 out of 10 80 PlayStation 3 Apr 14, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Teletext PlayStation 3 2010 7 out of 10 70
games xtreme PlayStation 3 Apr 07, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65 PlayStation 3 Mar 19, 2010 5 out of 10 50


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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.)
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