You know if you're in the target audience for Sega's Yakuza 3. Do you like playing through those tense meetings with rival families leading up to that bloodletting violence? Does the idea of walking around a sprawling fake version of Tokyo's seedy underbelly appeal to you? Hell, does slamming a dude face-first into a wall sound like fun? Well, Matt Keil has sunk over 40 hours into laying the smackdown and being a generally menacing and scary dude. Here's a sample of his review.
"Many Yakuza fans never thought we'd see the third installment of Kazuma Kiryu's life story on Western shores, but Sega has surprised us by delivering Yakuza 3 to American PS3s. The violent adventure epic has a modest but strong fanbase here. The sequel hasn’t made it Stateside completely intact, but what’s here is more than up to snuff, if you’re willing to come along for the ride."
I've been talking to him about the game for the last ten days, and although I missed both Yakuza and Yakuza 2, I'm interested in this game. I think it might've hit around the point where he describes a tense dialogue between Kazuma and a rival gangster in which Kazuma politely says, "When you come to attack, will you at least give me a heads-up?" The rival respectfully responds that he will. The rival thinks that it's so that Kazuma can clear his kids out before he dies. We know it's so that Kazuma's kids doesn't have to witness the bone-snapping violence he's going to unleash. That's badass.
He's convinced me to give it a spin. Read his review and decide if it's worth your time, too!