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Yakuza 3
Sub Genre:
Third Person
Release Date (US):
March 9th, 2010
Release Date (UK):
March 12th, 2010
Online Players:
M [Mature]
PSU Rank:
225 of 1166 Games
PSU Rank on PS3:
196 of 0 Games
Additional Information:
Only on PS3

About Yakuza 3

Aside from your bread-and-butter quests during the game’s main storyline, players can opt to participate in various activities including Golf, Billiards and even a spot of fishing down at the coast. It all sounds strikingly familiar to Shenmue’s various distractions, albeit on a far grander scale.



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There is a lot to like about this bizarre world, but beware: Yakuza 3 is an acquired taste that you will either want spit out, or have another sip off

We like

  • The artistic style and impressive game world
  • The intuitive combat system with built-in cinematic flair
  • Expecting the unexpected

We dislike

  • Having to read so much text
  • When fights interrupt doing the other cool stuff

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There you are minding your own business, casually idling the afternoon away walking the pleasant neon-lit streets of Okinawa on the way to the local noodle bar when a gang of spiky-haired street punks chase you down an alleyway to start a fight; it’s no wonder you get a little bit annoyed. Though Kazuma Kiryu, owner of the Morning Glory Orphanage, is clearly a man with a huge heart, he’s also a finely-toned martial...

Yakuza 3 News

  • SEGA: Initial Yakuza 3 sales in West were "positive"

    SEGA has announced that initial sales of its PlayStation 3 brawler Yakuza 3 in western territories have been “positive.” While the company did not divulge specific sales figures, forum community representative RubyEclipse indicated that the game has got off to a solid start and exten...

  • SEGA edits Yakuza 3 for Western release

    SEGA has revealed that it has made some cuts to the Western release of adventure romp Yakuza 3, claiming some scenes in the original Japanese version "wouldn't make sense" to U.S. and European gamers. Speaking to the chaps at IGN, the company stated, "The content between Yakuza 3 U...

  • Yakuza 3 dated for UK

    SEGA has finally staple-gunned a UK release date to its upcoming adventure romp Yakuza 3, confirming the hotly anticipated PlayStation 3 sequel will hit store shelves on March 12. Yakuza 3 has players hopping in to the shoes of Kiryu Kazuma and features a brand new setting in the form of Okinawa...

  • Yakuza 3 heading West early next year

    Sega announced today, via the PlayStation Blog, that Yakuza 3 is heading to the west early next year. Fans have been requesting a western release for months, and those requests are now answered as we’ll see Yakuza 3 released exclusively on the PlayStation 3 in the U.S., Europe, and Australia i...

  • [UPDATE] SEGA hasn't ruled out Yakuza 3 U.S. release

    UPDATE: 1up, citing “sources close to the project," is reporting that Yakuza 3 is now in the process of being localised for release in both North America and Europe. Tag this under rumor for now, though, until we hear an official confirmation from the boys at SEGA. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: SE...

  • Yakuza 3 won't see the light of day in the U.S.

    Website has gotten the scoop on SEGA’s plans for a possible western release of PlayStation brawler Yakuza 3, and unfortunately, it appears the Japanese publisher still has no plans to localise the game for the U.S. market. The reason? Simple – previous installments in the...

  • Yakuza 3 shipments top 500,000

    SEGA has confirmed that its PlayStation 3 exclusive adventure sequel Yakuza 3 has shipped a mammoth 500,000 units in Japan since its release last month. If that wasn’t enough to float your boat, the latest sales data from the region also shows that the game is on its way to surpassing the ...

  • Yakuza 3 tops 300,000 sales in one week

    Toshihiro Nagoshi, lead producer for Yakuza 3, has revealed that the PS3 exclusive adventure sold through more than 300,000 copies in its first week on sale. Japanese publication Famitsu estimates that the game shifted a massive 232,000 units on its first day alone at Japanese retail. Yakuza 3...

  • Yakuza 3 demo headed to Japanese PSN this week

    Sega has confirmed that it will be releasing a demo of Yakuza 3 on the Japanese PlayStation Store tomorrow. According to VG247, the demo clocks in at a substantial 1.22 GB, though it is currently unknown exactly what players will be treated to in this playable sneak peak of the open world adventu...

  • Yakuza 3 has 5GB mandatory install

    The latest issue of Japan’s famitsu magazine has revealed that SEGA’s upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive Yakuza 3 will carry a mandatory install of approximately 5,120MB. Naturally, until SEGA decide to pull their socks up and announce a western release, this really only applies to Japa...

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