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Yakuza 3

龍が如く3

Developer / Publisher: Sega
26 February 2009
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After the events of the previous game, Kazuma Kiryu moves to Okinawa to manage an orphanage, replacing the previous custodian who passed away. However, his time in Okinawa turns sour when a local yakuza family attempts to evict him from the land where the orphanage stood, forcing him to negotiate with their patriarch, Shigeo Nakahara. They eventually formed a close bond when Kiryu rescued Nakahara's adoptive daughter from the clutches of her abusive mother. In the spring of 2009, Kazuma Kiryu is thrust back into the criminal underworld life he tried to escape from when a mysterious man who resembles his late mentor shoots both Nakahara and Daigo Dojima, unraveling a massive land-grab conspiracy.
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Weak link in the series
Like many recent Yakuza fans, i started with this highly covet crime drama franchise with Yakuza 0, the perfect entry point being a prequel. I love its style, and consequently have been moving through the series, from kiwami 1 and 2, and then onto 6 and 7. Always leaving enough time between entries so i dont get burnt out, because even though its an awesome series, it also tends to be quite formulaic. Still, i was nonetheless a bit weary of trying out the ps3 titles, but due to 2021's game drought i had little excuses.

And my initial fears were right, being the oldest game released that i have played, its the one which has aged the worst. Even for its time, 2009 was the year that gave us Uncharted 2, Resident Evil 5 and Demon's Souls. Games whose polished gameplay still feels great today. Yakuza 3 doesnt by any means, and this is very apparent right from the start of the game. The very awkward running cycle, the often creepy facial animations, and very laggy and janky combat. It all adds up to a game that feels like its playing against you. Not to mention how little options there are to break enemies guard, and because of that boss battles are really a battle of atrittion. The franchise has always had trouble with difficulty spikes in boss fights, but in here its just extremely boring because enemies can block 20 hits in a row without consequence (at least in early game).

Yakuza's strongest asset is the story, and its also the weakest of the series. The antagonist is only defined on its last quarter, and i couldnt get attached to the new characters in this story. Its nonetheless an important chapter in Kiryu, to understand what the orphanage means to him, and his growing relationship with Haruka. It makes the story in yakuza 6 definitly hit harder, but thats really the best thing about it. Cutscenes continue to be very cinematic and gripping, with a couple of standout moments that i wont ruin.

Yakuza is also known for the plentiful side activities. I didnt dedicate a lot of time to them, both because of the lack of rewards in doing them, but also due to how janky they feel. The forced golf segment was enough to put me off it forever. The cabaret minigame is also a damn bore, and the restaurants give way too little experience to invest in.

Its a game thats very easy to criticize, but despite all its faults, the care and love of the studio is still apparent, particularly in the story. It was their first try with ps3 hardware and it shows, they would only improve from here. But this is definitly an odd entry in the series, the weakest i have played so far by a large margin, but still essencial enough for fans to play.
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polifck 龍が如く3 2024-06-16T19:28:42Z
2024-06-16T19:28:42Z
4.0
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Megistotherium 龍が如く3 2024-06-15T07:35:32Z
PS4 • JP
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paillou 龍が如く3 2024-06-14T15:15:41Z
2024-06-14T15:15:41Z
3.0
3
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SeelemyBeloved 龍が如く3 2024-06-12T02:01:59Z
2024-06-12T02:01:59Z
4.5
1
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mellors 龍が如く3 2024-06-10T17:34:52Z
2024-06-10T17:34:52Z
3.0
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Sains 龍が如く3 2024-06-06T23:31:11Z
2024-06-06T23:31:11Z
3.5
1
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varinrin Yakuza 3 2024-06-06T11:06:36Z
Windows
2024-06-06T11:06:36Z
3.0
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pi21x21 龍が如く3 2024-06-01T12:14:48Z
2024-06-01T12:14:48Z
3.5
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Wamazin 龍が如く3 2024-05-31T18:30:07Z
2024-05-31T18:30:07Z
7.0
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Rishal21 龍が如く3 2024-05-27T09:22:39Z
2024-05-27T09:22:39Z
3.5
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svnsetcorp Yakuza 3 2024-05-22T13:39:12Z
Xbox One / XSX
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Innerexperience 龍が如く3 2024-05-22T09:39:22Z
2024-05-22T09:39:22Z
3.0
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  • dr0pside 2024-01-16 12:38:11.900038+00
    I just can't see myself dating a [redacted] guy
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  • All_Under_Heaven 2024-01-21 00:44:57.082562+00
    Went into this with very low expectations but was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Probably the funniest Yakuza game, or at least the funniest main story.
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  • riguyisfly 2024-02-19 23:24:11.433082+00
    Absolutely loved the main story. Side content is pretty mid for Yakuza standards. Wonderful characters all around and the first Yakuza game to make me tear up (twice).

    Also I played on easy bc of how much hate I heard about the combat and had a great time.
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  • renegadexavier06 2024-02-27 04:42:20.719742+00
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    • Temon357 2024-04-24 07:18:19.828899+00
      Based.
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  • shwaneth1337 2024-03-25 19:35:36.519676+00
    Not perfect but still a great game. Honestly doesn't even need a Kiwami remake
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  • Innerexperience 2024-05-22 10:00:04.542655+00
    Yakuza 3 Destiny Islands. Good times, good times!
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