Just recently, PlayStation Access got the chance to interview Daisuke Sato, the producer behind SEGA's Yakuza series. It's a pretty interesting video (which we've embedded above), but there's one particular answer Sato gives that's absolutely spot on.
When asked to sum up Yakuza in just a single sentence, Sato replies "it's difficult to sum up in one sentence, but if I had to I would say that..." After a brief pause, Sato drops the wisdom: "I feel that Yakuza is a series where you can do stupid things very seriously."
At first, that may not sound like a perfect summary, but the more we've thought about it, the more we're convinced that it's 100 per cent accurate. As noted in the interview, Yakuza as a series is hard to describe to anyone who hasn't played it before. At its core it's an action role-playing game, but it also has open world elements and insane minigames. It's full of really serious stories and very mature themes yet it's always happy to embrace stupidity.
And Sato's sentence really does sum all that up. It's stuffed with stupid things, but the serious tone makes everything feel somewhat grounded. Anyway, the point is that you should definitely give the franchise a shot if you haven't already -- and we're not just saying that because we're massive fanboys.