Yakuza 3's infamously slow start sees series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu enjoying a relatively quiet life managing an orphanage on the sunny shoreline of Okinawa -- but it's not long before our hero is dragged into yet another dramatic feud between yakuza clans. Yakuza 3 was an ambitious jump forward for the franchise back in 2009, and ten whole years later, the remaster remains a robust experience.
Alongside a typically excellent story fit to burst with brilliant characters, the title does an amazing job of balancing serious narrative beats with totally off-the-cuff side quests and in-depth distractions like karaoke, golf, and hostess dating. Yakuza 3 really solidified the series' reputation as a meme-worthy sandbox, and exploring both Okinawa and Kamurocho is still a joy.
Running at a silky smooth 60 frames per second, Yakuza 3 Remastered feels great to play, even if the animations and character models are certainly showing their age. It can seem a bit stiff compared to more recent entries, but combat is largely a blast, and the game features some of the most memorable boss fights in the entire Kazuma Kiryu saga.
There's no denying that Yakuza 3, even in its remastered form, is rough around the edges -- especially if you're coming off the back of Yakuza 6, Kiwami 2, or Judgment -- but this is still one of the series' better instalments, and for our money, the best of the PS3 Yakuza trilogy.
Has it been retranslated? I remember the names being all wonky on the PS3 and a few errors here and there.
The first Yakuza game I bought, but never played! Glad to know it's that good
Wait, they have a golf minigame in Yakuza 3?
Welp, guess I know what I'll be wasting my time on when I get the game lmao.
@nessisonett I couldn't say for sure, but I know parts have been edited here and there.
idk if the entire translation was re-done from scratch; certain side content that was left out of the Western PS3 release obviously had to be done from scratch, and the entire script has at the very least had a major edit pass. Some of the localisation team have discussed this on Twitter recently.
All the name changes (some originating in the dub of the first game, some introduced in 3 like rendering あさがお, "morning glory" as "Sunshine"), plus everyone calling Kiryu by his given name have been reverted.
1 was short 2 is prob best in series so makes sense 3 is Rough Around the Edges 4 and 5 up next in the coming months.
For me "Plot is needlessly padded out at points" that is a plus point.
Never played a yakuza game, think I need to do something about that
Honestly one of my favourite Yakuza entries. I think it's woefully underappreciated.
@YozenFroghurt Haha! Well, truth be told, my backlog has gotten out of hand over the years, so I tend to play short games with some exceptions. I kept telling myself that I'll play Yakuza 3 soon, but I never got around giving it a shot. One day...
Well, that was straight to the point, yeah?
@Number09 I think 0 is the best in the series. 2 is good, very good, but a tad overrated.
On a side note that’s not even related to your comment — I don’t understand everyone’s love for Majima. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great character, but I prefer his character in 0 far more than I do in the rest of the series. Oh well.
I started the series on the third entry. Still has a warm place in my heart. Also, Mine is still my favorite boss in the series.
I joined the Yakuza family really late. I took a chance on a good deal for Yakuza 0 a few months ago. I've since played 1&2 remastered and Judgement. I simply adore this series! I cannot wait to get my paws on this one too.
@Nerdfather1 How could I forget 0 a prequel to 1 and the only one I have finished so far admittedly rushed but was pleasantly surprised to be told there is an even more difficult level left.
Majima reminds me of the old man in zero they are there to build you up I say this as I have only started 1 and as yet he is not bothering me I agree in 0 in the club he was an interesting character it is a bit odd having him jump out of nowhere wanting to fight in 1.
The comments are not mine in my 1st posting they are of others I enjoy every Yakuza the story mini games map stores people everthing they are good solid games and I am so so glad they are all coming out in the West.
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