Yakuza 3 – Demo Impressions (PS3)


Having already played a couple of hours of the first Yazuka game back on PS2 I had an inkling of what to expect from this demo.

I suspect if you went into it with no knowledge you may find Yakuza 3 to be completely insane.

Basically the game puts you in control of Kazuma – one of the chairman of a family in the Japanese mafia.

The demo drops you into the story at an unspecified point – to be honest I didn’t have a clue what was going on and the lengthy in game discussions didn’t make much sense without context.

I enjoyed the demo and found the combat, in particular, to be very strong. Your standard light, heavy and grapple attacks are supplemented by a wonderful option to pick up various bits of random scenery (traffic cones/bicycles etc) that can be used as a weapon.

There was also the opportunity to indulge in some karaoke with a female companion via a series of button related rhythm mini games. It was a bit weird but shows the variation the game holds.

It took a while to get used to the controls and camera angle in places but overall this was good fun and I’d certainly say to people try the demo to see if you’re interested.

I’m not sure how much impact the story has from the first two games (as in whether or not you’d need to play them) but this could be a nice title to pick up when the game release schedule slows down in the summer. I probably won’t be buying this upon release but I may be tempted further down the line.

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1 Comment

  1. I can’t personally vouch for what it’d be like playing this franchise for the first time as I’ve already sunk dozens of hours into the first two installments, but I can understand where the dialogue might lack context. There’s a surprising amount of narrative in this franchise that carries over. I felt the demo was more an appetizer to tide me over until the final game releases.

    The story should have a lot of impact. And from the trailer of the 4th game (released in Japan already), it would seem that this game will have a lot of recurring characters. That and the atmosphere are the charm of Yakuza, but I definitely sympathize with your apprehension to drop down $60 in coin with all the flurry of amazing games coming out.


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