posted by RiseOfCybertron (LA MESA, CA) Mar 18, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
gamers (91%) found this review helpful
I am very much enjoying this game. It reminds me of Shenmue, also being a JRPG. The story is great, voice acting is superb, and best of all, ITS IN JAPANESE (subs of course). People try to compare it to GTA and I don't think that's very accurate. Except for the free roaming of a city, this isn't similar. The side missions are long and rather boring, but it does add to the character development of the game, which is awesome. The fighting is pretty fun, and you can level up your character as you speak to certain people, and fight. If you enjoy an interesting story and fun hand to hand combat, I would definitely recommend this game.
posted by joecessini (GREENSBURG, KY) Aug 15, 2011
Member since Jan 2010
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I had never before played any Yakuza game and I am glad to say I am now a fan. The game is a good mix of a beat-em-up and a touch of RPG with an ultra-complex and very deep story, covering the lives of four very different people all with ties to the Japanese underworld. The range of emotions that they experience is like a roller-coaster ride and you just need to hang on, some of the concepts MAY be difficult for some people to grasp, but it does not detract from the story whatsoever.
The fighting is simple and satisfying, enemies for the most part are simple, but there some fight sequences that seem to last forever and you wonder if you have enough stamina to make it through. Oddly enough, to me, the fights got a little easier toward the end, this may be due to the leveling up or maybe it was easier.
The only English spoken in the game is "Sky Finance" other than that, none. I was a little disappointed in that fact and I felt it should have been also done in English. Also the cut-scene to dialog box back and forth switching was a minor annoyance as well as the frequent cut-scenes.
All in all a great game and I would highly recommend this title to any fan of the series as well as newcomers such as myself.