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Yakuza 3 ain't your ordinary sequel

It's known that Yakuza sold like rotten bread outside of Japan which is why the second title didn't even make it overseas. However, in Japan, the two Yakuza titles by Sega have sold well, so we're glad to see a third iteration see daylight and hopefully, outside of Japan also. The funky thing is, this game takes place 400 years prior to the first one (so, that's 1605) and covers the journey of Kazumanosuke Kiryu, a bodyguard who takes any job for the right price. Wouldn't you know it, but he's approached by a girl named Haruka who asks him to kill Musashi Miyamoto, who is actually Kiryu's other self outside of the city. His past! His even darker half!

Sega is employing an all-star voice-acting cast for the Japanese track (Japan has a lot more pride in their voice-acting). In addition to that, many upgrades are being made to the game. You'll have a huge, detailed city to explore and four different fighting styles to make use of (fist, blade, dual blade, broad sword). You no longer have to train with a master to gain moves -- you still can, but you'll also learn moves by observing events, like a dog jumping to catch a bone. There will be over 100 subquests and multiple minigames, also. It seems Sega is really pulling out the stops with this, so we'll keep you posted how it looks at the Tokyo Game Show!

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1. I hope the English version will have good voice acting as well.

Posted at 3:28PM on Sep 18th 2007 by ruibing

2. @1
i hope we will have the japanese voices with english subs :p

i know the title yakuza but never tried it, this look good, maybe i will rent the first 2 of the series

Posted at 3:37PM on Sep 18th 2007 by coplice

3. Still cant believe this is for ps3 only... maybe MS isnt quick to the dumping truck when moore is not there?

Posted at 3:42PM on Sep 18th 2007 by shase

4. so why are you talking about MS here? its a playstation game.. why not ps3...

Posted at 3:57PM on Sep 18th 2007 by coplice

5. @4

I am totally for PS3. I am just saying Sega is making it and theyve been neutral if not more 360 during these days so it is weird it is PS3 exclusive... unless they plan not to bring it outside at all.. in that case might as well be ps3.

Posted at 4:10PM on Sep 18th 2007 by shase

6. I'll get all stabby-stabby with my kunai if this doesn't make US shores with a Japanese voice option.

Posted at 7:02PM on Sep 18th 2007 by zenprism

7. Nick, you silly guy. Didn't you know the US Yakuza had some of the best voice actors ever?

Michael Rosenbaum
Eliza Dushku
Rachael Leigh Cook
Michael Madsen
Mark Hamill
Dwight Schultz

Posted at 4:54AM on Sep 19th 2007 by Chris

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