North America probably won't see this one for a while - we're so far behind in this series - but we'll definitely be on the lookout for it. Yakuza 3 should follow in the footsteps of its solid predecessors, providing gamers with a great story, high-impact action, and an interesting sense of freedom that we rarely find in story-driven titles. Yakuza 2 just released a few months ago in the U.S., and it was exactly what we expected, so our hopes remain high for the third installment. Sega really has a good thing going here, and even though they can't completely resurrect their ailing Sonic franchise, they can still produce a quality product. If you like the concept of the Japanese underground and hand-to-hand combat in the streets, check this out.
12/30/2008 Ben Dutka