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Yakuza 3 Demo Hits Japanese PSN

Sega may not be the video game powerhouse they once were, but that doesn't mean they can't continue to contribute.

We may all have to admit that Sonic's glory days are in the past, but last year's Valkyria Chronicles and the ongoing Yakuza franchise proves that Sega still has some talent and moxy. In North America, we only recently received Yakuza 2, but the third installment is already descending upon the Land of the Rising Sun. If you want an idea of what you're missing - and that very high Famitsu score may make you jealous - it may be time to create a Japanese account for the PSN. Not that we condone such behavior, but hey, sometimes you do what you gotta do to get your hands on a hot demo. Sega has put a large 1256MB demo of Yakuza 3 on the Japanese PSN, and it's the closest you'll get to the full game for a long time. While we do expect the title to eventually arrive on our shores, each installment thus far has been almost a year behind the Japan launch, so... If you've never played one of these games, it might be well worth your while to sample the demo.

Remember, the first two titles have boasted good stories and plenty of brutal in-your-face action, coupled with a sandbox-style setting. If this sounds entertaining, step into the capable shoes of bad-ass Kazuma Kiryu.

Related Game(s): Yakuza 3

2/19/2009 John Shepard

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Comments (21 posts)

BigTonesAUS
Thursday, February 19, 2009 @ 10:03:47 PM
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Never played a Yakuza title. I'll give the demo a try but what should i expect?

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NightHawk17
Thursday, February 19, 2009 @ 11:12:13 PM

Expect Epic Fights

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BigTonesAUS
Friday, February 20, 2009 @ 12:14:01 AM

expectation...peaked!

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chicko1983
Friday, February 20, 2009 @ 2:46:27 AM

Big Tones!

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rell
Friday, February 20, 2009 @ 9:19:06 AM

I love this game it I can't get enough of it.

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Reccaman18
Thursday, February 19, 2009 @ 10:08:45 PM
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I already have a Jap account so I'll just go ahead and get the demo. :D

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ps92117
Thursday, February 19, 2009 @ 10:35:55 PM
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currently at 55% lol

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NightHawk17
Thursday, February 19, 2009 @ 11:11:49 PM
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Played this last night, and it was fantastic. Great Job Sega keep on teasing me

*walks away while crying

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Daedusian
Thursday, February 19, 2009 @ 11:27:42 PM
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sweet! ty.. Downloading now..

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coverton341
Thursday, February 19, 2009 @ 11:35:46 PM
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1256 MB downloading right this minute I will tell you how it is

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SerichA
Thursday, February 19, 2009 @ 11:56:17 PM
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Better hope they bring it over, I don't think it sold very well in the US. Sega better not mess this up......there was a 40/40 score (from Famitsu, who have now given around 10 total) for the Wii game 408 in Japan, and they have no intention to bring it over. That's already bad enough.

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coverton341
Friday, February 20, 2009 @ 12:16:43 AM

But it's a WII game so its ok

I kid I kid

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Qubex
Friday, February 20, 2009 @ 1:35:10 AM
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Yhea, never played a Yakuza game before; is it a native 1080p game... what are the gfx like?

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

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Banky A
Friday, February 20, 2009 @ 2:45:49 AM
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How is the demo fellas'? I want to try this out but my Broadband bandwidth is running slim.

;(

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 20, 2009 @ 3:05:49 AM
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I asked this before, and for reasons I cannot understand got effed in the A on thumbs down, but I haven't played one either and would like to know what it is comparable to. Is it a brawler or is it a, well what sorta game is it?

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NightHawk17
Friday, February 20, 2009 @ 8:59:48 AM

It's basically a beat em up, similar to The warriors and The bouncer. Except that theres a big world were you can go to arcades, sing karaoke, party with girls, and more

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, February 20, 2009 @ 11:18:27 PM

Thanks night

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rell
Friday, February 20, 2009 @ 9:22:22 AM
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heck yeah, this game rocks. I guess I will learn japanese.

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coverton341
Friday, February 20, 2009 @ 9:43:58 AM
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This game is amazing. There is a ton of dialog in the demo so I don't know exactly what is up but the fights are great. I just think the teeth on the characters could have been done better and some of the characters look like monkeys

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fundando
Friday, February 20, 2009 @ 11:37:43 AM
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Man, the Japanese psn store has soo many more ps1 titles. I would be jealous but now I have access to all of it.

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fundando
Friday, February 20, 2009 @ 4:03:12 PM
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I love this game so far. The combat system is soo fun. Reminds me of shenmue but more badass. Way to go sega.

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