Sega Explains Cut Content In Yakuza 3
Yakuza 3 is only weeks away and while we maintain that it's a worthwhile title for those who enjoy the style, we've been hearing whispers about removed content...
As it turns out, this will not be quite the same game that launched in Japan last year. We Americans are getting a slightly edited version and although Sega's explanation as to why isn't entirely satisfactory, it's still important. According to IGN, Sega removed pieces of content they either didn't have time to include or those that wouldn't "resonate" with a Western audience. Said the Sega representative:
"The content between Yakuza 3 US/UK and Yakuza JP is a little different in that we took out certain bits in order to bring the game to the west in the time alloted for us to do so. The parts we ended up taking out were parts that we felt wouldn't make sense (like a Japanese history quiz game) or wouldn't resonate as much (such as the concept of a hostess club). We didn't replace the parts we took out, but we made absolutely sure that the story continuity stayed intact so that the story experience was the same as the Japanese version and that it didn't take away the human drama so inherent to the Yakuza series."
Not that we really care one way or the other - the hostess clubs are hardly a necessity and there will still be strip clubs in the game - but we're not 100% sold on this explanation. I just finished trying the playable demo, and I stood there with Kazuma in a karaoke club, singing in a special booth with my date (feeling a touch silly). Yeah, we got karaoke here but maybe not quite to this extent; I see no reason to remove the hostesses if you're gonna keep the freakin' karaoke. But that's just me. I think the point here is that Sega really didn't remove anything essential to the story or gameplay, which is good.
Related Game(s): Yakuza 3
2/24/2010 10:40:25 AM Ben Dutka