Apparently, according to Yakuza 3, a short walk to the store around the corner in Japan will see you set upon by jacketed thugs, mind you, considering Kiryu Kazuma's chequered past, that's not exactly surprising. This third instalment finds the tattoed former clan chairman looking after orphaned kids. Of course, things don't stay quiet for long, and he ends up having to protect the orphanage from a swathe of rival clan baddies under pressure from the government to demolish the sanctuary and erect a seaside resort and barracks.
ShopTo is currently offering the Premium Edition (which comes with 4 pieces of DLC and a 31 track accompanying soundtrack) for £32.85, which is a good couple of quid cheaper than anyone else offering a version of the PS3 exclusive.
The most striking aspect of Yakuza 3 is arguably it's setting: the lush and verdant Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa are a far cry from the gritty streets of Tokyo and Osaka. The presentation is, as you'd expect, pretty damn special and the gameplay is incredibly true to form.
Many Yakuza veterans hail the series as being far superior to that of the Rockstar franchise to which it often gets compared and, whilst I'm not entirely sure I'd go that far, it's clear that SEGA has pulled out all of the stops with this one. The freeroaming aspects of the game virtually peerless, and the development team has done such a good job with fleshing out the game world with endless distractions, mini-games and bustling urban cityscapes that it seems almost as if they're deliberately trying to draw you away from the convoluted main story.
There've been a few cuts for the Western release, but this shouldn't put you off at all.
Read Dealspwn's Yakuza 3 review here.