Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 have both the best and worst the series has to offer, which is saying something because those highs are so high and the lows really aren’t that bad. All three games run exceptionally well, and 4 and 5 look like they belong on PS4 alongside Yakuza 0. 3 is a bit rough around the edges, but it’s still a worthwhile entry in the series cannon.
There's no denying that Yakuza 3, even in its remastered form, is rough around the edges -- especially if you're coming off the back of Yakuza 6, Kiwami 2, or Judgment -- but this is still one of the series' better instalments, and for our money, the best of the PS3 Yakuza trilogy.
We were hoping that all the Yakuza PS3 games would get the shiny treatment reserved to the first two chapters, and weìre disappointed that this wouldn't be the case, but Yakuza 3 Remaster is a remaster done right.
If you've played other entries in the series and just want to experience some cool lore about the world, Yakuza 3 Remaster is the game for you. It's a game all about fanservice, but also the one you can skip if you don't want to retreat familiar waters. If you're new to the series though, this one might not be for you.
The story was decent and it had a really good cast of both new and returning characters. However, the beginning had WAY too much filler. This isn't including sub stories. Just in the main story missions at the beginning, the was a lot of unnecessary moments. The random encounters were horrible. They didn't show up on the mini map, so you couldn't avoid them. They didn't have unique character models, so you weren't able to spot them until they were already on you. And there was dialogue before every encounter, which was a minor inconvenience at first, but gradually got more and more annoying as the game went on. Also, the ending was completely ruined for me when they tried to pull a similar stunt was used in the ending of the second game. Honestly, not a terrible game, but they definitely dropped the ball in a few places.
Things I like: Kiryu, the orphanage, Okinawa, RIkiya, fishing, some of the sub stories.
Things I do not like: Joji, Black Monday, Tamiya, the combat, enemies blocking too much, some of the sub stories.
SummaryAs part of The Yakuza Remastered Collection, enjoy Yakuza 3 with restored content in 1080p and 60fps. In a quest to abandon their bloody past, Kazuma Kiryu and adoptive daughter Haruka Sawamura leave for Okinawa to run the Morning Glory Orphanage. But trouble shadows Kiryu and the Morning Glory Orphanage is soon entangled in a deadly pow...