Yakuza 3 or 4 better?

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#1 Posted by UltimateOnee (4 posts) -
I've never played a Yakuza before, but I'm interested in picking one up. Reason-being I like a brawlers/beat-em-up and a good (mafia/triad) story. I don't have time for both (I do have some time for gaming but have to balance between a couple titles), so I am wondering if anyone has an oppinion on whether Yakuza 3 or Yakuza 4 is better? Thanks
#2 Posted by dgrief (82 posts) -

Perhaps not the best area to post such, but I am curious as well.

#3 Posted by Everiez (1946 posts) -

Length wise is about the same. Feature and variety wise, Yakuza 4 is better than Yakuza 3 but you may wish each character has more screen time so you can get to know them more. Yakuza 3 focused on one character. It gives you feeling of longer game.

Summary:

Yakuza 3 has:

  • Slower pace, story picks up on chapter 4.
  • Orphanage part(chapter 1 to 3) is hit or miss, you may completely like it or hate it.
  • 103 sub stories.
  • Focus on one character.
  • Less freedom in upgrading skill. Each level has its own set of skill upgrade and no fear of wrong skill upgrade that may get you trouble facing bosses.
  • 2 distinctive cities. Kamurocho and Okinawa(country side).
  • 4 mini games excluded of 20 mini games.
  • No hostess club but you can still date the girls.
  • Much harder to get platinum trophy if you care about them.

Yakuza 4 has:

  • Faster pace compared to 3.
  • 4 different characters, each with distinctive personality and fighting style.
  • Length wise is about the same as 3 but since there are 4 characters, you may find yourself wishing to know more about each characters.
  • More freedom in upgrading skill. There is consequence, recklessly upgrading skills may give you trouble facing bosses.
  • 64 substories. They are more important to do then Yakuza 3. This time sub stories explain more about each characters personality.
  • Kamurocho city only. The city expanded so you can explore rooftop, underground and sewer.
  • More side stuff variety compared to Yakuza 3.
  • All mini games present this time except Answer X Answer(Japanese trivia game) which requires you very good knowledge about Japanese culture.
  • Easier to get platinum trophy.
#4 Posted by CTR360 (7388 posts) -
i like both but i prefer yakuza 4
#5 Posted by Flame_Blade88 (39348 posts) -
Overall better title is Yakuza 4. More stuff, better characters, story, etc.
#6 Posted by Chet_Won (644 posts) -

ive only recently played yakuza 4 which i really enjoyed its a strong recommendation. Now im going to go all the way back to yakuza on the ps2 and see whats up before i get to 3

#7 Posted by fredfenster (8 posts) -
I prefer Yakuza 3, but both are top titles I wouldn't wanna miss out on.
#8 Posted by wwefanforlife (3248 posts) -

Yakuza 4 I think has the best story it's great that it follows 4 characters and not just Kazuma as it has been for the other Yakuza games and the fighting is so much better and easier. Yakuza 3 is worth getting and you should be able to get it quite cheap now, but you can watch a recap of the story on Yakuza 4 as it tells you the story from Yakuza 1, 2 and 3.