Refines many aspects to make it the most polished game in the series, complete with a great story and loads of extras.
Not only does the game offer a thrilling story, it is packed to the brim with side content. Batting centers, card games, gambling games, arcade games, mahjong, shogi, karaoke, etc. There's a ton of minigames scattered throughout the fictionalized version of Kabukicho, a district of the Shinjuku ward in Tokyo. No game recreates the feeling of walking through Japan as well as Yakuza. to the flashing neon signs to the abundance of convenience stores selling real-life Japanese products, this game is as close to Tokyo as you can get in your living room.
Besides minigames, there are also countless other things you can do. Create a number one cabaret girl, make friends around the city, train cage fighters, fight gangs, participate in cage fights, romance hostess girls, and participate in a variety of over 60 submissions ranging from going on a group date to help out some strangers, or helping a little boy reunite with his sister who was taken away by a loan-shark. And this is just scratching the surface of the content available in Yakuza 4.
To simply go through the story of Yakuza 4 would take somebody about 20 hours. To complete every ounce of side content in the game? That could easily take 100+ hours. While there is no denying the game has a few archaic design choices, loads of unvoiced text, and a fair share of load times, it is all worth it in the end to experience a wonderful game that will keep you occupied for a long time. Whether you want to romp through a dramatic crime story, walk around the most realistic recreation of Japan in a videogame, or participate in a plethora of minigames and side-content, Yakuza 4 should meet your fill.