These days, the U.S. gets most of the fantastic titles available, which is why we'll be seriously miffed if we don't get Yakuza 3 .
Of course, we got each of the last two installments on the PS2, but each North American release was almost a full year behind the Japanese release, which means we may have a long wait for Yakuza 3 for the PlayStation 3. It launches next week, February 26, in Japan, so we might not see it until 2010 in the U.S.; hell, Sega hasn't even confirmed the game would break Japanese borders yet. But if we can rely on Famitsu's review score, we're going to hope for that announcement: the region's most popular gaming magazine awarded the third entry a 10, 10, 9, and 9, which results in a total score of 38/40. Now, you shouldn't get too excited, as Yakuza 2 netted a 37/40 and clearly, that excellence didn't really translate to American review standards. Even so, we have to admit to being encouraged, and we often said to ourselves when playing past titles, "damn, this could be awesome on the PS3." Really, Yakuza 3 is going to be a bad-ass action title, and one you should definitely consider.
Well, provided it comes to North America, and it should . Unfortunately, while it's only a matter of time, that "matter of time" could be quite lengthy. Just cross your fingers, folks.
Related Game(s): Yakuza 3