For: Playstation 3
ESRB Rating: Mature (blood, sexual
themes, strong language, violence)
By Billy O'Keefe
For all the things we wish Sega would do differently with its iconic brands, it has been glorious in ensuring the "Yakuza" series — arguably its best active franchise — makes the journey from Japan to the hands of a modest but devoted American following.
And if you're not part of that following yet? Don't worry: You're still warmly invited.
"Yakuza 4" continues the events as we left them in "Yakuza 3," and the respect it pays to storyline continuity is another jewel in the crown of one of gaming's best storytellers. For the uninitiated, Sega includes a nice "Reminisce" feature that recaps the previous games' key milestones.