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龍が如く3 PlayStation 3 the Best
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And this is the version you want to be importing, by the way. The "The Best" version includes all of the games DLC for free on disc, notably including 2-player modes for several minigames, two boss rushes, and a time trial mode. The only DLC that it doesn't come with are the ones that give you items you can unlock by playing through the game. This would be just a great all around deal normally, but since the PSN store for Ryuu ga Gotoku 3 is apparently gone for some reason, the "The Best" version is now the only way to play with all of this stuff!
This is my first time playing a Ryuu ga Gotoku game (if it's yours too, don't worry, they include a twenty minute movie explaining the plot of the first two games on the disc) and needless to say I've been very impressed. It's not really the best in at anything, but it's the second best at everything. The combat isn't as good as God Hand, but it's not that much worse. The golfing isn't as good as Minna no Golf, but it's not far off either. The tablesports, on the other hand, might actually be the best. I don't think I've played as good a game of digital 9-ball anywhere else. Closest would be Super Monkey Ball, which is by the same company so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Seriously, the eight bucks is worth it for the billiards alone!
And while the story might not be as good as your favorite novel, it won't fall flat either. It's a film-noiry yarn about a former Yakuza trying to run an orphanage but getting dragged back into the game. Which is to say, it is very generic and occasionally quite cheesy, but somehow it really works! It has a grit to it that just pulled me in, and from there it's just well-rounded characters acting believably and bouncing off of each other in interesting situations.
At the same time, you're almost entirely free to ignore the plot and just wander around the cities doing stuff. From courting dates with the game's ten eligable bachelorettes with your fat Yakuza wallet, playing the TWENTY minigames (each big enough to be a disc in D3's Simple 2000 series on it's own), cleaning up the beach, knocking over random cityfolk for kicks, all the way to training a random girl off the streets into the world's most glamourous caberet gal. It's really the kind of game you can play for hours and hours because the second you get bored of what you're doing you can walk across the street and it's like you put a totally different disc in the PS3.
If you're the kind of gamer who prefers a more structured, story-focused experience, the game has you covered there too. Strewn about the city are 110 side stories you can encounter and complete whenever you feel like it. (There are a few missions that can only be completed during certain chapters, but you can do all of them during the postgame too so you don't have to worry about it.) Also strewn about are a hundred hidden keys, each unlocking items varying from jokes to game-changingly strong. These keys, as well as basically everything else in the game, is tracked for you, which really tingles the ol' Banjo Kazooie style "collect-everything-and-put-it-in-my-mouth" chipmunk instinct.
Difficulty-wise, if you've played God Hand before (and if you haven't, you need to go do that now, that game is the GOAT) you'll want to pick the Hard difficulty. That level really forces you to dodge, block, and keep yourself from overextending. On normal I feel it'll be too easy to just load up your inventory with 25 healing items and brute force your way through the fights without getting a chance to explore all the depth the gameplay has to offer.
Visually... the game looks like a PS3 game. In other words, it looks pretty modern, but there are a couple animations that are stiff to the point of unintentional hilarity and a couple models that look a bit off. On the other hand, some cutscenes are so good you'd think you were watching a movie, and some of the locations are just beautiful to look at. Like the ocean just outside of the orphanage, or the strip club. Ahem.
The controls also feel quite tight. There are a number of QTEs, but they feel appropriate when used and punish you for trying to get through fights by just mashing square. I'd like to mention here that some of the information about this game online is incorrect; the buttons are NOT reversed when playing on a US PS3. Circle is yes, Cross is no, as it should be.
One possible downside is that this game is not welcoming for beginners to Japanese. In addition to using lots of Yakuza vocabulary, much of the game's story takes place in cutscenes or unvoiced text, both unwelcoming to the Nihongo neophyte. One friend of mine who attempted to play this as one of his first textbooks did so with a dictionary in his lap and still struggled heavily. In any case, if you haven't done so yet you'll really want to look up a primer in Osakaben while the game is in the mail. I thoroughly recommend Namasensei's Youtube video on the subject.
On the other hand, if you don't know any Japanese and don't care about the story at all, this is absolutely still the version you want to get. The game is quite completable, just wander around talking to people until the story progresses and check an FAQ if you get stuck. The US release is missing gigantic, massive gobs of content, including the dress up minigame! For shame! What's even the point of playing my manly organized crime video game if I can't decide what what shade of lipstick goes with Kanami's dress!? (The translation is garbo, by the way.)
The new PS4 rerelease also cuts content, which is a true disappointment. The PC version ALSO cuts content, although a mod does exist to put it back in. There's also a mod that allows you to save anywhere, so I guess if you're willing to get your hands dirty and that's important to you PC could be the way to go. Both of those mods can be found on PCGamingWiki.
This is the kind of game that is the answer to the "If you were trapped on a deserted island and could only bring one video game..." question. There is something here for absolutely everyone and it is an unequivicable success in everything it tries to do. The only thing preventing it from being the best game of all time is that its focus is split across so many areas. As is stands, it will just have to live with being one of the best games of all time.