Today is the big release for Final Fantasy XIII, the big RPG franchise that many gamers has been waiting for. As for me, although I do have love for the Final Fantasy franchise, as Final Fantasy IV (or Final Fantasy 2 when it first released in the US), I will not be picking that game up today. Instead, I have decided to buy Sega’s release of Yakuza 3, a game that many thought wouldn’t come to the states. Most of you might be asking what the hell Yakuza 3 is, and to simply answer, it’s an Action Adeventure, where the fighting is similiar to Final Fight and what a 3D Streets of Rage would be, with a some what open world that lets gamer travel around cities of Japan and do stuff before their mission and progress of story, which some will say more than what you can do in Final Fantasy XIII.
In case you haven’t heard, Final Fantasy XIII has you focus more on the story, and by doing so, you have a linear path in the game and have no towns to visit or any NPC (Non-Playable Characters) to talk to. If you want the freedom you usually get in an RPG, you have to wait and beat the story mode, which could take 40-60 hours to beat. Where in Yakuza 3, before you go on with the story, you get to walk around the streets of Tokyo, fight some street punk and also curb stomping them, go into a convenient store and check out magazines, go karaoke with a hot chick, or go to the arcades and play some games. This can all be done when getting in between checkpoints of the game, and to me, it sounds like Yakuza 3 is already more open then FFXIII is with all the exploration you can do in Yakuza 3.
Either way, Final Fantasy XIII will sale because of its name and maybe I’m just hoping that this will give some attention to Yakuza 3 because it would be cool to have more games like this from Japan to come out. Unfortunately, seems like Sega doesn’t really care much as there hasn’t been any advertisement and the fact they decided to send it out the same day as FFXIII doesn’t help. As many gamers out there will be just be going in a “straight line” in FFXIII, I will be swinging a bike in circle and and smashing people’s face in with Yakuza 3 (expect a review in the near future).
Update: The review can be found here.