Do I need to play Yakuza 3 before 4?

#1 Edited by NeVeRMoRe666 (267 posts) -

Or, I guess the question, should I play 3 before 4 is more apt. I want the best 'Yakuza' experience possible, but I don't always (if ever) finish all of my games. However, on the off chance that I do really like the series, I don't want to have already ruined 3 by playing 4. If I play 3 first, I have the opportunity to play 4. But if I play 4 first, I doubt I will go back down to 3 (especially since it shows you the key cut scenes in 4). But if 4 is the better game, I may want to start with that first. It has Hostess bars, or so I've heard. What do you guys think?

#2 Posted by Shirogane (3581 posts) -

If you really want the best Yakuza experience possible...you should probably start with 1, or 2. But for your question, yeah, 3 before 4, even though it does tell you everything, there are small things that you'd need to see for yourself, like lots of side quest continuations.

#3 Posted by TruthTellah (9472 posts) -

If you have the opportunity and means to play Yakuza 3 before 4, you should do so, as the games are often about appreciating the little things. If you're tight on cash and not that interested in 3, just play 4, because it is fine as a self-contained game. It is just better if you have played the previous games.

And as Shiro said, if you have time, give 1 and 2 a shot, as well. All of the games have some running threads; though, they aren't absolutely necessary. They're just nice when you notice them as the games progress.

In other words, if you can, play the previous games first. If it's any kind of hassle, just play 4.

#4 Posted by NeVeRMoRe666 (267 posts) -

@Shirogane: but but no hostess bars.... :) :/

#5 Posted by Little_Socrates (5715 posts) -

I would say a lot of people are not enjoying 4 because they've already played 3. Yakuza 4 is pretty much just a story continuation - gameplay-wise, they've done very little to Yakuza 4 to change things up. So if you're of the camp who didn't enjoy Brotherhood because of Assassin's Creed II, or Black Ops/MW2 because of MW2/Modern Warfare, I'd suggest just playing Yakuza 4 so that you're up-to-date by the time Yakuza 5 comes out.

#6 Posted by Shirogane (3581 posts) -

@NeVeRMoRe666: Yeah, the game even goes and makes it even worse by guys telling you to take their money and go to hostess bars after you beat the crap out of them.

#7 Posted by fugie7 (1109 posts) -

@NeVeRMoRe666: well if you want to have the whole Yakuza experience you should play first game then move on to the second then eventually the third to the fourth.

#8 Posted by dagas (2928 posts) -

I played Yakuza 2 without having played Yakuza 1 and I still really enjoyed it. Maybe I would have enjoyed it even more if I had played Y1, but it was already one of the best games I played last year.

#9 Posted by Catarrhal (859 posts) -

The story, characterization, and atmosphere are among the series' greatest strengths; if at all possible, start from the beginning.

@NeVeRMoRe666 said:

I don't always (if ever) finish all of my games.

Well, these are some relatively long-ass games. The first game alone took me thirty-five hours to finish. Granted, I did complete most of the "sub scenarios." Still, it's something to consider. I mean, did you watch the Yakuza 4 Quick Look?

#10 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7184 posts) -

Yakuza 4 has all of the cutscenes from the previous games so I'd suggest to just buy Yakuza 4 and watch all the cutscenes before playing, that's what I did.

#11 Posted by NeVeRMoRe666 (267 posts) -

@Catarrhal: Yeah! That's exactly what peaked my interest. Admittedly, I have a short attention span for games- but this looks like something that I would be interested in.

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