I read this thread and it seems that the easiest way to get into Yakuza is by playing Yakuza 3, which seems to recap the story in the previous games, but I'd like a few more opinions. Should I watch story sequences of Yakuza 1 and 2 on YouTube or read them on Wikipedia, or is the recap in Yakuza 3 (or Yakuza 4) sufficient? Is Yakuza: Dead Souls a game that can be skipped or does it add anything to the narrative?
Simply put, I'd just like the easiest way to appreciate the Yakuza story. I've always thought that these are games that I would really enjoy and recent news concerning Yakuza 5 has finally made me want to get into them.