In Japan, Yakuza 3 was a critical hit, scoring 38/40 in Famitsu when it released in February this year. But despite its success in Japan, there are no official plans for a western release. Luckily, the Japanese PSN features a great demo for the organized crime thriller. The Yakuza 3 demo is gigantic and offers at least three or four hours worth of gameplay. Best of all, it’s free!
In addition to the story missions, which introduce the player to the world of Yakuza 3, players can chat with girls in a hostess bar, sing karaoke, and play games in a virtual Club Sega. At the arcade, players can choose between a fast-paced shooter game, a quiz game, and a UFO catcher (a Japanese crane game).
Yakuza 3’s vivid and true-to-life version of Tokyo’s red light district, Kabuki-Cho (called Kamuro-Cho in the game), makes this demo a must-play for those who haven’t had a chance to see the famed nightlife spot in person. Since this download may be your only chance you get to play Yakuza 3, make sure it’s the first thing you download once your account is properly set up.