Yakuza 3 Players Say A Lot More Was Cut Than Hostess Bars

Sega has made cuts to the Western version of gangland brawler Yakuza 3. The publisher says that hostess bars are gone. People playing the game say a lot more than that is missing.

Sega's official message board for the site is home to complaints from early-bird purchasers of the game, who say that along with the hostess bars and Japanese trivia quiz, scores of other content is missing, including Mah-jong games and, more importantly, scores of the game's side missions.

In chapters 3 and 4 of the game, for example, nine of the 40 available side quests have been axed from the Western version. That's a lot more than we were first led to believe, especially given Sega's original promise last year that the game was on its way in an unedited state.

What a hot mess. Sega's first explanation for the cuts was "Ultimately, the choice that had to be made was either no Yakuza 3 in the west, or a version of the game that was almost exactly the same, but with a little less trivia."

It then gave a different explanation, saying "we had a tight schedule to abide by for localising and releasing Yakuza 3 in the west" and that "due to the limited time we were given we had to leave certain bits of the game out".

Oh Sega. What a hot mess you've found yourself in. Who would have thought raging-mad Japanophiles - surely Yakuza 3's target audience in the West - buying the game not for brawling but for the fluff, would react angrily to having the fluff cut?

While I've got you, I got my copy of the game today, so expect a review sometime next week.



    Well. Sega already went on record with a different explanation with a different admission to the level of cuts knowing full well this was not the case. I do believe that is referred to as a lie is it not? I can only speculate this lie was told as to not hurt sales. Nice job Sega. Nice job.

    Ive seen Yakuza 3 cheap. I believe it is only $71 in Big W this week? Is our version actually worth playing? I've downloaded the demo but I'm way to busy to give it a shot.

    i liked the demo, bought the game on GAME online for 79 bucks yesterday, waiting for it to arrive. i figure how am i to know whats missing since i haven't played it? from what i hear there's a crap load of content in the western game regardless...

    9 side missions out of however many hundred there are in the game is no big whoop to me.

    9/40 is almost 25%

      The 9 side missions are related to the Hostess clubs which obviously cannot be activated if they have been removed from the game.

      Whats missing will feel like a drop in the ocean once you realise the other activities such as mini-games.

    People should be up in arms over this no matter what content was cut. The point is it's still cut content and SEGA lied to everyone about it several times.

    Everyone would be pissed if Final Fantasy XIII had massive differences between the eastern and western version. But it doesn't because Square Enix love money and aren't going to jeopardise their chances of getting it.

    What I can't understand is why they cut the Mahjong and Shogi games. Were they some way related to the hostess clubs or massage parlours?

    Yakuza 3 is awesome either way would of been cool to have all the extra stuff but its still an excellent game also if it sells well maybe they will add it as downloadable content

    Is "hot mess" the in thing to say?

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