Today is Wednesday. The recent release of Yakuza 3 had many fans up in arms over the content Sega cut out of the game for the Western release. The cut content included hostess clubs, sections with Japanese trivia, two side-story missions, and a couple minigames. Now, I am a huge fan of the Yakuza series so when I heard that some of the content was cut I was a bit disappointed. However, that did not stop me from picking up the game when it released. To be completely honest I did not even notice any plot holes or loose ends during my forty plus hours of gameplay. Yes, that’s right: it still took me over forty hours to beat the game even with content being cut out, and I still did not even come close to finishing all the sidequests in the game. I did not even play any of the minigames, of which I saw at least ten.
So, my questions to you, my dear readers, should we really be concerned over the content that was cut? Forty hours of gameplay is a great amount for games these days. However, one could also argue why should the Western release have the content cut out in the first place? Only fans of the series, or of Japanese culture, are going to pick up this game, not a regular consumer browsing the walls at their local game store. Let me know your opinions on these points in the comments!