"Not Reality but Real (リアリティではなくリアル)"
Unlike the previous episodes the story is not written by Hase Seishu but by Masayoshi Yokoyama. Yakuza 3 takes a departure from the first two games with its choice of setting: instead of focusing on the gritty cityscape of Tokyo and Osaka, it switches gears and sends Kazuma Kiryu to the Ryukyu Islands, Okinawa, where he runs the Sunshine Orphanage (Morning Glory (アサガオ Asagao?) in Japanese) with his adoptive daughter Haruka Sawamura (she calles him "Uncle Kaz") who accompanied him in the previous episodes and the Movie Version. Sunshine Orphanage is on a land that is owned by Shigeru Nakahara, the boss of a local yakuza clan or bōryokudan, known as the Ryudo Family 琉道一家 (Ryūdō Ikka?). Nakahara is under pressure from the country's government to sell the land, which is planned to become a seaside resort. When his friend Daigo Dojima, Chairman of the Tojo Clan, is shot - From here is where your journey begins and to be honest, Yakuza 3 features one of the best stories you'll come across in modern gaming. Its a roller coaster of a ride with so many twists & turns that it'll leave you stunned on occasion. It even manages to pack in a few moments of genuine emotion that may, like with me, have you shed a few man-tears. There is one lull roughly 1/3rd of the way in that threatens to ruin the experience, but once it picks up again it never stops! The end segment which lasts about an hour is one of the most epic parts of any game. I could go on & on about the story but I would no doubt start unleashing spoilers and for those that haven't sampled it would prove to be disastrous. All you need to know is that the narrative will keep you engrossed till the end without a doubt. IF your worried about not playing 1&" so your unsure of trying 3, 3 has the back story included on the disk for those that need to catch up!