"Many would say that last year with the release of Yakuza 3 SEGA had a misstep. Having decided to remove much of what makes the series unique, SEGA recorded a backlash almost like no other from gamers and sales dwindled as a result. SEGA got the message that western gamers were not going to put up with a game that was half the original and pay full price, and that lesson has been learned. Yakuza 4 has hardly anything cut for the western release, but does that make it a better game?
Yakuza 4 like the third iteration once again mainly takes place in Kamachuro, Japan, which could come across as a disappointment; however, it's fair to say that Yakuza 4 is one of the more innovative games in the series. The previous three games have focused on one character, but Yakuza 4 has four characters which you play throughout the game, however the structure is a little disappointing."