Yakuza 4 picks up the story of Yakuza 3 one year later and takes the player back to Tokyo. The story starts when a man is shot to death in the ruling territory of the Tojo Clan, the organisation that has featured in all games in the series to date. A small gang which belongs to Tojo Clan try to establish what happened and their leader is soon found stabbed to death. These events cause a heated battle between four men over money, power, status and honour. The truth becomes apparent as the lies, betrayals and entwined stories are revealed and when these 4 unflinching men get together, the new legend of Kamurocho is born.
This game is awesome. I bought it on release day and beat the game in 30 hours (30% sidequests). The game contains four different main characters which are, Akiyama, the special loan shark that test people before lending money, then we have Saejima, a low-level Yakuza that made a hit to kill 18 people of a enemy clan, then is Tanimura, which is a detective that is investigating the death of his father, and finally the "Dragon of Dojima" Kiryu.
Well-written Games are So Rare5/13/2011
Despite the excellent story and great writing, PS2 graphics is seriously holding this title down. This game's story is up to par (if not better) than the likes of Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy, etc. Otherwise, like its predecessor, it's a HUGE game with tons of content. I think a graphics overhaul would seriously take this title to top of the charts. It's a refreshing change with a unique atmosphere. Again, I'd just like to see this game redone utilizing the PS3's full potential.