Sega Reveals Yakuza 3 “Battle Pack” For Europe, DLC Bonus For North America

By Ishaan . February 10, 2010 . 8:43am


Now this is a real treat for Yakuza fans that were concerned last year about Yakuza 3 not making it over to the West. SEGA Europe just announced a "premium edition" to help promote the game when it releases on March 12. Here’s what it contains:


• 4 pieces of DLC

1. Battle for Survival – Take on all the bosses of Yakuza 3 as Kazuma

2. All-Star Tournament (7 character tournament)

3. All-Star Tag Tournament (8 team tournament)

4. Haruka’s Request – This unique series of challenge missions will send you on a task of exploration throughout the entire Yakuza world, playing mini-games and entertaining Haruka.

• 31 track soundtrack

• Yakuza Who’s Who – learn how all the characters are connected and who turned from rivals to allies in this fully animated guide


In addition, pre-orderers get exclusive in-game costumes and two player mini-games like pool, golf, darts and bowling. No artbook, unfortunately, but a soundtrack and character guide aren’t too shabby, considering we weren’t even sure if the game would be localized a few months ago.


The four pieces of DLC will be given out as a pre-order bonus in North America. Reserve Yakuza 3 at Gamestop and you also get a challenge pack which contains the two player mini-games plus four costumes for Kazuma, Haruka, and Rikiya.

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  • I don’t get it, this is needlessly confusing.

    The European version has the DLC ON DISC? And NA gamers who don’t preorder from FREAKING GAMESTOP have to pay for this DLC?

    ridiculous, not cool at all.

    • Hraesvelgr

      That’s the cool thing to do these days, bro.

      • MisterNiwa

        Yeah, im freezing. 8)

  • Who do i have to pre order from?

    • bobhoskins

      It could just be me, but I would figure that both Ishaan and the poster above made it quite clear regarding your question…

      • Kris

        Except it isn’t clear, it says that preordering at gamestop gives you additional stuff on top of the other preorder bonus.
        I really, really hate this preorder DLC nonsense.

        • Just be thankful they’re not doing it the same way as Rockstar is doing it with Red Dead Redemption in Europe.
          “Pre-order here you get costumes, but pre-order here you get guns, but wait! -if you pre-order here…”. What a mess. Sometimes these things can be fun, but come on.

          Personally, though, I’m totally cool with just the game released as is. I’m getting it for a Yakuza man ready to pound on poor schmoes, not to golf (although, I am expecting to hit schmoes with golf clubs).

    • For the U.S., you’ll need to pre-order from Gamestop. For Europe, it doesn’t say. I’m sure, in time, you’ll be able to check their website and find more details there.

      Europeans get the extra costumes and minigames for pre-ordering. U.S. gets the DLC. Sega would be nuts not to announce a premium edition for North America, though, so let’s see what happens…

  • nyoron

    Those DLC game modes should have been on the disc in the first place. But if they are going to do it this way, the European version is how it should be done. At least you’re not forced to preorder from one store. Pisses me off…

  • Wake

    Why does Europe keep getting the “Premium” versions and the US gets shafted with regular versions? At least give us a choice. Obviously I’m still irked with the US not getting the FF13 Limited edition.

    • I noticed this, too. In a way, I see it as compensation as Europe still doesn’t get a lot (understatement) of great quality titles and they’ll probably never will.
      European companies just seem to be really on the ball with releases while the N.A. ones just stick to basics.

      “Regular” versions, or as the game was intended to be played, aren’t a bad thing, though. It could be -a lot- worse.

      • StealthKnight

        I sympathize with them but why don’t they release at least the English version to Britain and then make a foreign language edition. That way Europe has a chance to get the game and not have to wait or not get it at all and they can play the foreign language edition latter. I do think it’s unfair that not everyone gets the same preorder bonuses. Especially since this is a game where the people who want it are probably big fans.

  • badmoogle

    I was going to pre-order the game anyway,so the additional extra content and premium edition will be a nice bonus.:)
    Although i would have preferred an artbook than a soundtrack since i already imported the soundtrack months ago.:/

  • thanekos

    know what’d be amusing?

    if Battle for Survival meant ALL AT ONCE

  • thebanditking

    Awesome! Yakuza 3, you shall soon be in my grasp! On a saide note this is a fantastic offer for European gamers this series has a (insert four letter word starting with F) bad ass soundtrack! Stinks about the DLC but you can bet the DLC is already on the disc but needs to be unlocked and Gamestop paid for it to be exclusive (no prob as thats where I pre-ordered) as they usually do.

  • thaKingRocka

    they’re causing trouble for a title that has always been on thin ice. i’m so happy to be getting this game, but the consumer in me is struggling to keep the bile down after this announcement. it’s absolutely disgusting.

  • Vino (Tim N)

    I’ll get it, but probably not play it (already played the import) for awhile cause of FFXIII

  • kupomogli

    Why do we always get screwed. The US rarely ever gets a collectors edition that is worth it unless it’s from Atlus. Europe gets many versions with a soundtrack here, soundtrack there, etc.

    I understand Europe gets screwed most of the time when it comes to games, but when it’s a game coming to both countries, why does it always seem Europe gets the better version most of the time?

    Now that a system like the PS3 is region free, they can preorder a US version and not have to worry, but over in the US where we don’t get these bonus’ etc, it costs us out the a** to get it from Europe.

    I preordered Yakuza 3 and planned to get it first day, but that’s because I didn’t know there was so much DLC that was available that we’re going to get screwed over on not being on disc. I could care less for same console multiplayer and extra clothing on a one player game, but they’re getting a ton of content on disc that we’ll only be able to get through DLC.

    I hate DLC. I don’t care if it’s free or not. What happens when my PS3 dies after the PSN closes up. Oh well. I’m screwed with an incomplete game in comparison to the many collectors editions that only Europe received. Some people like playing their games 30 years after purchasing them. Atari can vouch for that.

    • Hraesvelgr

      Well, some American games have pretty decent CEs. Of course, if you’re not into American games, not sure what to say…

      Europe has been getting a lot of exclusive/better CEs these days, though.

      • Europe has been getting a lot of cool items, but I guess it depends on what you’re looking for.
        In Spain, I read that The Sonic Classic Collection for DS has an awesome LE package: figure, cards, and a nice tin design.
        Then again, the U.S. is gets pillowcases and whatever NISA hands over to RosenQueen.
        Giveth and taketh.

  • Hraesvelgr

    Dear Sega, if I pay you ten more dollars will you please ship my game with a cover that isn’t absolute garbage?

    • kupomogli

      I’m hoping they go with the reversable cover myself. That way even if the cover does suck, we can get the original Japanese cover and it’s not going to just be plain white on the other side when we flip it over.

  • Well, this is kind of lame, considering the Japanese version got the DLC for FREE via patches. I can’t believe they are trying to nickle-and-dime people by making them pay for something like this. Isn’t it bad enough they had to wait so long to get it localized?


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