The next game in this series is Ryu ga gotoku: Kenzan! (りゅが如く：Kenzan!）Granted, this game was released on the PS3 early in the console's life. However with that said, even if it has the feeling of Yakuza 3 mechanically, the game is so fun,that it doesn't matter. This is of course a side story of the game series, coming out before Yakuza: The End, and it shows slightly with the graphics and game play.
This is a game similar to the previous entrant into this series, Ryu ga gotoku: Ishin, where you play as a creative representation of a historical person, this time you play as one of the most famous samurai in Japanese history, Miyamoto Musashi. He lived during the time of the beginning of the Edo period where Tokugawa Ieyasu unified Japan, after defeating the son of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Toyotomi Hideyori, and his western army. An interesting aspect of this game is that it starts somewhere in the middle story wise, and bounces back and forth. It shows how he ended up where he is at the start after the battling at Sekigahara. While the combat mechanics are a tad bit old, I like the diversity, and change of pace with how they handled the melee combat in this game.
There is of course a game that is similar that is on a more updated console, however this game is something that can and should be experienced if possible, for very much the same reasons as the newer game. Cultural significance is always something that should be important, as well as sharing that cultural experience with others outside of the culture's sphere of influence. Though if for no other reason than because it is a good game, with fun things to do, and an engaging story, as I say at the end of every one of these articles.
So, Sega, western release, please??