as was the downright terrible Quantum Theory.
Had never heard of that game before. It looks like Gears of War vs Final Fantasy. lol
I started with 3 on a lark and it was such a breath of fresh air. It's been so long, I'd honestly forgotten about the removed parts in 3. I've never plat'd any of them, but spent at least 120 hours+ on each of 3 ,4, and 5. Some of the side stories, Oh my god. Funny shit. Even the transphobic stuff, which is *cough* kiiinda there....it doesn't feel malicious at the very least. Don't get caught by the marauding trans sex monster! You cannot possibly withstand her sex attack! The best transphobic humor this side of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Good times. Good times......This was mostly in 3 and 4. The character in question was treated with more reverence in Yakuza 5.
You're referring to Michiru? That was hilarious in Yakuza 3. I don't think I interacted with him/her in Yakuza 4, other than seeing her at a bar.
This kind of contradicts what they said about why they didn't localize Yakuza Ishin. They said they were afraid to release it in the west because they thought that it couldn't be enjoyed without knowledge of Japanese history.
Yakuza's popularity in the west seems to have grown recently, in particular with the release of Yakuza 0.
It was a good starting point for people who hadn't played parts 1-5.