I thought I'd relieve the "What have you been playing?" thread of the burden of sheltering such an awesome game and make it it's very own thread to dance and play in. In essence this is an action rpg set during 1855 Japan in a town that is starting to be heavily influenced by the British (there is an entire subset of town called Little Britain) and you are just some random ronin who shows up. From there on you can choose to ally with the English, the xenophobic local rebels, the shogunate, or just be whatever you want. You live out each day doing quests, story missions, or pretty much whatever you want with the caveat that doing some things will close off other story paths (a flowchart showing your progression is always at hand so you can see where to choose differently to alter the course of the story on subsequent playthroughs.) The game is somewhat short if you just burn through a story path but there's plenty to do (I've put in 20 hours and am only 3 proper completions in) and the story/environment can vary wildly depending on how you act. You can go do missions for a thief or be a murderous thug but on your next playthrough you may find that the shops barely sell anything at all and there are far more guards wandering about. The flipside is that sometimes you want to kill someone in a playthrough because that's how you get the truly fun thing in the game - stances and weapons. There are around 90 different fighting stances in the game and each one has a unique selection of moves (with some overlap) that you unlock new attacks in by fighting people. Easily the most fun thing in the game to me is the brutal quick unyielding nature of the combat; you will often enemies with moves that if not blocked will kill you or bring you to near death in a single strike Bushido Blade style. You also have to manage your swords durability level, if you take too many swings or block too many strikes you may find yourself holding a broken blade instead of your personally constructed sword that you've taken great care in leveling up over the course of a playthrough. Writing this I find I'm explaining the gameplay too much and not the most important thing: THIS GAME IS HILARIOUS AND INSANE. It doesn't take itself seriously at all, it will break the fourth wall whenever it damned well pleases and the soba shop bodyguard is only wearing underpants. If you have a PS3 and love the Yakuza games as much as I do you should seriously think about dropping $40 in the PSN store and having some delicious time.