See, I loved Yakuza 2. I can't find a copy of the first one, but the second one was awesome, confusing maps and objectives included.
However, I am in the minority as most people didn't like the first two games. Why? Too Japanese. Judging by the removal of two very Japanese aspects of the game, no one enjoyed running a hostess bar.
Pictured: Best. Game. Ever.
Maybe it took two years to translate it because they had to remove content? Understandable. It's why Final Fantasy XIII only took a few months. They didn't have to remove content, so it cut down on time.
So, yeah, go Sega! I'm totally behind you! I'm gonna follow you and trust your good decisions! You've never
disappointed me before! Ever!