Shenmue III

Rating Summary

Based on 84 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

37%

Critics Recommend

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83 / 100
Nov 26, 2019

A seamless continuation of the series that makes up for its limitations with pure heart. It's like Ryo never left us.

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Kyle Hilliard

Top Critic

5.9 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2019

Rejoining Ryo Hazuki's quest to avenge his father is exciting, but Shenmue 3 feels like a game that has ignored the innovation and progress of the last 20 years of video game development.

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Recommended
Nov 20, 2019

A bewitching time capsule that transports us to late 80s China, and to turn-of-the-century video games.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2019
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Nov 22, 2019

A magnificent, authentic, totally uncompromised sequel that crucially ignores virtually every gaming trend of the past 18 years.

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6 / 10
Nov 21, 2019

A literal dream come true for fans and while most others will struggle to understand the appeal it's impossible not to admire Yu Suzuki's vision and tenacity in not only making the game but making it his way.

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6 / 10.0
Nov 26, 2019

Exploring small towns is still fun and rewarding until you have to engage in battle and dialogue. Then it falls apart

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5 / 10
Dec 3, 2019

Shenmue III hasn't changed much from its Dreamcast-era roots--and it can't reach its full potential as a result.

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Unscored
Nov 20, 2019

It’s not the lack of elegant dialogue or the glitches that make this game so disappointing, but the idea that a series that was so obsessed with what would be possible from gaming in the future has turned into a way for people to attempt to revisit the past.

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Kotaku

Top Critic

Unscored
Dec 3, 2019

Its charm ultimately wins out in the end, but the finale is bittersweet. The pieces are set up for something grand but there’s a sense that most of our time was spent putting them into place for a climax that may never come. If it took this long for Shenmue III, why get our hopes up for Shenmue IV?

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