Summary: For better and worse, Shenmue III feels just like the Shenmue games that launched nearly 20 years ago.
Fans of Shenmue won't be disappointed.
Many of its systems feel like they were taken out of the early 2000s.
Poor voice acting and a roundabout plot make it feel somewhat irrelevant to the broader storyline.
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Shenmue III is exactly what I would have expected to see fifteen years ago, only with much prettier graphics. Newcomers to the series may find the controls, mechanics, and dreadful QTE segments a little frustrating and not at all what you’d expect from this type of game in 2019, but those who have played and loved the originals will feel right at home. I feel the developers have delivered everything they promised within the Kickstarter campaign, offering a new and exciting chapter into the life of Ryo in the search for the man who killed his father. If you go into the game knowing that it’s much slower than titles such as Yakuza, then you’re going to enjoy it a lot more – I honestly had fun despite the abundance of QTE and fund-raising moments.
Fans of the series are going to find everything they love here – a game that refuses to be anything else apart from itself, even if that is rooted in the past.
Shenmue 3 is a game created for fans that have been expecting a new title for almost 20 years. Although certain elements were modernized, such as smoother controls and graphics, the progression of the story and the overall structure returned to being as slow as it was in Shenmue I. In fact, the two parts that exist in the game are very similar in structure - it seems that you play it twice. The combat system, which now has RPG elements, doesn't look very good either. It is not a horrible game - far from it, but after waiting all this time we would like to see a natural evolution in its mechanics or story, and not the same thing again.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Shenmue III ironically becomes a breath of fresh air by remaining rigidly focused on what it used to be.
Shenmue III isn't at all the perfect video game that everyone would love. On the contrary, Yu Suzuki's dream project is focused purely on pleasing the old fans of the series that aged along with the first two games and offers exactly what the third part of the saga would, if it came out 15 years ago. If viewed through that lens, Shenmue III is nothing but a success.
Review in Czech | Read full review
Shenmue III is a real treat for fans and the best entry in the series so far. Improvements push the series in the right direction but it's not very friendly for newcomers. However, the overall game is an engaging experience from start to finish. It delivers what was promised by YS NET as the next chapter of the series.
Shenmue III is a faithful recreation of a Shenmue game. However, it's not necessarily something I think anybody should play unless you're desperate to uncover the next chapter in the saga of Ryo Hazuki.
Fans of the previous games will love the third instalment, and those who disliked the previous two games will not find anything here to change their minds.
Shenmue 3 might not be a right choice for modern day gamers, but for die hard Shenmue fans who have waited for it for almost two decades, it's a must have.
Review in Persian | Read full review
New Shenmue is almost same as previous games. But nostalgic reminiscing has some flaws.
Review in Slovak | Read full review