Shenmue III

Shenmue III Reviews Summary

Summary: For better and worse, Shenmue III feels just like the Shenmue games that launched nearly 20 years ago.

Truly Shenmue

Fans of Shenmue won't be disappointed.

Dated Systems

Many of its systems feel like they were taken out of the early 2000s.

Inconsequential

Poor voice acting and a roundabout plot make it feel somewhat irrelevant to the broader storyline.

Rating Summary

Based on 86 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

69

Top Critic Average

39%

Critics Recommend

Based on 86 critic reviews
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Nov 26, 2019

Shenmue 3's real strength is in the way that it suggests a different way of looking at the very storytelling of videogames.

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9.9 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2019

Will you like Shenmue III? I can't say. This is likely the last new game I'll play before the year ends, and it's a sure win for my Game of the Year. Shenmue III spoke to me on a level few games have. I thought about giving it a 10/10, even began gearing myself up to argue that with my editor. But Shenmue isn't perfect. It defies real perfection, because life is imperfect. Shenmue III is knobby and requires tremendous, repetitive effort before it gives up the special, unique warmth.

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9.5 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2019

With this new entry, only 40 percent of the entire Shenmue story has been told according to the game’s creator. While Shenmue III doesn’t move the plot as far as I’d like, I’m hungry for more.

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Dec 1, 2019

The game fulfills a vision of steadfast humanity within the framework of a martial arts revenge tale.

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4.5 / 5.0
Dec 9, 2019

Shenmue III isn’t for everyone, but anyone who was waiting for it will be amazed at how perfectly it captures the gameplay, atmosphere, and world of Shenmue so many years later.

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85 / 100
Nov 22, 2019

Shenmue III feels like a remake of the Dreamcast game that never existed, for better and worse. It's got everything fans loved about the Sega classics, along with some of their baggage. Still, the best of the series is the greatest it's ever been. It can feel as bloated as the originals, and some mechanics feel unnecessary or are poorly explained. If you're curious about that fabled Shenmue charm, though? This is the best entry to date.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2019

A throwback to be appreciated.

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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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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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Nov 25, 2019

Picking up exactly where the Shenmue franchise left off in 2001, Shenmue 3 is a marvel of persistence and vision.

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