Is it all the Shenmue you could want? It ultimately delivers on its promise of the continuation of the Shenmue story for fans that have been waiting on it for years, but that doesn’t mean it delivers on that promise well. Pure Warning: Cyberpunk 2077 Leaks Expected As Early Copies Released, F1 2020 Free Trial Now Available on PS4, Xbox One, A replica of the previous titles, only a little prettier, Areas are small, but with lots of back and forth, it still feels like a big game, Though not awe-inspiring, the visuals are vivid, Some of the mini-games will compensate for the lack of action and are surprisingly addictive, Nothing new brought to the series, considering the first title was ahead of its time, Far too many cutscenes/periods of inactivity for the modern gamer, Voice acting is hit and miss – the responses are sometimes irrelevant. Along the way, he meets a new companion, Shenhua Ling who will forever change his destiny. The environments are big enough but conveniently ‘locked’ until the story progresses. Last week I put up my initial thoughts on Shenmue 3 – a pre-review if you will, as there simply wasn’t enough time to get through the game to give an overview of what to expect. What's this? Review Disclaimer: This review was carried out using a copy of the game provided by the publisher. I didn’t get involved in the Kickstarter campaign. Please enter your birth date to watch this video: You are not allowed to view this material at this time. It takes time to earn money. However, if judged on its merits alone and/or by a non-Shenmue fan, this game just feels like a whole bunch of wasted Kickstarter money. Personally really, really, loving it. I’d be mildly surprised if there will be any new converts. Still, for the sentiment and closure on the story (a little) – should that evoke any positive moods, then this game is excellent. Then they made The Phantom Menace. sure, if you want to play the worst, most grindy and mind numbing game of your life with graphics from the PS2 era. Generally favorable reviews- based on 1092 Ratings, Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace. This is a weird one, and it has come about completely unintentionally. There are so many in-jokes and fourth wall anecdotes that only a fan would get, and I must admit, I found that a bit pretentious. The same applies to the miniature toys you collect; get a full set, and you’ll either be rewarded with a lot of dough or a prize you can sell on. The Shenmue series has been about avenging the death of Ryo’s father. Then again, running back and forth between places eating into your stamina is pretty standard, so you will be covering more mileage that the actual area. For someone with a great deal of patience, I felt a little tested but soon began to realise that this game is for the fans and is a replica of the original titles. Shenmue 3 isn’t the Phantom Menance at all. It’s like me saying to go back to the original Star Wars trilogy and saying it’s dated. The game is a poorly envisioned pile of wank. In fact, before leaving the first main area, I was asked if there was anything else I wanted to do in the village. I love it. Shenmue 3's real strength is in the way that it suggests a different way of looking at the very storytelling of videogames. With those negatives thrown in, I still love this game and have been playing it intensely. If someone like Ryo existed and responded with the way he did in real life, I doubt so many people would entertain him. Thank you Yu Suzuki! What a contradiction, huh? Cant wait for Shenmue 4. In the second main area, Niaowu, there’s a hotel guestbook that has been completed by fans around the world. Copyright © 2020 Pure PlayStation/Pure Games Media LTD - All Rights Reserved. The messages in English, mostly note form, is better than the dialogue at times. It just so happens that it was the original creator, Yu Suzuki, that was involved. Well, a few more days have passed, and I’ve… well, not progressed as quickly as I should have, but can now give you my verdict. A true continuation of the series. Yes, it should be available for the masses to try it out – perhaps win them over, but this feels like we’ve all been let in on the Kickstarter campaign and an exclusive. After all this years I cannot believe this game actually came out. No matter how much of the gauge you build up (I maxed it out through all the training options), it will always drop down to about three orbs. Hopefully we won't have to wait another 18 years for the next. The game is a poorly envisioned pile of wank. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. This game is a masterpiece. If you collect sets of items – such as herbs in the village, you can compile into sets that earn you more money. This game was exactly what I was expecting when it was announced four years ago, it feels so good to play it once again, what fans expected since shenmue II, classic gameplay, good graphics and the usual music. Deep Silver and Ys Net delivered a game that works but is as unambitious and dull as Ryo’s dialogue. You either need to have a steady supply of food to hand or Snake Power – a handy little energy boost that you can take mid-fight. Free (& Subscription) Games for All Platforms: New & Upcoming, What to Watch Now on HBO Max and the HBO App, December Preview: 16 TV Shows & New Movies to Watch at Home, Shenmue 3 - Release Date Trailer | Gamescom 2018, E3 2019: Shenmue 3 Gameplay Trailer - PC Gaming Show 2019, Shenmue III Sparring and Training Gameplay, PS Now, PS Plus, and Other New Free PS4 Games, Music title data, credits, and images provided by, Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by.