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  • Summary: The story begins in 1980s Yokosuka, Japan...The main character, Ryo Hazuki has his father murdered before him by Lan Di, the boss of the underground organization, Chi You Men. Ryo learns of the existence of a mysterious pair of mirrors, and makes his way to Hong Kong to unravel the mysteryThe story begins in 1980s Yokosuka, Japan...The main character, Ryo Hazuki has his father murdered before him by Lan Di, the boss of the underground organization, Chi You Men. Ryo learns of the existence of a mysterious pair of mirrors, and makes his way to Hong Kong to unravel the mystery and avenge his father. A stranger in a new land, Ryo gains the help of Ren Wuying, and together they make contact with Yuanda Zhu, only to see Lan Di make his escape. Continuing to pursue his father's Killer, Ryo travels to Bailu Village in Guilin. Along the way, he meets a new companion, Shenhua Ling who will forever change his destiny. The story of Shenmue was originally scripted for a total of eleven chapters.

    Shenmue II brought the story up to chapter six, with Shenmue III continuing from there at Bailu Village. What secrets are held within the twin mirrors? Will Ryo face his arch nemesis, Lan Di in a final showdown? What does fate hold in store for Ryo and Shenhua?
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 74
  2. Negative: 4 out of 74
  1. 100
    Shenmue 3 won't disappoint fans of the first two. But that's almost secondary to the real story here. Shenmue 3's real strength is in the way that it suggests a different way of looking at the very storytelling of videogames. It challenges the idea that a game's value is in it aspiring to be "cinema", and it provides a pretty compelling argument for the alternative, too. On a personal note, as a fan of both theatre and Shenmue, this game is effortlessly my pick of what has been a very good 2019 for the creative side of videogames.
  2. Nov 22, 2019
    80
    A magnificent, authentic, totally uncompromised sequel that crucially ignores virtually every gaming trend of the past 18 years.
  3. Dec 4, 2019
    80
    Shenmue III is not the best game of the year and it’s not even my favorite game of the year, but no title in 2019 brought me as much sheer joy and jubilation, and I can’t possibly imagine any fan of the franchise walking away disappointed. For that reason alone, I can only see it as a tremendous success.
  4. Dec 9, 2019
    70
    Shenmue 3 faithfully continues the next chapter of Ryo Hazuki’s journey. After an 18-year wait against seemingly impossible odds and expectations, the end result is mostly successful. Welcoming locations and an absorbing plot are held back by presentation issues, while the combat system just hasn’t come together. Regardless, Shenmue 3 is a nostalgic return to a different time and a priceless reward for anyone invested in Lan Di’s demise.
  5. Nov 26, 2019
    65
    Shenmue III is a game for the fans … and only for the fans. It feels like what would have happened if the Shenmue series had continued on the Dreamcast. This is delightful if you were hoping for a continuation of the franchise, but unfortunately, the appeal stops there for most casual players. If you're a fan of playing old, quirky games, you'll find something to like here, but if you can't tell Shenmue from Shamu, you probably won't understand the hype. It's nice to revisit a long-dead franchise, but if Shenmue IV gets made, one can only hope that it's slightly more ambitious.
  6. Nov 25, 2019
    60
    Shenmue III is the monkey-paw wish of videogames — it is exactly what fans have wanted, to the point where it feels like it belongs in a different era.
  7. Jan 10, 2020
    30
    Shenmue III is a game of half-measures. 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. Shenmue III could have been so much more, or at least tried to wrap up Ryo’s tale, but instead, we are left with another cliff-hanger. Deep Silver and Ys Net delivered a game that works but is as unambitious and dull as Ryo’s dialogue.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 459
  1. Nov 26, 2019
    10
    Amazing it's as if was made a decade ago and not a clone of cinema games of today . It's exactly what I wanted in a 3rd game of shenmue I'd ofAmazing it's as if was made a decade ago and not a clone of cinema games of today . It's exactly what I wanted in a 3rd game of shenmue I'd of hated it if was just another clone of modern games . Now 4th game could maybe bring it up to date a bit more Expand
  2. Nov 19, 2019
    10
    what fans expected since shenmue II, classic gameplay, good graphics and the usual music
  3. Nov 28, 2019
    10
    Continuacion perfecta, ni más ni menos, tiene todo lo que un fan de la saga lleva esperando tanto tiempo
  4. Nov 20, 2019
    10
    This is just what I've been waiting for since I played Shenmue, 15 years ago. As usual, the music and landscapes are amazing.
  5. Nov 21, 2019
    10
    Yu Suzuki give me that shenmue experience that i hope for I love it I can’t wait what’s happening in this third part
  6. Dec 2, 2019
    9
    Shenmue 3 is a true continuation, maintaining its roots while becoming better at what it always has been. The only reason it gets a 9 insteadShenmue 3 is a true continuation, maintaining its roots while becoming better at what it always has been. The only reason it gets a 9 instead of a 10 from me is the strict bedtime of Niaowu, maintaining the 9pm sleepy time that seemed to make sense for the story in Bailu village for the purpose of having time to speak with shenhua and not be wandering.

    However in the city this feels like I had the exciting night life taken from me. Chances to explore the beautiful landscape at night limited by an unexplained bedtime.

    Aside from this, a lack of moves learned from masters was disappointing. The only two times it happened were story parts few and far between and the moves held no significance outside of specific plot scenes.

    These two things were mild but constant thus taking a point off for me. Everything else was perfect to me. I hope it was and/or will be to you as well!
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  7. Dec 25, 2019
    0
    The userboard is manipulated by shenmue dojo. Com. Shenmue 1 and 2 were good. This game is crap. They deleted throws in fight and story onlyThe userboard is manipulated by shenmue dojo. Com. Shenmue 1 and 2 were good. This game is crap. They deleted throws in fight and story only progresses 10 minutes. The grind is heavy. Basically a flopped game Expand

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