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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 78
  2. Negative: 7 out of 78
  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. Nov 27, 2019
    70
    This is a rough-around-the-edges nostalgia trip for die-hard fans, but with very little narrative reward.
  5. Nov 22, 2019
    65
    To put it politely, Shenmue III has the potential to charm existing fans of the Shenmue saga, if only in how much it painstakingly recreates the stilted beauty of its two predecessors. 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. If there’s one thing that Shenmue III proves, it’s that bringing new fans into the fold was never Ys Net’s goal.
  6. Nov 22, 2019
    60
    I’m all for remasters of old games and keeping those same clunky mechanics with those old games, including the punishing difficulty. However, I want my sequels to old games to adapt and grow with the times. If Shenmue III had done that, it not only would have been a better game overall, it would have appealed to a bigger audience outside its cult following.
  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: 51 out of 482
  1. Nov 24, 2019
    10
    This game was exactly what I was expecting when it was announced four years ago, it feels so good to play it once again
  2. Nov 19, 2019
    10
    what fans expected since shenmue II, classic gameplay, good graphics and the usual music
  3. Nov 25, 2019
    10
    Just an awesome sequel, just for the fans! Its even better than I hoped for, but maybe not for people not familiar to the story. The game isJust an awesome sequel, just for the fans! Its even better than I hoped for, but maybe not for people not familiar to the story. The game is intentionally slow and “awkward”, like the games in the series are. I was afraid that it was going to try to be modern and relevant, but am so happy that it stays true to what Shenmue is. And the graphics are beautiful! Expand
  4. Nov 21, 2019
    10
    This game is a masterpiece. I have waited for this game for 18 years. Thank you Yu Suzuki! This game is not for everyone. Some people areThis game is a masterpiece. I have waited for this game for 18 years. Thank you Yu Suzuki! This game is not for everyone. Some people are rating this game with zeros. That is their right but they are comparing a $70 million game (Shenmue) to Shenmue 3 which has rasied only $7 million from Kickstarter. Even with Sony and various other companies helping fund it's safe to assume that it is no where close in comparison. I love this series and Shenmue 3 doesn't disappoint. Shenmue is the only series that I actually feel like I'm there. The attention to detail is awesome. Cant wait for Shenmue 4. Expand
  5. Nov 19, 2019
    10
    After all this years I cannot believe this game actually came out. It feels like shenmue, it plays like shenmue, it’s another masterpiece. IAfter all this years I cannot believe this game actually came out. It feels like shenmue, it plays like shenmue, it’s another masterpiece. I love it. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Expand
  6. Nov 21, 2019
    9
    Started the game and played 10 hours yesterday (i'll update the review when i'm done).

    Shenmue 3 is pretty much everything i expected, and
    Started the game and played 10 hours yesterday (i'll update the review when i'm done).

    Shenmue 3 is pretty much everything i expected, and hoped it would be. I was thrown back in the breathtaking world of rural Guilin and felt right at home from the start.

    The music and the landscapes are charming and relaxing. This is a game for people who want to take their time, relax and enjoy the scenery.... and take time it will. If you're in for an adrenaline rush, you'll be greatly disappointed, but if you're ready to take your time and stay as calm and reflective as a polished mirror, you're in for a relaxing and endearing quest of world exploration and self discovery.

    Technically, this is not the most advanced game ever. The landscapes are astonishing, but the NPCs' character models range from: "dang those wrinkles are spot on!" to "Is that coming out of a PS1 CG sequence?"

    The same discrepancies can be seen in the animations. Where you'll see the most impressive, smooth and weigthed martial arts animations that you've seen in a video game, but where something as simple as a NPC scratching his head looks like it's been done by a fifth grader trying his hand at Motion Builder for the first time.

    It's obvious that the game had budget constraints and had to make choices, but the choice it made were, for me at least, the best they could have done to make the game feel like a true sequel to Shenmue 2.

    In a modern age overflowed by action games and fast and exciting, adrenaline filled ephemeral experiences, the ambiance, the story, the awkwardly quirky characters and the amazingly slow paced adventure offered by Shenmue 3 provides a breath of peaceful and calming fresh air to anyone who enjoys a soothing forest hike over a car race.
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  7. Nov 28, 2020
    0
    Hacía tiempo que no sentía lo que he sentido con este juego, que basura mas grande, que aburrido, tosco y lento es este juego. Una tortura esHacía tiempo que no sentía lo que he sentido con este juego, que basura mas grande, que aburrido, tosco y lento es este juego. Una tortura es mas simple y mejor que esto Expand

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