- Shenmue III released today, 20 years after the first entry in the series.
- Reviews were initially embargoed until two days after release before publisher Deep Silver moved it to today.
- The consensus is that the game will please long-term fans but leave a lukewarm impression on newcomers.
The reviews are starting to trickle in at a slow pace. Probably due to the whole embargo switcheroo routine, leaving many outlets only half-way through their play-throughs. Nevertheless, we are starting to get a picture of what Shenmue III has to offer.
The consensus is that Shenmue III is part dreadful, part charming. It harks back to the drastically different gaming landscape of the turn of the century. Fans of the first two franchise entries will find a lot of pleasure in Shenmue III. Newcomers are best abstaining from what is an anachronistic oddity.
The User Score on Metacritic sits at 8.4 currently. It’s not surprising considering the cult following and a $6 million Kickstarter crowdfunding run. Here’s what the media has said so far.
Shenmue III Review Round-Up
VG24/7 – 3/5
If you don’t like fetch quests and can’t stand hearing the same dialogue over and over again, Shenmue 3 probably isn’t for you. A bunch of the game is spent talking, gathering information, and looking for clues. It’s like a badly dubbed LA Noire. You can speed up the investigation process by using logic – speaking to people who are likely to have knowledge on the subject you seek – like chatting to elders about history, for example – but almost everything you do takes time. After 20 hours, you begin to wish you could skip through dialogue as you read it, but you can only do so if you’ve had this specific conversation with this specific person before.
If you’ve not…