Shenmue III does not have any of the classic SEGA arcade cabinets from its predecessors, but Yu Suzuki has compensated with a Virtua Fighter-inspired brawler named ChobuChan Fighter. It features whimsical chickens, and is related to one of the title’s primary collectibles. In order to play it, you’ll need to manually move the arcade cabinet using Ryo Hazuki’s infamous forklift truck.
The legendary director explains that “connection” is a theme throughout the long-awaited sequel, so many of the side-activities overlap. For example, one of the primary rewards throughout the title is new clothing for the moody main character to wear. Obviously, doing jobs like chopping wood will also reward you with money that you can use to spend on fresh threads.
A big part of the Shenmue experience is also being part of a living, breathing world, and the threequel will allow you to rummage through more drawers than ever before. Suzuki himself admits that many may not find this fun, but searching cupboards for unexpected surprises is a huge, ahem, draw. We can’t wait now.
This is a series I somehow missed so 3 will be my first. Looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about!
You will not get “it” unless you play the first Shenmue , which started it all 19 years ago !!
Shenmue was special when it was released ..
can we please get a new virtua fighter game?
I love that series
@FrequentlyFreaky - Sound advice there. Hopefully Shenmue 3 pulls a Yakuza and has some 'story so far' content for those that haven't played the previous games. If not, starting with 3 would be a huge mistake.
Already back it on kickstarter on the first day, can wait to play this
@Shigurui @FrequentlyFreaky thanks, that was my concern. I guess it’s a little bit like playing Mario 64 now for the first time, you wouldn’t understand now how groundbreaking that game was at the time...
A “story so far” would be ideal. Hope it has one!
@Dodoo - I'd be surprised if it didn't have any information on the previous games. When Shenmue 2 was ported to original Xbox the game came with a DVD that told the story of the first game, I'd expect something similar with 3.
@Dodoo I'd strongly recommend playing Shenmue 1 & 2 on PS4 first.
@get2sammyb @Shigurui yeah if the game comes with a backdated story dvd or download that’d be perfect but if not guess I’ll have to play the 1&2 remasters first! Thanks for your help...
@Dodoo - The HD Collection is currently on sale, would be worth getting that for cheap to see if the games are your thing or not as opposed to buying the new one for a lot more money and finding that you hate it.
Everything I've seen of 3 indicates that it hasn't strayed too far from the originals at all so playing those would give you a good measure of what to expect from it.
@Shigurui It does have a recap of the first two games, so people can jump straight into 3 if they choose.
I wouldn't recommend skipping the first two games for any new players like @Dodoo if you can help it. A lot of writers throw out the lazy surface level Yakuza comparison, but they're very different games. Shenmue's a lot more akin to Animal Crossing. Fighting is a piece of Shenmue, but at it's core the game is about taking it slow, exploring, and immersing yourself in its world. If you go in expecting fight after fight and all action fireworks you might be disappointed. As Yu Suzuki put it, the story itself is only 20% of the game.
@Dodoo Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__6DfijGk1c
Its the best Shenmue 1&2 recap video out there. it doesnt just list down what happened but also does it in a very narrative pleasing way. like a story that is told.
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