Tag: Shenmue

  • Deal Shenmue III Has Had Its Price Slashed on PS4 for Black Friday

    I see

    Shenmue III has been out for just over a week, but it's already available for a reduced cost -- at least in North America. While in Europe the long-awaited sequel is holding its initial price, Amazon US is currently listing the game for $34.99 as part of its Black Friday sale. That perhaps speaks to the slow start the game has had when it...

  • Round Up Shenmue III Reviews Reveal a Classic Tale Rekindled

    Hazuki hit

    Shenmue III is out now after 18 unbearable years, and it’s every inch the continuation of a cult classic franchise. This means, naturally, reviews are all over the place. We’re taking our time with the Yu Suzuki title – this is a release that demands to be savoured – but some verdicts are beginning to appear, so here’s a...

  • News Shenmue III's DLC Season Pass Will Plot the Return of a Familiar Face

    Zhang on

    There’ll be a full-length side-quest available as part of Shenmue III’s previously announced Season Pass, known officially as the euphemistic Complete DLC Collection. Available to purchase now from the UK PlayStation Store for £11.99, the post-release pledge promises three add-on packs, one of which appears to be story-related...

  • Hands On Shenmue III Is a Fantastic Sequel That's Been Frozen in Time

    The follow-up fans wanted

    It’s been almost 18 years since Shenmue II released on the Dreamcast in Europe, but its long-awaited sequel feels like it’s been preserved in a time (toy?) capsule during that time. This is the greatest compliment that could be paid Shenmue III, of course: look beyond the richly rendered Unreal Engine 4 visuals, and the...

  • News Shenmue III's Review Embargo Moved Forward to Release Day

    Yu won't have to wait

    Update: Publisher Deep Silver has revised the Shenmue III embargo, now allowing critics to publish their verdicts on the title from launch day, on 19th November. While we won't be running our review at that time -- this is a relatively large title that demands more of our time -- we should have some first impressions ready to...

  • News Shenmue III Launch Trailer Brings the 18 Year Wait to an End

    It's finally here

    Shenmue III is just days away from finally releasing on PlayStation 4. Push Square editor Sammy Barker's excitement is at an all-time high, but can the same be said of you? Have you too been waiting 18 years for the series' third instalment? Check out its launch trailer above to gauge your interest. Close to three minutes of...

  • News Shenmue III Has a Virtua Fighter-Inspired Chicken Spoof

    And more drawers to explore than ever before

    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...

  • News Shenmue III's PC Demo Is the Nostalgia Hit You Need Today

    This is...

    As of today, Shenmue III backers with capable computers can play a demo version of the upcoming release, which includes a small portion of Bailu Village to explore. The surprise here is that it genuinely looks superb: the long-awaited sequel is every inch the successor to the Dreamcast classic that we’d hoped for, with awkward dialogue...

  • News Lose Yourself in Shenmue 3's Living, Breathing World

    Village people

    The reason Shenmue means so much to so many people is because it was one of the first titles to truly transport players to a different place. The inaugural instalment, set in Yokosuka, Japan felt claustrophobic yet homely, while the sequel took protagonist Ryo Hazuki to the foreign shores of Hong Kong. Shenmue III looks to be...

  • News Shenmue III Has Come a Long Way on PS4

    A day in the life of Ryo Hazuki

    Shenmue III’s unlikely to appeal to series newcomers, but it’s clearly come a long way as it closes in on its 19th November release date. The long-awaited sequel now looks like a bona fide successor to the cult classic SEGA Dreamcast games, with the franchise’s trademark atmosphere brilliantly intact in this...

  • News Shenmue III Backers Irate as Pre-Order Bonuses Not Included

    Season Pass also sold separately

    Regardless of whether it will live up to expectations or not, Shenmue III is at long last beginning to look like a finished product, which should be cause for celebration. Unfortunately, the long awaited sequel has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons of late – mostly due to developer Ys Net accepting a...

  • News New Shenmue III Screenshots Show Chai, Fully Playable Arcade

    Lan Di also puts in an appearance

    Ryo Hazuki’s frenzied skinhead adversary Chai will return in Shenmue III – powered by the protagonist’s Hong Kong ferry ticket. New screenshots from the long-awaited sequel show the crazed individual attempting to attack the hero and his accomplice Shenhua, while other images reveal antagonist Lan Di...

  • News Unachieved Shenmue III Stretch Goals Incorporated into Game

    Greater scope

    Shenmue III smashed Kickstarter records when it was crowd-funded a few years ago, but there were Stretch Goals in the final campaign that weren’t achieved. Fortunately, through additional funding from publisher Deep Silver, developer Ys Net has been able to implement some of these features into the game. Among some of the unexpected...

  • E3 2019 Shenmue III Will Not Even Hit the Halfway Point of Ryo's Story

    "I see"

    Shenmue III will see sullen protagonist Ryo Hazuki’s story reach the 40 per cent point. The news will presumably baffle non-fans, but it’ll come as no surprise to series veterans, who’ll know that series creator Yu Suzuki always anticipated the saga to span a whopping 16 chapters. The first two titles in the series covered six of the...

  • E3 2019 Shenmue III Battles on Boats, Saves Children in Trailer

    Excite QTE

    There’s a good chance you’ve already seen Shenmue III’s E3 2019 trailer, as it was spotted on a store’s retail pod and recorded off-screen. But here’s the direct-feed version, revealing returning characters like Chai – and confirming that forklift truck driving will make its long-awaited return. You can get a better look at...

  • E3 2019 Shenmue III Will Receive Post-Launch DLC via a Season Pass

    Digital Deluxe edition reveals all

    Shenmue fans around the world, including Push Square's own Sammy Barker, were in dreamland yesterday when a new gameplay trailer confirmed that Shenmue III most certainly looks and plays like a Shenmue game. One smaller detail they might have passed on though is that the long-awaited experience will be continuously...

  • E3 2019 Lucky Hit, Toy Capsules Star in Shenmue III's PS4 Gameplay

    And there are turtle races

    Excuse us while we state the obvious, but Shenmue III really is a new Shenmue game. We’re not sure what we expected, but this PlayStation 4 gameplay footage from the E3 2019 showfloor hits the exact same beats as the Dreamcast originals, showing protagonist Ryo Hazuki as he plays Lucky Hit and purchases toy capsules. The...

  • E3 2019 Limited Run to Launch Shenmue III Collector's Edition

    Maybe you should buy one

    Limited Run Games will offer a Shenmue III collector’s edition this November, featuring a copy of the game, a double-sided replica of the Phoenix/Dragon mirrors, a set of stickers and patches, and a Shoji Door-styled desk lamp. The package will be available in limited quantities, but there’ll still be a standard...

  • E3 2019 Hear Ryo Hazuki Speak in New Shenmue III Trailer

    "I see"

    Pinch yourself, because Shenmue III is no longer a dream. The game is getting a big blowout at E3 2019 ahead of its 19th November release date, and here’s your latest look at the long-awaited sequel. While there’s also a Japanese language version, the English edition features the first voice work from returning star Corey Marshall,...

  • News Shenmue III Showcases Whack-a-Mole, Forklifts in Demo Pod Trailer

    Let's get sweaty

    This is so surreal, folks. We’ve waited almost two decades for the successor to Shenmue II, and it’s finally right around the corner. Yes, the long-anticipated Shenmue III may have incurred a small delay this week, but all-new footage taken from a PlayStation 4 demo pod in a Walmart store looks every inch the successor we’ve...

  • News Shenmue III Delayed to November 2019

    At least it's a short one

    It was too good to be true, wasn't it? Shenmue III has been delayed to 19th November 2019, pushing it back by nearly three months from the original release date of late August. Detailed in a post on the game's Kickstarter page, Yu Suzuki said that the game needs a little bit more time for refinement and finishing touches...

  • News Shenmue III Finally Looks Like a Real Video Game

    And that's mind blowing

    This. Is. Surreal. Ys Net has finally released a full-length trailer for the long-awaited Shenmue III, and after almost two decades of waiting, it looks like an actual video game. In the clip we see Ryo and Shenhua investigating the Chinese village of Bailu and its various unsavoury characters. There are high points and low...

  • News Gaming's Greatest Villain, Lan Di, Looks Tough in Shenmue III

    For the last time, where is the mirror?

    He’s appeared in, like, three scenes, but there’s no doubt Lan Di is one of gaming’s greatest villains. After ruthlessly murdering Iwao Hazuki in the opening scene of Shenmue, protagonist Ryo has been in search of revenge ever since. He’ll come one step closer in long-awaited sequel Shenmue III, and we...

  • News Shenmue III Is Finally Starting to Look Like Shenmue III

    "I see"

    Your humble host recently got a Shenmue tattoo, so never let his love of Yu Suzuki’s seminal coming of age story be called into question. That said, even the most ardent fan would have to agree that Shenmue III has looked, well, terrible since it was announced. With the long-awaited sequel due out in August, though, developer Ys Net has to...

  • News Yu Suzuki Implies Shenmue III Will Be Larger Than Its Predecessors

    Bigger and better?

    The original Shenmue is not a particularly long game, but its successor takes the best part of 30 hours to complete if you’re playing it for the first time. It sounds like – despite being built on a wafer-thin budget – Shenmue III will be longer, however, as series creator Yu Suzuki has implied in a new interview that it...

  • News Shenmue III PS4 Screenshots Show Off Lush Locations and More

    I see

    We're slowly starting to build a picture of how Shenmue III is shaping up as Deep Silver drip feeds new assets here and there, and it's not looking too shabby. The publisher has just released a small batch of new screenshots for the highly anticipated sequel, showing off some new environments as well as Ryo throwing down some punches against...

  • News SEGA Cancelled Full Remakes of the Shenmue Games

    Changed its mind

    Wow, another wrinkle is added to the Shenmue saga today, as it’s emerged that full remakes of the first two games in the franchise were in production up until the end of last year. Digital Foundry has obtained footage of Shenmue I & II that’s different to the PlayStation 4 re-release we received earlier in the year. The...

  • Guide Shenmue II - How to Learn 15 Combat Skills

    Master

    Over the course of Shenmue II, you’ll encounter characters who will teach you combat skills. These essentially comprise moves that you can perform during free battle. You’ll earn the following Trophies on the way to the ‘Master’ Trophy, which is awarded for learning 15 combat skills: Apprentice (one combat skill), Adept (five combat...

  • Guide Shenmue II - How to Easily Make Lots of Money

    Cash for Cool Z

    There’s a moment early in Shenmue II where you’ll lose all of your money, and there’s nothing you can do about it. From that point, you’re going to have to try and make some cash if you want to purchase toy capsules or play arcade games. There are various jobs you can do to make some dollars, including carrying crates and...

  • Guide Shenmue II - How to Win 5 Arm Wrestling Matches

    Strongarm

    One of the first things that will happen when you arrive in Aberdeen in Shenmue II is that you’ll be challenged to an arm wrestling match. This first bout is easy to win, and you’ll be awarded the ‘Challenger’ Trophy for your efforts. Each time you win, however, the stakes will be increased – and winning the $50 bet is almost...

  • Guide Shenmue II - Master the Wild Throw Move from the Kung Fu School in Wan Chai

    Back to school

    Shenmue and its successor Shenmue II are essentially coming of age stories, and protagonist Ryo Hazuki will absorb a ton of information across the course of both games. One thing that the character learns are new moves, but these can be missable at times. One move in particular, the Wild Throw, will be taught to you at the Guang...

  • Guide Shenmue II - How to Straighten the Man's Sign Near the Come Over Guest House in Wan Chai

    Good Samaritan

    An easily missable sequence in Shenmue II involves a man who needs help straightening his sign near the Come Over Guest House in Wan Chai. In order to be a Good Samaritan, you’re going to need to ensure that you’ve progressed the quest involving Wong and your bag swiftly, because you’ll need to have got in your room and packed...

  • News There's a Free Shenmue PS4 Theme in North America

    This is cool

    SEGA’s celebrating the launch of Shenmue I & II on the PlayStation 4 with a free dynamic theme in North America. Available to download now, the animated wallpaper includes a sketch of Ryo Hazuki on the top layer, and a panning shot of the Dragon Mirror on the bottom layer. There’s also some new music from the franchise’s...

  • Gamescom 2018 Shenmue III Continues the Saga on 27th August

    That's next year, to be clear

    Shenmue III will release on 27th August, 2019, a new trailer from the Gamescom 2018 opening ceremony has confirmed. As part of a Deep Silver segment, Yu Suzuki showcased a new trailer from the game, which is by far the best we’ve seen thus far. While it’s clear that there’s still a lot of work to do, we get a...

  • Guide Shenmue - How to Get into Warehouse 8 and Meet Master Chen

    Break and enter

    Once you reach New Yokosuka Harbor in Shenmue, one of your first tasks is to break and enter Warehouse 8 so that you can meet Master Chen – but this can be a bit of pain. To begin with, there are two warehouse districts, and you’ll need to pay a visit to the Old Warehouse District in order to infiltrate the Warehouse 8 that...

  • Soapbox 5 Things I Wish I Knew About Shenmue Before Playing for the First Time

    About that day...

    Thanks to the HD re-release of these two Dreamcast classics, many of you will be experiencing Shenmue for the very first time. I'm one of those people too, and after receiving my pre-order a fair few days early, I've been able to make a decent amount of leeway into my search for the killer of Ryo Hazuki's father, the...

  • Gamescom 2018 Shenmue III Announcement Scheduled for Opening Ceremony

    Kiss off, twit

    We’re regularly writing about Shenmue again and it’s really bloody strange. Coinciding with tomorrow’s Shenmue I & II release, Yu Suzuki is lining up some kind of Shenmue III announcement during the Gamescom 2018 opening ceremony. The show – which will also showcase world premieres and reveals from a variety of publishers...

  • Hands On Is Shenmue I & II a Knock Out on PS4?

    The day the snow turned to rain

    Even in 2018, there’s something unusual about Shenmue. While most games strive to create lush, idyllic fantasy worlds, mid-80s Yokosuka is a claustrophobic dive, inhabited by everyday people living uninspiring lives. It’s this slice of life format that’s made the series a mainstay in gaming culture for almost...

  • Soapbox Why I Love Shenmue

    Sammy Barker recalls his history with Yu Suzuki's hit series

    Republished on Thursday, 18th August 2018: We're bringing this article back from the archives in celebration of Shenmue I & II's impending release on the PlayStation 4. The original text follows. Originally published on Thursday, 16th July 2015: I don't remember the day that the snow...

  • Guide Shenmue - How to Find the Flashback in the Dojo

    Treasure your friends

    Your main goal in Shenmue is to avenge the death of your father, and so in the early exchanges the game goes to great lengths to depict Ryo Hazuki’s relationship with Iwao. Much of this is achieved via flashback scenes, and in this guide we’re going to show you how to find the flashback in the dojo, which will unlock the...

  • Guide Shenmue - How to Find Charlie in the Tattoo Parlor in Dobuita

    Needle in a haystack

    One of the early objectives in Shenmue is to find Charlie in Dobuita, a man who wears a leather jacket, black sunglasses, and has a tattoo on his arm. The problem is that not many of the locals have heard of him, so we’re going to help you to track him down in the local tattoo parlor. Once you’ve found him, you’ll be able...

  • Guide Shenmue - How to Find the Flashback in the Kitchen

    Yummy meal

    Throughout the course of Shenmue, Ryo Hazuki will reminisce about his relationship with his father, and the lessons he taught him. Specifically there are a sequence of cut-scenes throughout the campaign which act as flashbacks, in which Iwao imparts valuable information to his son. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to find the...

  • Guide Shenmue - How to Find the Flashback in the Yard

    Simpler times

    Shenmue is a revenge story, wherein Ryo Hazuki seeks vengeance for the murder of his father, Iwao. In order to highlight the protagonist’s relationship with his parent, there are a series of flashback cut-scenes to find throughout the campaign, which can be triggered by looking at an object or even standing in the right place. In...

  • News Shenmue I & II Scores a Gorgeous Japanese Collector's Edition

    Only on PS4

    Shenmue I & II will not release in Japan until 22nd November, but fans’ patience will be rewarded in the form of a stunning Collector’s Edition only available overseas. The pretty PlayStation 4 exclusive will cost ¥5,990 (~$54) and will come with a copy of the game and a 40 song soundtrack in a special presentation package...

  • News Ryo Hazuki Recaps Shenmue's Engrossing Storyline

    Maybe another time

    In the latest of a string of Shenmue I & II promotional videos, SEGA’s roped in Ryo Hazuki’s voice actor Corey Marshall to offer some insight on the story. Yu Suzuki’s innovative adventure game is perhaps so beloved because it was one of the first games to really emphasise story-telling and cinematics – something...

  • News Good News! Shenmue III's Scope Just Increased Again

    Game reaches another stretch goal

    Shenmue III’s stumbled over $7 million in fan funding through slacker backer support, which means that the scale of the project has increased again. As per its stretch goal obligations, Ys Net will now be adding a new system named AI Battling. We’ve read the developer’s description of what it actually is a...

  • News Revisit Shenmue's Famous Dobuita Street in the Flesh

    Through the power of YouTube

    Dobuita Street is perhaps the most memorable location from the original Shenmue game. Home to Tom’s hot-dog stand, Nozomi’s flower shop, and… Like, a car park, it’s the central shopping district in the first instalment. It’s also a real-life place with real-life inspirations, as explained in this excellent...

  • News Shenmue I & II Sure Have Scrubbed Up Nicely on PS4

    New trailer celebrates release date

    It took one small screenshot of Shenmue in EDGE magazine to sell 11-year-old Sammy on the Dreamcast, and it still holds up today. Okay, so this trailer for the PlayStation 4 version of Shenmue I & II looks like it’s stepped out of the early 2000s – but it was a handsome title back then, and it remains so...

  • News Shenmue I & II PS4 Release Date Revealed

    Race ducks and drive forklift trucks in August

    Though no official confirmation has been made by SEGA, the release date for Shenmue I & II appears to now be set in stone. According to the bundle's listing on the PlayStation Store, the PS4 ports of these influential Dreamcast adventure games is 20th August in North America and 21st August in...

  • News Shenmue III Celebrates Backer Surveys with New Footage

    For the Rin

    Those of you who backed Shenmue III on Kickstarter should receive a survey soon, allowing you to select your t-shirt size and share other details depending upon the tier you chose. And to celebrate that news, developer Ys Net has released a cute little clip starring one of the title’s characters: Rin. It’s obviously not...