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Shenmue 3: The Unofficial-Official News Guide

Updated on September 19, 2015
Ryo Hazuki
Ryo Hazuki

It's Coming...

So, if you're a Shenmue fan like I am, chances are you've caught wind of the new kick-starter project that took off during a press-conference with Sony when showcasing various 3rd-party games slated for release on the PlayStation 4. The kick-starter reached the initial $2 million dollar goal almost as soon as the servers stopped crashing from the rapid influx of activity. Shenmue 3 is finally happening, but is it going to be worth waiting the (decade-plus) wait?

My Thoughts---------------------------------------------------------------------------

To be perfectly honest, I have serious doubts about this game. I have no doubt that Yu Suzuki has the drive and artistic ability to deliver incredible gaming experiences, but I have absolutely no confidence in Sony or the PlayStation brand. To me, PlayStation has always represented a cold, profit-driven brand with no desire for taking creative risks. You can clearly see this in their choice of name (PlayStation 2.. well ok. PlayStation 3... hmm never saw that one coming! And now PlayStation 4... I mean do you just not have any imagination?) The consoles always launch with like no games, and you don't start getting the really good one's until about half-way into the platform's life-cycle. I hate the fact that people claim the PS2 to be the greatest console in gaming history. I just don't see it that way.

The PlayStation 2 was marketed as a glorified DVD-player around the time that the medium was becoming relevant (and expensive). Most people I've talked to didn't even use it for gaming, or if they did they primarily used the PSone backwards compatibility feature. I've always maintained that the PSone (at of all of the blocky, mud-like graphics at the time) had the poorest visuals of all the 5th-generation platforms. The PlayStation 2 does seem to clean them up a little bit, so that's a plus. However, if you're able to take advantage of Bleemcast and play your PS1 games on the Sega Dreamcast, they look even better.

I'm also saddened by the fact that Sega isn't backing/publishing this game or running it on a Sega platform. It's great that it's happening, but it also stirs up some long-standing resentment & feelings of anger that I've harbored over the years regarding the decline of Sega and rise of the money-hungry tech conglomerates with no business being in the video game industry. You can clearly see where the disconnect between creative, passionate work and profit-driven greed is with things like Microsoft's infamous "Red Ring of Death" (RRoD) debacle. It's probably the best example of why rushing products out to the market in order to get ahead of the other guy or meet a holiday rush is poison that sickens the entire industry.

Sony isn't innocent either. They had they're own "Yellow Light of Death" (YLoD) issue that mirrored (to a lesser extent) the RRoD that plagued the majority of first-generation 360's. Plus, the machine was difficult to program for and multiplatform games ended up looking better on the Xbox 360. And then stuffing the PS3 with all of that extra garbage, slapping in a Blu-ray drive & asking for $600?! No, thank you.

Then you get to the actual gaming side of things, and all I will say is this: Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). This is a prime example (of software) of why the industry needs to slow down and actually think about what its doing & why its doing it. If you're not in a field to produce quality work, then enter another line of work. It's as simple as that.

CONFIRMED FACTS-----------------------------------------------------------------

  • We are getting the third-installment. Not a reboot.
  • Corey Marshall is returning to reprise his role as Ryo Hazuki.
  • The kick-starter was a huge success, ending in over $6 million in pledges.
  • Shenmue & Shenmue 2 HD remakes are more likely to happen now, and they haven't officially been ruled-out (yet).

Shenmue 3 Announced at Sony Press Conference

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