Review

Review: Shenmue 3 is the sequel fans have been waiting for

An unabashedly old-school experience designed to be savoured

Game director
Yu Suzuki
Key Credits
Keiji Okayasu (Second director), Kenji Miyawaki (Character designer)

Light in story yet heavy on atmosphere, basic in function yet more cohesive than previous entries, Shenmue 3 is a worthy sequel and exactly what fans have been waiting for.

  • As atmospheric and detailed as the original Dreamcast classics
  • Side activities and rewards feel more cohesive
  • Simplified combat system and levelling up with training feels more like an RPG
  • Slow pace won’t be to everyone’s taste
  • Little character development
4 / 5
Version tested
PlayStation 4
Game director
Yu Suzuki
Key Credits
Keiji Okayasu (Second director), Kenji Miyawaki (Character designer)

Light in story yet heavy on atmosphere, basic in function yet more cohesive than previous entries, Shenmue 3 is a worthy sequel and exactly what fans have been waiting for.

  • As atmospheric and detailed as the original Dreamcast classics
  • Side activities and rewards feel more cohesive
  • Simplified combat system and levelling up with training feels more like an RPG
  • Slow pace won’t be to everyone’s taste
  • Little character development
4 / 5
Version tested
PlayStation 4