Shenmue 3 is finally here, after a wait spanning almost two decades. The threequel has been a long time coming, but it’s finally out on PC and PlayStation 4.
Even since the new title was announced, it has been a long road to release. The reveal came way back at E3 2015, though development – and an accompanying Kickstarter campaign – was only just beginning. With $6.3 million raised through the crowdfunding platform, Shenmue 3 became the best-funded videogame Kickstarter project ever.
The game has also attracted controversy after it was initially said to be available on Steam, before Epic snagged it as an exclusive on PC for the first year. The question remains, however: is Shenmue 3 any good?
Luckily, after more controversy surrounding Shenmue 3’s review embargo, critics’ verdicts are beginning to go live. Some state it’s what the fans have been waiting for all this time, while others say the series’ loyal followers deserve better.
Shenmue 3 reviews
- VideoGamesChronicle – 4/5
- VG247 – 3/5
- Eurogamer – recommended
- Polygon – no score
- GamesRadar+ – no score (review-in-progress)
- Metro UK – 6/10
We’ll continue to update this list with more reviews as they go live.
Even though Shenmue 3 has only just launched, director Yu Suzuki has already said he wants to make Shenmue 4. Here’s hoping we get that a little quicker than Shenmue 3.