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When Shenmue released it was a top AAA game in terms of visuals and content. Shenmue3 looks more like a low budget game.

So naturally Shenmue 3 has not the perception of the old games, it just a nostalgia trip for people who enjoyed the old ones and perhaps some new who enjoys the very specific games style.



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Ok, this is a genuine question. I've looked up some reviews and videos of Shenmue III, and I need to ask, was the English voice acting and dialogue made intentionally bad as a callback to the first two games? I mean, something like that was pretty much to be expected in a lot of games in the 90's and early 2000's, but I thought we had moved on from that in the last 15 years. You can actually do better these days, even in very small budget projects. Ryu especially sounds horrible, with every line coming off as awkward and stilted. I know that was the case in the first two games as well, but did they actually make him sound that bad intentionally, or is that really the best they could do? I'm not sure which option would be worse to be honest.



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Sad thing is, I have a feeling this game will sell like shit. I'll he getting it, because I know what to expect. But nobody else will be interested in it.



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its actually a 71 though :) title is wrong.

SwitchUP said:
Sad thing is, I have a feeling this game will sell like shit. I'll he getting it, because I know what to expect. But nobody else will be interested in it.

Yeah I have like 0 intrest either.... Im not expecting it to do very well tbh.



JRPGfan said:

its actually a 71 though :) title is wrong.

SwitchUP said:
Sad thing is, I have a feeling this game will sell like shit. I'll he getting it, because I know what to expect. But nobody else will be interested in it.

Yeah I have like 0 intrest either.... Im not expecting it to do very well tbh.

Then hopefully the next game (or two) will be crowd funded again.



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I'm not sure if it has a good reason to exist.



Immersiveunreality said:
I'm not sure if it has a good reason to exist.

Fans gave Yu Suzuki 7.1 million reasons for it to exist. So yes, it has a good reason to exist. 



Darashiva said:
Ok, this is a genuine question. I've looked up some reviews and videos of Shenmue III, and I need to ask, was the English voice acting and dialogue made intentionally bad as a callback to the first two games? I mean, something like that was pretty much to be expected in a lot of games in the 90's and early 2000's, but I thought we had moved on from that in the last 15 years. You can actually do better these days, even in very small budget projects. Ryu especially sounds horrible, with every line coming off as awkward and stilted. I know that was the case in the first two games as well, but did they actually make him sound that bad intentionally, or is that really the best they could do? I'm not sure which option would be worse to be honest.

Pretty sure it was intentional, they used the same voice actors for all of the characters who were in Shenmue 1 and 2 as far as I know, and it seems like they purposefully directed them to act the same way they did in the first two games, even if their voice acting skills have improved since then. Everything about this game was designed to be nostalgic and stay true to the originals. That being said, from what I've heard in trailers the English voice acting is definitely an improvement over the first 2 games, even Ryo got a bit better. 

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shikamaru317 said:
Immersiveunreality said:
I'm not sure if it has a good reason to exist.

Fans gave Yu Suzuki 6.3 million reasons for it to exist. So yes, it has a good reason to exist. 

Yeah but outside of that as a product on itself?

Was it a wise decision to make this a kickstart project and will it make a bit of profit or hardly break even/losses?



Only fans will appreciate this game. I have both PC and PS4 versions and so far I like it, but I think Yu should've waited for Sony instead of going the Kickstarter route, even if Sony took 2 more years to get the funds, they'd have a bigger budget and there would be a bigger ad campaign.