Shenmue III (Zero Punctuation)

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  • Escapist
    Escapist  Month ago +138

    Watch this week's ZP episode where Yahtzee reviews a bunch of games you've been bugging him to review:

    • Shalkar
      Shalkar Month ago +1

      I've been impatiently waiting for this one...

    • gozzilla177
      gozzilla177 Month ago +1

      @Brit Animations Nope I'm talking about shenmu lol

    • Brit Animations
      Brit Animations Month ago +1

      @gozzilla177 If you're referring to my comment I love the Edge of Time

    • David Castro
      David Castro Month ago +2

      Well, his Borderlands 3 review went as I expected.

  • retrogamelover2012
    retrogamelover2012 3 days ago

    Sometimes, I feel like some people are too eager to egg on the series. I mean, don't get me wrong, I can admit that it hasn't aged well, but I also kind of respect it for some of the more positive impact the games had on tech as a whole.
    And this is coming from someone who never really had any "nostalgia" playing the original releases, and had only got to sample it on the HD collection. So either way, I kind of enjoy it in places, despite all the niggles.
    I mean, I still enjoy Dead Rising 1, despite some of its dated and frustrating mechanics. I've enjoyed Wolfenstein The New Colossus, despite all the backlash that feels more painful to sit through than most of Super Spesh's especially wince-worthy dialouge.
    Heck, there are some things I can find salvageable in even some of the biggest black sheeps of some of the most well-known game series out there, so if anyone wants to try and kick me down and call me an idiot, then COME AT ME, BRO!

  • Natic Cruz
    Natic Cruz 5 days ago

    This is one of those things I really like but keep to myself because I can’t defend it

  • Pooky1991
    Pooky1991 10 days ago

    Things got heated in the kickstarter comments. Alot of backers still haven't got the game apparantly and there's silence on Fangamers end. Also this game is apparently getting DLC alot of backers knew nothing about and will apparently have to pay for.

  • Moody Sav
    Moody Sav 16 days ago

    Yakuza is the game Shenmue wishes it could be

  • angeldeb82
    angeldeb82 19 days ago

    So very funny with the imps and Shenmue losing to the giant imp twice by stomping on him with "Ow ow ow"! XD

  • ryu zero
    ryu zero 19 days ago

    I love the shenmue series always have but I'll never say it's a good game, it's living in the past and has massive flaws and that bulllshit with the gang-leader, knocking you out twice with a fucking lariat was infuriating. They made the quick time events even worse, by giving no time to press them whatsoever. You would have to have the ability to slow time to catch the fucking things. So many bad things about shenmue, but i don't think I'll ever stop loving it. Brainwashing at it's finest lol.

  • MrFlipperInvader792
    MrFlipperInvader792 20 days ago

    Why is shenmue bad again?

  • ScouseMouse
    ScouseMouse 23 days ago +3

    I'm a huge Shenmue fan (and by that I mean 1 and 2) but number 3 is an absolutely awful game

  • Ed Le Toggaf
    Ed Le Toggaf 23 days ago

    i heard it looks like shit
    play yakuza instead or judgement

  • Joshua Generous
    Joshua Generous 24 days ago

    Prime D++ by D++.

  • saturnotaku
    saturnotaku 25 days ago

    I don't know if I should be depressed or proud that I rage quit this game before Yahtzee did.

  • Michael Buehler
    Michael Buehler 26 days ago +1

    The Shenmue series sounds like another case of being a good idea on paper but not so much in practice.

  • Matt S Berger
    Matt S Berger 26 days ago

    The key is to actually practice the Horse Stance in real life, while doing in the game. Anyway, the game is great.

  • The7thSeal
    The7thSeal 27 days ago +3

    What I'm getting from this is that Shenmue 3 (and by extension 1 and 2) are akin the part of Monty Python's Holy Grail, where everone starts yelling "Get on with it!", only it never does.

  • Christoph Brinkmann
    Christoph Brinkmann 27 days ago

    Hey Shenmue fans - good news! The turd game, I mean, third game managed to hit Yahtzee's end of the year awards and beat out 2 games on the worst list!!!!!

  • Cala Maria
    Cala Maria 27 days ago

    Shenmue fans just need to get out of their nostalgia and realize that it's a bad game. Then go and play the Yakuza series.

  • just due it
    just due it Month ago

    I own shenmue 3 and this review makes me excited to play it.

  • Renato Corvaro
    Renato Corvaro Month ago

    Shenmue is bad. It has always been bad. Sure, it could have been great. There was a lot of potential, and a lot of the ideas in the original were ahead of their time. But their implementation was terrible and all that potential was wasted. Shenmue sucks and I wish people would just stop talking about it.

    MrSHURIKENCHO Month ago

    "... pays worse than giving handjobs to church mice..." This shit right here is what makes me come back to this bastard for laughs more than 10 years later....

  • Dilean
    Dilean Month ago

    This but unironically.

  • torque8899
    torque8899 Month ago

    It was an awful game

  • kap1618
    kap1618 Month ago +1

    So skip Shenmue 3 and just play Yakuza 0 instead.

  • HypnoPants
    HypnoPants Month ago

    If you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.

  • dying inside 7
    dying inside 7 Month ago

    Since you asked for advice, the proper method was to take the dico out, burn it Infront of the family dog and then maybe have a little cry, hope this helps :)

  • Jie Pon
    Jie Pon Month ago +1

    As Yiahtzee is a competent writer, I bet Disco Elysium is Yiahtzees GotY.

  • monkeywolfe
    monkeywolfe Month ago +1

    "Don't miss the next three shenmue sequels after which Ryu will have finally completed the first third of his character Arc"
    Ah, the Disney Star Wars method.

  • Chickenbowser
    Chickenbowser Month ago +2

    There's only one wooden emotionless Asian man who communicates through punching hoodlums really hard in my life and his name is Kazuma Kiryu.

  • Hydro
    Hydro Month ago +13

    You're so jaded and sardonic like a well written character that exists solely to counter act the overly optimistic protagonist and it's beautiful. This has been my ted talk.

  • Cero Cero
    Cero Cero Month ago +6

    I literally saw a post from a shenmue fan talking about his first impresions of the game listing the admitedly bad graphics and animations as a positive.

    • Ekkk
      Ekkk Month ago +2

      Because he was wearing nostalgia goggles.

  • Texelion 3D prints
    Texelion 3D prints Month ago +1

    Nobody seems to really know how to pronounce Shemue. And I sure don't.

  • Ben Taylor
    Ben Taylor Month ago

    To this day I'm not sure if he's shit at games or not.

  • Tom Hill
    Tom Hill Month ago +2

    Shenmue is respected not because it is good but because it helped make the Yakuza series.

    Also this review is a very long-winded way to say Shenmue is a fuckin forklift driving simulator for assholes.

  • Jaz Tenchi
    Jaz Tenchi Month ago

    Despite how campy it could be at sometimes... I still like it lol. It's kinda charming to me

  • cannon
    cannon Month ago

    You know Miyamoto doesn't play games either right?

  • cannon
    cannon Month ago

    "It would have been so much more competitive if it had the games"
    Nah, Dreamcast had alot of great games, it was marketing and pirating that made it a failure, do your research next time Mr. game "journalist"

    • Ekkk
      Ekkk Month ago +2

      Not really, most standout Dreamcast games were arcade ports and by 1999 that wasn't much of a selling point.

  • John Doe
    John Doe Month ago +2

    The Shenmue franchise is bad, and you should feel bad.

  • Nathan Cawley
    Nathan Cawley Month ago

    Fucking hilarious. I laughed hard enough at this to draw concerned looks from my mother's dog.

  • Senor Corbuiser
    Senor Corbuiser Month ago +1

    handjobs to church mice @ 04:40 my sides rip

  • Josh Y
    Josh Y Month ago

    Ah. Yahtzee is an ATP fan.

  • Nice To Lizards
    Nice To Lizards Month ago +1

    Shen Mue is just Yakuza without any of the things that make Yakuza good.

  • Hidoi Music
    Hidoi Music Month ago

    For anyone interested the correct way to say it is shenmoo

  • ldmt1995
    ldmt1995 Month ago

    I love it when Yahtzee gets reaaaally pissed at a game.

  • akun50
    akun50 Month ago

    Iirc, you have to make sure not to goblin hop when you're supposed to gremlin squat

  • NamelessXsilent
    NamelessXsilent Month ago

    shen mooie

  • hollowedhope
    hollowedhope Month ago +1

    This is mean and stupid. The game is not without its faults and shortcomings. It's a kickstarter sequel to an ambitious game in scope. It was bound not to be perfect. But it has a distinctive charm, immersion and beauty. It's not GTA or Yakuza, nor does it want to be. It's much more down to earth and intent. The reviewer does seem smart enough to realize that, but goes for the easy, cheap shots in a trademark snarky and bitchy tone in order to get views. Sad to see how something like this does well

    • Majora
      Majora Month ago +2

      Judging by the review the game is badly written, boring, and unreasonably obtuse. It's a bad game you spineless clown. Grow some standards.

    • minty
      minty Month ago +3

      This has been his shtick for over a decade lol

  • LordSnoodles
    LordSnoodles Month ago

    I have no horse in this race, but it's not "shenmooey."

    • ArcaneAzmadi
      ArcaneAzmadi Month ago +1

      It's close enough for someone who doesn't actually speak Japanese like Yahtzee. Before I learned to speak Japanese, I pronounced it "Shenmoo" (and did for decades afterwards even when I should have known better, just out of habit). I give him credit just for acknowledging that you're meant to pronounce the "e" on the end separately.

  • Cr0sshare Cr0sshar3

    One game I would like to see Yahtzee review is Pathologic 2. You are a surgeon who had gone away for medical school before returning home due to a letter from your father. When you return to your hometown, everything is completely screwed up, along with an emerging plague. It is bleak, depressing, frustrating, and the choices are never easy to make. Anyone else know this game? If so, let Yahtzee know so he will review it in the future.

  • Arg Etect
    Arg Etect Month ago

    What's with the klansmen? Is that supposed to be a tinfoil hat?

  • Scott Shafer
    Scott Shafer Month ago

    I've never even played Shamu before. But after watching the first cutscenes of the third game I'm inclined to agree with Yahtzee on this.
    (That was a joke)

  • mrmonkeyman79
    mrmonkeyman79 Month ago

    I remember enjoying the first one when it came out, but looking back the only things i actually remember about the game is driving a fork lift truck, petting a kitten and playing space harrier rather a lot.
    And if one of the only things your players remember about your game is the other game that came with it then you probably did it wrong.

  • allooutrick
    allooutrick Month ago

    I'll take this over Yakuza. Mainly because I really dislike Yakuza's combat and there's too much of it for me to want to see the story through.

  • Cory Guy
    Cory Guy Month ago

    You speak as if you're trying to compress your review to an, at most, 2 minute minute video, but here you are going on for nearly 6 minutes. Once your witty banter wears out you just sound monotone and incomprehensible, especially for those wearing headphones. The discussion is in fact informative, but goodness...

  • jeremy debraccio
    jeremy debraccio Month ago

    Dreamcast sucked. Everything on it was worse

  • Jose 84
    Jose 84 Month ago

    Btw, you forgot to mention the stamina system, some annoying gameplay mechanic that wasnt even present in the original games...RELEASED TWENTY YEARS AGO.

  • Jose 84
    Jose 84 Month ago

    I'm a big fan os the series, and this game was, 60 dollars, SEASON PASS.

  • Superthrust
    Superthrust Month ago DIDN'T like it...?

  • gabagandalfoftheweed


    Shenmue 3 is just a filler arc

  • Super Steve
    Super Steve Month ago

    I see.

  • BorkFate
    BorkFate Month ago

    Shenmui fan here pres x not to die. Ah fuck it im a fan of nothing of the night, or anything in general