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I keep coming into the thread in in the hope something will make me want to play some more. I enjoyed a bit of a nostalgia hit for several hours and then my interest petered out. I think I had more fun playing the first game again.  

 

Really wish I'd liked 3 more.

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10 hours ago, Keyboard Koala said:

While I really liked the original Shenmue back on the DC, and still paid for all three of them on my PS4, I simply couldn't get into them anymore. Not with Yakuza and Judgment offering a similar style of game in a much better package.

 

I'm playing Yakuza Zero right now and while it's a good game, I would not be satisfied with it as an alternative to Shenmue. Apart from superficial similarities, they're too different to be truly comparable.

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1 hour ago, DeciderVT said:

 

I'm playing Yakuza Zero right now and while it's a good game, I would not be satisfied with it as an alternative to Shenmue. Apart from superficial similarities, they're too different to be truly comparable.

It's a personal thing, and it depends on what you get out of both series. The thing I liked most about the first Shenmue was the feeling of virtual tourism - it really felt like being in actual Japanese village. One of the many things I like about Yakuza is that same feeling of virtual tourism in modern Japanese cities - and they've captured them perfectly. I've been to most of the cities in the Yakuza series and it blows me away every time how much it feels like being back there and I love it.

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5 hours ago, Mr. Gerbik said:

It's a personal thing, and it depends on what you get out of both series. The thing I liked most about the first Shenmue was the feeling of virtual tourism - it really felt like being in actual Japanese village. One of the many things I like about Yakuza is that same feeling of virtual tourism in modern Japanese cities - and they've captured them perfectly. I've been to most of the cities in the Yakuza series and it blows me away every time how much it feels like being back there and I love it.

 

Gerubik-san Ryu ga Gokuto fan numba 1 !!

 

But yeah that's exactly how I feel about the Yakuza series: come for the arcades and the tourism, stay for the fights and the story.

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7 hours ago, Mr. Gerbik said:

It's a personal thing, and it depends on what you get out of both series. The thing I liked most about the first Shenmue was the feeling of virtual tourism - it really felt like being in actual Japanese village. One of the many things I like about Yakuza is that same feeling of virtual tourism in modern Japanese cities - and they've captured them perfectly. I've been to most of the cities in the Yakuza series and it blows me away every time how much it feels like being back there and I love it.


Hmm, perhaps. It's interesting that you've been to these places, as I haven't- yet when I returned to Yokosuka in Shenmue 1 last year, it felt like slipping into an old pair of shoes. I imagine the effect is much more potent across both series if you've actually been there.

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34 minutes ago, DeciderVT said:

I'm not denying that there are similarities- I just don't buy that Yakuza is a substitute. I agree with @Down by Law's previous assertion that they're complementary series. I personally wouldn't play one over the other when I could play both.


Well no. Playing both is the Correct Way.

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  • 11 months later...

After such a long wait (made even longer by me ignoring this until I recently purchased it for £3.49 in the sale), I started it and I'm really underwhelmed by it. To the point I'm literally thinking of skipping it.

 

The first two games were some  of my favourites but perhaps I have rose-tinted glasses. The combat in this feels awful; the movement in general is slow and menus are clunky. The whole energy and food consumption, I just CBA with. I didn't want a super-modern Shenmue but I did want one to reflect changes in controllers now.

 

After a few hours in, I just can't see it getting much better...I'd rather go and play a Yakuza game.

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On 10/10/2022 at 15:31, Rob Rymond said:

After such a long wait (made even longer by me ignoring this until I recently purchased it for £3.49 in the sale), I started it and I'm really underwhelmed by it. To the point I'm literally thinking of skipping it.

 

The first two games were some  of my favourites but perhaps I have rose-tinted glasses. The combat in this feels awful; the movement in general is slow and menus are clunky. The whole energy and food consumption, I just CBA with. I didn't want a super-modern Shenmue but I did want one to reflect changes in controllers now.

 

After a few hours in, I just can't see it getting much better...I'd rather go and play a Yakuza game.

 

It's terrible, yes.

 

Looks like even the hardcore-hardcore supporters view Shenmue 4 only a very remote possibility: https://www.shenmuedojo.com/forum/index.php?threads/random-shenmue-iv-thoughts.2022/page-67

 

Yu blew it :(

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On 10/10/2022 at 14:31, Rob Rymond said:

After such a long wait (made even longer by me ignoring this until I recently purchased it for £3.49 in the sale), I started it and I'm really underwhelmed by it. To the point I'm literally thinking of skipping it.

 

The first two games were some  of my favourites but perhaps I have rose-tinted glasses. The combat in this feels awful; the movement in general is slow and menus are clunky. The whole energy and food consumption, I just CBA with. I didn't want a super-modern Shenmue but I did want one to reflect changes in controllers now.

 

After a few hours in, I just can't see it getting much better...I'd rather go and play a Yakuza game.

I think Shenmue was a game of its time and the issues with this is that it does feel a bit slow  I spent a fair amount of time on it when it first got released on PS4 and generally enjoyed progressing the story. 

 

Opens up a bit once you start travelling a bit the first bit almost feels like a tutorial. It's a game that requires a bit of patience I guess a bit like the original.

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