It’s remarkable that Shenmue III is actually happening. Eighteen years ago, Ryo Hazuki’s story of vengeance came to an abrupt and unfinished end with the death of the Dreamcast and the near death of Sega themselves. It looked like Yu Suzuki’s magnum opus masterpiece would never receive a conclusion and the murder of Ryo’s father would forever stay unavenged.
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But here we are, eighteen years later and, despite the newer technology the game is running on, it’s almost as if no time has passed at all, because Shenmue III will be here in a matter of days and Ryo’s journey will once more continue in our hands. The game's launch trailer has shown a game that has shaped up more than nicely, one that seems to be Shenmue in every aspect. A game for the fans that, for better or worse, isn’t cashing in on modern gameplay conventions. I, for one, am thoroughly glad as this looks like the vintage Shenmue that I adore and I simply can’t wait to get my hands on it.
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