Shenmue 3 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Shenmue 3 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Shenmue 3's Third DLC Invites You on a Cruise Like No Other https://www.gameskinny.com/rnrct/shenmue-3s-third-dlc-invites-you-on-a-cruise-like-no-other https://www.gameskinny.com/rnrct/shenmue-3s-third-dlc-invites-you-on-a-cruise-like-no-other Mon, 09 Mar 2020 12:34:07 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Shenmue 3's third DLC pack is called Big Merry Cruise, and it launches March 17. Rather than being packed full of noisy people getting in your space all the time, the cruise in this kung-fu vengeance story is an escape for Ryo, offering some much-needed stress relief through mini-games, prizes, and more.

The news comes from a press release by Ys Net, courtesy of Gematsu. Big Merry Cruise is free for anyone who purchased the Complete DLC Collection, and it will unlock on launch day.

Everyone else yearning for more mini-games and a change of scenery can purchase Big Merry Cruise separately on the PlayStation Store or Epic Games Store. Like with the second DLC pack, you'll need to have arrived at Niaowu to access the new content.

Some of the prizes offered on Ryo's dream cruise include new outfits for the protagonist, earned through completing various missions. So it sounds like this is one of those working holidays after all...

Either way, it's a chance to get even more out of the game world we said was "beautifully-realized... with vibrant life and memorable characters."

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Shenmue news as it develops.

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Shenmue 3 Readies for Round 2 With Second Post-Launch DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/nujw5/shenmue-3-readies-for-round-2-with-second-post-launch-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/nujw5/shenmue-3-readies-for-round-2-with-second-post-launch-dlc Sat, 15 Feb 2020 12:15:01 -0500 GS_Staff

Shenmue 3 is getting its second bit of DLC on February 18. The Story Quest Pack is unsurprisingly focused on extending the narrative of the adventure game. It adds a handful of quests and reintroduces Zhang Shuqin, who Ryo first meets at the Dou Jiang Diner in Shenmue 2

Players must have reached Niaowu "or have save data on which the game has been cleared to play," according to a press release about the upcoming DLC. It is not entirely clear what the DLC will include or how long it will be, though we know that "... Ryo becomes embroiled in a new escapade where nothing is as it seems…"

The Story Quest Pack willbe available on the PlayStation Store and the Epic Games Store for $5.99. Those who purchased the Shenmue 3 Complete DLC Collection will automatically receive the update. 

Zhang on ground holding stomach on the Niawou docks.

Shenmue 3's first DLC released in January. It was the first time that players could control anyone besides Ryo. Battle Rally allows players to control Ryo, Wuying Ren, Wei Zhen, and Chobu Chan in races through Bailu village ... where you beat up bad guys on the way to the finish line. There are also collectibles to find. 

In November 2019, Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki said that there would be at least three DLC releases for the game. Currently, the third content update is said to feature casinos and gambling. It's not clear if this final DLC will be focused on Shenmue's famous mini-games or if it will be some mixture of Battle Rally and The Story Quest Pack

We reviewed Shenmue 3 when it released on the PS4 and PC last November. Scoring it an 8/10, we said that "for better or worse, Shenmue 3 is a blast from the past. It's a beautiful world marred only by its insistence to stay the same."

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Shenmue 3 as it develops. 

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Shenmue 3's First DLC, Battle Rally, Gets Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/y8hve/shenmue-3s-first-dlc-battle-rally-gets-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/y8hve/shenmue-3s-first-dlc-battle-rally-gets-release-date Wed, 15 Jan 2020 11:18:36 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Shenmue 3's first DLC add-on is coming soon — January 21, in fact. It's the first of several anticipated DLC expansions, and it introduces a new mini-game called the Battle Rally.

Battle Rally lets you play as a different character other than Ryu, which is a first for Shenmue, with some playable characters including Wei Zhen and Wuying Ren. It's not completely clear what sort of racing we'll be doing, though it will involve "fresh gaming activities in a race unlike any other."

So, please look forward to that.

The Battle Rally DLC can be purchased as a standalone item from the PSN Store or Epic Games Store for $7.99. However, if you purchased the complete edition of Shemnue 3, the DLC will unlock automatically on January 21.

Shenmue 3 made it on our list of 2019's best games, and it's a lot of fun for the right audience. In our official Shenmue 3 review, we said that, "for better or worse, Shenmue 3 is a blast from the past. It's a beautiful world marred only by its insistence to stay the same.

We'll be keeping an eye out for this and other DLC that gets added to the game, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Shenmue 3 news and updates as it develops.

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GameSkinny's Best Games of 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/td48x/gameskinnys-best-games-of-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/td48x/gameskinnys-best-games-of-2019 Tue, 31 Dec 2019 16:47:58 -0500 GS_Staff

Some truly amazing games came out in 2019. From monolithic AAAs like Gears 5 and Pokemon Sword and Shield to unassuming indies like Wattam and Disco Elysium, the last year of the decade hasn't left us wanting.

To celebrate the year that was, we've collected our highest-reviewed games of 2019 into a pseudo "best of" list. We're a small staff at GameSkinny, so going the traditional "staff voting route" didn't really make a whole lot of sense. The most democratic way to make a list like this was to include any game with a score of "8" or higher. 

Such a rubric might not be perfect as it leaves out some of the year's tentpole titles like Modern Warfare and Death Stranding, but a list like this is never perfect. It will always create some form of controversy. 

So without further ado, here is GameSkinny's "Best Games of 2019" list. We have arranged the following games in alphabetical order. Be sure to sound off in the comments at the end of the article. We're certain you will have thoughts — and we want to hear them! 

A Place for the Unwilling

Publisher: ALPixel Games
Developer: ALPixel Games
Initial Release Date: July 25, 2019
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: A Place for the Unwilling offers a delightfully sinister tale of mystery and destruction with a staggering number of branching paths that guarantee no playthrough will be the same.

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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Bandai Namco
Initial Release Date: January 18, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The VR Mode is the big draw of Bandai Namco's new flight combat simulator, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, but it is more limited than you might have hoped.

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Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Developer: Triumph Studios
Initial Release Date: August 6, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: The turn-based strategy game of the year has arrived, and the unexpected transition from fantasy to sci-fi is handled superbly.

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Ape Out

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developers: Bennett Foddy, Gabe Cuzzillo, Matt Boch
Initial Release Date: February 28, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: There's a lot to love about Ape Out and not many glaring flaws to point to... It may be a simple game with basic controls, but that doesn't mean it doesn't still provide a challenge that rewards sound, strategic play. 

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Astral Chain

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Platinum Games
Initial Release Date: August 30, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Astral Chain presents an experience that might be familiar to those familiar with Platinum Games, but there's enough to keep you engaged and excited... But even if you're just looking for a new, fairly linear story to dive into, or dying to get your hands on a game whose combat actually involves new ideas and executes them well, then this is the game for you.

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Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Koei Tecmo
Initial Release Date: May 21, 2019
Platforms: PS4, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: It's more of the same Atelier, but it also takes the best from its predecessors to synthesize a fun and customizable adventure. It might not be a huge leap forward for the series, but it combines the best elements from previous Atelier games to make this new entry a contender for best of the crop and an excellent starting point for newbies.

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Atelier Ryza Ever Darkness and the Secret Hideout

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Koei Tecmo
Initial Release Date: September 26, 2019
Platforms: PS4, PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Atelier Ryza is the best Atelier game to date, with some much-needed improvements that make for a more compelling package on the whole.

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Blasphemous

Publisher: Team 17
Developer: The Game Kitchen
Initial Release Date: September 10, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: If you love SNES platformers and aren't concerned by the possibility of an angry god pressing its "smite" button to rain lightning upon you, Blasphemous is simply a must-play.

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Blazing Chrome

Publisher: The Arcade Crew, Limited Run Games
Developer: JoyMasher
Initial Release Date: July 11, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Rad and totally kickass, Blazing Chrome stands as one of the best run n' gun games of all time. A worthy successor to the Contra crown from concept to execution.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Artplay
Initial Release Date: June 18, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night stands as one of the best Vania games of recent memory, and one of the most satisfying games of 2019 so far.

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Borderlands 3

Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Gearbox Software
Initial Release Date: September 13, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Borderlands 3 is the best Borderlands has ever been. It's beautiful, funny, and frantic in the best ways. There are issues, but those shouldn't deter you too much from having an absolute blast.

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Cadence of Hyrule

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Brace Yourself Games
Initial Release Date: June 13, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Cadence of Hyrule is a fresh approach to the classic 2D Legend titles that looks and sounds amazing, but it doesn't last long.

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Cardpocalypse

Publisher: Versus Evil
Developer: Gambrinous
Initial Release Date: December 6, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Cute graphics, funny writing, and good gameplay make Cardpocalypse a rousing good time.

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Children of Morta

Publisher: 11 Bit Studios
Developer: Dead Mage Studios
Initial Release Date: September 3, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Children of Morta is a standout roguelike RPG with a solid central hook, satisfying gameplay, and gorgeous art style all piled on top of huge replay value.

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Code Vein

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Bandai Namco
Initial Release Date: June 5, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Code Vein is an anime souls-like featuring great customization and a wonderfully bizarre world.

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Control

Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Remedy Entertainment
Initial Release Date: August 27, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Control is undoubtedly Remedy's biggest and weirdest game yet. In many ways, it's also their best, all while it paves the way for a Marvel-like connected universe.

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Cooking Simulator

Publisher: PlayWay
Developers: Big Cheese Studio, Wastelands Interactive
Initial Release Date: June 6, 2019
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The simple fact that Cooking Simulator does what it says on the label makes it a must-have for anyone who loves cooking as much as they love gaming.

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Dark Devotion

Publisher: The Arcade Crew, DotEmu, Maple Whispering Co.
Developer: Hibernian Workshop
Initial Release Date: April 25, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Get ready to die with another killer 2D souls-like that flips the script in several ways for a refreshing take on the genre.

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Devil May Cry 5

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Initial Release Date: March 8, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Devil May Cry 5 is back, bringing with it the same hack-and-slash action that made it one of the best action franchises of all time.

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Dick Wilde 2

Publisher: PlayStack
Developer: Bolverk Games
Initial Release Date: February 19, 2019
Platforms (VR): PS4, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: With humor, stylish visuals, and solid shooting mechanics, Bolverk Games' Dick Wilde 2 is a great little VR diversion for those that dig on-rails shooters.

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Disco Elysium

Publisher: ZA/UM
Developer: ZA/UM
Initial Release Date: October 15, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Looking for something even weirder than Torment and with even more character customization options? Disco Elysium is RPG of the year. Hell, maybe even the decade.

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Doraemon: Story of Seasons

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developers: Marvelous Inc., Brownies Inc.
Initial Release Date: October 10, 2019
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Doraemon: Story of Seasons borrows from both franchises while managing to be a stand-out farm-sim game in its own right.

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Dragon Star Varnir

Publisher: Idea Factory
Developer: Compile Heart
Initial Release Date: June 11, 2019
Platforms: PS4, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Dragon Star Varnir could use some polishing in a few areas, but the combat, setting, and story make for a dark and compelling RPG nonetheless.

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Dragon Quest Builders 2

Publisher: Square-Enix
Developers: Square-Enix, Omega Force
Initial Release Date: July 12, 2019
Platforms: PS4, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Dragon Quest Builders 2 takes just about everything that made the original so enjoyable and improves upon it.

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Etrian Odyssey Nexus

Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Atlus
Initial Release Date: February 5, 2019
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Etrian Odyssey Nexus is an excellent way to end the franchise's time on the 3DS, beckoning old and new fans alike back into the labyrinth.

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Far Cry New Dawn

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Initial Release Date: February 15, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Far Cry New Dawn recycles the same general setting from last year's Far Cry 5, but this time with a post-apocalyptic twist and healthy injection of creative, colorful, and bombastic content.

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Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark

Publisher: 1C Entertainment
Developer: 6 eyes Studio
Initial Release Date: August 16, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark is a deep and engrossing tactical RPG no genre fan should miss. With interesting characters and complex combat, it's a poster child for the greatest the genre can provide.

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FIFA 20

Publisher: EA Games
Developers: EA Vancouver, EA Romania
Initial Release Date: September 27, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: For fun and realistic gameplay, FIFA 20 can't be beat, though the specter of card packs looms large over the game's Ultimate Team mode.

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Figment

Publisher: Bedtime Digital Games
Developer: Bedtime Digital Games
Initial Release Date: September 22, 2019
Platforms: PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Figment turns a touchy topic into an engaging puzzle adventure that's filled with heart and some excellent setting and soundtrack designs.

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Publisher: Nintendo
Developers: Intelligent Systems, Koei Tecmo
Initial Release Date: July 26, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the definitive Fire Emblem experience, with a compelling story, streamlined gameplay, and a staggering amount of content.

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Gears 5

Publisher: Xbox Game Studio
Developer: The Coalition
Initial Release Date: September 10, 2019
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: The Coalition has set a new benchmark for Microsoft's first-party campaigns. By taking huge risks, subverting expectations, and delivering a visual spectacle, Gears 5 is the best in the series.

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God's Trigger

Publisher: Techland
Developer: One More Level
Initial Release Date: April 18, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Heaven's under new management. It takes a little while to come into its own, but God’s Trigger is a decent weekend’s worth of splatterpunk entertainment.

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Gorn

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer:
Free Lives
Initial Release Date: August 24, 2019
Platforms (VR): PS4, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Gorn is challenging, horrifying, hilarious, and a genuine joy to play. It manages to be brilliant in both short bursts and long sessions.

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Heroland

Publisher: XSeed Games, FuRyu, Marvelous Inc.
Developer: FuRyu, Netchubiyori Limited
Initial Release Date: December 3, 2019
Platforms: PS4, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Heroland offers a hilarious take on working life, RPGs, and fan culture, wrapped in a clever combat system.

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Indivisible

Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Lab Zero Games
Initial Release Date: October 8, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Indivisible brings its own mix of genres, packed with the best group of characters in years.

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Ion Fury

Publisher: 3D Realms, 1C Company
Developers: Voidpoint LLC
Initial Release Date: February 28, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Ion Fury mixes old and new in a throwback FPS that deftly builds its own enduring identity.

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John Wick Hex

Publisher: Good Shepherd Entertainment
Developer:
Bithell Games
Initial Release Date: October 8, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: John Wick Hex puts you in the well-trained shoes of a master assassin, but without a lot of planning, you'll find yourself no more use than a kid with a water pistol.

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Judgment

Publisher: Sega
Developers: Sega, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Initial Release Date: June 25, 2019
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Though there are some hiccups along the way, Judgment proves without a doubt that Ryu Ga Gotoku studio doesn't need Kazuma Kiryu to sell a great game.

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Katana Zero

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Askiisoft
Initial Release Date: April 18, 2019
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: If I have one complaint about Katana ZERO, it's that there's not already a sequel.

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Kingdom Hearts 3

Publisher: Square-Enix
Developer: Square-Enix
Initial Release Date: January 25, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Kingdom Hearts 3 delivers an amazingly fun and intense experience in a long-awaited title that lives up to the hype.

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Luigi's Mansion 3

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Next Level Games
Initial Release Date: October 31, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Luigi's Mansion 3 is almost non-stop fun and is another must-have for the Switch's library.

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Madden NFL 20

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Tiburon
Initial Release Date: August 2, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Madden NFL 20's major new features are good on their own, but they are even better as a foundation for the years to come.

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Team Ninja
Initial Release Date: July 19, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is a more-than-solid release that will interest most Switch owners. While some fans of the original games might have gripes, it's still likely to be a solid choice.

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Metro Exodus

Publisher: Deep Silver
Developer: 4A Games
Initial Release Date: February 15, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Metro Exodus, 4A's new first-person shooter, is almost a perfect game, introducing exciting new elements while still offering the classic Metro experience.

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Mini-Mech Mayhem

Publisher: FuturLab
Developer: FuturLab
Initial Release Date: June 18, 2019
Platforms (VR): PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: If you want a new, randomized strategy title for the PSVR that you can sink dozens of hours into, Mini-Mech Mayhem should be on your wishlist immediately.

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MLB The Show 19

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: SIE San Diego Studio
Initial Release Date: March 26, 2019
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The Show is back with the latest, but just barely the greatest addition to the world of baseball video games.

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Mortal Kombat 11

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Initial Release Date: April 23, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Almost three decades since the original, Mortal Kombat 11 proves the fighter's might is still strong.

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Need for Speed: Heat

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Ghost Games
initial Release Date: November 8, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Though it still can't match the scope of Forza Horizon 4, Need for Speed: Heat is a great racing game in its own right.

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NHL 20

Publisher: EA Sports
Developer: EA Vancouver
Initial Release Date: September 13, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: NHL 20 delivers an enjoyable simulation of the NHL experience, with new modes and features adding additional fun to the strong framework provided by prior years' releases.

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Night Call

Publisher: Raw Fury, MonkeyMoon
Developers: BlackMuffin, MonkeyMoon
Initial Release Date: July 17, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Night Call is an intriguing ride through Paris full of intriguing tales and conversations. Too bad its detective elements aren't as compelling.

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One Finger Death Punch 2

Publisher: Silver Dollar Games
Developer: Silver Dollar Games
Initial Release Date: April 15, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: One Finger Death Punch 2 is a deep, rhythmic fighting game that attempts to replicate the feel of classic kung fu movies.

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Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

Publisher: Atlus
Developer: P-Studio
Initial Release Date: June 4, 2019
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Rating: 9/10

What we said: New Cinema Labyrinth is a brilliant combination of game mechanics with a heap of Persona charm and style that's sure to keep you busy for a long time to come.

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Planet Zoo

Publisher: Frontier Developments
Developer: Frontier Developments
Initial Release Date: November 5, 2019
Platforms: PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Planet Zoo is a deep management sim featuring some beautiful animal recreations. It's a must-have for any animal lover.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Game Freak 
Initial Release Date: November 15, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Pokemon Sword and Shield breathe a joyous breath of life back into the series, with great improvements and a stellar batch of new 'mon.

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RAD

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Double Fine
Initial Release Date: August 20, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: RAD is a fantastic roguelike that creates a world worth fighting for and a game well worth playing over and over again.

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Rebel Galaxy Outlaw

Publisher: Double Damage Games
Developer: Double Damage Games
Initial Release Date: October 20, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Despite a few stumbles, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is one of the best space sims of recent memory, with strong characters, fast-paced combat, and amazing music.

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Remnant: From the Ashes

Publisher: Perfect World Entertainment
Developer: Gunfire Games
Initial Release Date: August 20, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Remnant: From the Ashes is a tough-as-nails cooperative shooter that brings together the best elements of games like Dark Souls and Left 4 Dead.

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Ring Fit Adventure

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo 
Initial Release Date: October 18, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Ring Fit Adventure may be the best exercise video game, blending strength and aerobics training into an impeccably designed package.

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Publisher: From Software, Activision
Developer: From Software
Initial Release Date: March 22, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is probably the best game From Software has ever made, and it's worth every second of your time playing.

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Shenmue 3

Publisher: Deep Silver, Shibuya Productions
Developers: Ys Net, Yu Suzuki
Initial Release Date: November 19, 2019
Platforms: PS4, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: For better or worse, Shenmue 3 is a blast from the past. It's a beautiful world marred only by its insistence to stay the same.

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Sparklite

Publisher: Merge Games
Developer: Red Blue Games
Initial Release Date: November 14, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Sparklite is a good example of how creativity and sharp game design can elevate a genre even if you thought you'd seen everything it has to offer.

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Spinnortality

Publisher: James Patton
Developer: James Patton
Initial Release Date: February 1, 2019
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Spinnortality is tightly focused on the bleak but shiny transhumanist megacorp side of cyberpunk, putting it in unique territory.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Initial Release Date: November 15, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has some technical issues and poor pacing but is still an amazing single-player Star Wars game.

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Steel Division 2

Publisher: Eugen Systems
Developer: Eugen Systems
Initial Release Date: June 20, 2019
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Steel Division 2 proves to be a much better game than its predecessor in terms of graphics and mechanics, even if it still needs to solve a few balancing problems before it can be called "definitive."

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Stranded Sails

Publisher: Maple Whispering Co
Developer: Lemonbomb Entertainment
Initial Release Date: October 17, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Though it's a bit more survival-focused than other games of its kind, Stranded Sails is still a mostly quaint and worthwhile farm life sim any genre fan will enjoy.

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Stranger Things 3: The Game

Publisher: BonusXP
Developer: BonusXP
Initial Release Date: July 4, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, Android
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Stranger Things 3 has taken over the pop culture world like it always does when a new season hits Netflix. If you've binged it already and need more, the console game is a fun adaptation worth any fan's time.

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Super Mario Maker 2

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Initial Release Date: June 28, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Super Mario Maker 2 fulfills just about everything it set out to do, making it a must-play for Mario fans.

Read the review.

Team Sonic Racing

Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sumo Digital
Initial Release Date: May 21, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, iOS
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Team Sonic Racing is closer to a 3D Sonic game to a kart racer, and we love it. Sonic Heroes Racing, anyone?

Read the review.

The Blackout Club

Publisher: Question
Developer: Question
Initial Release Date: July 29, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Stranger things have happened, but they're rarely as scary or as fun as The Blackout Club, a dynamic co-op adventure that beckons with its bellowing song of hypnosis.

Read the review.

The Church in the Darkness

Publisher: Fellow Traveler
Developer: Paranoid Productions
Initial Release Date: August 2, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The Church in the Darkness is an ambitious game and delivers on its premise almost all the way. It's worth sipping this Kool-Aid.

Read the review.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3

Publisher: NISA
Developer: Nihon Falcom
Initial Release Date: October 22, 2019
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Trails of Cold Steel 3 is a masterclass in storytelling that improves nearly everything in the franchise's history.

Read the review.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Publisher: Nintendo
Developers: Grezzo
Initial Release Date: September 20, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: With a host of enhancements that more than make it worth playing for newcomers and old fans alike, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remains a brilliant example of impeccable design.

Read the review.

The Outer Worlds

Publisher: Private Division, Take-Two Interactive
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Initial Release Date: October 25, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The Outer Worlds is a goofy, full to the brim RPG that liberally samples from other giants in the genre. It's a fun romp through a neon universe.

Read the review.

The Sinking City

Publisher: Bigben Interactive
Developer: Frogwares
Initial Release Date: June 25, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: With a distinct lack of hand-holding, in-depth investigative mechanics, and a solid mix of open-world design with mythos monsters, The Sinking City is the standard for Lovecraftian games.

Read the review.

The Sojourn

Publisher: Iceberg Interactive
Developer: Shifting Tides
Initial Release Date: September 20, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: The Sojourn elevates simple mechanics and creative level design to create a thoroughly enjoyable puzzling experience and a game any fan of the genre should play.

Read the review.

The Surge 2

Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Developer: Deck 13
Initial Release Date: September 24, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: With more options, more weapons, and a much bigger environment to play with, The Surge 2 improves on everything from its predecessor.

Read the review.

ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove

Publisher: HumaNature Studios
Developer: HumaNature Studios
Initial Release Date: March 1, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove isn't a blast FROM the past, it's a blast TO the past.

Read the review.

Tom Clancy's The Division 2

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developers: Massive Entertainment
Initial Release Date: March 15, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The Division 2 is an improvement on the first game in almost every way, and it's both a fun game and a satisfying investment.

Read the review.

Trine 4

Publisher: Modus Games
Developer: Frozenbyte
Initial Release Date: October 8, 2019
Platforms: PS4, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The puzzles and banter are as good as they've ever been, though Trine 4 has a hard time overcoming some dodgy combat mechanics.

Read the review.

Trover Saves the Universe

Publisher: Squanch Games
Developer: Squanch Games
Initial Release Date: May 31, 2019
Platforms: PS4 (VR), Xbox One, PC (VR), Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: A surprisingly entertaining platformer smothered in Roiland-brand humor. Trover Save the Universe is a title well worth playing whether you have a VR headset or not.

Read the review.

Truberbrook

Publisher: Headup Games
Developers: btf GmBH
Initial Release Date: March 12, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Truberbrook has a few faults, but its engaging characters, enjoyable narrative, and fantastic atmosphere make it easy to recommend.

Read the review.

Vambrace Cold Soul

Publisher: Headup Games
Developer: Devespresso Games
Initial Release Date: May 28, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: If you don't mind being actively abused and tortured for hours on end, Vambrace can become extremely addicting for fans of either Darkest Dungeon or classic SNES RPGs.

Read the review.

Void Bastards

Publisher: Humble Bundle
Developer: Blu Manchu
Initial Release Date: May 28, 2019
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Void Bastards is a roguelite shooter that encourages experimentation and smart thinking in outer space, and it mostly works to great effect.

Read the review.

Wattam

Publisher: Annapurna
Developer: Funomena, SIE Santa Monica Studio
Initial Release Date: December 17, 2019
Platforms: PS4, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Wattam is a rare wonder of a game, full of hope, charm, and poop. But it's also one of the kindest games to come out all year.

Read the review.

We. The Revolution

Publisher: Klabater
Developer: Polyash
Initial Release Date: March 21, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: All told, We. The Revolution comes together to make a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Read the review.

What the Golf? 

Publisher: Triband
Developer: Triband
Initial Release Date: October 1, 2019
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: What the Golf? is a funny hole-in-one success of a game that keeps surprising and captivating with unfiltered creativity.

Read the review.

Witcheye

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Moon Kid
Initial Release Date: August 15, 2019
Platforms: Android, iOS
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Witcheye is the most fun you can have as a floating eye in a mobile game.

Read the review.

Yoshi's Crafted World

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: good-Feel
Initial Release Date: March 29, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Don't let the green dino's mid-tier status fool you. With fluid platforming, incredible attention to detail, and a huge variety of content, Yoshi's Crafted World is a must-have Switch game.

Read the review.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution

Publisher: Konami
Developer: Other Ocean Interactive
Initial Release Date: August 20, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution is the most complete Yu-Gi-Oh! title to date, with a great price tag for its infinitely replayable content.

Read the review.

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That's it for our list of the best games of 2019. What were your favorite games? Sound off in the comments below. 

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Shenmue 3 Review: Is That So? https://www.gameskinny.com/cnkxq/shenmue-3-review-is-that-so https://www.gameskinny.com/cnkxq/shenmue-3-review-is-that-so Tue, 03 Dec 2019 10:30:00 -0500 Jonathan Moore

It's been 18 years since Shenmue 2 released on the Sega Dreamcast. In that time, the gaming landscape has irrevocably changed.

Expectations in game design have shifted, yet Yu Suzuki, the brainchild behind the Shenmue franchise, has seemingly changed very little.

For better or worse, Shenmue 3 feels like a game that was made in the early 2000s. I mean that as both compliment and criticism. Shenmue 3 embodies the inherent yin and yang of such a long-awaited sequel. It is both wonderfully endearing yet perniciously disagreeable. 

There is no way Shenmue 3 could possibly live up to the long-standing hype surrounding it. Yet it somehow manages to capture the magic of the series. And it does so in ways that such protracted and long-gestating sequels can rarely fathom. 

Shenmue 3 Review: Is That So? 

Shenmue 3 quite literally begins where Shenmue 2 leaves off. Since the series so tightly revolves around its story, there is little reason to talk about its beats here and risk spoiling the narrative core. 

What is worth mentioning is that true to form, Shenmue 3's plot doesn't move quickly. Unsurprisingly, comparatively little of the overarching storyline is tied up in throughout the game.

Suzuki has said Ryo's journey has perhaps a few more games left in it. Consequently, he's a creator left to weave plot threads at such a tepid pace it's surprising Shenmue 3 goes anywhere at all. 

As the game's opening hours crawl by, Ryo speaks to villagers, uncovers mundane clues, and works odd jobs to make ends meet. Most villagers, shopkeeps, and mini-game operators know next to nothing about anything, forcing you to ask everyone you see the same questions with varying results.

Often, those results point back to an NPC you just spoke to — who now magically knows something. 

Unraveling mysteries in such a fashion is a staple of the Shenmue series, but such an over-reliance on the mechanic feels a bit outdated in 2019, especially considering the game's morbid reliance on repetition. You can't help but chuckle when Shenmue 3 so obviously works on specific conversation triggers to move its story along.

Then again, this is a game absolutely tethered to its predecessors. In that way, Shenmue 3 excels at carrying the proverbial torch. Despite not being able to skip many dialog sequences — where every vendor reminds you they sell goods and each character repeats to you what Ryo just said — the game's voice acting is varied and surprisingly solid. 

Every character oozes personality, and it feels like Ryo is always speaking with someone unique, not just a cardboard caricature. Walking away from 30-plus hours of Shenmue 3, I feel like I know its characters in ways that some other games can only hope to accomplish. 

Between these moments, Ryo hones his martial arts skills to up his attack power and partakes in mini-games to increase his endurance. While Ryo brings with him all of the moves he learned in Shenmue and Shenmue 2, there are dozens more to learn and master in Shenmue 3

This is done by buying or trading for skill books with the game's many vendors in Bailu Village or the city of Niaowu. Each skill book unlocks one new fighting move, and these moves are mastered at dojos or by sparring with certain NPCs in the world. The point is to increase Ryo's attack level and the damage he deals to opponents. And doing so feels more compelling than the system found in the first two games. 

Although move inputs can be memorized as they were in Shenmue and Shenmue 2, any move can also be assigned to a hotkey in Shenmue 3. It's a nice quality of life addition that affords legacy players granular control of Ryo's moveset and new players the chance to fight without hours of real-life practice. 

Further feeding into Shenmue 3's Kung Fu progression system, Ryo's health is tied to his overall endurance, which is used for everything he does in the game. Whether walking or running, sparring or fighting, every action requires some bit of endurance and, by proxy, health. 

Ryo's endurance meter can also be increased by training at dojos, though not by sparring. Instead, three specific mini-games increase endurance: one-inch punch, horse stance, and rooster step. While some might decry the reliance on single button presses or simply moving a control stick in a specific direction, I found these activities reinforced Shenmue 3's ethos of patience. 

In many ways, playing Shenmue 3 is like playing an elongated training sequence in Bloodsport or The Karate Kid. Ryo might be able to take down one group of thugs with minimal training, but it takes a lot more patience and conditioning to defeat the next group that comes his way. 

That idea of patience, of nothing good comes easy, pervades the rest of Shenmue 3 as well. Though it can certainly be seen as a grind, the game's economy ties directly to progression in several ways. 

Early on, this means getting money by chopping wood, fishing, gambling, or selling herb and capsule toys. Later, Ryo can wrangle ducks and, to any Shenmue fan's delight, drive a forklift. However, all of these things take immense amounts of patience to complete. Each is objectively laborious in its own way, and none pay large sums. 

For the most part, that's OK. Shenmue has always been known for its mini-games and activities. Along with the Yakuza series, that's part of Shenmue's draw. Issues arise, however, when story progression is tied to tremendously expensive items. Forcing players to spend entire in-game days working to make ends meet doesn't feel empowering — it feels patronizing. Doubly so when it's multiple days in a row. 

That feeling is compounded when Ryo has to pay for his lodging and food, the latter of which refills Ryo's endurance and health. Each of these are mandatory expenses in Shenmue 3; you can't escape them no matter how hard you try. 

Spend too much money on capsule toys, arcade games, and steamed buns because you want to experience everything the game has to offer, and you might find yourself indentured to your forklift or forced to fish for five in-game hours just to walk across the map.

Things become so expensive later on that I found myself working multiple jobs, and I was reluctant to play any of the mini-games because I so desperately wanted to move on with the story. Whereas combat makes you feel like you're in an amazing 80s Kung Fu movie, Shenmue 3's economy sometimes too accurately reflects day to day life. 

Shenmue 3 Review — The Bottom Line

Pros:
  • Mesmerizing world full of life and beautiful detail
  • Surprisingly well-voiced cast of memorable characters
  • Addictive mini-games and activities
  • Fun combat with quality of life additions
  • Wonderfully powerful soundtrack
Cons: 
  • Poor story pacing leads to no real resolutions
  • Economy creates unnecessary narrative bottlenecks
  • Tying endurance to health can be wildly irritating
  • Unskippable dialog sections lead to eye-rolling repetition
  • QTEs don't always quickly respond to inputs

Shenmue 3 is a game made for Shenmue fans. It's a game unapologetically married to its past. At its strongest, it recalls the halcyon days of the Dreamcast, harkening to the nostalgia of a title well ahead of its time. At its weakest, it succumbs to an unwillingness to innovate, an irony not lost on fans who remember how the first game sought to reinvent the RPG.

Though I find parts of Shenmue 3 cumbersome and vexing, I continually find myself pulled back to the game. The beautifully-realized world brims with vibrant life and memorable characters. The mini-games and activities are fun and even relaxing when taken in moderation. And combat has evolved into a system both inviting to newcomers and complex enough for long-time fans. 

It's true that Shenmue 3 doesn't exactly hold up by today's standards. But I'm not sure it's a game meant to be measured by today's standards. Decidedly old-school in almost every single way, Shenmue 3 is hard to judge in any other way. 

[Note: A copy of Shenmue 3 was provided by Deep Silver for the purpose of this review.]

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Shenmue 3: How to Get 50 Year Old Wine Lao Jiu https://www.gameskinny.com/m2typ/shenmue-3-how-to-get-50-year-old-wine-lao-jiu https://www.gameskinny.com/m2typ/shenmue-3-how-to-get-50-year-old-wine-lao-jiu Mon, 09 Dec 2019 23:37:57 -0500 Jonathan Moore

To get the 50 year old wine (Lao Jiu) in Shenmue 3, you must first meet Master Sun. At this point in the game, you should have already done so after speaking with Grandmaster Feng near Ternary Spring. Feng tells you that Sun is at the abandoned temple in Sunflower Grove. 

When you meet Sun at the abandoned temple, you can ask him about Kung Fu. Here, he will use The Body Check move on you. However, he will not yet teach you the move. This comes after fighting the thugs at the Hermit's Nest while trying to rescue Yanxing. 

After Hermit's Nest, you need to find a martial arts master to teach you a new move. The obvious choice is Grandmaster Feng, but he will not teach you. Instead, you must visit Master Sun again. Be sure to bring another bottle of cheap liquor and a steamed bun to coax him out of the temple. 

Before he teaches you the move, though, he asks you to do him another favor: find a jug of 50 year old wine. 

Shenmue 3: How to Get 50 Year Old Wine Lao Jiu



Go to the Tao-Get shop near the Verdant Bridge. Speak to Tao. He will tell you he has a wide liquor selection and to look around the shop for the Lao Jiu. 

Facing Tao, turn right and walk toward the wall directly in front of you. There is a small barrel on the ground in front of you. Open the barrel and examine the jug inside. This is the 50 year old wine. 

The Lao Jiu costs a whopping 2,000 Yuan. Return to Tao and speak with him. He will put the Lao Jiu in his inventory, but you will have to get the Yuan to buy it. 

Fastest Way to Get Yuan for Lao Jiu

The fastest way to get the Yuan you need is by fishing. By far, it's the fastest way to make money in the game sans the forklift in Niaowu. 

Leave Tao-Get's store and go to the fishing pond to rent a fishing pole and fishing gear. To get there, go to the town square and take a left at Elder Yeh's house and go straight. Continue past Man Yuan temple on your right. Huang's Bait Shop will be in front of you, while the fishing pond will be on your left. 

Rent the 20 Yuan pole and start fishing in the pond next to the bait shop. Cast your line into the reeds in the center of the pond to catch catfish. You may also catch a Blue Catfish here, which is worth even more money. 

If you fish from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., you can get up to 475 Yuan a day for your catches. The bigger the fish, the more money Huang will pay. 

Of course, you will still have time each day to get more money from other activities. To make the most of your time, chop wood at either the Tao-Get Shop or near the fortune teller near Sunset Hill. 

You can also try your hand at gambling, although it doesn't pay as much. Since gambling with a bookie is left to chance, be sure to visit the fortune teller to get your lucky color and your lucky number to make the most of your bets. 

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Once you gather 2,000 Yuan, head back to Tao and purchase the 50 year old wine from his inventory. Take the Lao Jiu back to Master Sun, and he will teach you the Body Check. Now you can take out those thugs in the Hermit's Nest. 

For more Shenmue 3 tips, be sure to check out our Shenmue 3 guides hub, where you can see how to fast travel, why trophies might not be popping, or why training is so important

Shenmue 3 is currently available for the PC through the Epic Games Store and the PS4. Publisher Deep Silver currently has no plans to bring the game to Xbox One. 

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Shenmue 3 Training Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/yd9cb/shenmue-3-training-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/yd9cb/shenmue-3-training-guide Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:31:18 -0500 Jonathan Moore

In Shenmue 3, training is very important. It lets you master new fighting moves and improve Ryo's overall stats.

Since the beginning of the game focuses on several difficult fights, it's recommended that you spend a lot of your time training in and around Bailu village. 

In this guide, we'll talk about why training is important, where you can train, why skill books matter, and what training options you have at your disposal. 

Shenmue 3 Training Guide

One-inch punch screen with attack, endurance, kung fu level.

Increasing Ryo's overall health is one of the primary reasons to train. Ryo doesn't start with a full health bar this time around. Instead, sharpening your skills increases it. 

While you'll train throughout the entire game by finding new skill books, it's wise to increase your attack and endurance early on. Fighting the "bookie with the scar" and then "the thugs" will be much easier if you master moves first and ask questions later. 

To inflict more damage on your opponents and take more hits from them, you must increase your overall Kung Fu level. To do this, you must increase your attack level and your endurance level, which both feed into your Kung Fu level. 

Leveling Up Moves From Skill Books — Aka Increasing Attack

You want to master your fighting moves. The better your moves, the more powerful they are. Master the Counter Elbow Assault, for example, and you can stun an enemy while removing several enemy health orbs at once. 

Each move has 10 levels of proficiency you must complete before you reach "Master" status with them. You increase moves by sparring at the Martial Hall just outside of Bailu (it's between Shenhua's house and the village). 

You can set five moves to your quick menu at a time and cycle through them while sparring/fighting by pressing your controller's right shoulder button. Though you should set your best moves when fighting thugs and ruffians out in the world, you should only set those you need to level up when sparring and training.

That's because once you reach Master status in one skill book (move), you will not receive any more XP toward that move or Ryo's attack and Kung Fu levels. You only gain XP from moves you have not yet mastered. 

Master the Sparring QTE

Shenmue 3 training attack with sparring.

When sparring, a QTE will randomly appear in the middle of the screen. It is a circle with four orbs around it. These represent your controller's four face buttons. Depending on the move you currently have equipped, a certain input will flash across the orbs and you must replicate it by pressing the right buttons. 

Let the input complete, and then press the corresponding buttons on your controller as quickly and as accurately as you can. It's easy to get down after a few tries, and doing so gives you a huge chunk of XP. 

Where Can I Spar in Shenmue 3?

You can spar with monks at Martial Hall, or you can spar with Su Zixiong in Bailu village. He's the one teaching martial arts to the children near the well.

How to Get More Skill Books

Skill books contain new fighting moves. You can buy skill books at many of the shops in Bailu, though not every shop has them. However, skill books aren't cheap, and in the game's early sections, buying them isn't economically sound. 

Instead, you should trade for skill books. This is done by finding herb and item sets, then trading those herb and item sets to vendors willing to deal.

You can get an herb map from Tao-Get's shop and start picking from the start of the game. You can also win items from the various bookies and find other items in the world to finish item sets. 

It's worth noting that you will start the game with more than a dozen skill books. Many of these, however, are carried over from the previous games. That means you can't level them. Initially, you only get three skill books you can level.

After you master these first three, you need to buy new ones to increase your Kung Fu level. 

How to Increase Endurance 

Shenmue 3 training endurance with horse stance.

Endurance is directly tied to health in Shenmue 3. Every time you run, practice, spar, fight, or fast travel, you use stamina and, therefore, health. Once your health orbs turn yellow, which happens when you only have three orbs left, your endurance decreases dramatically, quickly turning red.

You want to mitigate this as much as possible because once your orbs turn red, doing absolutely anything becomes a slog. Further, you don't receive as much training XP when your orbs are yellow or red. 

There are three ways to increase endurance: One-Inch Punch, Horse Stance, and Rooster Step. One-Inch Punch and Horse stance can be done at Martial Hall and the Man Yuan temple to the left of the bell tower in the village square. They can also be done in Niaowu. However, Rooster Step can only be done in Niaowu. 

Both One-Inch Punch and Horse Stance are QTEs of sorts.

For One-Inch Punch, you must press the action button at the moment the two bars meet, which just so happens to be over your target. The faster and more accurate you are, the more XP you will receive. 

Horse Stance requires you keep Ryo evenly balanced while squatting. Press the action button repeatedly to keep him balanced along the line in the middle of the screen. As long as the line is green, you will earn the maximum XP for the exercise. 

Rooster Step requires precision movements with the right control stick. Make sure the arrow remains in the center of the blue cone as Ryo walks around the training dummy. The easiest way to ensure effective movement is to press your control stick against the edge of the controller housing, then twist the stick in the correct direction. 

Each of these endurance activities has seven tiers of 10-level increments. Once you complete all seven tiers for each exercise, you will have maximum endurance. 

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That's it for our Shenmue 3 training guide. Now you know where to train and why to train. While leveling up quickly isn't completely necessary, it does make the game easier, especially once you start facing off against tougher enemies. 

For more tips, be sure to check out our Shenmue 3 guides. The game is currently available for PC through the Epic Games Store and PlayStation 4. 

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Shenmue 3: How to Fast Travel https://www.gameskinny.com/dzzv5/shenmue-3-how-to-fast-travel https://www.gameskinny.com/dzzv5/shenmue-3-how-to-fast-travel Wed, 20 Nov 2019 18:09:22 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Does Shenmue 3 have fast travel? In a way, yes. Instead of traveling whenever you want, the game decides when you can jump from place to place. It also decides when you can fast forward time. Fast travel in Shenmue 3 is called the Jump System. 

As you run around Shenmue 3's semi-open world looking for thugs to beat up or mysteries to investigate, you'll be given the option to fast travel to a specific story location at a specific time.

This only happens at certain times: when the story requires it, at night when you return to Shenhua's house, or in the morning when you leave Shenhua's house. Called the jump system, it's similar to the way things worked in Shenmue and the last game, Shenmue 2

Shenmue 3 Fast Travel 

It's safe to assume you've already noticed the action menu in the bottom right of your screen while playing Shenmue 3.

There are four choices (left, right, top, bottom) that mimic the shape buttons on your controller. For PlayStation 4 (PS4), they are square, circle, triangle, and cross. On an Xbox One controller for PC (or most other similar PC controllers such as the Stratus Duo), they are X, B, Y, and A. 

The top choice  mapped to "triangle" or "Y"  is the one you want to use to fast travel. Typically, the on-screen symbol is a green sphere with a question mark(?) in it.

However, the symbol changes when you can fast travel — or jump between places and times. It becomes a green sphere with a jumping person inside of it. 

When this happens, simply press "triangle" or "Y" as you normally would and several choices will appear in the top left-hand corner of the screen. Depending on how many locations or times you can jump to, sometimes there will be two options, sometimes there will be more. 

Fast Travel "Glitch" in Shenmue 3

Shenmue 3 hidden fast travel trigger location near Shenhua's house.

There's also a hidden fast travel trigger near Shenhua's house. It was somewhat of a lucky hit for me because there is no indication it is there. 

If you exit the house and face the purple Shenmue tree with the swing, go to the cliff just behind it. If you're looking toward Bailu Village with Shenhua's house to your right, the cliff will be to your left. 

Go up to the edge of the cliff, and the fast travel/jump menu will appear, letting you go to the village center, Kung Fu, or Jobs. This trigger is useful in a number of ways. If you're at Shenhua's house, but can't sleep and don't have enough endurance to do anything, you can easily travel back to Bailu for some food. 

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That's all there is to it! It really is that simple.

While Shenmue 3 fast travel is easy, it's also a bit frustrating. Once you get used to jumping anywhere you want in a game like The Outer Worlds, going back to something undeniably old school is a bit jarring. Especially when you run out of stamina/health before fast traveling!

Be sure to check out our other Shenmue 3 guides while you're here. We're currently playing through the game and should have more soon. 

From the mind of Yu Suzuki, Shenmue 3 is the latest game in the beloved RPG franchise that began on the Sega Dreamcast in 1999. Shenmue 3 is currently available on the PC through the Epic Games Store for $49.99 and the PlayStation 4 for $59.99. 

According to the game's Kickstarter FAQ page, Shenmue 3 is set to see a wider release on Steam for PC "in the future." Based on other exclusives released on the Epic storefront, it seems Shenmue 3 will hit Steam in November 2020. 

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Shenmue 3 Trophies Not Showing? Here's Why https://www.gameskinny.com/kdtl0/shenmue-3-trophies-not-showing-heres-why https://www.gameskinny.com/kdtl0/shenmue-3-trophies-not-showing-heres-why Wed, 20 Nov 2019 17:43:59 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Shenmue 3 trophies aren't like those for other games. Most PS4 games automatically populate their trophy lists when you play them. You go to your trophy menu, and there they are.

That's not the case with Shenmue 3. Understandably, this has led some players, including myself, to wonder if Shenmue 3 has trophies at all. 

Rest assured that it does. For Shenmue 3's trophy list to populate, you have to earn a trophy first. For most players, this will be "Regular Shopper," which tasks you with buying 10 items at a shop. It's by far the easiest one to get. 

Once you do that, you can navigate to the PS4's trophy menu and see all of the trophies Shenmue 3 has to offer. At a glance, it looks like some will be a tad difficult to get. Catch 1,000 fish? Oi vey! 

Interestingly, once you unlock the list, you'll also see three additional lists appear. These are for Shenmue 3's planned DLC. They include the Story Quest Pack, the Big Merry Cruise Pack, and the Battle Rally Pack. Currently, we don't have any information on the story pack right now. 

Shenmue 3 trophies exist, and they seem a like a bit of a pain. Though, I'm interested to see how many players actually platinum it, and I may eventually be one of them. 

Shenmue 3 is currently out on PC through the Epic Games Store and the PlayStation 4. Our review of the game will be coming early next week. Be sure to check out our other Shenmue 3 guides while you wait! 

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Shenmue 3 Trailer Reminds Us It's Been 84 — Er — 18 Years Since Shenmue 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/oigup/shenmue-3-trailer-reminds-us-its-been-84-er-18-years-since-shenmue-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/oigup/shenmue-3-trailer-reminds-us-its-been-84-er-18-years-since-shenmue-2 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 11:56:24 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

At the end of Shenmue 2, protagonist Ryo Hazuki — and the player — are left with tons of unanswered questions and no real idea of why Ryo's father was targeted and murdered. Now, Ryo's journey of revenge and understanding is finally set to move forward once more, after 18 years, with Shenmue 3.

Ys Net and Deep Silver released a new trailer reminding viewers how long it's been (as if we hadn't felt every second like a roundhouse to the heart), showing Ryo's world in stark grey tones. Apart from being stylish, that's probably how Ys Net saw the world too, after delaying the game and kicking off the Shenmue 3 Epic Games Store controversy.

Then a message slowly appears in the trailer: "But passions never waver. A moment in motion; a story renewed."

The world slowly fills with color, and we see Ryo and Shenhua Ling walking and speaking together. It seems Ling will be getting quite a bit more attention in Shenmue III, as she pursues her desire for knowledge of the outside world. The series' staple slice of life components appear to be intact as well, with Ryo interacting with various townsfolk, learning combat from them, and getting completely owned by an old man.

Yep, he's still got some learning to do.

And of course, the story's main thread is going strong, with the mystery of the Phoenix Mirrors taking center stage, and Ryo finally facing Lan Di, his father's murderer. Whether this confrontation is the culmination of Ryo's story is unclear, since the journey has evolved into something much more than just seeking to avenge his father.

We won't have long to wait to find out. Shenmue 3 launches on PC and PlayStation 4 on November 19. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for our Shenmue 3 review and guide coverage as well.

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PSA: Check Your Inbox, Shenmue 3 Backers https://www.gameskinny.com/1fbhe/psa-check-your-inbox-shenmue-3-backers https://www.gameskinny.com/1fbhe/psa-check-your-inbox-shenmue-3-backers Fri, 25 Oct 2019 11:18:17 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Shenmue 3 is, at last, almost upon us. The long-awaited game launches on November 19 for PlayStation 4 and PC as an Epic Game Store exclusive. If you didn't back the game on KickStarter or SlackerBacker, you'll have to pre-order it or pick it up from your local retailer. 

However, backers will get the game another way. 

According to emerging reports, some who backed the game are currently receiving emails asking for address confirmation. It's not phishing in this case, so you definitely want to open it and confirm your address. Letting it languish unopened could potentially delay delivery, and the Shenmue 3 team did confirm through a Kickstarter update that this is a required action to finalize delivery addresses.

Still, it's a good idea to check your inbox and confirm your address anyway if you haven't already.

Meanwhile, if you can't wait until November 19 to rejoin Ryo after all these years, don't forget to check out the exclusive backer demo for PC players that lets you experience the game's first day.

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Exclusive Shenmue 3 Backer Trial Round-Kicks Its Way to PC This Weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/n3oj5/exclusive-shenmue-3-backer-trial-round-kicks-its-way-to-pc-this-weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/n3oj5/exclusive-shenmue-3-backer-trial-round-kicks-its-way-to-pc-this-weekend Wed, 25 Sep 2019 18:58:43 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Ys Net posted another Shenmue III Kickstarter update today. It lets backers know when they'll be receiving access to the exclusive Shenmue III Backer Trial Version starting this weekend.

We detailed what the trial version will consist of before, but in short, it's a roughly one-hour-long segment that lets players experience a brief portion of gameplay in Bailu Village. That segment won't contain any of the game's main story at the beginning. However, it will offer some bits of the game's storyline, along with mini-games, puzzles, and of course, combat.

The demo ends when you reach 9:00 p.m. in-game or defeat the final boss. However, it can be replayed.

Ys Net didn't offer any specific timeframe for when backers can expect their trial code. From what we know, Fangamer will send them out via email — not forklift — sometime over the weekend (9/28-9/29).

Specifically, the trial code will come in a survey email, and here's how to download and activate the Shenmue III Backer Trial Version:

  • Navigate to the Backer Management page
  • Click "Get Download Codes"
  • Redeem the code via the Epic Games Store
  • If you don't have an EGS account already, you can sign up for free here.

Ys Net also recommends using controllers instead of mouse and keyboard. The final product will support mouse and keyboard play, but at this time, the trial build is better optimized for controller use.

Shenmue III will be available November 19 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and yes, it is EGS exclusive on PC.

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Shenmue 3 Backers Will Get Refunds After All — If They Act Quickly https://www.gameskinny.com/vvmgl/shenmue-3-backers-will-get-refunds-after-all-if-they-act-quickly https://www.gameskinny.com/vvmgl/shenmue-3-backers-will-get-refunds-after-all-if-they-act-quickly Thu, 05 Sep 2019 17:22:48 -0400 GS_Staff

Those hoping to receive a refund for Shenmue 3 will finally have the chance starting later this month. The announcement was made via a recent blog post on the project's Kickstarter page where the Shenmue 3 team said Fangamer would send surveys to backers sometime in September.

Though an exact send date was not provided by the team, it was confirmed that each backer would be allowed to change their order. 

During mid-September emails will start going out from Fangamer to all backers notifying you of your currently selected game version. Please check your mail to confirm your version. Backers who wish to make a change may then follow the link to your survey in the mail to take the necessary action.

*It will take a few days for all emails to be sent out to backers.

However, the caveat is that surveys will only be live for two weeks once they are sent. Backers must make refund requests within the allotted time frame.

According to the team, refund requests will not be taken after the two-week window closes. Refunds will be given to PC players who "are not satisfied with the proposed reward options." 

Although the window for claiming a refund is relatively short, the actual operation of processing refunds could take anywhere from 20 days to three months. The Shenmue 3 Team asked for patience during the process, especially considering there is four years of data to work through. 

Refund processing timing may vary depending on payment service and transaction status. It may take up to 20 business days to 3 months from the time the refund request is made until the refund transaction is completed.

We promise to proceed with refund request processing promptly and reliably, however, due to the fact that the campaign is now 4 years on, along with the complexity of the transactions and payment service system arrangements, we ask for your understanding that processing times may vary depending on individual transaction circumstances.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the PC version of Shenmue 3 would be an Epic Games Store exclusive for at least one year. Of course, the shift away from Steam did not sit well with many who had backed the game, especially since the change came well after the game had been successfully funded. 

In July, Epic Games' CEO Tim Sweeney said that Epic would foot the cost of refunds so that it "won't reduce Y's Net's development funding." 

Shenmue 3 is set to release on PC and PS4 on November 19 after a three-month delay for what Y's Net called "refinement." 

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Shenmue III Backers to Get Special One-Hour Trial Demo Soon https://www.gameskinny.com/ll766/shenmue-iii-backers-to-get-special-one-hour-trial-demo-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/ll766/shenmue-iii-backers-to-get-special-one-hour-trial-demo-soon Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:33:25 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Ys Net posted a new Kickstarter update recently, announcing a trial demo of Shenmue III made specifically for backers.

The demo reportedly lasts about an hour and features a wide variety of activities. It takes place in Shenmue III's opening area of Bailu Village.

After finishing the demo's main objective, players can still replay the demo and wander about completing other activities up until the trial expires. There's no mention of what these activities might be, but we hope forklifts will be involved.

Ys Net didn't say when the trial would expire. However, save data is not transferable to the main game.

Shenmue III's backer demo is set to release in the second half of September, following a delay caused by the time and effort put into the recent media demo.

In what's probably not surprising to anyone, the PC version of the demo is tied to the Epic Games Store. It must be launched from EGS.

Shenmue III's relationship with the EGS is a brief, but tortured one. There was quite a stir when Ys Net and Deep Silver announced the game would be exclusive to the Epic Games Store. It was enough that many clamored for a refund instead of submitting to the perceived tyranny of Epic Games, and Epic responded by saying it would handle the refund process.

As of now, Shenmue III is set for a November 19, 2019 release date, after suffering some delays earlier in the year.

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GameSkinny Weekend Download: Video Games Blamed for Violence, Loot Boxes Get Nerfed(?), Planetfall Impresses, and More https://www.gameskinny.com/c6g6x/gameskinny-weekend-download-video-games-blamed-for-violence-loot-boxes-get-nerfed-planetfall-impresses-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/c6g6x/gameskinny-weekend-download-video-games-blamed-for-violence-loot-boxes-get-nerfed-planetfall-impresses-and-more Sat, 10 Aug 2019 09:49:07 -0400 GS_Staff

In the wake of two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, politicians, including President Donald Trump, blamed video games for violence. Days later, Walmart began removing from its stores advertisements for violent and "aggressive" video games and movies. 

Elsewhere, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, along with other ESA members, pledged to (somewhat) regulate loot boxes in all future games that use the mechanic. What's more, the ESRB released official numbers showing that 18% of games rated by the service since April 2018 have some type of microtransactions. 

However, some consumer advocates, such as those with Consumer Reports, say that tags and warnings aren't enough. 

On a far less political front, Age of Wonders: Planetfall released to rave reviews, including here at GameSkinny. In fact, we called it the strategy game of the year, so be sure to check out our review of the game below, alongside reviews for Metal Wolf Chaos XD, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, and more.  

Of course, we've rounded up other gaming news such as the rumor that Modern Warfare might actually get a battle royale mode and that the game will feature mouse and keyboard support on console; that Humble Bundle has more than 200 games on sale right now; and Cyberpunk 2077 will get a new game plus mode. 

On top of all of that, we've got culture pieces on X-Wing VR mods and why Madden 20's story mode is dope. And naturally, we have a good handful of guides for some of the latest games. 

Sit back. Relax. Enjoy. It's the weekend. What else are you gonna do? Play video games? 

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Shenmue 3 Pre-Order Bonuses Are Full-On Shenmue https://www.gameskinny.com/svi7x/shenmue-3-pre-order-bonuses-are-full-on-shenmue https://www.gameskinny.com/svi7x/shenmue-3-pre-order-bonuses-are-full-on-shenmue Thu, 08 Aug 2019 14:44:13 -0400 GS_Staff

Whereas pre-orders for other games might give players early access or unique abilities, Shenmue 3 going a slightly more old-school route with its very on-brand bonuses, even if they are a tad lackluster. 

Of course, several retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop, will add a few goodies to the mix so that they stand out from other retailers. However, only Amazon will give players something they can use in-game. 

All Shenmue 3 pre-orders get the following items as described by the Shenmue team: 

  • Snake Power Bottles (x3): Replenish energy during battle
  • Playing Tokens (x5,000): For use for in gambling areas
  • Toy Capsule Tokens (x24): Exchange for in-game toy capsules
  • Blazing Kick Advanced Training Scroll (x1): Unlocks Blazing Kick ability

The following retailers will add one extra item to that list. 

  • Amazon: Kenpogi Training Wear DLC
  • Best Buy: Limited edition steelbook case with portraits and illustrations
  • GameStop: Physical Dragon/Phoenix Mirrors from the series

Those who backed Shenmue 3 on Kickstarter will not receive the above items unless they purchase a separate copy of the game. 

Earlier this summer, the Shenmue Team revealed that the series' long-awaited third installment will receive post-launch DLC. However, those who backed the game on Kickstarter will not receive the game's season pass as part of their original campaign contribution. 

Indeed, both Kickstarter and Slacker Backer supporters will receive bonuses not available to those who did not contribute to the game's crowd-funding campaign. 

Shenmue 3 is set to (finally) launch for PC and PS4 on November 19 after a three-month delay. The game will be a 1-year, timed Epic Games Store Exclusive on PC. Although it has not been confirmed if Shenmue 3 will eventually find its way onto other PC storefronts such as Steam, it would not do so until fall 2020 at the earliest. 

Of course, many who backed the game on Kickstarter and Slacker Backers are not happy with the news

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GameSkinny Weekend Download: Nintendo Switch Lite, Stranger Things 3, Cyberpunk 2077, More https://www.gameskinny.com/wr8eb/gameskinny-weekend-download-nintendo-switch-lite-stranger-things-3-cyberpunk-2077-more https://www.gameskinny.com/wr8eb/gameskinny-weekend-download-nintendo-switch-lite-stranger-things-3-cyberpunk-2077-more Sat, 13 Jul 2019 09:36:52 -0400 GS_Staff

This week, Nintendo unveiled the Nintendo Switch Lite, and we looked at which games don't support handheld mode, since you can't play every game on the Switch Lite. 

We also looked at how Nintendo is preparing for the cloud gaming future, why FIFA has gotten lazy with women's soccer, and which games you should play before Cyberpunk 2077 releases next year. 

We finally got a look at Shenmue 3's forklift gameplay (yes!), we reviewed a handful; of amazing games, including Blazing Chrome, Sea of Solitude, Stranger Things 3: The Game, and Dragon Quest Builders 2, and we wrote a few guides for some of the most popular recent releases. 

Sit back. Relax. Enjoy. It's the weekend. What else are you gonna do? Play video games? 

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Looks Like Shenmue 3 Backers Won't Get Season Pass or Deluxe Edition Bonuses https://www.gameskinny.com/qgn6i/looks-like-shenmue-3-backers-wont-get-season-pass-or-deluxe-edition-bonuses https://www.gameskinny.com/qgn6i/looks-like-shenmue-3-backers-wont-get-season-pass-or-deluxe-edition-bonuses Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:46:34 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Adding fuel to what was the dwindling bonfire around Shenmue 3, it now appears that backers who funded the game's development on Kickstarter or Slacker Backer will not receive the game's season pass or Deluxe Edition content. 

As reported by multiple outlets, the news comes from a recent blog post from the Shenmue III Team on the game's Kickstarter page. Specifically, the information can be found in the comments section of the post. 

A backer by the name of Antonio Miranda shared a response they received from the Shenmue III team after reaching out to "Ys Net regarding [the] Season Pass and Trial Version." 

Dear Antonio,

We apologize for the long delay in responding. Your feedback is appreciated and we will look into having your noted points in future updates.

Standard and deluxe versions released through retail sales are not affiliated with the crowdfunding campaign, so will not be included with backer pledges, however, they will be available for sale separately. Kickstarter Backers will receive the Kickstarter version, Slacker Backers will receive the Slacker Backer version. Both have unique content respective to their versions not available in the retail versions.

A season pass is not included.

Trial version release date info has yet to be confirmed and will be announced in the updates when details are available. You will be receiving your trial trial version, but we must ask for your patience for a little longer.

There will be more information following in the days ahead concerning updates.

Sincerely,

The Shenmue III Team

Of course, the news has not gone over well in the comments section of the Kickstarter page. However, it's worth noting that neither a Season Pass nor Deluxe Edition pre-order goodies are mentioned anywhere in the project's stretch goals or pledge tiers. 

Indeed, those who backed the game on Kickstarter and Slacker Backer will receive bonuses unavailable to those who did not support the game's development. 

In other developments surrounding the game, Epic Games' CEO Tim Sweeney recently said that the company would spearhead refund efforts around the game

Sweeney said on Twitter:  

Epic is funding the cost of all Kickstarter refunds resulting from Shenmue III’s move to the Epic Games store, so that refunds won’t reduce Ys Net’s development funding.

The move comes after it was revealed at E3 2019 that Shenmue 3 will be a timed Epic Games exclusive. Furor quickly rose around the news, specifically stemming from backers who did not want their money going to the developer. 

More recently, Ys Net released a 30-second trailer for the game, showcasing forklift driving, mini-games, and several brief glimpses of the game's combat. Currently, there is no word if forklift races will make a return in the series' third installment. 

Shenmue 3 is set to release November 30 on PC and PlayStation. Of course, that is barring any further delays

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Forklift Driving, Arcade Games Underscore Forking Short Shenmue 3 Teaser https://www.gameskinny.com/ju3zn/forklift-driving-arcade-games-underscore-forking-short-shenmue-3-teaser https://www.gameskinny.com/ju3zn/forklift-driving-arcade-games-underscore-forking-short-shenmue-3-teaser Thu, 11 Jul 2019 14:59:51 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Hot damn, folks. We've got forklifts, we've got whack-a-mole, and we've got kickass kung-fu action. It looks like we've got a veritable Shenmue game on our hands after all.  

In a new 30-second trailer finally released online by Ys Net, fans and players get a quick look at Shenmue 3's mini-games and combat. The trailer is the same one that has been circulating in the real-world at PlayStation kiosks for the past month or so. 

For anyone that's played either of the Shenmue games, it's clear that Yu Suzuki has a soft spot for industrial machinery, especially glorified hand-trucks such as the forklift. Indeed, players know how fun it is to race with them, too, since the equipment featured so heavily in the original classic, and the game's forklift race is one of the most classic gaming moments of all time. 

While it's unclear if the forklift race will make a comeback in Shenmue 3, it is clear that Ryo will at least get to drive one at some point during the game, perhaps to make an extra buck or uncover the nefarious machinations of Lan Di and the Chi You Men. 

Suzuki confirmed forklifts as far back as January of this year, but it's still great to see it in action here. 

Also shown in the trailer, albeit shortly, is a game of whack-a-mole, confirming that Shenmue 3 will feature more arcade mini-game fun, as we've come to expect. 

Since this year's E3, where it was confirmed that Shenmue 3 will be a timed-exclusive for the Epic Games Store, controversy has surrounded the Kickstarted project. Since the exclusivity deal came after the game was fully funded on the crowdsourcing platform, some backers weren't happy with the fact that they would be forced to use the Epic Games Store over another storefront such as Steam. 

At the time, those asking for refunds from the "Shenmue III Team" were being denied. At the time, some reached out to Deep Silver, the company publishing the game, for clarification on the matter. Sources speaking with PC gamer said: 

... "the developer is 'looking into it." The publication was also told that while Deep Silver is publishing Shenmue 3, it "joined the project long after the KickStarter was set up and therefore isn't in a position to comment on the actions as we are not involved in that side of the project." 

However, Epic Games has recently said that it will bear the burden of refunding backers who wish to take their money elsewhere. Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games said on Twitter: 

Epic is funding the cost of all Kickstarter refunds resulting from Shenmue III’s move to the Epic Games store, so that refunds won’t reduce Ys Net’s development funding.

Unfortunately, the announcement only calmed the stormy waters surrounding the game for a short time. It seems that Kickstarter backers will now have to purchase the game's season pass and Deluxe Edition separately

Shenmue 3 was originally set to release on August 27. However, the game was recently delayed for "refinements," according to the developer. The game will now release on November 19 for PC and PlayStation 4. 

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Epic Games Offers Refunds for Crowdfunded Games that Turn EGS Exclusive https://www.gameskinny.com/r8alz/epic-games-offers-refunds-for-crowdfunded-games-that-turn-egs-exclusive https://www.gameskinny.com/r8alz/epic-games-offers-refunds-for-crowdfunded-games-that-turn-egs-exclusive Thu, 04 Jul 2019 10:53:53 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

As PCGamer recently reported, Epic Games has announced a new policy regarding refunds and crowdfunded games that become Epic Games Store exclusive titles — namely, EG will foot the bill for refunds should backers not want the title on EGS.

This announcement follows Ys Net and Deep Silver's decision to make Shenmue 3 an Epic Games Store exclusive, despite previously suggesting fans could purchase the game through Steam on the day of its release. Now, fans wanting the game on PC can choose a physical PC disc that basically just installs the Epic Games Store or an EGS key.

Naturally, some backers were less than pleased and saw this as yet another case of unexpected poaching on Epic's part. Ys Net and Deep Silver offered refunds for those who decided against an EGS copy, but originally didn't provide details on how these refunds would be realized.

That's when Epic Games' CEO Tim Sweeney stepped in. Sweeney announced on Twitter that Epic would cover the cost of refunds for backers who don't want the game on Epic's platform.

There's a promise for future EGS exclusives too. After offering rewards, Sweeney said Epic would work with other PC platform holders to either ensure key availability or, should that not be possible, offer refunds.

In other words, PC gamers should expect Epic to gather in more crowdfunded games and works from smaller development teams in the future.

It's not a popular choice with consumers for various reasons, but it's a practical choice for many developers. A little while back, Mobius announced Outer Wilds would be EGS exclusive because Epic offered vital financial support the team couldn't pass up. The same rationale probably applied to the Shenmue III decision as well, not to mention the support Ys Net received with Unreal Engine — an Epic-developed engine.

Essentially, Epic is acting much like a big development studio. Just as Sony is rumored to be doing for the PlayStation 5 (or whatever it ends up being), Epic is focused on acquiring big-name titles for its platform, such as Borderlands 3 and Ghost Recon, while also gathering in multiple small developers to fill out its roster.

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