Official Shenmue III Trailer “Looks Absolutely Terrible”




Contempt and disappointment has been the response to Shenmue III‘s latest trailer, with diehard fans of the forgotten franchise decrying the game’s awful graphics and anticipating its inevitable failure (like most other crowd-funded titles before it).

The atrocious trailer which has wracked up a decent amount of dislikes:

Only a few of some of the highly negative comments:

“This Chinese PS2 game looks amazing!!”

“This looks like a PS3 tech demo.”

“the faces are worse than mass effect Andromeda”

“Y’all are a bunch of haters…”

“These graphics look terrible, particularly the faces.”

“Sure who cares for the graphics, thats fine, but the animations itself are horrible… huge letdown”

“Wow the charater models look really really rough… Can I get my money back?”

“Their faces are emotionless and the animations are just lol”

“With all the money from kickstarter, I’m hoping (for the developer’s sake) that they improve on what they’ve shown here. Hopeful!”

“If only the character models looked as good as the scenery.”

“look at this generation of gamers, what a bunch of whiny little girls some of us have been waiting a long time for this game and the last thing on my mind is how amazing the graphics are. I just want a great story and characters. So shut up and go back to playing your call of duty.”

Naturally the game is still subject to change, but those still hoping that the title will be good are feeling quite happy that its release date got pushed back to the second half of 2018.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    17:32 23/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Still better than MvC: Infinity's character models.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:43 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yet another piece of evidence that, outside of a few good creators, Japanese game developers have lost the magic touch they had up to the PS2 era. This is gonna be a letdown in such a scale that critics are gonna have a field day ripping this game (and its developers too) a new bunghole.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:58 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)


    Did people forget or just never play them and realize just what pieces of garbage Shenmue where...?

    QTE's with "You talked to an NPC....kill time until the next day to pad the game out!" and mini games that gold old so fast...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:13 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's looking a little rough now, but they'll probably improve on things.

    Also, we're coming off an amazing year for Japanese game developers, so I'd say their magic touch is fine.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:49 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've had JP artists/game devs tell me that they've mostly moved to phone game dev, and that was several years ago. Might explain it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:32 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I doubt it. Yu Suzuki knows what he's doing, he has this entire series mapped out story wise and everything else. There's a one hour Shenmue Postmortem video which has Yu Suzuki speaking at length about this series.

    He's only limited by the funding available to him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:29 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man, I've done work with Yu Suzuki and some of his understudies... he has a huge stack of paper and a pipe dream. The "funding" limits existed until the Kickstarter dumped more cash on him than he'd ever need with his outsourcing connects.

    This looks like n64 shit in 2017... what a joke. I'm sure that he bought himself a new car and is living it up while it lasts though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:51 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lets be honest
    -Aside from some textures and the faces the graphics looks ok, not mindblowing but not bad like MvsC infinite or poor like KOF XIV
    -The Shenmue games are hyped mostly for the nostalgia factor
    -This is not a AAA game
    -16 years from Shenmue II and they need to be loyal to the original
    -The previous games were revolutionary back in the day but GTAV put the standards very high and that is an issue for many
    -QTE sucks even in the newest games

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:39 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    there's plenty of time for them to fix things so not really worried tbh

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:01 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's still not something they should be showing the public. Very unprofessional and bad.

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    Comment by cpc65
    09:31 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dang it! I knew I shouldn't have driven 88 mph. Now I'm back in 2005!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:06 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Look at all the apologists insisting it's fine because it's still in development. I guess nobody learned from Mighty No 9. Even Mighty No 9 trailers looked better than this.

    When was the last time you saw a game with a trailer that looked worse than the final product? It's almost always the other way around. Why? Because you don't get people interested by posting disappointing shit off the bat. That's why we have "bullshots" and Ubisoft.

    The important thing to note here is they thought this was good enough to show people. It's not. The environments are acceptable, yes. But Shenmue revolves heavily around the characters, just like Mass Effect Andromeda. It's not a game you want to fuck up the characters, especially with all the facial closeups.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:15 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    And no, I didn't donate. Just appalled that this kind of low-quality is considered acceptable, both by the devs and by random people.

    They could be stick figures and people would still say "it's in development, I'm sure it'll get better!"

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    Comment by Riiku
    00:23 25/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    One part of me thinks "what the fuck have you done, Yu-san"
    and the other part "I don't care, just give me ANY Shenmue 3 already"

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:00 27/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Graphics are not the only thing that exists in a game. What's the story? Is it fun?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:05 26/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just make it available fo PC so us westerners can help out a bit

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:02 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dont care in any way shape or form about this game as i thought the originals were a pile of overated shit anyway but..

    Isnt it SUPPOSED to look this bad? Like its a nostalgia thing? I mean it looks like the Dreamcast version, i thought that was the point

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:50 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I personally think the Dreamcast character models look way better than this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:13 23/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh... I know why they don't have facial expressions now. It's to mimic old Chinese films back in the days. You know in Chinese kung-fu films after every attack they strike a stupid idiotic pose? Shenmue does take place in the 80's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:35 23/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you serious? Stupid monkey otaku lover.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    And then there's this asshole 👆

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well I'm not even sure I saw them blink. Or demonstrate eye movements.

    But as established with the Andromeda debacle, that seems like a relatively minor fix in the big scheme of things. The character models themselves don't look bad. I mean, it's Shenmue, and looks as I would expect as I'd only played the first one. If they just iron out the small details, it looks like a game I'd like to try.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:59 23/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well yeah the character models looks terrible, something straight from PS2 era but the environments presented in this trailer are quiet beautiful so I don't think it's all that bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:52 23/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Love it how the Youtube subtitle dubs the music "Japanese Violin".

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:54 23/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    My childhood ruined!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:57 23/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The graphics in general aren't as bad as people make it out to be. But the character models and animations are pretty damn bad. Ryo looks like he was directly imported from the Dreamcast and had HD textures thrown all over him with his dumb crossed eyes and scoliosis shoulders. He still has that damn 90s jacket and jeans in 2017 too; I wouldn't mind seeing him get a complete conceptual rework at all, as long as this is nowhere near to a final product.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:37 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shenmue 2 takes place 1987, Shenmue 3 is meant to follow on directly from the ending of Shenmue 2 so you'd assume Shenmue 3 is around fall 1987. So his jacket is fine, and its a Ryo trademark appearance anyways. Suzuki mentions that there will be times when Ryo will wear different outfits.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:53 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, but they completely changed Shenhua's design. Doesn't look like the same person at all anymore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:33 23/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Youtube comment always cancer..

    Comment by Anonymous

    theyre crying like a anime fan on prom night

    Comment by WEL
    15:57 23/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    the characters look bad because of the stiff animations and lack of facial expressions but everything else seems pretty good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:55 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't forget the dead fish eyes.

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    Comment by Anonynonymous
    15:47 23/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    For what it's worth. This does look like it's original Dreamcast counterpart.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:19 23/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    no it doesnt. it looks like they are using wax figures. if the style was like in yakuza, i would be happy. but this is just terrible.

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    Comment by Rya
    16:00 23/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    From the studio that brought you Mass Effect: Andromeda!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:05 26/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least there won't be any SJW pozz in this game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:22 23/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Me: "Oh Sankaku your exaggerations again, how bad could it be"

    Me after watching trailer "It's pretty bad yeah"

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:23 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    HAHA. These next generation kids never learn. Crowdfunding, founders packs, and all those scams will keep milking and milking. The next generation will emerge onto the scene and think it's already normal until they many eventually realize they've been fucked up the ass too. By the time they realize, the next generation will enter again. I'm watching history repeat itself. Eventually many will be old and join our ranks and find out the game scene has been stagnate for years and it's only getting worse with the enormous amount of casual mobile games entering the scene. Whip out the wallet and bend over until you've had enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:53 23/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Umm, how come the faces are different from the first kickstarter trailer?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:57 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's what I want to know. Nobody else seems to have noticed. We're the only ones!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:07 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've seen worse. Then again,this is just a trailer and people are bitching and complainting about a product that isn't finished or even out yet,so shocking. *rolls eyes*

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's be realistic. It says a lot if you're putting out shitty-looking trailers for public consumption.

    There isn't even a "this is WORK IN PROGRESS" notice like Andromeda's prerelease videos had.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:36 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where there's smoke there's fire. Or shall we point to the "success" of Mighty No. 9 for how the defenses of the trailer panned out?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The game still has around 12 months of development time left. They showed stuff too early clearly, but with a year left to produce the game, they could sort most of this out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:32 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    character models aside which do look a bit out of place, the rest looks good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:00 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I knew this shit was going to fail hard. Glad I removed my pledge before the deadline.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:32 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice overreaction there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:09 23/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm pretty sure this is just an early showing of what they got so far. They'll fix all this later, otherwise the people who put money on fucking kickstarter would have given them money for a broken ass game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's not how it works. You don't make a "rough" 3D model to release a trailer, then remake the model. At most, they'll have the characters blink more often.

    So yes, people who put money on fucking kickstarter have given them money for a broken ass game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:57 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly. They already did mouth animations and shit.

    The thing people isn't noticing here is they had better looking faces in the previous trailers.

    For some reason, they decided to remake the faces in far worse quality. So THESE ARE THE REMADE FACES.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:14 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like Day 1 PAtch will strike again...

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