Shenmue 3 is due to be released on August 27th this year. Slated for the PC and PS4, the series first appeared on the Dreamcast in 2000. The sequel was released the following year and was always intended to be a trilogy. Shenmue was created, produced, and directed by Yu Suzuki. The series featured open world elements before open world became so popular. It also was responsible for the introduction of the “quick time events.” The story follows Ryo Hazuki, a teenage martial artist who’s father is murdered.
The original Shenmue once was the “most expensive video game ever developed,” and despite the cult following and critical acclaim it was a commercial failure. After having a successful crowdfunding campaign, becoming the “fastest-funded and the highest-funded video game project in Kickstarter history, earning $6.3 million.” Shenmue 3 began production. During the MAGIC 2019, Yu Suzuki presented the trailer.
The trailer shows several characters in the next game, particularity Ryo. While, I excited for this game, it doesn’t look great graphically. Ryo and the other characters are not that realistic and their moment seems rather wooden. However, the series is known for it’s detail, with Suzuki claiming that there’s over 400 NPC’s in the game. Suzuki claims that the shops in the game will be more in-depth. I’ll admit that sometimes the details in this series was tedious, but if they sacrifice some graphic for the detail I’m fine with that.
I only started playing the Resident Evil series starting with Resident Evil: Code Veronica for the Dreamcast. I played RE0 and RE1 when they were remade for the GameCube, then RE4, RE5, RE6 and RE7:Biohazard. Basically the only main Resident Evil I didn’t play was RE2, which I’ve been told was one of, if not the best. This year will see the release of the remake of Resident Evil 2. It was remade from the ground up and will forgo the old camera angle, for the one made popular in RE4. However, it will keep the older focus on survival over action. While I enjoyed the more modern Resident Evil series, the since of urgency was gone with the new gameplay. RE2 promises to combine the best of both worlds.
Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4, XBOX ONE – January 29)
It has been over a decade since the Kingdom Hearts 2 and it’s finally arriving. The Disney and Square Enix’s collaboration RPG returns with Toy Story, Tangled, Frozen and Pirates of the Caribbean will be featured. It should be noted that the Kingdom Heart series has had at least 10 games in-between Kingdom Hearts 2 and 3. However, I only really care about the main series. KH3 will be the final chapter of the “Dark Seeker saga.” Sora returns with Goofy, King Mickey, Donald Duck, Riku. I found this series not to be just fun, but the inclusion of Disney characters triggers nostalgia overload. That combination makes KH3 one of the game to watch out for.
Devil May Cry 5 (PS4, XBOX ONE, PC – March 8)
Ten years after DMC4 was released, the series returns with new characters and old. Taking on demonic enemies with giant swords, firearms and demonic transformations Devil May Cry 5 promises an action packed gaming experience. However, each character will have his own unique fighting style, promising a dynamic experience. To be honest I didn’t originally like the series but it grew one me. Assuming that it keeps most of it’s game elements, I can’t wait to try for S ranks in the future.
The Division 2 (PS4, PC, XBOX ONE- March 15)
The Division is a third person online combat open world game crated by Ubisoft. The first one looked interesting, but not enough to purchase. The game will take place in Washington D.C. seven months after the original. A civil war has broken out and players will have to team up to complete missions. Your on the side of the survivors taken on a bands of marauders. The game is getting DLC’s every three months, building on the story and environments.
Shenmue 3 (PS4, PC – August 27)
Shenmue 1 was a revolutionary series that change the video games series. It pioneered the large environments, options, detail and quick time events with an enthralling story. The first two series are often included in lists of the greatest games of all time. After a well funded Kick-starter campaign ($6.3 million) the final game comes after 18 years. I’ve been waiting for this game for years and I hope it meets my expectations.