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1 hour ago, Trumpets said:

 

No, I really should, it being my favourite game and all.

 

You may be right that its gating is worse than S3, but that isn't my memory of it since I enjoyed every minute I played, which is kind of the point.

 

 

It's perverse to want to fight people in a game where the fighting isn't fun.

 


Man, you really need to remember your favourite game a bit better. I recently played through the HD version and the gating in both Hong Kong and Kowloon is absolutely brutal.

The “carrot on a stick” quest design is also far more in your face in S2 than any other game in the series. Go to X To get Y actually go to Z etc. 
 

S2 feels the most padded out, but it’s still by far my favourite in the series. If anything S3 is too brief and over before you know it. The shortest of them by far. 
 

S3 is still really great and I can absolutely forgive it’s slightness as I completely can’t believe it exists and feels like a real sequel. 

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3 hours ago, Kevvy Metal said:


Man, have you played Shenmue 2?!

 

Seriously? That way of discussing once again?

 

 

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Patches 1.03 and 1.04 are dropping back to back:

 

Shenmue III Update 1.04 Patch Notes

Made adjustments to certain game contents.

Optimized background displays.

Made improvements to the conversation function.

Updated localization texts and displays.

Made adjustments to the credits roll.

Made fixes to backer contents.

Made preparations for DLC application.

Other minor bug fixes


Shenmue 3 update 1.03 changelog

Added fixes for some crashing.

Addressed audio-related issues.

Addressed issues related to UI.

Added fixes for framerate drop and freezing issues.

Added performance and stability improvements.

Fixed blue screen issues on PS4.

Added fixes for stuttering/lag issues.

Other under the hood fixes.

 

Should come out tomorrow

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On 12/01/2020 at 10:11, Trumpets said:

Having to

 

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scrape together x thousand Yuan, then beat all the fighters in the dojo to continue the plot was fine once, but having to do it all again in the second location, except more, broke me.

 

If the plot/fighting/everything else were better I'd knuckle down and do it, but this sequel (to my favourite game of all time, the only thing I've ever Kickstarted) has ultimately been a big let down.

 

Getting the money was easy. You can do it via guaranteed gambling wins (and I don't mean save-scumming, there's a legit way to guarantee a win) in two in-game days - much, much easier and more quickly than in previous games. Fighting at the dojo is not really different to the street fights in Shenmue II.

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26 minutes ago, Let us measure said:

@deKay, could you spoil me on that legit way please? I might try and go for the Plat and money would be useful. 

 

Spoiler

Fortune teller. She tells you a lucky colour and number. Stick the max tokens on that colour on Flower, Bird, Wind and Moon and win loads. Spend your winnings on expensive gems and stuff from the prize shop, then pawn them.

 

Also, winning every time at the turtle race is piss easy to do.

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If you're going for the plat, if you collect all the herbs in Bailu and Niaowu and sell them you'll earn around 20,000+ Yuan IIRC.

 

When I got to the 'paywall' in Niaowu I simply spent the afternoon picking herbs near the temple (loads of rare ones there) and flogging sets for 600-950 Yuan a pop.

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Sweet as. Do the 'erbs respawn? I'm guessing no as then the related trophies make little sense. 

 

Also, how long does the luck you get from a fortune teller last? For the rest of the day? 

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None of the valuable ones respawn, but there seems to be instances where Licorice does. You can do it on NG+ too, so the ones you already picked, stay picked.

 

I've got them all in Bailu, but have just got to Niaowu on my NG+, just waiting for the patch before I dive back in. There are loads of them, but I love the sound it makes when you collect them so it's quite enjoyable. I'd recommend waiting until you have the entire village opened up, then systematically clear each area.

 

For areas like the fields around Shenhua's house it's worth waiting till dusk as the red outline is much easier to see. Some of them are hidden really, really well. The ones most people miss is there's a small hill you can climb behind the cow sheds, on the way to the hermits nest from the panda market. There's a couple of rare ones there, along with a path that Ryo won't go down...(could possibly be a DLC area I wonder?) There's a couple hidden behind the abandoned temple, and a cinnamon wedged between rocks to the right of Shenhua's house (looking at it from the front)

 

The fortune tell lasts until the end of the day I think. Happy hunting !

 

 

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2 hours ago, Down by Law said:

I've got them all in Bailu, but have just got to Niaowu on my NG+, just waiting for the patch before I dive back in. There are loads of them, but I love the sound it makes when you collect them so it's quite enjoyable. I'd recommend waiting until you have the entire village opened up, then systematically clear each area.

 

I love the subtle rumble too, makes it very more-ish! 

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The first major downloadable content for Shenmue III, “Battle Rally,” will launch on January 21 for $7.99 / £6.49 / €7.99, publisher Deep Silver and developer Ys Net announced.

 

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“Battle Rally” offers fresh gaming activities in a race unlike any other, as contestants engage in head-to-head battles whilst racing their way through the course.

Furthermore, for the first time in Shenmue III players will have the chance to step into the shoes of another protagonist! In addition to playing the hero of our story Ryo Hazuki, players can also choose the treasure-seeking Wuying Ren, and making her first appearance in this game, Ryo’s sparring partner, Wei Zhen.

Cross the finish line in first place to win some truly awesome items!

 

 

I had no idea any dlc was coming, did they mention that in the Kickstarter?

 

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It was announced at E3 iirc. It's much better value to buy the season pass at £11.99 for all three (Battle Rally, Merry Chase, and Story Pack) than this at £6.49 on it's own.

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On 13/01/2020 at 18:43, Down by Law said:

Patches 1.03 and 1.04 are dropping back to back:

 

Shenmue III Update 1.04 Patch Notes

Made adjustments to certain game contents.

Optimized background displays.

Made improvements to the conversation function.

Updated localization texts and displays.

Made adjustments to the credits roll.

Made fixes to backer contents.

Made preparations for DLC application.

Other minor bug fixes


Shenmue 3 update 1.03 changelog

Added fixes for some crashing.

Addressed audio-related issues.

Addressed issues related to UI.

Added fixes for framerate drop and freezing issues.

Added performance and stability improvements.

Fixed blue screen issues on PS4.

Added fixes for stuttering/lag issues.

Other under the hood fixes.

 

 

 

The above patches are out now on PS4. It's confirmed to include QoL improvements such as being able to skip all conversations, improved performance, slower stamina depletion and some music changes. Not had a chance to give it a try myself, going from posters over at the dojo.

 

Also, the Battle Rally DLC is out tomorrow, but is available now in Asia. Basically, imagine if Outrun 2 and Shenmue had a time trial based baby - you run through tracks based around Bailu village, getting additional bonuses for beating up goons. The Chobu Chan hunt returns to Bailu with 120 to collect - and doing so gives you new moves, maps and abilities for the Rally mode, along with Trophies

 

There's a guy here playing as Ren but he's not too good but it was his first go

 

 

Info thanks to YouArcade at Shenmue Dojo:

 

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I've played it for an hour or so and it seems pretty fun. The "Battle Rally" races are completely over the top arcade style. You basically run through different "courses" that are sections of Bailu. The map has been edited to include people cheering and a course made. You have to make it to checkpoints before time runs out like Hang On and Outrun whilst beating people up along the way.

Ren, Wei Zhen and Ryo all have different special moves which is cool. 

You only start with one unlocked course - Rainbow Basin, I managed to get the high score after numerous tries and unlocked a new move for Ryo for the main game.

The Chobu Chan scavenger hunt is separated in to individual maps too, 20 Chobu Chans per different areas of Bailu. I managed to find all 20 in the first Village Square map area and won unlocks for more Battle Rally maps, Chobu Maps along with upgrades to my power and speed for the Battle Rally games - which is great because the next courses seem to get harder and harder as show here in some Ren gameplay:

Overall it's very arcadey and it appears to be some challenge progression as you unlock more races. You seem to unlock moves if you get first which will probably take a few tries. It's fun for sure but if you don't like hunting Chobu Chans and arcadey racing style games combined with Streets of Rage / Fighting Force then it may not be for you.

 

Looks good fun. There is two more forthcoming pieces of DLC, a gambling one called Big Merry Cruise and finally a Story pack involving Zhu's associate from Shenmue II.

 

Great DLC write up here courtesy of phantom river stone: https://www.phantomriverstone.com/2020/01/shenmue-iii-dlc-out-now-battle-rally.html

 

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Ver. 1.04 Patch Notes

General Updates

・   Players can now skip initial conversations.   

・   Backer content fixes   

・ Event control fixes (Fixed issues which stops game progress when multiple events happen simultaneously at certain timings.)   

・ Fixed background collisions which makes players get stuck.   

・ Fixed certain localization texts.

 

Battle

・ Adjusted balances for certain skills.

 

Minigames

・Adjusted the fishing point of the green catfish in Bailu.   

・Fixed a bug where the camera cannot be controlled in the lucky hit minigame.   

・Adjusted the wage amount per cargo in the forklift minigame.   

・Fixed purchase prices of items which were incorrect.

 

Other

・Other minor bug fixes.

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If I’ve already finished the game (and have a completed save file), can I play the DLC as a separate thing or do I need to start a whole new NG+ game?

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I finally finished this today. I've been really taking my time with it and I loved it so much. I'm definitely glad Yu didn't try to wrap the story up in this because it felt rushed at the end as it was. I still think it's an amazing achievement given the size of the team and budget. I just want someone to give Yu a ridiculous budget to make a modern AAA polished Shenmue 4 just to see what he'd make but alas.

 

The battle really dlc looks suitably bonkers so I'm looking forward to giving that a try :D

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Is the story any good? I was really hooked back then with both games, but I am kind of disappointed that this doesn't conclude the story.

 

Even so, I will have no complaints if this actually tells a good tale. So, does it?

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Um. I’m a big fan of this game but... no, not really. Not by itself. It tells a small and largely uneventful chapter in a wider tale, with most of the actual story progression coming right at the very end. 
 

What it does offer is some beautiful environments, a lot of lovely character development and plenty of Shenmue gameplay - and I think if this tale ever gets completed, this third chapter will fit just fine into the overall story. But right now that’s not really the reason to play it. 

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Yeah I'd agree with that. Shenmue III is a journey inwards, not outwards. If when part 4 comes, i'm expecting similar strides in scope like Shenmue II was to the original.

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Hey! No fair! I already apologised for being a nob!

 

However, you won't convince me out of my love for Shenmue. ;)

 

What I will say though, is that of course I would like to give Deadly Premonition a go, it sounds brill. However, I don't have a platform to play it on. :(  It's not on PS4 is it?

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Backward compatible on Xbox One as well.  PC version is good using amateur patches to fix all the issues (link in other thread) and @Lumpy no offence intended or taken :)

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After at least 100 hours got the platinum trophy. 

 

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Yeah I definetely got my monies' worth.

 

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"I know rite?"

 

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Until the next time...

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