I ended my Battle Rally impressions with a bit of hopeful optimism, saying that there was always the chance developer Ys Net was saving the good stuff for the second DLC pack it had in the works. Try Chawan Sign in the comments section below. Sure, it’s nice to see some throwbacks to Shenmue II, but light nostalgia is really the full extent of the “story” this supposedly story-focused DLC can offer, and even then said nostalgia comes with some pretty big caveats. Here’s the thing: we were planning to bring you a review of Ryo Hazuki’s re-encounter with Shuqin Zhang today, but we didn’t have the patience to see this short story through. I’m going to repeat that. © 2020 GAMESPOT, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. In short, the entire DLC mission can be summarized as a painfully slow slog whose narrative components have literally no impact on Shenmue III’s larger narrative. The real problem is that this content was clearly designed to be played in parallel with the main campaign, as returning to it once you’ve beaten the story is an exercise in obscene patience. However, the restaurant only caters to couples and has a strict dress code. You can also get special outfits for clearing mini-quests, and there are challenge missions exclusive to the ship. There are two fight scenes that occur during the DLC mission’s runtime, one about midway through and another during the mission’s finale, but given how unintuitive and shoddy Shenmue III’s combat system is, that’s not much of a selling point. Back in the Dreamcast days, the Shenmue people looked good .. now they all look like monsters. @Danloaded Particularly when the sale often arrives before the first piece of season pass content. 'Sammy' if you can't be bothered just don't report on this. Shenmue 3 was first announced back at E3 2015 with a Kickstarter campaign. The participants in this race are... - The hero of the story, facing off against destiny, Ryo Hazuki. Privacy Policy, Now Playing: 7 Reasons To Play Shenmue III. All of the above items are to come packed in a specially designed box. PlayStationLifeStyle.net is a property of Mandatory, Hosted by 44 Bytes. Of course, add-on packs have a bad reputation because they’re so often flagrant cash grabs, and while Shenmue III’s anticipated Story Quest pack doesn’t quite fall into that category – it’s, well, bad. Once the player tracks down Zhang’s associate, a man named Mr. Wei whom Ryo bizarrely addresses as if they’ve met before even though they haven’t, they are informed that Zhang has apparently gone missing in the short time since Ryo saw him last. Available on February 18 for $6 via the PlayStation Store and Epic Games Store, the Story Quest Pack DLC is also available as part of the Complete DLC Collection pack. It's a shame the DLC is sh*te. He also likes tennis games way more than you. The Chawan sign task is exactly what you do in the first game, and hunting for the shop with the 'vague map' took me around 5 minutes. This would be fine if you were playing the main story, because you’d be exploring the city anyway, but it’s beyond irritating when you just want to see the new content. A true PlayStation veteran, Sammy's covered the world of PS gaming for years, with an enormous Trophy count to prove it. Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Okay, I partly retract my initial statement about the DLC loading with no issues. It may have a bad reputation, but DLC can be incredible. GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers. Please do not state you are a 'life-long Shenmue fan' then moan about having to investigate and do Shenmue-like things.Disgusting story. I’ve personally never been a fan of DLC in the first place. Weirdly enough, I will say that Shenmue III’s Story Quest Pack DLC might be worth buying for a specific type of player, though I doubt it’s the type of player that Ys Net originally envisioned. @KratosMD Well, I mean I picked it for that reason. Did you get further than we did, or find it a waste of time? The overall structure of the Story Quest Pack DLC mission just feels lazy and uninspired as well. Shenmue 3 would have been well received in 2003, but we’re 18 years on from the last entry and Shenmue hasn’t budged an inch. By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's It's available now on PS4 and PC, and remastered versions of the first two games are available on PS4, PC, and Xbox One. pic.twitter.com/jwdyZq06L8, — Limited Run Games (@LimitedRunGames) November 19, 2020. Even the most forgiving Shenmue fans won’t be able to ignore the numerous grammatical errors in the DLC’s dialogue subtitles or the pitiful amount of effort the DLC’s developers put into making it feel compelling or fun.