Shenmue was and always will be Yu Suzuki's passion project. He got the greenlight because he made Sega billions of dollars in the 80s and 90s, and yea, it wasn't that popular, and we have all made fun of it in one way or the other. I was playing the remaster over the weekend and I still chuckled every time I asked about sailors. But Suzuki was Gunpei'd twenty years ago and cares about the story so much that he figured out a way to keep it going. At this point why not just let him do his thing.
The comparison is fitting. Shenmue and Waterworld are niche works that have been unfairly judged by the larger population and repeatedly get dunked on by imbeciles who didn't even give them a legit chance in the first place.
Didn't Waterworld only go massively over budget due to all its expensive sets being destroyed and needing to be rebuilt during production, and even then despite its hefty price-tag it actually ended up turning a small profit in the end?
Honestly I'm struggling to see any relevance with Shenmue, which simply was a madly ambitious game for its day.
Let's be completely frank here, the Shenmue games are not good games... I would position them right at average, at best,
BUT it is very easy to see why people love them, they have a lot that is lovable about them.
but also there is a lot of filler and for the most part the game mechanics are extremely limited/dull aside from the fighting.
for me, a flawed game that at least tried to be something special is immensely more interesting than yet another 3rd person game with shooter, stealth and crafting elements *cough* The Last of Us *cough* Tomb Raider Reboot *cough* every fucking Ubisoft game *cough*
OH IT IS SO FUN SITTING IN A BUSH AND STEALTH KILLING AN ENEMY WITH A BOW AND ARROW... FOR THE 300th TIME... WITHING THE LAST HOUR...
Anyone else catch the single throw away line that the whole kickstarter backer/Epic fiasco? Jim has eviscerated companies for pulling far less than that bait and switch bullshit. Mother fucker has no consistency on certain topics.
He made a good point - Shenmue 3 hasn't evolved with the times and it's dedicated fans are cool with that, but because of this it will not expand its core audience and the fanbase it has is way too small to support more large scale games getting made. The game has completely flopped in sales and Suzuki has likely burnt bridges with all the companies that helped him bring Shenmue 3 to life (Deep Silver, Sony, Epic, Sega(?)) which leaves him in a tough spot. He can try for crowd funding again but will need to be far more modest in his budget requirements otherwise the series is dead for sure.
I find it arrogant and self indulgent. The story development in 3 and even 2 was infuriating; everything was just a distraction from the main story and next to no real progress was made. It reminds me of those anime shows I watched when I was young like pokemon where the journey is indefinitely long and you realise most episodes are filler to keep it going for as long as it continues to get viewers.
He is saying the game (series) cost so much to make and it under performed, it's nothing to do with the quality of either product. (Shenmue was the most expensive game at the time and so was Waterworld when it come out)
once again title warriors.. he's not saying Waterworld is shit in anyway what so ever.