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Submitted by BrashGames 1253d ago | opinion piece

Psychonauts 2 = Shenmue III? The Manchester City Approach to Videogame Financing

Brash Games writes "With the news that Markus ‘Minecraft’ Persson is looking to at least partially finance development of a sequel to Tim Schafer’s much loved but commercially unsuccessful Psychonauts, it looks like that same financial development model might be sneaking its way into the world of videogames". (PS3, Psychonauts 2, Shenmue III, Wii, Xbox 360)

NYC_Gamer  +   1253d ago
Shenmue 3 would be too expensive to fund.
LOGICWINS  +   1253d ago
Sega already has the Yakuza franchise, which is essentially a combo of Shenmue and Streets of Rage. Y4 has a deeper story, better characters, more action, and more replay value than any Shenmue game....and this is coming from a person that played through Shenmue 1 five times and Shenmue 2 three times.

It makes more sense to invest in what is arguably the better Japanese RPG/Beat em up franchise. Also, Sega ALREADY knows that Yakuza games sell well in the States.
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christheredhead  +   1253d ago
Actually I think Shenmue is a far better series, just a personal preference of course. I liked the characters and story much more than Yakuza. Truthfully, I don't see and relation between the two other than blatant design implementations. The way each game is played is vastly different. Both are amazing, but I would take Shenmue 3 over a Yakzua game any day.

Its just a different style and a much richer story, for me at least. I liked the slow paced, detective like gameplay of Shenmue. Looking for clues, interrogating witnesses, keeping track of real days and times for story, working to earn cash and just the general exploration aspect that Yakuza lacks.
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LOGICWINS  +   1253d ago
"Looking for clues, interrogating witnesses, keeping track of real days and times for story, working to earn cash and just the general exploration aspect that Yakuza lacks."

I like these aspects of Shenmue as well, but I think that Shenmue 2 over did it with the grinding aspect of the game. At one point, you had to work to earn money, with this money you pay an entry fee to fight someone, then you need to work again to to earn money to fight the next guy. Shenmue 2 lost Shenmue 1's charm and that crap ending was a slap in the face to Shenmue fans IMO.
christheredhead  +   1253d ago
Yah, I definitely remember that part. I liked working cause I thought it was a pretty fun in game task, but it still doesn't change the fact that it was overly repetitive. A one time fee would have been just fine. Go to work, earn the amount, fight and get on with the story.

The ending just sort of happened as well. Nothing really special at all. I think they were really banking on Shenmue 3 to seal the deal. Granted, they could have made if far more interesting instead of just dropping it at your feet mid game.

I mean I still would like to see how Shenmue 3 played out from start to finish. Lan Di got away with murder for all we know.

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