i wont be the first nor the last to say this: but my god these character models are bad. Everything else looks fine, but the actual characters look like dolls. No, scratch that, i think Barbie looks more lifelike and expressive than this. If the dev team is aiming to recreate the look of the first game, i think they might have done a tad too good on it.
But in all seriousness, the real question here is: does this make me, someone who never played Shenmue, want to get into the series? Frankly, no. I don’t know what’s going on in this trailer, and nothing here makes me want to know.
I read somewhere that there is an explanation for why this trailer looks so awful, but i didn’t have time to read it and can’t seem to find the article again. So in the spirit of honestest, there may be something i’m just missing here. In the end though, you only get once chance at a first impression, and this isn’t a good one.