Delrith (TheAngryJoeShow) is crushing the game on Twitch, 'So bad its good'.
It does seem very similar to the first 2 games, and i guess thats the problem.
You know. I think there is a negative bias. The game is not that similar to the originals, actually. The direction is the same, but it evolved a lot. They improved the gameplay a lot, in my opinion. Now, it has true RPG elements. In the originals you simply learned new moves, that you may or may not use. Now, anything new that you learn is essential. And, you evolve your kung fu by training. You level up, literally.
Besides, everything is more connected now. In the originals, you explored the world for the fun of it, but the things you were doing in a lot of cases hardly helped you along the way. In Shenmue 3 a lot more of the things you do actually translate to something helpfull. I dont know if what I'm saying makes sense. But to me, it's ludacris to rip on this game because it might be similar to the older ones.
The graphics alone were improved ten fold. So, I pretty much consider that criticism over the graphics as pure trolling. It just isn't true. The characters are mostly caricatures, but environments are gorgeous.