Still had it sitting in my basket for £4.99 - went through.
Damn, missed it. Gone up in price now from looks of it.
Can't see it at this price anymore ?
I was like you; played the first two when they first came out and absolutely loved them and then played Shenmue 3 as soon as it came out. While the gameplay does feel a bit outdated it was designed this way to fall in line with the feel and aesthetic of the original games. If you're a fan of the series it's definitely worth a fiver if you're dying to know what happens in the next part of the story since Shenmue 2 ended on such a cliffhanger. It's not a bad game necessarily, but it's nothing groundbreaking either and definitely draws upon its 20+ year old predecessors in terms of gameplay and atmosphere. It was a nice trip down memory lane with some good cutscenes and classic Shenmue gameplay - however, I can see why people who were unfamiliar with the original games would say the gameplay was outdated and slow.
This is what makes me hesitant about getting it. I also adored Shenmue 1&2 back when they came out (they're wasn't much like them at the time which made them quite unique). I've read the negatives about Shenmue III and one of the major things was that the gameplay felt archaic and deliberately made to draw out your progression. I'm still curious about checking it out one day but I don't feel like it's inspiring me to play it ASAP which is a shame given the series it belongs to.