Positive: 9 out of 9
Mixed: 0 out of 9
Negative: 0 out of 9
PeterW.Oct 27, 2004Awesome,one of the greatest games i have ever played.....a masterpeice.cant wait for the third instalment, if it ever comes.
MikeT.Feb 4, 2002It's too good to be on the x-box!!!
Mar 26, 2011Quite simply the greatest game ever made. Amazing story, amazing characters, great gameplay and graphics. Something truly special. WorthQuite simply the greatest game ever made. Amazing story, amazing characters, great gameplay and graphics. Something truly special. Worth buying a Dreamcast just for this one game.… Expand
PeetC.Nov 21, 2006Despite the someimes odd dialogue and constant load time, it is the most immersive, entertaining experience in gaming.
May 25, 2015Those who played shenmue, surely will put this game on their top ten list of "best games of all time"!!! Don't know if the current generationThose who played shenmue, surely will put this game on their top ten list of "best games of all time"!!! Don't know if the current generation will love this game, but I am sure that a remastered edition and eventually Shenmue 3 would bring happiness to a legion of fans.… Expand
Nov 21, 2013This is a game that took me beyond, it has no rival to date.
I played this on the Dreamcast when it first came out, I was a lad back then,This is a game that took me beyond, it has no rival to date.
I played this on the Dreamcast when it first came out, I was a lad back then, and wow, the sheer scope, the advancement in gameplay and graphics, it hit me deep and hard, and brings me joy and great memories to this day.
An amazing game that is unforgettable.
Oct 28, 2014First off, the things this game did well or innovated. Shenmue pioneered QTE as we know it today. It's arguable that previous games had QTE orFirst off, the things this game did well or innovated. Shenmue pioneered QTE as we know it today. It's arguable that previous games had QTE or were based on such mechanics. But Shenmue coined the term and did it exactly like you've seen it done for the next 10-15 years.
You could practice your combative moves in order to gain more strength. I know of no precursor to Shenmue that worked this way. SImilar to the way you level up in San Andreas and Elder Scrolls Oblivion. You level up by practice.
At the time, Shenmue had the best graphics ever produced for consoles or PC. As such it created an amazing atmosphere. There are day-night sequences, rain, snow, dates change, and different events will be triggered due to the passing of time.
If you ever wanted to live an average life as a Japanese man in an average town. This game is for you.
As for the bad, some QTE events couldn't be retried. The game wasn't easy to save and some of the QTE events would happen out of no where and you'd fail them unable to retry or reload. There were a handful of combat scenes in the game. Combat was a moot point. Shenmue didn't use the analogue stick for whatever reason so turning was stiff and ridiculous. More often than not you'll see Ryo stop in his tracks and do a 90 degree turn. Because the graphics were so good, things like audio quality, bad voice acting, and stiff animations when using items fell to the bottom of the uncanny valley.
The majority of the game you'll spend randomly talking to people in the streets trying to find the next place to go. I remember my uncle commenting on it saying, "Wow, that's like real life, people don't want anything to do with you." 90% of the story progression will be you randomly talking to people, with no dialogue options, and them giving you a dull rejection. If that sounds fun to you, by all means.
When you're not randomly talking to people, you can pick up an orange, or a change purse from inside your house. There are so many things you can touch and pick up but most of them are there for the sole fact it's there. Other activities include using capsule machines to acquire and collect Sega related toys, throwing darts alone, or playing Space Harrier.
The Space Harrier port alone gives this game one of those 4 points for me. It's really the best part and the only -game- part of this game.
As far as the story goes, it has to be said, this is an introduction and nothing more. This can't be seen as a full story or stand alone in any respect. There's no character development among any of the characters and the ending has no resolution. Yu Suzuki planned for Shenmue 1-2 to be one game. As such, Shenmue 1 was broken off into it's own game and was stretched to it's breaking point. Arguably the characters are interesting and unique.
As an introduction, it's pretty good. As a standalone story it's awful, even by a trilogy standard. Even in movies like LOTR, Star Wars, or Mass Effect. The story gives you a resolution to a major problem in its first installment. While also leaving you on a cliff hanger for a more important conflict. Shenmue gives you no resolution. It was a straight introduction and nothing more.… Expand
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Awards & Rankings
#2 Most Discussed Dreamcast Game of 2001