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  • Summary: A tale of revenge.

    In 1986, teenage jujitsu artist Ryo Hazuki returns to the dojo of his father, Iwao Hazuki, only to witness his murder by a Chinese man, Lan Di. Lan Di steals a mysterious artifact known as the Dragon Mirror. Ryo vows to avenge his father's death and sets out tracing Lan
    A tale of revenge.

    In 1986, teenage jujitsu artist Ryo Hazuki returns to the dojo of his father, Iwao Hazuki, only to witness his murder by a Chinese man, Lan Di. Lan Di steals a mysterious artifact known as the Dragon Mirror. Ryo vows to avenge his father's death and sets out tracing Lan Di's path.

    The first game in the series, Shenmue begins the tale as Ryo travels around Yokosuka, Japan, gathering clues about his father's murder and dealing with nefarious gangsters along the way.

    The sequel Shenmue II continues Ryo's quest, this time crossing the sea to Hong Kong, China. Ryo ventures deeper into the criminal underworld, meeting martial arts masters who aid him on his journey and offer insight into his father's death, and unravels the mysteries of the Dragon Mirror that his father kept hidden.

    Gameplay:

    * Take the role of Ryo Hazuki.

    * Explore a 3D open world searching for clues, examining objects, and talking to NPCs.
    * Battle enemies and bosses making full use of the moves of Hazuki-style jujitsu.
    * Beat quick-time events (QTEs) and mini-games.

    Key features:

    The best Shenmue experience

    Pioneering Dreamcast classics available for the first time on PC
    Updated user interface
    Choice of modern or classic controls
    Japanese audio available for the first time for a global audience
    Fully scalable screen resolutions

    An epic legend
    A tale of revenge on a grand scale
    Solve the mystery of your father's murder
    An experience never to be forgotten

    The world feels alive
    Talk to anyone, scour the world for clues
    NPCs live independent lives on their own schedule
    Faithful recreations of 1980s Japan and Hong Kong, China
    Distract yourself with arcade games, collectibles, duck racing, and more
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Aug 24, 2018
    90
    The Shenmue II & II collection is hands down, the best way to experience these title (warts and all), for both longtime fans and newcomers alike.
  2. Aug 20, 2018
    85
    Regarded by many as the pioneers for the modern open world, the re-release of Shenmue I and II is important, allowing many newcomers the chance to play games that still hold up today.
  3. Aug 21, 2018
    80
    Shenmue 1 & 2 are two of the most influential videogames ever. The new generations of post-millennial can now discover the origin of the myth.
  4. Aug 20, 2018
    75
    An couple of outstanding adventures almost 20 years ago that are coming back almost untouched... That's a good and a bad thing at the same time. If you are an old school gamer that's looking to relive the original experience it's perfect, but the games are getting old to be as entertaining as they were.
  5. Oct 22, 2018
    75
    Playing Shenmue I & II is a treat for die-hard fans as well as an accessible way for newcomers to experience these renowned titles, though they won't be for everyone. Even though I enjoyed both games, I really struggled to look past the clunky dialogue or even fully invest in Ryu's story, and the controls sometimes made walking around a nightmare. They're seminal products of their time that deserve to be celebrated, and this port does a great job of delivering that authentic Shenmue experience.
  6. Sep 4, 2018
    70
    Overall, the hours you want to spend in Shenmue I and Shenmue II will be there. The amount of patience you have with the controls and visuals will depend on your expectations of these releases. For me, it was nice seeing the games in full form on a modern system. I just wish there had been improvements to make it feel like a current generation release. As it stands, you get classics, and a hopeful outlook there is more to come in the third installment of the series.
  7. Aug 26, 2018
    50
    Modern audiences, though, will still have to overlook some serious rough edges to find out what the big deal is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48
  1. Aug 21, 2018
    10
    First time player. Game is a one of a kind unique experience, everyone should try
  2. Aug 26, 2018
    10
    Not just a fundamental classic in any video game fan's library. This game caused a change in the way games were made. You play in a very realNot just a fundamental classic in any video game fan's library. This game caused a change in the way games were made. You play in a very real world in Yokosuka in the 1980's. searching every part of dubuita for the mystery of who was the man who killed your father. Along the way there are so many activities to do that you'll spend Ryo's allowance far too quickly. You'll need to get a job at the harbor to replenish your habits of capsule toys, arcade machines, buying pointless snacks just for a chance to win a raffle, and gambling at the casino. If you want to have a lot of fun play with the english audio.. but if you want to take the story a little more serious try out the japanese audio.

    Now for the other part.. D3T did a decent job at porting the game to PC, XB1, and PS4... However they clearly had far too big of a job for the tiny company that they were. They shipped the game with quite a few bugs, Most of them don't break the game but they are annoyances for a superfan who wants to see everything run smoothly. It does however run smoothly, especially when comparing it to the dreamcast and xbox versions. However occasions do pop up where things that clearly should have been noticed by the developers will catch your eye. This game has 2 trophies on PS4 and some pretty easy trophies/achievements. I wish it was a little more of a challenge to be honest.

    In conclusion: this is a must own.
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  3. Aug 21, 2018
    10
    Magnum opus of masterpieces. Spiritual pilgrimage of martial arts, culture, and humanity. Epiphanic.
  4. Aug 21, 2018
    10
    I have been playing video games since the Super Nintendo, and Shenmue 1 & 2 are by far some of the greatest games I have encountered in myI have been playing video games since the Super Nintendo, and Shenmue 1 & 2 are by far some of the greatest games I have encountered in my gaming life. Both games are notable for defining many conventional features of modern gaming, from establishing the open world genre, popularising the QTE mechanic and presenting a cinematic feel in a video game. The games also rock some of the best-looking graphics for gaming in 1999. As a warning: both games have a deliberately slow pace. This is a series built for immersion and exploration and not for fast progression replete with action, guns or explosions with a mini-map, glowing trails and a checkpoint system. The games dare to drop you into a vast virtual world to explore at your leisure and refuses to hold your hand, even forcing you to wait for certain shops to open, meet a character at a particular time or complete mundane tasks to complement its virtual life-simulator experience. However, if you can appreciate the refreshingly deliberate slow-pace, the intriguing story and the profoundly immersive environments, these are some fantastic golden oldies to enjoy, right up there with Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Final Fantasy 7. Expand
  5. Aug 21, 2018
    10
    As Yu Suzuki said: "This is my gift to the 21st century gamers".
    The real time open-world videogame started here, folks, enjoy some history!
  6. Aug 22, 2018
    10
    Cleaned up, smoother, fresher versions of the 2 greatest games ever made. Any reviews judging the graphics or control style are judgingCleaned up, smoother, fresher versions of the 2 greatest games ever made. Any reviews judging the graphics or control style are judging unfairly. It's an old game with old mechanics, but old doesn't mean worse. Most games today bore me to death. Go to point A with marker, go to point B with marker, go to point C with marker. Shoot lots of guns, trigger bash and repeat...... Shenmue has atmosphere, storytelling, unique characters and world, and to this day it's incredibly fun to play. 10/10 Expand
  7. Sep 24, 2018
    4
    I bought the game due to the recommendations of others and to also be able buy shenmue 3 which was announced. It started off good., I wasI bought the game due to the recommendations of others and to also be able buy shenmue 3 which was announced. It started off good., I was enjoying Shenmue 1. It was atmospheric and enjoyable generally. I noticed lots of gaming designs that influenced a lot of developers that followed . However, I was really disappointed by shenmue 2, I found it very long and drawn out with qte commands being unnecessary at times and very annoying. I hope shenmue 3 improves on that. Expand

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