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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: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Aug 23, 2018
    93
    Of course, Shenmue is showing its age, but both games are still more than capable of capturing attention in a way that many other games simply can’t. Everything from the characters, to the world, to the amazing score and story, is clearly a labor of love. Even if, like me, you still have the old DC copies kicking about, this collection is absolutely the best way to experience these games.
  2. Sep 11, 2018
    90
    Whether you are a newcomer or a series fanatic these are games that deserve to be played, and with a fantastic price to boot there isn’t really an excuse not to. Play Shenmue. Now.
  3. Aug 20, 2018
    75
    Rising from its ashes, Yu Suzuki’s saga is still a legend and this amazing adventure hasn’t aged at all. Still, this port would have required a little more care.
  4. Aug 30, 2018
    70
    For all its faults and this remaster’s bare-minimum approach to presentation – Shenmue is still worth playing. And hey, any game that can be described as Virtua Fighter meets The Sims, set in Japan during the 1980s, always will.
  5. Sep 3, 2018
    70
    Shenmue 1 & 2 remaster are games that every fan should own. Still, both games feel really old on every front. There are some changes but it’s simply not enough. Though these games deserved a remake, they are still worth your while.
  6. Aug 27, 2018
    65
    Although the soul of this magnificent work is still intact, with the re-launch of Shenmue I & II, a golden opportunity to bring Yu Suzuki's masterpiece to the younger public is lost due to its poor remastering work.
  7. Sep 28, 2020
    60
    It is a really fun world the games put forward, and it is great to explore and figure out where to go and what to do next. At the same time, though, they don't necessarily play that well, and they show their age in a lot of unfortunate ways. This is definitely more of an acquired taste, and it is probably best to say that these are better experiences than they are video games. They're worth checking out, particularly for someone that has fond memories of them on the Dreamcast, but be warned that there are some warts that need to be looked past before you dive in headfirst.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Aug 26, 2018
    10
    Perfect time to dive into these legendary classics for the first time or revisit the masterpiece in time for part 3.
  2. Jan 18, 2020
    10
    Si eres de la vieja escuela sabrás apreciar este juego como se debe. Todo es grandioso en un juego que sentó las bases de lo que hoy en díaSi eres de la vieja escuela sabrás apreciar este juego como se debe. Todo es grandioso en un juego que sentó las bases de lo que hoy en día son videojuegos modernos. Expand
  3. Jul 19, 2019
    10
    Shenmue is a incredible game, it's has everything. action, romance, investigation and a great storytelling. Soundtrack is also well made andShenmue is a incredible game, it's has everything. action, romance, investigation and a great storytelling. Soundtrack is also well made and help with the immersion feeling. Every character has it's own personality with makes you remeber every single one of them. Shenmue is a real example of how a game should be developed it's a complete experience from beginning to end. It's a true masterpiece. Expand
  4. Nov 20, 2019
    10
    Best game ever! A must play! I really hope that more Shenmue games are made as they are just fantastic games. :)
  5. Dec 26, 2019
    10
    Definitely recommend these classics. Shenmue I (Dreamcast) and Shenmue II (Dreamcast, Xbox, Xbox 360 backwards compatible), are now availableDefinitely recommend these classics. Shenmue I (Dreamcast) and Shenmue II (Dreamcast, Xbox, Xbox 360 backwards compatible), are now available on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4! These are my personal favorite games of all time. Don't forget to check out Shenmue III on PlayStation 4, Epic Games Store, and Steam (November 19th, 2020)! And then on to #SaveShenmueIV! Expand
  6. Aug 23, 2018
    8
    The presentation side of the game is the best yet and without a doubt you see improvements in both the visuals and sound design over theThe presentation side of the game is the best yet and without a doubt you see improvements in both the visuals and sound design over the original game’s. Playing through the story once again brings back a lot of fond memories and even in today’s modern surroundings the story shines ever so bright.
    I really enjoyed the combat yet again and this time around it felt much more tight and fluid because the controls held up really well throughout. Boredom never really rears its ugly head throughout your time with the game’s because there’s a lot of variety present which means there’s always something for you to do. Being able to save anywhere is an absolutely fantastic addition because it means you don’t need to worry about dying and this in turn keeps frustration levels down Unfortunately the game suffers with a few technichal issues but thankfully the developers have said these will be patched soon. While the soundtrack sounds great the dialogue is a little muffled and doesn’t sound great some of the time. Does Shenmue I and II do enough to get a recommendation from me? 1999 was a great year for me because whilst I really enjoyed game’s before 1999 I think this year made me really fall in love with the gaming world. The Sega Dreamcast was a console I really adored and I was sad when it became discontinued. That being said in its short time the Dreamcast opened up a number of doors for consoles and it also delivered masterpieces such as Shenmue I & II. Playing Shenmue I & II again brings back a lot of fond memories and as far as remasters go they’re very good to say the least. What I really like about these remasters is that whilst they improved aspects of the game they’ve also kept the original feel of them as well, which in turn means that newcomers and veterans of the series will each find something that will tickle their fancy. At the end of the day Shenmue I & II definitely does more than enough to get a recommendation from me and I’m pleased to say that it was an absolute pleasure to play through these masterpieces again.
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  7. Sep 21, 2019
    5
    Hikaye = 6
    Oynanış = 4
    Grafikler = 4
    Sesler = 5
    Keyif = 5
    Atmosfer = 6
    Süre = 5

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