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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: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  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 20, 2018
    80
    With eclectic writing and characters in addition to things to do and places to explore, Shenmue 1 & 2 are brilliant. Very few older titles of that generation still hold up so immensely well today. A stone-cold classic.
  4. Aug 20, 2018
    78
    The two remasters are done pretty well, they work and do not upset some or all of the originals, but the return of games like these had to be accompanied in another way: with extras, interviews, documentation that would help in a fun and informative way to understand what for many years, among other things, was the most expensive game ever, a big commercial flop, and one of the most fundamental titles for the modern videogame.
  5. 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.
  6. 70
    Shenmue I & II are still special games with very few, if any, modern equivalents. Certain elements are showing their age and there are some annoying bugs that should hopefully be patched out in time but both fans and possible fans will appreciate the chance to play both these titles in one package.
  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 45
  2. Negative: 1 out of 45
  1. Aug 22, 2018
    10
    I remember playing this game everytime i came back from school, sometimes i just wanted to go to a bar and listen to the juke-box and playI remember playing this game everytime i came back from school, sometimes i just wanted to go to a bar and listen to the juke-box and play darts, and the other time i played arcade games because it was mind blowing that you could do this IN a video game. Talking to every NPC felt so real, sometimes they knew the path to your destination, sometimes they did not. You could ask for a job and make money, etc. Ryo is an attaching character, he's using his strenght when necessary (arm wrestling is necessary when you need money lol) and always looking for the truth. And i wish he will find out more in the third part, with or without help, because that's how Ryo is, he never slows down. Expand
  2. Sep 1, 2018
    10
    Simply put it's still a very magical, unique and unforgettable experience. It's craft was unprecedented when it originally released but evenSimply put it's still a very magical, unique and unforgettable experience. It's craft was unprecedented when it originally released but even today all that still shines through. It's music is some of the finest works ever produced in the medium and the openworld is incredibly detailed and immersive. The gameplay and combat is incredibly indepth especially in S2 (S1 is more about foreshadowing events)

    It's a polarising game sure but it's absolutely worth trying out and sticking with it as it could be your next favourite. The director involved in the yakuza games was also involved here so should you want to check out his earlier works: I implore you check it out! :)
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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 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
  6. Aug 21, 2018
    10
    This game LITERALLY changed my life. Yes that's right. I live in Japan. Japanese wife and son. And it all started with Shenmue. This seriesThis game LITERALLY changed my life. Yes that's right. I live in Japan. Japanese wife and son. And it all started with Shenmue. This series was great back then and now it has been ported up to modern systems with all the enhancements to smoothen it out while keeping the integrity of the original experience intact. Warning! If you have ADD, if you have low patience, if you need constant gratification, this game is not for you. However, if you can get past the first hour or 2 and into the meat of the story, chances are it will sink it's teeth into you and never let you go. The story, music, graphics and gameplay were revolutionary back in 1999 and playing it today is still a master class in how a game should be made. It has so much character. You will fall in love if you let it. Buy it, play it, love it, support it. Expand
  7. Aug 24, 2018
    4
    people who played shenmue from the start of course will love it, games used to have one objective or few minor ones and this game basicallypeople who played shenmue from the start of course will love it, games used to have one objective or few minor ones and this game basically open the flood gates for open world games i never got to play it before but i know about it and as a new player i see it as a bare-bones game with some weird animations but i dont deny if this game came out 10+years ago it would be great which it did so no, you dont have to like this game and if its ported to the new age it will be reviewed to those standers i think.
    also real-time is annoying sometimes in this game
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