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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: 20 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  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. Oct 26, 2018
    83
    At this point it’s fair to say the HD port of Shenmue I & II is in better shape than its release and would now be considered acceptable to play. Save data transfer and cutscenes were a big problem, and major bugs seem to be patched out. Both games are here in all their glory and probably the best way to spend your time with Ryo as he follows his journey. Veterans will be happy with the ability to play on modern platforms and newcomers finally have a chance to experience what Shenmue has to offer while Yu Suzuki is hard at work on Shenmue 3.
  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. 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.
  5. Oct 10, 2018
    70
    Shenmue is part of gaming history and there is a reason that it has continued to be revered all this time. But please remember what you are getting in to when buying this game. Yes, it looks a little shinier and it is of course the first time the two games have been available as a collection on a console that isn’t the Dreamcast (Shenmue II was ported to the original Xbox) but if you have never played these games before, expect a little resistance. It may also be worth holding on a little while and picking it up in an inevitable future sale.
  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: 42 out of 49
  2. Negative: 2 out of 49
  1. Feb 18, 2019
    10
    Experience the most compelling form of interactivity outside the real world now in modern fashion. Shenmue is a passionate and grippingExperience the most compelling form of interactivity outside the real world now in modern fashion. Shenmue is a passionate and gripping adventure utilizing advanced technology that encompasses a real 3D world with stunning characters and real time fighting. This is clearly not a game, but an experience never to be forgotten. This remastered masterpiece is the definitive experience with minimal load times, stable framerate, choice of English & Japanese voices and widescreen gameplay. Witness the greatest form of media ever produced in human history. Expand
  2. Aug 26, 2018
    10
    It simply doesn't get better than this. In spite of their age (originally released 1999-2001), 'Shenmue I & II' are still doing things rightIt simply doesn't get better than this. In spite of their age (originally released 1999-2001), 'Shenmue I & II' are still doing things right that even recent video games are getting wrong. There's no hand-holding (such as map pointers, a side-quest checklist or glowing objects) and the games trust the player to use their initiative and intelligence to explore a virtual world that truly feels alive, refusing to bombard them with instructions or other distractions, such as repetitive random battles that stop feeling intense and start to feel routine. There's always a build up to the action, making it far more effective.

    Players are given just the right balance between freedom and restriction, so that they cannot cause the protagonist to break character, but are able to decide when and why he chooses to perform the many side activities made available to him outside of the core plot. Activities in 'Shenmue I' include thorough training, playing arcade games, playing darts, collecting capsule toys, collecting and listening to cassette tapes, chatting to the locals (literally every NPC has fully voiced dialogue and a unique backstory, along with their own daily schedule), checking the weather, feeding an orphaned kitten and collecting move scrolls.

    The game has a very particular day and night cycle. Date and time will dictate weather conditions, store opening times, bus times and scripted events. 1 hour in game time is equal to 4 minutes time in the real world, meaning 12 game hours in equal to 48 real life minutes. It's up to the player to decide how they use their free time in this world, meaning each player's game can be very different to another's. The immersion factor is heightened by the fact that players can heavily interact with the environment in a non-destructive way. The environment is there to affect the player, not the other way around.

    'Shenmue II' features many additional mini-games, along with a slightly altered in-game clock.

    The fighting engine in 'Shenmue I & II' is a brilliant enhancement of the 'Virtua Fighter' engine, based on careful timing and stringing together moves to create a combo. Unlike 'Virtua Fighter', the battles in 'Shenmue I & II' see the protagonist take on multiple enemies at once. When learning new moves, players will always be given realistic instructions ("shift your weight forward") rather than being told to press a particular button and having their immersion ruined.

    The soundtrack to both titles is vast and varied in styles, and is an outstanding piece of work in its own right. QTEs are used both appropriately and effectively as a means of adding interactivity where there would otherwise be none, keeping the player on their toes with great sound effects use.

    Events that many video games would restrict to a non-interactive cut-scene are given heavy interactivity in 'Shenmue I & II', helping the player become far more immersed and invested in what's going on. When the protagonist is put through a trial of patience and level headedness, the player endures that trail with him, being affected by the trial in the process. It's a perfect balance between storytelling and interactivity that proves there is, in fact, great artistic potential in video games.

    'Shenmue I & II' are not the standard video games that you breeze through and then allow to collect dust. They are a personal journey for the player and must be savoured over time. They require some dedication, but that dedication pays off big time in the end. It gives you a highly personal experience that will stay with you forever. Don't miss out!

    10/10
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  3. Aug 21, 2018
    10
    Magnum opus of masterpieces. Spiritual pilgrimage of martial arts, culture, and humanity. Epiphanic.
  4. 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
  5. Aug 21, 2018
    10
    Simply the best two games ever made. My advise: Buy them, book some time and order some food, and enjoy the journey. This remaster is alsoSimply the best two games ever made. My advise: Buy them, book some time and order some food, and enjoy the journey. This remaster is also very well made, just take a look at Digital Foundry for better insight. Expand
  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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