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      17.05.2010 15:04
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      If you own a Dreamcast you have to own this game.

      Shenmue has to be one of the main reasons I own a Dreamcast. I first heard about this game through word of mouth a good many years ago from friends who said it was one of the best games they had ever played, and I took the plunge to investing in it when I got my Dreamcast console. The story of Shenmue is about a young guy called Ryo Hazuki who's father gets killed off by a Chinese assassin known as Lan Di. This sends poor Ryo off on an adventure to avenge his fathers death and hunt down the villains who had part in the murder. Along the way Ryo meets an array of interesting and fascinating characters, friends and foes. Most of the game is progressed through interacting with these characters and finding out any information that could well lead him right to the villains. Without giving too much away though, Shenmue is a classic adventure with a wonderful atmosphere. Although it could be considered slightly linear, this seems not to matter as you play through it, as dialogue and gameplay are enjoyable and fantastic. For me, Shenmue defined RPGs - most of the game is featured around exploration techniques. The controls aren't too much trouble, but they can be a disadvantage at times if you're not used to them. Don't miss out on this retro classic from the 90s packed in on 3 whole discs with an epic plot that takes well over 30+ hours to complete. Wonderfully presented, great voice acting and fantastic visuals, this is one of the best RPGs you could ever wish to get your hands on. If you're an RPG fan you won't want to have missed out!

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        23.03.2010 14:39
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        classic game

        This was the reason why I re bought a dreamcast to finish this game, as my original one broke, so I am going to give five good reasons why I liked this game so much. 1) The story line its like a movie it is that good, your farther has been killed and you want to avenge his death simple enough but the way you go through the story makes it feel worth while. 2) The sound quality no other game since or before playing this as had such a good style of music to tie in with the game. It doesn't get annoying at all which I love not like most games. 3) The characters you will fall in love with some and hate others this game really does make you feel in touch with the game characters. 4) Button configure now this is important in a game like shenmue there's a lot to be done on the game and you don't want to have bad control layout, the buttons are all in the right place so you wont get frustrated. 5) The graphics are truly amazing for a dreamcast game, the game world itself is a busy community you can even follow people to work in the morning and back home at night, with real time weather effects like rain, snow and sun it feels just like a real world. The game is amazing I remember when I first played it and even now every time I have a go I still love it, you must own this game if you've still got a dream cast kicking about. Also on ciao, thanks for reading.

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          03.09.2009 11:33
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          Aside from the controls, this game is perfect

          Shenmue is, without a doubt, one of the best games ever made, and it's a profound shame that it never gained the audiences that it deserves - narratively conscious and visually stunning, this game, which was the most expensive ever made upon its release, is begging for a next generation sequel. The game revolves around Ryo Hazuki, a Chinese man whose father is murdered in front of his very eyes by a man known only as Lan Di. This sends Ryo on an adventure to hunt down his father's killers, travelling through countles districts, performing numerous jobs, and getting in lots of fights. Shenmue virtually redefined the RPG - much of the game relies on exploration elements, such as following clues and talking to the locals, but what it gets right is the balance of all of the elements - one minute you'll be chasing a seeming ghost, whilst the next you'll be beating guys up in a bar. What makes the combat so great is the QTE (Quick Time Event) fight system, which relies on you pressing the correct buttons at the right time to ensure that you survive the fight. The game comes on an immense 3 discs, with an epic, complex plot that takes a good 20+ hours to complete, and is immensely rewarding to observe both as an artistic achievement and a testament to the narrative power of games - that they can boast stories that can rival those of both films and good fiction. Perhaps the only viable complaint against Shenmue is the control system - the controls are VERY clunky, meaning that Ryo just doesn't move how you want him to. It's a shame that they're so unresponsive, because the rest of the game is so fine tuned and meticulously engineered, that such a schoolboy error seems very strange indeed. Wonderfully presented, with amazing visuals, great voice work, and a superb soundtrack, with excellent gameplay elements that meld a number of different genres, this is one of the best RPGs, and indeed, one of the best games ever made, that makes up for its control issues with an engrossing story and highly addictive, sprawling gameplay.

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            26.06.2009 00:05
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            Great Game, has alot to offer!

            The Game Shenmue is a gem of the Dreamcast. If you own a Dreamcast this is the number 1 game to own! This game was so innovative for it's time, and coined the genre "FREE" due to the freedom the player has in this game. Real life event's are portrayed in the game such as sleeping, eating etc. Aswell as that, the game creates a unique and excellent quest line, searching for the characters dead father's killers. The game introduces early examples of Quick Time Event's and area's can be explored without furthering the quest line. This game has alot to offer, and for it's time was an amazing game. But the game might be boring for some gamer's as the game doesn't get straight into the action. This game is not for the fast paced action game fan, but rather for the casual anything goes/rpg game fan. A Must Buy! Innovative

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              16.02.2009 14:51
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              You need to own this game.

              Shenmue, much like the Dreamcast itself, is a product for those in the know. That statement may sound a little snobby, but any DC owner will tell you its the truth. I recently spoke to a guy at work for the first time recently. Being guys, we spoke about computer games. We discussed favourite games and I mentioned the original Fallouts, Joust, Elite, Sunset Riders, he said the best game he had ever played was Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. I found this incredulous, and have not actually spoken to him since (not just because of that, but it definately flagged him as a 'tool') I have heard many a gamer tell me how open GTA's world is, how excellent and varied the missions are and how it is lik nothing else ever made. To this I laugh and simply stroke my beard, whilst caressing my original release of Shemue. Over the years, I have owned a BBC Micro, Megadrive, Saturn, Dreamcast, Xbox, Playstation 2 and Xbox 360 and I can safely say that Shenmue, is quite simply, a masterpiece. I have never finished it. I have never got past the second disc of it, yet no other game has kept me coming back in the same way that Shenmue has. The graphics are fantastic. Even by modern standards, they stand up well as we travel from sleepy suburb to bustling industrial complexes and more. The missions are open ended, yes you need to find your father's killer and avenge him, but there is a hell of a lot that needs doing along the way. The dialogue is perhaps the only let down, but I love it as I love a bad B-Movie. You want to know why? Because yes, it did snow that day and yes, I am looking for some sailors! The game just oozes charm. Ryo is a frustrating protagonist, but at least he isn't as whiney as some of his other friends. You want to slap him when he fails to ponce of his hot girlfriend, but again, that's how he operates! The dialogue is amusing and entertaining in equal measures, and the story moves along at a good pace. Perhaps the most interesting part of the game is the fighting system. Having criticised GTA in other reviews, anyone who plays this game will understand why. Not only is it deep on a Virtua Fighter level, but it takes real effort to get good at it. You need to train on a regular basis to power up your moves and ensure you are strong enough to avenge your father. You have to perform a variety of combos and command moves in order to defeat your enemies who can often put up a decent challenge against you. Another excellent inclusion with this game, are arcade perfect renditions of Super Harrier (Get Ready!!!) and Super Hang ON, although you have to use ingame currency to play them. Both are good for a giggle, as well as seeing just how badly they have aged! Shenmue is an opus of a game. It pioneered ideas that other games still refuse to implement for fear of alienating their audience. Whilst some of its elements may have aged, there is no denying that this game is quite simply one of the all time greats. Essential

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                31.12.2007 17:31
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                highly recommended

                During the time of the release of the Dreamcast many popular titles were promised for the system. However most of the hits were either direct arcade ports or variations of the original arcade version. Developed by Yuu Suzuki, Shenmue was the most anticipated and truly innovative title to reach the Dreamcast system. Most impressive was the use of 3D environments and freedom of movement. Today gamers tend to be rather demanding expecting as much freedom of movement as possible within the game. On the other hand while the areas to explore in Shenmue were vast, the controls were rather restricted and more arcade like. In certain action scenes, Shenmue used a QTE (Quick Time Event) system, where you had to press the corresponding button on the screen. In fight scenes, the battle mode switched to a Virtua Fighter style fighting system. While one had the ability to explore all the action and fighting remained arcade like. This was an appealing aspect of the game. Having played both the original and the sequel I much prefer the original. The main reason for this, the sequel takes place in Hong Kong while the original takes place in Japan. The environments and the characters in Japan come across as far more interesting. While the sequel just feels depressing. If you have never played Shenmue, what ever you do don't waste more money on the latest generation of rubbish without playing this. Buy this game and finish it to the end, while at times it is slow the game is not too long either and you will be pleasantly surprised.

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                  02.06.2003 20:50
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                  Ever since Sega and AM2 announced plans to release Shenmue, I thought to myself this is the game that will take gaming to a new level and how right I was? This game is simply beautiful, you are Ryo Hazuki a martial arts expert in training, you are sent on a journey of revenge to find your Father`s killer Lan di and figure out why he killed your father. A little clichéd?granted but there are so many surprises and plot twists along the way you`ll be on the edge of your seat to find out what happens next, but I won`t ruin the story or what happens for people who have never played/experienced Shenmue that`s for you to find out! There is so much interaction in this game which is why Shenmue set new standards and created a new genre of its own, the creators called it F.R.E.E (Full Reactive Eyes Entertainment). You can go anyway you want, you can even use a phone box to find out what the weather will be like!, you can talk to anybody you wish which is essential because you have to ask people questions to find out the where abouts of Lan di (your fathers killer) by piecing together clues that you?ve gathered, and key points in conversations with people are kept in your log book. Part of the beauty of Shenmue are the endless possibilities and it really feels like a living breathing world, you can buy food from shops, buy drinks from vending machines and even collect toy capsules from the virtua fighter series, sonic series and a lot of other Sega franchises. You even have your own Sega Saturn in your house that you can play original Saturn games on! Oh theres even an Arcade in Shenmue where you can play some great yu suzuki classics like Space harrier and Super Hang On and you can even have a game of darts among other things. The graphics in Shenmue took the Dreamcast to the limit every object and person is highly detailed, even the weather was very realistic from rain to snow. As Shenmue is in real time, day changes to night and each person goes through their daily routine in Shenmue like you may only see some people at night but not in the daytime for instance you will find drunkards roaming the streets at night time and shops have their own opening and closing times, everything is so realistic and the visuals are still very impressive despite being almost 3 years old. The game also keeps a steady frame rate and pop up admirably rarely occurs considering the amount going on on screen at any one time. The gameplay can be difficult at first, controlling Ryo around the house can be a chore because you have to use the D-Pad for movement but you`ll get used to it. The fighting elements in the game have been taken straight from the Virtua fighter series as Shenmue is made by AM2 the creators of the Virtua fighter series, and you`ll soon find that there is lots of depth to the fighting system. There are also `quick time events` (QTE?s) which is a sequence in which a series of buttons flash on screen and you have to press the appropriate button to make an event happen, for instance you may be walking down the street and a football is kicked at your characters ahead, a QTE will then begin and your have to press the appropriate button that flashes on screen to parry the football. That was just an example of a simple QTE but some of them are really impressive particularly if your swarmed by a gang of thugs or chasing after someone making a runner with your money. The music in the game is equally impressive each piece of music fits the situation in the game perfectly. Some pieces may not be that great, but lots are very memorable like the main theme to Shenmue. In the game you can even buy cassettes to play on your stereo so you can listen to them anytime you like. All the characters in the game talk aswell which is quite impressive considering theres over 300 different characters to interact with and each have their own individual voice and character. However the dubbing is quite a let down. The game spans over 3 discs because of the size of the game so the game does last a long time, however if you decide just to play through solely for the story the game could take just a matter of days to play through but its difficult to play trough solely for the story purely because of the amount of distractions making the game last far longer. Even when you do finish the game there is still lots to do like collecting all the toy capsules, fighting moves, Sega Saturn games and cassette tapes. But the chances are you?re most likely going to want to play through Shenmue again purely because its such a memorable experience and the chances are shenmue will become one of the best games you?ve ever played. All in all ive probably played through Shenmue at least 3 or 4 times! Theres one fault to Shenmue however, the story is very linear and this creates a love/hate relationship between most people who play it, but personly I loved Shenmue despite the linearity of the story purely because the game is so impressive. No other game to this day has come close to the vision of Shenmue and Shenmue still remains the only game of its genre and it still remains only rivalled by its sequel. Shenmue still remains the most expensive video game ever created, amazingly though it was never created to be a profitable game but rather to increase interest in the Dreamcast at the time but unfortunately Shenmue failed to find any mass market interest because by the time of completion there couldn?t possibly be any promotion or advertising, and Shenmue went unnoticed, one of the biggest travesty?s in the video game industry in my opinion. Anyway I certainly suggest Shenmue to every one purely because its such a memorable experience.

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                    09.01.2003 07:35
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                    • I found one: IT'S TOO PERFECT!"

                    Ok, many people say that Grand Theft Auto III is the greatest game of all time. Now it's really cool because you get to do anything you want, but Shenmue blows it out of the water by a mile! Shenmue for the DreamCast game consol is truly the best, most perfect game I have ever had the privalage of owning. It is truly a god-child. Yutaka Susuki, creator of Virtua Fighter and other titles, and his team of experts spent about 4 years directing and making this game, and my oh my I was surprised that they only pulled it off in 4 years. Shenmue places you in the shoes of an 18 year old Japanese man named Ryo Hazuki. His father was killed by a mysterious man named Lan-Di. He has sweared revenge on his father's killer. Shenmue puts you in a real world, in a real town that actually exists. In fact, if it wasn't for that Golem-looking guy named Chai, this could have really happened. You must investigate your father's murder as well as fight off tons of thugs. Rated Teen for Violance, Strong Language, and Use of Alchohol and Tobacco, Shenmue is like a PG-13 rated movie. I have truly never expierienced-you do not PLAY Shenmue, you expierience it-anything like this in my life. This a MUST HAVE for anyone and everyone! If you don't have a dreamcast, go out and buy one rite now, there only about $20 for a used one, and get this game. I also suggest getting Shenmue II, but it was only released in Japan and Europe, so you'll have to get an import version and a mod chip. You can also get an Xbox version that is American. Anyway, I give it a perfect ten. If I could go up to a gazillion, I'd give it to this game. Nothing else can EVER live up to it. This is truly god's gift to gamers. RATING: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000+10 (note: The price is in US dollars)

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                      15.08.2002 09:14
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                      One day in my local video games shop (7th Heaven in Wisbech) I saw a big package which had rather lovely artwork with Shenmue name. I had a close look at the packaging and thought "Mmmm I'll try this game" and proceeded to pay for the game. I arrived home and prepared my Dreamcast, the first hour was actually thrilling and gripping. I didn't want to leave the game and played it all day only stopping for dinner and tea. You play Ryo Hakuzi who saw his father murdered by a mysterious Chinese group, Ryo goes to investigate and vows to avenge his father's death. The game starts, I can tell you that you'll never regret it, You must go out (in the game of course) to ask people questions and look for clues which will lead you to China. This game is a mammoth one indeed, taking 3 CD's to play (Total 4, one is for the Dream Arena Internet access) and be prepared to spend a lot of time and say bye to your social life as you play the game. It took me 3 MONTHS to finish the game! and after the game was finished, I started again and the game is so addictive and revolutionary! A gem from Sega!

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                        Well, what is there to say about this game, that most of you won't already have heard? Probably nothing, but I'm still going to give my opinion on this game, because it stole my social life for weeks! I picked up Shenmue second-hand for £6 from Gamestation, which was an absolute bargain because it was boxed and in excellent condition. When I first loaded it up, I was somewhat doubtful as to whether or not I would like it, due to the slow pace of the FMVs. But after watching the first movie sequence, I was totalled encapsualted in Ryo Hazuki's world. The graphics are absloutely astounding, and a real credit to the Dreamcast's power. The trees move in the wind, as does peoples hair. You can talk to anyone, and interact with almost anything that you see. Having read a review of the game a few weeks previous, I had expected it to last me a few months. Unfortunately, when I get a game I'm not too good at putting it down! I found myself staying up all night the first night I had it! I guess this is because of the 'Accellerated Time' which the game uses. It's quite like real time, in that the day is constantly moving, but each second of real world time represents one minute in the game. You could find youself getting very confused (and tired when you realise its 4am!). The thing that amazed me most about Shenmue, was that the plot was so enthralling. My flatmates even stayed up until 3am just watching me play, desparate to find out what happens next! I quickly adapted to the pace of the game, and came to love the fact that it moved quite slowly. Yu Suzuki, who created the game, really captured the way of of life in Japanes towns, and turned me from a petrol headed race lover, into what I had always hated... an RPG fan! If I was being really picky about Shenmue, there are some problems I would have liked to see removed. 1) Looking at things can often prove annoying. When searching through cupboards, it can be difficult to select which one you are looking at. 2) The motorcycle bit was awful! Being a motorbike rider myself, I was REALLY looking forward to this bit. Unfortunately, they obviously had to skimp on the quality of this section to make the rest of the game better. 3) The ending...what can I say about this? When I first got the game I noticed there were 4 discs, and looked forward to a long lasting game. Little did I realise that the last CD was disc 3, and the final disc was the Shenmue 'Passport' disc. The ending leaves you on a knife-edge, desparate to find out what happens next. Unfortuantely you have to go out and buy Shenmue 2! Being a student, I did not have enough money for this, so to this day I still do not know how the story ends! But enough of the bad stuff, I don't want to make people think that this game sucks, because it is without a doubt the greatest game ever created (and that says something coming from the owner of a Streetfighter 2 fan club!). The sound effects are also something to revel in. They create a sense of atmosphere, and add to the realism of the game. Voices are crisp and clear, and really make the game feel like a movie. One of th most fun things about the game is the combat. You have two basic kinds of combat in Shenmue: Rapid response (where a button flashes on the screen, and you must press it within the allotted time), and real time combat (Streetfighter-esque hand to hand combat!). Learning new moves can prove difficult at first, but they are worth it. It's great fun doing some of the killer moves on your enemies! You also have to get a job in Shenmue. I won't give away the plot by telling you why! Most people I know who have owned the game, hated this. I on the other hand loved it! You get to drive a forklift truck, and have races with your workmates. This part of the game is so well made, that you really get involved. I found my self getting out of bed (real world!) and looking forward to work (Shenmue)! There are so many extras in the game, that it would be nigh on impossible to complete the whole thing. You can collect Kinder Egg style toys from machines, enter competitions in the shop (I won a ghetto balster, and you can actually use it!), and go to the games arcade to play all your favourite old Sega games! Hang on is great fun, but darts is the best! If only I had reginented myself to 2 hours a day, it might have lasted longer than 2 weeks! Oh well, I had fun! If you only buy one game in your whole life, make it this! You will not be disappointed. Also go out and get Streetfighter 2 on any format, because it rules!

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                        After getting my hands on a Dreamcast (which I've documented in a previous review), I decided to grab a copy of Shenmue, an old DC action-RPG game, which I got off the second hand shelf at GAME. Now, when you read on about this game, you'll see how much of a bargain I got for £9.99! The game is spread over 3 GD-ROM's, and comes with a 4th Disc, the Shenmue Passport. The basis of the game is that you play Ryo Hazuki, son of a martial arts master, who one day comes home to find his dad being murdered by a group of gangsters who steal a mirror from your fathers dojo. From then on you make it your duty to try and locate these gangsters and get revenge. Although this sounds quite tedious at the beggining, it gets more interesting as you go on. The game is sprayed over numerous different locations, which are mirrored in full 3D. The towns include Yamanose, your local village, Sakuragaoka, a slightly bigger town with a convenience store and park, and Dobuita, a full town with lots of shops, businesses, restaurants and bars. Later you go to the Harbour. The game's graphics are pretty amazing, although more modern games have come out that simulate cities like Dobuita better (for example, GTA3's simulation of Liberty City is better graphically), but the graphics are a good foundation for the story. The gameplay is different from most games because it uses a real time-scale. You have to go home and go to bed at the end of the day. The basis of society-impersonation is there: towns with roads, other people, a fully working currency system, domestic functions (and a full house to live in), a wide range of businesses and services to use. The different modes of the game are split in to exploring, action, fights and special. The "exploring" mode is where you will spend most of your time, but occasionally you will be dragged in to action stages, which is where you need to push buttons to simulate or avoid the action. For example, you could be chasing someone, and pushing the various buttons helps you avoid knocking people down. If you don't succeed in an action stage, you are taken back to the beggining to do it again. These are generally quite enjoyable, as the action is cinematic and fun to watch. The fights are similar, but you have to learn a Tekken / Virtua Fighter style command system (with A, X, Y and B simulating kicks, punches and throws). Often you have to face numerous opponents. As with action stages, if you fail you can repeat them. You can train up at numeroous places, including your home (in the dojo), in Dobuita (the disused car park) and later on in the Harbour (Warehouse Four). People will also teach you moves, generally later on in the game. Occasionally you get fun special stages, such as the "Daily Races" on Disc 3!! Overall, Shenmue is a damn great game. I'd highly reccomend that you get yourself a copy of it. 2nd hand is good remember, kids.

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                          Shenmue is an RPG or role playing game, and for those of you who haven't already encountered the genre I’ll tell you what this involves. In an RPG you are the hero, through some sort of coincidence most probably very spurious you have a task, either to enact revenge, save a woman in distress or stop an evil dictator. At the beginning you will have very few resources, all the research, finding items, and puzzle solving is left up to you. The world revolves around the you, everyone you speak to can be useful in the right circumstance and every bit of information will most probably lead somewhere. This is the backdrop against which Shenmue is set. Story In the opening cut scene we meet our Japanese hero Ryo Hazuki. He is hearing a ruckus and runs out to find his mate beaten on the ground clutching his chest. He whispers that he’s OK but that Ryo’s father is still in danger. Ryo runs to the dojo (hut for fighting in don’t you know) and finds his father Iwao fighting with an evil martial arts genius and getting his ass kicked whilst talking of a mysterious mirror. Ryo being the dutiful son runs forth to defend his father, he gets punched to the floor and wreaths in agony whilst Lan Di (evil guy) threatens to kill Ryo unless he is given the mirror. Iwao gives in to save Ryo, hands over the mirror and is subsequently killed. Noooooooo screams Ryo, and from that moment forth he swears to avenge the death of his father. OK so this sounds fairly clichéd and well, is but I didn’t cry at the end of Zelda, I find Simon The Sorcerer hilarious and I loved the mindless violence of Half-Life. In short I don’t play games for the story line. And yet Shenmue still entertains me, the story is simple, easy to follow and engaging, there's a cute kitten to pet and speak sweet nothings to, a girl who likes you but is too shy to say anything about it. Its really quite brilliant, and when compared to other such works as the aforementioned Zelda, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Final Fantasy and the like it’s actually quite realistic. Gameplay Time – In Shenmue the world works in real time, you wake up at 8:30 and go to bed at 11, it rains, snows and occasionally the sun lights the sky, with all the beautiful weather events following the actual course they took in December 86. The activities you can indulge in depend on the time of day, for instance some shops are only open in day time, some bars only at night. This inevitably means a good deal of time is spent waiting, and this is the biggest of most people’s complaints about the game. I myself don’t actually mind that much however, there are always things to do to pass the time, the Arcade in the village has actual games from 1986, Space Harrier, Hang On and other Sega classics of the time so you really shouldn't get bored. Talking – The main stem of the game as with all RPGs involves talking to people, either to your maid in the house, would-be-girlfriend Nozomi, or Tom at the Hot Dog stand they all can give you tips and information on how to further the game. Graphics On coming to Shenmue for the first time my only expectations were based on a friend’s vague recommendations and a typically enthusiastic blurb on the box. This it now seems was no bad thing because first impressions are what Shenmue is great at. The game of course starts with a cut scene, and on seeing this I was fairly impressed, stylish character models, a great fight scene (regardless of it meaning the death of my father) and pretty realistic speech animation. But then you expect this in a cut scene and coming straight from my N64 I was just waiting to lose the quality, the softening of the edges and the beautiful lighting effects on switching to real time, but it didn’t happen. The graphics are amazing not just in the pre-rendered story scenes but equally throughout the entire game . Here you have hair which is independent from a character’s head, those of you who have pulled a head shot into a ponytail on Perfect Dark will know what I mean. This is really great stuff. The character’s hair sways in the wind, dust on the floor doesn’t lag behind the character and the scenery is just incredible. The streets are rugged and dirty in the downtown area, stylish and clean on the main streets. The beautiful real-time transition from night to day is smooth to the point of you not even being aware of it until you look at the watch in the bottom right of the screen and see that the time in the game has now reached 9:30pm, that the moon is up, the streetlights are on and the hooker outside the bar is starting to eye you up. This a game of incredible cosmetic detail, every character looks different, has their own accent and something different to say even if it is just a variation of ‘leave me alone.’ Fighting / Interaction There are two types of fighting in Shenmue QTE or quick time events are the first, these can happen at any time without warning in a cut scene meaning that if you don’t pay attention for a second that cute little girl of eight just got hit in the head with a football. To explain how these work I’ll use an example from fairly early on the game. You walk into a bar, talk to the bar man and behind you a chunky sailor runs up and tries to punch your head in, ‘A’ is flashing on the screen. You press it and Ryo kicks out a foot and smashes the guy in the crotch. Another guy comes a running ‘B’ flashes up, and you reach towards the button, your enemy is picked up and thrown over a table. Looking good eh? On pressing the wrong button it is slightly more gruesome, the consequences vary from getting a punch in the face to getting your throat slit and while this sounds pretty terminal you should know you can never end the game completely through screwing up like this, either the sequence restarts or the game route changes. You will not spill your guts on the bar floor. The next type is free battle these fights are straight out of Virtua Fighter and if you’ve ever played Tekken, Street Fighter or pretty much any beat em up you’ll know what to expect. ‘A’ is kick, ‘X’ is punch, ‘Y’ is evade and ‘B’ is throw. On starting the game you have a number of set move combos, much more then in a standard beat em up, say 30 – 40 set moves. As usual these are performed by various button combinations -->X being about the simplest ranging to about as complicated as -->Y+X+L. These my friends are easy as pie but oh so enjoyable within the game. Do realise though that losing these can have fairly depressing consequences such as losing all your cash to a couple of lank hair mofos with a switch blade. So try your best now kids. OK this is about it now, so I bid you farewell, do buy the game, do enjoy it and don’t buy dodgy second hand Dreamcasts from eBay.

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                            08.03.2002 23:31

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                            Brilliant. You get really involved in the character and his life. Breathtaking gaming experience. - Advantages: Unique type of game and game play, Best graphics around on any system, Awesome soundtrack - Disadvantages: dull at some times (you'll get over these)

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                            The RPG Shenmue has been a complete success in Japan, America and it has blasted it's way to the top of the Dreamcast charts in the UK when it came out in December 2000. It looks real and the game is almost perfect. The towns and villages are full of highly graphical detail and everything happens just as if it's actually real life. What has the production of this game achieved? First of all, almost every real DC gamer has this game and secondly the makers spent so much money on creating this game that it has actually reached the Guiness Book of Records for it's production being so expensive. I didn't really like the sound of a japanese game but when i finally got it, i didn't regret it. The game starts with Ryo Hazuki as the main character and his father Iowa is killed by a man who goes by the name of Lan Di. Lan Di takes a mysterious mirror and then he is gone. The thing I like most about this game is not the detail, but the plot. The realistic time is also amazing. You wake up and go on with your quest. As it gets darker, people start leaving the street and when it gets dark, gangs of thugs come out. The realistic city has shops which can be accesed and every corner of the street is highly detailed. You can do almost anything, buy toys, beat up thugs, talk to people, enter shops and you can even meet Ryo's girlfriend. That's how realistic the game is. For DC gamers this is a 'must buy.' There are additional Online features when your Dreamcast can go online for the user to experience more of Shenmue after the completion of the game. When i first started playing this game, i started over three times because i wanted to see the introduction to the whole game when Lan Di kills Iowa. I absolutely love this game and Shenmue II should be just as exciting as Ryo Hazuki continues his quest in Hong Kong to look for Lan Di and uncover the truth between the Pheonix Mirror.

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                              12.02.2002 05:24
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                              Shenmue has to be one of the greatest games that you will ever buy if you own a dc. It is a must have game for anyone who owns a dc, the reasons for this are very clear and you should consider whether you like this type of game before you buy it. It is sort of like a RPG beat um up, you go where you like and you do what you like in the Shenmue word. It is very detailed and it is a small word of its own. You will get to know several characters whether they are involved or not in the story as they all do different things during their day. You are Ryo Hazuki, a boy who comes back to find that his father has been killed by a ma named Lan Di he is after a mirror in which he finds by killing his father. It is up to you playing the life as Ryo to find out why this event happened and who was responsible for it. The story progresses into an addictive plot in which you cant put the game down, it is spanned over 4 disks so it is well worth you money. In the game you will have to battle against enemies in a fist combat similar to that of Virtua Fighter on the dc. Another type of fighting system is known as the QTE (quick timer event) you have to press buttons as they flash up in a certain order in order to pass on with the story. This adds a lot of fun and in my opinion is the best part after the story The game is 4 disks long which will keep you at your dc for a long time, you will find that you will not be able to put down Shenmue as it is such a unique game the story line keeps you into the game until the very end. The fourth disk is called the passport, it is not actually a part of the game but it adds extras as a bit of fun in the game like watching key scenes and playing back your favourite bits. Don?t forget about the arcade in the game. Its one of the best places to go, you can either play darts practice on old Sega games like Super Hang On and Space Harrier. If this isn?t enough you can play on the QTE title game . This game is packed with so much stuff to do you will never find everything out. Graphics wise this game is about as good as you can get on the dc, in most cases this games graphics are better than you would see on most recent PS2 games. The amazing thing is that is all 3D and in a world so real you will feel like you are involved in the story. The sound is another thing to credit about this game, the soundtrack has been composed by an orchestra and the music is great at setting the mood of the game. Once again this proves that music is one of the most important factors of gaming. The tracks are great and are really good at showing you how to feel. They use many moods as the game changes a lot and overall is the best you get. Compare it to soundtracks like the final fantasy series and the Metal Gear series. Shenmue does have a few bad things though. It can get very frustrating asking for clues as you get the same response from different people and you can not always do what you want to do. There is also a job you must get on the third disc which gamers that don?t like doing the same things will find very annoying. Sometimes you get slowdown in the graphics and some things can get annoying. If you don?t like games like Final Fantasy don?t get this game as you wont like it to much. In the long run you just have to buy this game as it is the second best game on the dream cast, the only game that can beat it is it?s sequel which has recently just come out. Now that production of the games you wont find Shenmue in shops, look out for this game SH, you wont be disappointed at the result

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