Shenmue 1 & 2

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88 / 100
Aug 20, 2018

A weird, beautiful, melancholy martial arts adventure. Flawed, but an unforgettable, singular experience.

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7 / 10
Aug 20, 2018

Yu Suzuki's classics remain as unique and fascinating today as they ever were, if you can tolerate the painfully slow pacing and wooden dialogue.

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Aug 24, 2018

As a person that didn't play Shenmue when it was new, I found it a very difficult game to come back around to with its awkward controls and plodding nature. The second game is faster and more giving with its content, which makes for a better game and the highlight of the package. Slavish fans of the original will find this a workmanlike repackage of the original games. Modern audiences, though, will still have to overlook some serious rough edges to find out what the big deal is.

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5.5 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2018

It doesn't make the games feel modern, but that likely isn't the point. This HD remaster is mainly here to provide fans with a new way to play some of their favorite games. I can't fault Sega too much for wanting to stick true to the original vision of Shenmue. If you were worried about compatibility issues or crashing, then you can rest easy. These ports are fine.

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Unscored
Aug 20, 2018

As far as nostalgia goes, plenty of aging gamers will fall for Shenmue's shonky charms all over again, and revisiting Ryo's tale of revenge can be a deeply enjoyable experience. However, newcomers will face an uphill struggle to get past the poor controls, terrible English voice acting and grinding repetition. It's still a great primer for the third game, but only if you've been here before.

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79 / 100
Aug 20, 2018

A no brainer for fans of classic gaming. It hasn't aged well in some facets and the port is a bit lazy, but it still offers an unique experience.

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7.5 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2018

An couple of outstanding adventures almost 20 years ago that are coming almost untouched... That's a good and a bad thing at the same time. If you are an old school gamer that's looking for reliving the original experience it's perfect, but the games are getting old to be as entertaining as they were.

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IGN Middle East
Ammara Rounaq

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7.5 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2018

It is a good modern version that works to visually upgrade the game while preserving the original Dreamcast version and will attract both old and new fans, but it is not without flaws.

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Unscored
Aug 21, 2018

A strong port and the best way to play these flawed yet brilliant classics

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7.8 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2018

Shenmue is still a great game. A masterpiece in art direction. It's emotions,

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