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Shenmue 1 & 2

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Available on:PlayStation 4Aug 21, 2018
Xbox OneAug 21, 2018
PCAug 21, 2018
Xbox Series X/SNov 10, 2020
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: d3t

Publisher: Sega

Genres: Action, RPG

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 best Shenmue experience: - 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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A weird, beautiful, melancholy martial arts adventure. Flawed, but an unforgettable, singular experience.

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7 / 10
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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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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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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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7 / 10.0
Shenmue I Shenmue is one of those games I never got a chance to play and have wanted to all these years. You always hear people talking about it, it pops up in "Best Of" videos and "Worst Of" videos, especially for the Dreamcast system itself. Shenmue was a beast all on its own back in the day as no one had tried these gameplay ideas before. Sure, it's an adventure game on

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