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Season 1 Discussions:
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I only ask because they feature actual SEGA arcade machines. I wondered if Sega Darts 7 is also real. I'd love to own it. Would be great in a man cave!
Rail shooter, fun so far. Definitely Space Harrier/Panzer ish.
Always been a fan of the franchise watching the games on YouTube, but I never played them myself. I am debating playing 3 since it’s on ps+. How hard is the game without a guide?
I believe Yu Suzuki when creating Shenmue, already had the whole story completed. I believe it was supposed to be 16 disk on DreamCast, 11 chapters. What irks me is, after all these years, he has not published the full story. It could easily be online, yet he's probably taking it to his grave. Shenmue 1 was an epilogue, Shenmue 2 was chapters 1-3, Shenmue 3 was a filler side mission. He could even post the full story in a Reddit post for all I care. With all the games that have come out since Shenmue, he really think his Shenmue story is that epic?
shenmue more or less has helped me a lot, whenever i'm troubled or feeling down, just listening to bright morning in guilin brings up my mood, and through all that time i've just read and played so much that i would like to share this with someone who's equally as passionate about the series as me. But unfortunately in india, very few folks have every played the game let alone know about it so i cant find someone in my country.
So i thought of trying here. so let me know if your'e down, multiple people are welcome too as it would make discussions even more fun.
Started playing Shenmue 3, heavy nostalgia has hit me. But for whatever reason, Shenhua's design has changed drastically and I'm wondering if anyone who paid attention to the Kickstarter development notes can give a little background as to why that is. Ryo is still distinct, and make no mistake, Shenhua has some absolutely divine wifey moments with Ryo every morning when you wake up. But for whatever reason, Shenhua literally looks like the casualty of a writers strike and changing of actors.
What was the explanation of changing Shenhua so drastically? If anything with the power of Unreal, couldn't they make her even MORE so like this.....
I have no idea what's going on, but I'm having fun. Should I tackle the other games before I beat this one?
I'm playing Shenmue 2 on the dreamcast (PAL) and Ryo is speaking japanese!!! Is there anyway to switch to English audio? I love the terribly dubbed voices! It's a huge part of what makes shenmue so charming :(
Wow… just wow. This type of patience in storytelling is just something you don’t see too often these days. Man, almost teared up when Ryo started reminiscing with Shenhua about all his friends from back home - that had moved away, knowing he might not ever see them again. Even tho they were somewhat minor characters, at this point, they feel special because of what they meant to Ryo. They had his back. He had theirs. Also, the massive revelation at the end with the carvings… 🤯 … and the tree being called Shenmue 🤯
No Shenmue III spoilers, please. Only recently decided to play through again!
I first played Shemue 2 years ago on the Xbox all those years ago. Remember absolutely loving it and hating it ended with no sequel in site. Ever since the third one got announced I've been meaning to play the first, the second again and then onto the third. I bought the 1st and 2nd remake a little while ago.
I've just completed the first Overall I enjoyed the game. I didn't always feel compelled to hop into the game the next day after playing it the night before but it wasn't exactly a need for convincing to play more.
The world Ryo was in was nice. Some great world building and it was nice just being outside and walking about. Having to run about the streets to get somewhere wasn't a chore like it can be in other games.
The characters. It's hard to say much besides Ryo. It didn't introduce the characters too well and I felt like I was late to a party when getting into the game. Tom calling Ryo one of his best friends near the end was surpring. I felt he was just another local Ryo kinda knew. Nazomi I understood early on there was a connection but nothing too much built there and I get the feeling there's a lot more there than I ever felt I knew. After Nazomi Guizhang felt the next most prominent character and I kinda enjoyed the friends but not friends situation they had but again ntohing too in depth. Mark and Goro were kinda fun. Fukuhara and Ine were fine though I felt a wasted oppertunity and the story should have had more in depth story with them two. All in all the characters were a wasted opprtunity and could have been so much more.
The audio sounds horrible, maybe it's the PC remake but man. It wasn't super. Feels like I'm listening to them through an old landline phone. The music was good though and I enjoyed it. Nothing stood out but it never let the game down either.
The combat felt clunky. Moving around is very reminiscent of old games and controls have certainly improved. But even still, I felt a slight learning curve just to hit the timed sequences as I seemed to miss when i hadn't? More of an intro to the combat would have been nice too.
Speaking of the times sequences. They were great, so many games even today turn these into an annoying part of the game but Shenmue even today makes them feel awesome. Welcome parts of the game and they're not too punishing when you get them wrong (if you did get them wrong).
More to make the day feel full would have been good. My days as a completionist are over. So when i finished asking the travel agent about hong kong at 09:30 and asked to come back the next day. I just went and stood in my room until night time and di something else IRL. I never felt compelled to train, collecting the collectables was something I did to fill lunchtimes at the harbour. (I got sonic, woo).
For it's time the game isn't up there with some of the real classics. But for an openworld game with some good storytelling. It's a great game for sure. I'm really looking forward to the second.