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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Precursor to Yakuza series for better and worse.

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    Clearlysaneguy
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    First, I am a Dreamcast and Shenmue fan. I still own the originals of both. Here's the good and bad of the this updated compilation: THE GOOD: Classic tale of revenge. Wastes no time getting you roped into the story. The characters and environments are memorable. The story is engaging and it's easy to get sucked in for hours. The pacing is slow, but I find it as a comforting zen-like experience. I love that I can remote play on my Vita and enjoy it handheld throughout the house. The games don't seem to take too much HD space on my PS4 either, which is nice. THE BAD: In regards to the core game itself, the game and flow feels dated. Especially if you grew up on anything newer than PS2 era systems. These are basically just ports of a game engine that was released almost 20 years ago. Keep that in mind when it comes to graphics and textures. The controls pre-date the dual analog stick standard. So expect tank controls with minimal right analog support. The audio samples of the voice overs are not very good and you'll definitely notice it when you first play. The combat is based on old Virtua Fighter mechanics which are not great, but it gets the job done. There's not much combat anyway. In regards to the re-release efforts, I hit multiple cutscene glitches. During realtime cutscenes, the camera would change to some random static shot while the music and voiceovers play. Sometimes it's a static shot of a lamp or a static shot inches from a blank wall. I hit these bugs in less than an hour of play. I really hope they patch this soon. The main draw of the game is its ability to pull you in. But these cutscene glitches are immersion breaking. It's unfortunate because the original releases felt so polished. I think there's audio problems when running through the streets that was not present in the original. The sound of the foot steps randomly cuts out. I'm surprised they couldn't improve the NPC pop up. The popup may be worse than the original.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A slightly flawed execution of a seminal classic

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    saturnotaku
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    These are among my favorite games of all time, in fact Shenme II is number one on my list. I've played both games so much that I broke three Dreamcast GD-ROM drives. Needless to say, I am overjoyed that they received a re-release on modern console and PC systems. The design and aesthetics hold up well, even nearly 20 years after their initial releases. Anyone who has not played this franchise should know going in that the pacing is very slow. This is intentional. Yu Suzuki, the creator, wants the player to get immersed in the world, and few games have pulled this off so well. You truly feel like you are exploring real-life locations in the time period in which these games take place. This said, I have to be somewhat critical of this re-master. Despite a day-one patch, there are still many significant bugs. I've experienced glitched cutscenes where you cannot see the characters interacting. One of the QTE (quick time event) mini-games you can play refuses to register up on the directional pad, screwing me out of getting high scores. There is noticeable input lag when navigating some of the in-game menus. Some in-game sounds flat out refuse to play. I have my fingers crossed the developers will address these issues. One thing that cannot be fixed, however, is the quality of the audio. It sounds as low fidelity as it did on the Dreamcast. Unfortunately, the tracks could not be remastered without re-recording everything, so it's understandable. Just be prepared when you go in. Overall, the mere existence of this collection is a very positive thing. I just wish it had a little more "time in the oven" so players would have a more polished experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An interesting, unique experience

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    SeaSalt
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    For those not in the know, the Shenmue series began way back on the Sega Dreamcast, where it basically combined the elements of RPGs and fighting games, with a lot of the focus on simply running around the town and seeing what was going on, while looking for clues into the whereabouts of your father's murderer. The second game would come a couple of years later, but US folks had to wait for an Xbox release, unlike the Dreamcast release other countries got. A third and supposedly final game in the series is finally releasing this year, and if you're interested in that, you should probably pick this up to get yourself up to speed. This release contains both of the existing games, as promised, with graphics that, while aged, don't look the absolute worst by today's standards. It's best to keep in mind that these are some very experimental games that may not hook everyone. The action takes a backseat to the overall atmosphere of these games, so you'll be doing a lot of walking around, initiating conversations with NPCs, playing mini-games, and putting together the pieces to find out how to trigger the next progression in the story. It's definitely something interesting to experience, especially since all the NPCs have stories of their own, each with their own name and daily routine. Some might find it boring, but if you're curious and want to experience some games like no others out there, give this a try.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Games, Awful Ports

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    Bryan
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    Shenmue and Shenmue II are two of the greatest games of all time. Playing through the Shenmue series was and still is an absolutely incredible experience. Almost 20 years later, there is still nothing else quite like it. Therefore, it truly pains me to have to give this collection anything less than five stars. Unfortunately, this collection contains extremely shoddy and subpar ports of these two seminal classics. They are riddled with bugs and have extremely poor audio playback, with inconsistent volume levels, speech samples that are even lower quality than they were on the Dreamcast, randomly missing sound effects, and inaccurate music. The fantastic music in the Shenmue series is an integral part of the experience and it is a crime that Sega managed to mess it up so badly in this HD collection. Ultimately, I would still recommend this if it is your only way to play these games. However, I would highly advise playing the original Dreamcast/Xbox versions if at all possible. While Sega is actively patching this game, there is so much wrong with it that I doubt it will ever be on par with the original games that it is attempting to recreate. After waiting so many years for these two masterpieces to be released on modern platforms, it is a true shame that Sega was unwilling to give them the care that they deserve and do proper justice to Yu Suzuki's original work.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Shenmue is ok

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    Jokester
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    I always herd this game was one of the greatest games on the Dreamcast and you just HAD to play it. So when they announced 1 and 2 would be coming to the PS4 I decided to give it a spin. What can I say about Shenmue it's a story of a boy who witnesses his father getting killed and tries to go about getting his revenge. It starts off well enough but is quickly halted by cheesy voice acting wonky camera a few glitches that were not in the Dreamcast version. I have only played the first game so far. But I can tell you if you are a gamer who started playing games in the last few generations and are used to the modern conenicens of video games like a mini map or a way point telling you where to go or being able to skip cutscenes then you may be put off by this. But if you are a Yakuza fan and want to see how that series got started then I'd recommend you play this as Shenmue is the father to the Yakuza series. This game was a technical marvel at the time it achieved many things that games were not doing back then. Like day and night cycles weather effect fully voice acted story intelligent AI that went about there day being able to go in almost every building and interacting with items. Mini games inside a video game. If you want to experience a piece of gaming culture give this a go but if you are impatient easily frustrated by not knowing what to do or where to go if you are used to having your hand held then this is not for you.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Game Like no Other

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    Kazlab802
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    Shenmue is easily my favorite game of all time. I never grew up in the time when this game first came out in America in 2000 but first played it as a 15 year old back in 2009. Even at that young age emmeresed with games that are technically better looking, this old game on a system I never grew up with gripped me like no game has ever had and still never had to this day. Both of these games have stood the test of time with their deep level of immersion that I have not even felt with any game and with the care and craft that went into making the envoironments you explore. Shenmue 1 is easliy my favorite game of all time and 2 would easliy be in my top 10 and am definetly looking forward to 3 on August 27th 2019. Highly recommended if your tired of the same generic Sandbox games or Fortnight/PUBG clones that are the popular games out today.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nostalgia at it's best

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    BestBLiving
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    It's great revisiting the Shenmue franchise. I would argue that it was well ahead of it's time and still arguably one of the best RPG/Fighter games of all time. The graphics have been cleaned up since the games original launch though not much needed to be done whereas Shenmue was a very beautiful game compared to other games that launched in it's day. I am disappointed though many details that made the game a great time waster was removed or made linear where it was previously non-linear. Checking dressers, cabinets, collecting cassettes, learning and the practice needed to master moves, and other elements. This takes from some of the replayability of the game and much of what made Shenmue so revolutionary. Considering the space available in the Blu-ray format and the technology available now, I can not understand why the game was scaled down. If you want to sell it as multiple disks to release it in its full glory, please do that. I enjoy the game despite the noticable differences from the original.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brings back so many memories

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    gldoorii
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    These are two games that I'm not even sure I can review correctly because of how many fond memories I have from playing this years and years ago on the Dreamcast. I believe you either love Shenmue or you hate it, and I'm in the love category. They are considered slow and clunky games by today's standards, but for the time they were released they had so many new and exciting things that just weren't seen in other games. The attention to detail and "the little things" are what made these games so beloved by many. Today, those details and little things can be seen all over, especially in GTA and other open world games, and I believe Shenmue has a lot to thank for this. These games are what really opened my eyes to what "video games" could become in the future.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Two fantastic, classic games with a few issues

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    Doppelganger
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    The first thing anyone considering purchasing Shenmue 1 & 2 should know is that this is not a remake or remaster of the games. These are high definition ports of the games. The graphics do hold up fairly well to this day, but don't come in expecting completely redone graphics. The biggest issue with this release is that there are quite a few bugs present. I am not aware of anything completely game breaking, but there were numerous glitches present when the game released, which could be quite annoying. I'm sure some of them have likely been fixed with patches that have been released at this point, but I can't account for every single one, and the game should not have been released in such a buggy state. If you can get past the annoying bugs, these games are definitely worth playing, especially if you have not ever played them, and are planning to pick up Shenmue 3 when it finally releases.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Game that Started it ALL

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    ShenmueGuy
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    This is one of the first games to have had such an detailed open world. Not only is it the first to do open world well it is the first and still the only to pay attention to detail and present it so well. This game needs patience and when you finally do get through it you will be glad you did. This is a remake of an original Dreamcast game from Sega with some of the team that worked on the Yakuza series. You will enjoy this game and you better get ready with the 3rd game coming out this August! Give it a shot. It is a good price and you get 2 games for the price of HALF of one game in market. Enjoy the beautiful towns of Japan, the martial arts and atmosophere of China too. The most immersive game I have ever played and have always compared every new game to this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Dreamcast Game

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    Rgex
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    I didn't play this during the Sega DreamCast era, but I heard so much praise being given to it from peers and gamer's from the internet I decided to give it a look. During the PlayStation E3 press conference they announced that part III of Shenmue would be coming soon and a re-release of 1-2 would come to give players a chance to play the originals. This game is an up-convert of the originals, it is fine to me, I would have rather them remaster than to just throw something out there. This is for nostalgia for old players. I would recommend this if you want to see a great story, the origins of open world gaming and to be ready when the 3rd one comes out. CONS: Up-convert, no new bells and whistles. Graphics look the same with a newish coat to it. PROS: DreamCast nostalgia and origins of open worlds and quick time events

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A Product of its Time

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    Netora
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    Shenmue was a game that revolutionized gaming at the time of its original release. Now, coming from someone that didn't grow up with this game it feels basic and it rightfully should. Considering series that took inspiration from Shenmue like Yakuza, Persona 3,4,5 and even games like GTA where they're open world cities with things to do, lots more in comparison to Shenmue. Exploring the cities are fun but again feel very rough with having to hear to the low sounding voices and effects. My least favorite parts were far too long to warrant a higher rating from me as having to wait for certain events to happen and having to drive a forklift so many times it gets very boring. If you can open yourself up to what this game did for gaming then definitely check it out as it is still a landmark in the medium.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    RIP DREAMCAST!

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    Napalm
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    Alas many tears were shed when I found out Sega would no longer be making consoles, simply because I knew this game...Perhaps the grandfather of Grand Theft Auto 3, and the long lost brother of Ocarina of time (Free roam wise) would never be getting a proper end to it’s Trilogy. Fast forward to the present! We’re in business baby! If you’ve ever had the privilege of playing this game in the past, just the nostalgia alone is worth a purchase. Especially at such a great price, you’ve got to do your part and purchase so we can finally get an updated final Shenmue game. New comers don’t be shy, a very interesting story; fun gameplay (Ground breaking free roam & perhaps the blue print for Future Batman Asylum games fighting gameplay) await you!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Slow Burn

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    DrZeuss
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    When this title was initially released on the Dreamcast I thought it was the greatest game of all time. Playing through it now I see how far games have come since then. It is a very slow day. In between tasks you frequently need to waste time wandering around, playing arcade games, drinking a soda, listen to the same few people say the same few things, etc. The combat is terrible! As are the controls. I barely remember not having 2 joysticks to use. The 3 stars comes from the nostalgia and terrible voice acting known from Japanese titles at this time. If you never played this you will hate it. If you played it before and remember it, you will likely enjoy some reminiscing.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great collection!!!

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    Nate
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    This is what I had been waiting for, a remastered of Shenmue. I Always regretted not having had the opportunity to play the second part of this saga and being able to do it on my PS4 now was a big deal for me. I think, all things considered, the game holds up well enough to this day. The story is great and the world in it has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment. I know that compared to the games we have access to today it may seem a lesser game, but if you take into account that this was one the first sandbox games that offer you extra activities from the main story and that it was made almost 2 decades ago, it is an outstanding game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    a classic gets ported to modern consoles

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    Yanik
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    for those old enough to have enjoyed the originals on dreamcast and xbox there is nothing new in this slight remaster, but the cleaner visuals do help a very old classic groundbreaking game look a little less dated with its port to modern consoles. With the 3rd game to be coming out its nice to have this port of the original games for those who want to relive the memories or play the series in order for the first time. A great series with lots to do. Just remember this is a much older set of games so dont expect all new upgraded textures a full remaster might get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Improved over the originals

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    VonMonster
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    If you are too young to remember the Dreamcast or if you want to experience these games on a modern system then these games are for you. They are true to the originals but add improvements. You can fast travel to other locations which speeds up the game and you can control the camera with a second thumb stick. The Dreamcast's biggest weakness is its lack of a second thumb stick. Load times are also reduced to a momentary pause. No more hearing the Dreamcast laser grinding its way to the next area. If you found the old games boring, these won't change that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Re-Mastered Greatness

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    BeFree82
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    Had both the original Shenmue and the Japanese Imported Shenmue 2 for the Dreamcast. All I can say is that it was a true vision of a real time RPG with the true introduction of QTE (Quick Time Events) at the time of release. Even the mechanics of the game was great, at that time, and it still is especially the combat system. For the first timers playing this game, you will get frustrated at first with the QTE, but once you get the hang of it, this game will be great experience as to see what Sega actually had in the Dreamcast system for it's many potentials.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I think I'll have another

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    AlphaOmegaSin
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    Shenmue finally returns! You genuinely have no idea how long I have wanted to see this happen, the amount of times I and millions of other fans have requested to see this series brought back let alone a sequel so we can see what exactly happened with Ryo and his story of revenge. Finally now we have both games in HD and on current gen as well as on PC. I've had to emulate this game for years which has always been difficult in general but something fans worked on all the same to be able to achieve similar results visually.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    True Masterpieces

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    TheBanditKing
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    There is no way I can convey the timeless beautiful nature of Shenmue in a review here. The best way to describe it is that this series from famed Sega designer Yu Suzuki is the father/building block of all modern game design. Open world, quick time button presses, non linear progression, time based events and weather system were all pioneered with Shenmue. The combat system is one of the deepest in any action RPG and the story (cheesy voice acting aside lol) is well done and filled with interesting characters.

    I would recommend this to a friend