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Shenmue I & II Launch Edition - PlayStation 4

  • Publisher: Sega
  • SKU: 6247210
  • Release Date: 08/21/2018
ESRB Rating: Teen
Language, Mild suggestive themes, Simulated gambling, Use of alcohol and tobacco, Violence
$29.99
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Shenmue I & II Launch Edition

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (74 out of 77)

    Product Details


    • Developer: d3T
    • Publisher: Sega
    • Platform: PlayStation 4
    • Genre: Action and Adventure|Role Playing
    • Release Date: 08/21/2018

    Synopsis


    Revisit the original Dreamcast series that launched an action RPG empire with Shenmue I & II for PlayStation 4. An updated user interface provides streamlined gaming experiences, and a choice of modern or classic controls lets you decide how to experience each adventure. Arcade games, duck racing and a host of side activities deliver a break from the game. Shenmue I & II includes faithful recreations of both Hong Kong and Japan for retro-inspired fun.

    Features


    Pre-order Shenmue I & II Launch Edition to receive the game itself and an exclusive double-sided poster and a reversible cover

    Updated controls and user interface

    Japanese audio available for a global audience

    Talk to anyone, scour the world for clues

    NPCs live independent lives on their own schedule

    Faithful recreations of 1980's Japan and Hong Kong, China

    Distract yourself with arcade games, collectibles, duck racing, and more

    A tale of revenge on a grand scale

    Solve the mystery of your father's murder

    An experience never to be forgotten

    For one player



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 77 reviews

    96%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A slightly flawed execution of a seminal classic

      Posted
      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: 3 out of 5 stars

      Incredible Games, Awful Ports

      Posted
      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

      Posted
      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Game Like no Other

      Posted
      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: 5 out of 5 stars

      Improved over the originals

      Posted
      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

      Posted
      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: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good, but would have preferred a full remaster

      Posted
      HeyRollie
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      This game really brings me back. Loved it on the Dreamcast all those years ago and it's even better now because of the better resolution and super quick load times! Yet, its not perfect...I would have preferred Sega do a remaster like what was done with Yakuza (0, Kiwami 1 & 2, 6). The pacing on both games can seem very slow compared to today's modern games and the audio is atrocious, but it still has its charm. Good to replay both 1 & 2 and get ready for Shenmue 3 next year.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A fantastic Update to a Classic

      Posted
      Brad8080
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      It was getting very hard for many people to experience what is a Classic game. This was one of the most ambitious games of its day and really showed many people and developers what could be possible with a game. Though small by today's standards this was one of the first Open World games. They are still patching out some bugs. But this is worth getting for a fan of the series. And this gets the game into the hands of a new generation of gamers.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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