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Shenmue
ShenmueDCbox.jpg
Developer(s) Sega AM2
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) Yu Suzuki (Producer/Director)
Hiroshi Aso (Production Manager)
Writer(s) Yu Suzuki (Game Story)
Masahiro Yoshimoto (Screenplay & Game Script)
Composer(s) Takenobu Mitsuyoshi (also Sound Director)
Platform(s) Dreamcast
Release date(s) JP December 29, 1999[1]
NA November 6, 2000
EU December 1, 2000
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player with online features
Rating(s) ESRB: T (Teen)
USK: 12+
ELSPA: 11+
Media 3 game GD-ROMs
1 Shenmue Passport GD-ROM[2]
System requirements 80 blocks of memory
Input methods Gamepad

Shenmue (シェンムー Shenmū?) is a 1999 adventure game developed by Sega AM2 and published by Sega for the Dreamcast, produced and directed by Yu Suzuki. Suzuki coined a genre title, "FREE" (Full Reactive Eyes Entertainment), for the game, based on the interactivity and freedom he wanted to give to the player. Suzuki intended to achieve this by simulating aspects of real life through the game, such as the day/night/sleep system, real time variable weather effects (unheard of in a game of this kind at the time) and various other interactive elements such as vending machines, arcades, and convenience stores.[3] Shenmue borrows gameplay from many different genres but largely consists of open-world adventure segments with real-time 3D battles interspersed throughout. Shenmue was followed by a sequel, Shenmue II, with at least one more planned as a Dreamcast killer app series. However, production on the series ended with the second game, leaving the story at an unresolved cliffhanger.

Contents

Story

The fictional story of Shenmue begins on November 29, 1986[4] in the perspective of the protagonist Ryo Hazuki (芭月 涼 Hazuki Ryō) returning home to his family dojo to witness his father, Iwao Hazuki battling with a tall, ominous man dressed in a green silk Kung-Fu suit known as Lan Di. He demands Iwao to hand over an item known as the "Dragon Mirror". Ryo intervenes in battle after his father is felled, but is injured by a blow from Lan Di. As his father refuses to reveal the location of the mirror, Lan Di lifts Ryo from the ground and threatens to kill him with a final blow, which prompts Iwao to reveal its location underneath the Cherry blossom tree.

After Lan Di's henchmen recover the mirror, he asks Iwao if he knows of a man called "Sunming Zhao". Iwao expresses surprise and fear as he now remembers who Lan Di is, unbeknowist to Ryo. After Lan Di reveals that "Sunming Zhao" is the name of a man Iwao had supposedly murdered in a rural Chinese village called Meng Cun, the two engage in combat for the last time. Lan Di dodges Iwao's attacks and quickly kills him with a deadly blow of the Tiger Swallow Style, a move described in a mysterious movescroll Ryo later finds in the dojo. As Ryo lies injured on the floor of the dojo, Lan Di and his men leave the Hazuki household and Iwao whispers in his dying breath one last message to Ryo: "Forgive me for leaving you alone... Keep your friends, those you love, close to you". At this point, Iwao dies of an internal hemorrhage from the strike and Ryo screams in horror as his fathers lies lifeless in his arms. After Ryo has partially recovered he feels that he must dutifully gain revenge for the murder of his father, and begins to instigate inquiries into the incident with the local people of his hometown, Sakuragaoka.

Ryo's first clue is a car that some of his neighbors saw on the day of the murder. Though his leads are few and far between, Ryo slowly makes progress in his investigation by interviewing people all over Yokosuka. Just as he is about to run out of leads, a letter from a man named Yuanda Zhu suggests that he seek the aid of a certain Master Chen, who works at the harbor. Through Chen and his son Guizhang, Ryo learns that a local wharf gang known as the Mad Angels is connected to Lan Di's crime organization, the Chiyoumen. Ryo also learns that "the mirror" stolen by Lan Di is part of a set of two mirrors. After much investigation, he locates the second mirror underneath his father's dojo. This mirror is decorated with a phoenix.

Ryo takes a job on the waterfront in order to learn more about the Mad Angels gang, and eventually he causes them enough trouble that the gang kidnaps his friend (and principal love interest) Nozomi Harasaki. To rescue Nozomi, Ryo must first fight Guizhang, then team up with Guizhang to defeat all seventy members of the Mad Angels gang. Upon defeat, the gang's leader reveals to Ryo that Lan Di has left Japan for Hong Kong. With the aid of the Chen family as well as his family and friends, Ryo boards a boat to Hong Kong. Before the close of the first chapter (and subsequent end of the game itself), he is instructed by Master Chen to seek out the help of a master of the Chinese martial arts located in Wan Chai named Lishao Tao. Concluding the first chapter of Shenmue, Ryo boards a boat and travels to Hong Kong in pursuit of Lan Di.

Characters

In Shenmue, Ryo Hazuki is the main protagonist, and the only playable character. Ryo is a young man of 18 years of age who has recently dropped out of Yokosuka High School to embark on an journey to avenge his father's murder. Four days after resting from his injury, Ryo begins training while gathering clues to Lan Di's whereabouts. Ryo stands at 5'9", with spikey hair, light brown eyes, and a lean, athletic physique: a result of years of martial arts training under the wisdom of his father, a veteran martial arts master. His attire consists of a brown, USAF bomber jacket, a white T-shirt, blue jeans, and white sneakers. The story initially takes place over the winter school break, where Ryo's fellow students and friends are preparing for their entrance exams for college. At this point, Ryo's mind is set on his journey and he no longer expresses any interest in returning to school. As the game progresses, Ryo meets a variety of new characters that serve to further the narrative of the storyline. The most important of these include Nozomi Harasaki, a childhood friend who is romantically interested in Ryo, and Master Chen Yeo Wen, who guides Ryo on his quest. The main antagonist is Lan Di. Throughout the game, he is elusive to Ryo. Large sections of the narrative revolve around tracking Lan Di down. Two important antagonists that Ryo does come into contact with are Chai, a Martial arts expert who is devoted to Lan Di, and Terry, who runs a harbor gang known as the Mad Angels.

Significance of the title

The game's title is derived from a specific tree that makes a cameo near the ending of the second installment in the series. The tree is located, both literally and figuratively, at the center of the prophecy that is a constant thread throughout the saga (and which is featured in the cinematic intros to both games). The Shenmue tree resides in the same small village (Bailu, which is located in Guilin) that spawned both Shenhua and the game's stone mirrors.

Gameplay modes

Gameplay in Shenmue is diverse; while most of the game is spent walking around the Japanese locations in a third-person 'chase cam' mode (talking to people, searching for things, and so forth), it is interspersed with many 'mini-games', including forklift and motorcycle races, bar fights, chases down crowded alleys, full versions of Sega arcade games Space Harrier and Hang-On (both originally programmed by Shenmue creator and director, Yu Suzuki), dart games, and fighting sequences.

Quest

During the majority of Shenmue, the player will explore the Yokosuka area usually for any leads to progress the narrative. Often, these leads will be gained by talking to local people who can provide important clues. If the player so desires, they can explore the area simply for fun without progressing the game's narrative. Furthermore, talking to a variety of local people that although will not progress the narrative, can greatly enhance the player's understanding of the plot and/or gameplay mechanics. There are also several side-quests for players to engage in throughout the game. These will not affect the main narrative, but might provide Ryo with useful items or further develop characters and storyline for the player. Yu Suzuki has stated that for a player to see everything Shenmue has to offer, and to truly experience the game fully they must be patient and take the time to explore the game's numerous hidden facets.[citation needed] If the game reaches April 15, 1987, a cut-scene is triggered in which Lan Di returns to the Hazuki Dojo and kills Ryo with the same martial arts move he used in against Ryo's father.

QTE

Screenshot from an early Quick Time Event of the game.

During QTE (Quick Time Event) sequences, a button will flash on screen briefly and the player must press the relevant button or combination of buttons to trigger Ryo's actions. Fights against opponents can take place in QTE form as frequently as in Free Fight form. In addition to battles, QTE sequences are used for various other scenarios. For example, at one point a QTE sequence is used when Ryo must chase an escaping crook and Lan Di associate who has stolen money from him. The sequence takes place in the middle of a busy town center, and a variety of incoming obstructions must be avoided. As the game progresses, the reaction speeds required of the player become quicker and the button combinations become more complex. The player's success or failure in these scenes can affect the flow of gameplay as well as the current cutscene.

Battle

The battles pit Ryo against one or more enemies. Ryo has a large list of martial art techniques. The player has the ability to enter a practice mode of sorts, in which Ryo will practice his various martial art techniques, either alone or with a friendly opponent - this helps to increase the player's familiarity with the battle system. Whilst progressing through the game, players have the ability to learn more techniques, adding to Ryo's repertoire and ultimately making him a more powerful martial artist. There are several senior martial artists that Ryo meets throughout his journey, and they offer to teach him new skills. The player has the choice to decline these offers. Another method for learning new techniques involves Martial Arts Scroll Rolls. These antique instructional scrolls can be found, or purchased, at various locations in the game. Once Ryo has read the scroll, the technique will be added to his repertoire, but the player will need to practice the key combinations it requires to truly master it.

Development

Early stages

A screenshot of the Saturn version of the game.

Yu Suzuki has stated on several occasions that during its early stages, Shenmue was a traditional style RPG based on the characters and storyline of the hugely successful fighting game title Virtua Fighter. The Ryo character was originally Virtua Fighter character Akira. The final Ryo character has several key differences, but there is a very clear visual resemblance between him and Akira. As the game's development progressed, the characters became original and the storyline moved away from its Virtua Fighter roots.

Initially, Shenmue was planned as a killer application for the beleaguered Sega Saturn. Although it was very powerful for its time, the Saturn was also notoriously difficult to work with and progress was painstakingly slow. Yu Suzuki has stated how gruelingly difficult it was to get the most from the Saturn, but that he is very proud of the visual quality he was able to achieve on the 32-bit system. The project started on Saturn as a mix between Virtua Fighter and an RPG,[5] but following the console's commercial collapse internationally,[6] the project was halted. However, Sega was already beginning work on a brand new console (which during the early stages of its development was called the Katana, later renamed to its commercial name "Dreamcast") and work on Shenmue quickly resumed, with the new system as its format. "Katana" brand cigarettes can be found throughout the game, as homage to the former name.[citation needed]

Project Berkeley

While Shenmue was in development, the game was known as Project Berkeley. Tech demos from the game were being used by Sega to show what the Dreamcast was capable of producing. Many of these sequences were used in the final version of the game.

Shenmue was one of the first video games to incorporate development techniques that had previously been primarily used for film. The voice acting in Shenmue was especially ground-breaking because it was the one of the first large scale games to include real voices for every single NPC in the game world, not just resorting to text transcriptions, as was common in contemporary video games. Furthermore, this extensive audio script was recorded in both Japanese and English. Clay models of every character - regardless of how minor their role in the game - were built as reference material for animators creating the final in-game versions of the character models.[citation needed] The game also includes a cinematic musical score, which required a full size Orchestra. The main composer was Takenobu Mitsuyoshi.

Content and features

Weather system

Shenmue incorporates a system to produce the game's in-universe weather conditions. Named the Magic Weather System, it is one of the most important elements responsible for creating the game's universe. For every day that the player progresses through, weather conditions are randomly generated. Conditions vary from rain, to snow, to overcast skies to sunny and several other variations. Furthermore, weather can change throughout the day - for example, a rainy morning followed by an overcast afternoon and evening. The conditions generated are reflective of the season in which they take place. In addition, records of actual weather conditions of the Yokosuka area during 1986/1987 (the time period in which the game is set) were implemented into the game, giving players the option to experience these weather conditions in addition to those which are randomly generated.

Geography

Shenmue takes place within Yokosuka, Japan. The four main areas of Yokosuka available to the player are detailed and offer many avenues for exploration. The Hazuki Dojo is located in a small hamlet called Yamanose, where many of Ryo's childhood friends and neighbors live. Ryo's childhood friends, Ichiro Sakurada and Noriko Nakamura, are also residents of Yamanose. Directly next to Yamanose lies Sakuragaoka, a slightly bigger neighborhood. There are several points of interest here, including Setsu Abe's Candy Shop and Sakuragaoka Park. There are also several residents of Sakuragaoka that can offer assistance to Ryo in his quest to find Lan Di. They include local gossips Fusayo Mishima and Fusako Kondo, as well as Naoyuki Ito, who lends Ryo his motorbike towards the end of the game.

Dobuita, the second largest location in the game, is a busy town that boasts a wide variety of people and activities. Dobuita offerings include an eclectic and diverse selection of shops in the game, from convenience stores to specialized antique shops where valuable martial arts scrolls can be purchased. Nozomi is often found in Dobuita at her grandmother's flower shop. There is also a red light district with several bars, restaurants, a small slot machine parlor, and a mahjong parlor. The bus service that allows Ryo to travel to Yokosuka Harbor is also located here near a tobacco shop.

Yokosuka Harbor is Shenmue's largest environment. Ryo first travels there to meet Master Chen, and eventually gets a job at the harbor to gain information on The Mad Angels, who have a large criminal influence in the area. Mark Kimberley, who eventually becomes a valuable friend to Ryo, also works at the harbor and has several run-ins with the Mad Angels. Shozo Mizuki, a homeless man who lives at the harbor, is a skilled martial artist who reveres the Hazuki style and teaches Ryo three useful techniques.

Culture

Shenmue takes place within the span of a few months, from November 1986 until (depending upon the player's speed in completing the game) as late as April 1987. At Yu Suzuki's insistence, the game's environment and culture adhere closely to this period. Various martial arts disciplines play an integral role in both the storyline and the gameplay of Shenmue, and aspects of Japanese and Chinese culture related to martial arts are prevalent. Ryo's character represents a typical young man of late 1980s Japan. He comes from a traditional background and his childhood was focused around the mastery of martial arts so that he can one day become responsible for the Hazuki name. However, Ryo is part of a generation with changing values. His generation considers personal wealth and enjoyable life experiences more desirable than traditional Japanese values. This theme appears throughout the game in many forms, such as the numerous inclusions of American pop culture. For example, Ryo wears typically Western attire of t-shirt and jeans. In the original Japanese edition of Shenmue, the trademarked Coca Cola logo is seen in various locations and Ryo can drink cans bought in vending machines.

Passport

On all versions of Shenmue accessible on a special fourth disc, Passport is a supporting application of sorts that greatly enhances the Shenmue experience. The Theatre option allows players to view cutscenes they have unlocked in the main game, while the Music option works in the same way but with unlocked tracks from the game's soundtrack. In addition, the Information section allows new players to learn more about the various aspects of Shenmue gameplay. Several of the game's main characters talk through a variety of elements from Shenmue including mini-games, magic weather system and free battle. These sequences are fully interactive, allowing players to interrupt the pre-set camera movements and take control of all camera movement, as well as control the position of the light source. Many of these tutorial sequences were used as technical demos and were shown at various events, such as E3, prior to the game's release.

Passport also utilised the Dreamcast's internet connectivity. The Shenmue World feature contained highly detailed information regarding all aspects of the Shenmue world (i.e. locations and characters), and it also hosted an online manual. Furthermore, Network Ranking also allowed players to upload their scores from the playable arcade games found in Shenmue and to compete in the worldwide rankings board. Downloads, including Shenmue-themed VMU Icons and in-game collectible items (such as toy capsules), could be obtained through Everyone's Space, with several of them requiring some kind of item trade. Via loading their saved games, players could also use Data Review to view detailed information about their data - from total hours of play, to frequency of mini-game plays, to the number of soft drinks purchased. As of April 1, 2002, all Online features of the Passport application were discontinued.[7] This was due to the cancellation of all Dreamcast production, which also saw the closing of the system's dedicated ISP Dreamarena (for Europe) and SegaNet (for North America).

Reception

Shenmue received generally high scores and maintains an 89% average on Gamerankings[8] but sharply divided critics; many hailed it to be a masterpiece, while others found it self-indulgent and uninspiring.[citation needed] A universally praised aspect of the game, however, was its graphics. Gaming Target, who gave the game a perfect 10/10 score, described Shenmue's visuals as "The greatest in-game graphics that have ever been seen for a console."[9] Even less favorable reviewers included strong praise for the game's visuals. RPG Fan, while only giving the game a score of 68%, wrote "Shenmue is truly a benchmark game. The world and its complexity is flawless, easily the most impressive, real, and interactive world I've ever seen."[10] It was also voted number 25 on the GAME Greatest games of all time list in 2008. Shenmue received an Excellence Prize for Interactive Art at the 2000 Japan Media Arts Festival.[11]

Some reviews cited the game's pace as a major flaw, complaining that the whole experience offered by Shenmue was far too slow. GameSpot, highlighted this issue in their review: "By the time you're driving forklifts and participating in the game's QTE-filled conclusion, hours upon hours of boredom will have taken their toll."[12] Several other critics gave the gameplay of Shenmue high praise. Both US and UK editions of the Official Dreamcast Magazine awarded the game the highest possible 10/10 score, as did the popular publication DC:UK.[13]

Sales

Considering the high production costs and high critical praise, Shenmue experienced disappointing sales. According to IGN, the game, which cost an unprecedented $70 million to make,[14] would have had to be purchased twice by every single Dreamcast owner in order for Sega to turn a profit. The 70 million investment presumably included the budget for the resources for additional sequels. The Sega Saturn version included the plot of both the first and second games at the very least, and although the full extent may never be known, a significant portion of the budget quoted for "Shenmue" was used on resources for future chapters, and the characters, plot and environments/gameplay of at least the entire second game (Shenmue II) existed in rough form before the first game was released.[15][16] The game was the 4th best selling title on the Dreamcast and one of the six titles to sell over a million units worldwide.[17] Shenmue is consistently listed as one of several key Dreamcast titles (most of them Sega productions) that ensured the console enjoyed solid sales during the Christmas season of 2000.[citation needed]

Other appearances

Ryo is a playable character in Sega's mascot racer Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. This was confirmed by Sega on October 7, 2009. Ryo rides a motorbike and his special move has him riding a forklift.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Shenmue.com - Shenmue". http://www.shenmue.com/s1.html. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  2. ^ The Shenmue Legend - Releases
  3. ^ "Moby Games - Yu Suzuki". MobyGames. 2002-06. http://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,36614/. Retrieved 2008-01-28. 
  4. ^ Provo, Frank. (2000). "Shenmue for Dreamcast Review" GameSpot: CNET, -- "November 29, 1986: Ryo Hazuki comes home to witness a gang leader beating his father to death."
  5. ^ Kolan, Patrick (2007-08-07). "IGN: Shenmue: Through the Ages". Uk.xbox360.ign.com. http://uk.xbox360.ign.com/articles/811/811423p1.html. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  6. ^ "Sega exits the console business". Gamesinvestor.com. http://www.gamesinvestor.com/Research/Thinkpieces/Past_Thinkpieces/Sega_exits_the_console_busines/sega_exits_the_console_busines.html. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  7. ^ "Announcement of discontinuation of Passport Online Services.". Official Shenmue Website. http://www.shenmue.com/eng/s1_eng.html. Retrieved 2006-07-15. 
  8. ^ "Shenmue for Dreamcast". GameRankings. 2000-11-08. http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/198621.asp?q=shenmue. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  9. ^ Noname, Nathanial. "Gaming Target Review of "Shenmue"". Gaming Target. http://www.gamingtarget.com/article.php?artid=2555. Retrieved 2006-07-12. 
  10. ^ rpg fan. "RPG Fan Review of "Shenmue"". RPG Fan. http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/shenmue/Shenmue-2.html. Retrieved 2006-07-12. 
  11. ^ "2000 Japan Media Arts Festival Digital Art (Interactive Art) Excellence Prize Shenmue". http://plaza.bunka.go.jp/english/festival/2000/degital/000348/. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  12. ^ GameSpot. "GameSpot Review of "Shenmue"". GameSpot. http://www.gamespot.com/dreamcast/adventure/shenmue/review.html?page=1&q=&q=. Retrieved 2006-07-12. 
  13. ^ "List of 'Shenmue' Ratings". Hazuki Dojo. http://www.hazukidojo.com/index.php?page=Shenmue%20-%20Press%20Ratings&m=shenmue. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  14. ^ "Most Expensive Video Game". 2006-10-09. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmXVco0Bkyk. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  15. ^ "セガサターン版シェンムー". YouTube. 2006-12-02. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZDroRusL58&feature=rec-HM-fresh+div. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  16. ^ Kolan, Patrick (2007-08-07). "IGN: Shenmue: Through the Ages". Xbox360.ign.com. http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/811/811423p1.html. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ http://kotaku.com/5376255/sega-all+stars-racing-gets-a-little-shenmue

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Shenmue is a series of adventure games made by Sega set in 1980s Japan. A major selling point was the sheer magnitude of characters with whom the player could interact. Among other things, the shocking variety of poetry, philosophy, vulgarity, politeness and amusing idiosyncratic translations gave the English version of Shenmue a reputation for memorable quotations.

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Shenmue I

Introduction

He shall appear from a far eastern land across the sea,
A young man who has yet to know his potential,
This potential is a power that could either destroy him or realize his will,
His courage shall determine his fate,
The path he must traverse, fraught with adversity, I await whilst praying,
For this destiny predetermined since ancient times,
A pitch black night unfolds with the morning star as its only light,
And thus the saga...begins...

Shen'hua

Hazuki residence

Ryo: They killed my father right in front of me. I will have my revenge.
Ryo: It's just a cockroach.


Flashback

Iwao Hazuki: That boy you fought with? What was he to you?
Young Ryo: A friend from school.
Iwao Hazuki: What is a friend?
Young Ryo: A friend is a friend.
Iwao Hazuki: That's right. Just as a parent is nothing other than a parent. A friend is nothing other than a friend. Friends that you can trust are TRUE friends indeed. Ryo, parents often die before their children. Even if I'm gone, you still have your friends to treasure. Cherish your friends, Ryo.

Dobuita

At the corner of Sakuragaoka and Dobuita, two innocent-looking girls in school uniforms, who are chatting with one another, betray shocking and unsolicited antagonism when the player says hello.

Girl 1:

Get out of my face schoolboy! Man! Jack off!
Man, shut up, go home to mommy!
What's with you, I'm not in the mood for this, kiss off!
Man jack off! Get out of here before I hurt you!
Man...what's with you, I'm not in the mood for this!
Don't make me hurt you boy!

Girl 2:

Who the hell do you think you are!
I'll slap you silly you pansy!
What you want twit, pansy ass geek!
You're asking for it jerk!
What do you want, twit, what me to kick your ass!
Ok bastard!

Ryo being very non-specific as usual.

Ryo: Did you happen to see a black car that day?
Nozomi: A black car?
Ryo: Yeah, it wasn't the kind of car you'd usually see around here.
Nozomi: You know, a car like that splashed mud on me when it sped past.
Nozomi: Why are you asking about that car?
Ryo: No reason.
Ryo: I'm looking for a Chinese man who calls himself Lan Di.
Liu-san: I gather by his name that he is most likely a member of a Chinese black market cartel, or perhaps even the Chinese Mafia.
Ryo: What?


Ryo:

Do you know anything about chinese people?

Ryo:

Do you know where sailors hang out?

Working out

Ryo: Let's get sweaty

Arcade

After spending an entire day playing Hang-On in the arcade, just when you are getting good at it

Ryo: I should go home. Ine-san will be worried about me.

Yokusuka Harbour

Ryo to a bunch of thugs

Ryo: Don't you know that blackmail is way uncool?


Tery to Ryo and Guixang

Tery: You like me that much? Let me invite you to hell!

Shenmue II

Ryo: A winning can. I didn't know they had one in Hong Kong.
Ren: If you're lucky, it means fate is on your side.
Ryo: Do you know the four wude?
Ryo: Do you want to play a game of lucky hit?
Ryo: I'm not talking to you, I'm talking to the master here!
Ryo: Damn!
Wong: It wasn't me, I swear!
Ren: So, she collects knives. Shes so weird!
Ren: This way!
Yuan: I've seen you before.....

Strategy wiki

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Shenmue
Box artwork for Shenmue.
Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action-adventure
System(s) Sega Dreamcast
Players 1
Rating(s)
ESRB: Teen
Followed by Shenmue II
Series Shenmue

At the time, Shenmue was without a doubt the most immersive and realistic game ever created - and with a rumoured $70,000,000 budget, it's easy to see why. The game's creator Yu Suzuki coined the term "Free Reactive Eyes Entertainment", or FREE, to describe his venture into a previously-uncharted depth of interactivity and detail in a game world.

Following the story of Ryo Hazuki's quest for revenge against the man who killed his father, Shenmue takes the player to a quiet suburb of Yokosuka, Japan in the late 1980s, where you must track down the mysterious martial artist Lan Di, and avenge your father's death.

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Shenmue
Image:ShenmueDCbox.jpg
Developer(s) Sega-AM2
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) Yu Suzuki
Release date December 29, 1999 (JP)
November 8, 2000 (NA)
Genre Graphics-based adventure
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) ESRB: T
Platform(s) Dreamcast
Media 3 GD-ROM
Input Controller
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Shenmue is a series of adventure games created by Yu Suzuki of Sega's AM2 divison. Shenmue was first released for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000. In the game, you take on the role of Ryo Hazuki setting out to avenge his father's death at the hands of Lan Di. Shenmue II was released in Japan and Europe for the Dreamcast in 2001. However, the United States did not see Shenmue II until it was released for the Microsoft Xbox in 2002. Currently, Shenmue Online is in development.

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