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Shenmue 3 physical PS4 copies up for grabs on Kickstarter


If you can part with $60
Jul 03
// Jordan Devore
I haven't been following Shenmue 3 too closely on Kickstarter, but my fingers are crossed for director Yu Suzuki. I hope the project turns out the way he envisions it and fans are satisfied (as if that's even possible). Today...
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Give $1,000 to Shenmue 3 Kickstarter, get personal message from Ryo


'Let's get sweaty'
Jul 02
// Vikki Blake
The voice actor who played Ryo in the English versions of Shenmue 1 and 2, Corey Marshall, has been confirmed for Shenmue 3. "We would all like to thank Corey-san for coming back," says an announcement on the Shenmue 3 K...
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Sup Holmes

Game devs talk Shenmue 3, F-Zero, the TG-16, Neo Geo and more


Sup Holmes every Sunday at 4pm EST!
Jun 28
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] What a wacky coincidence! ...

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Shenmue 3 needs $10 million for a true open world


What are we really getting at what cost?
Jun 22
// Steven Hansen
Shenmue 3's existence is pretty neat. Its presence on a major publisher's stage show to hock a Kickstarter is less neat, to me. Obviously the $2 million goal (and $3.5 million raised at time of writing) would not be enough fo...
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About that Shenmue 3 budget...Sony is helping


Two million seems a bit low, eh?
Jun 16
// Chris Carter
A few hours after Shenmue 3 was revealed for the PC and PS4 at Sony's conference in Kickstarter form, and all of the tears of screams of joy were over and done with, a lot of people collectively realized -- two mill...
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Hoping for a Dreamcast stretch goal
One of the bombs dropped last night during Sony's press conference was that Shenmue 3 was coming, if the Kickstarter succeeded. It was a tough journey, but after a harrowing handful of hours, the project managed to ...

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Hell froze over 3 times tonight
It's already been a heck of a night for games that we never thought we'd see happen -- The Last Guardian, a Final Fantasy 7 remake, and now Shenmue 3 on Kickstarter. Yu Suzuki, creator of Shenmue, Outrun, and many ...

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Is Yu Suzuki teasing something Shenmue related at E3?


Don't play games with my heart
Jun 14
// Chris Carter
As I've told people many times before, Shenmue II was a near-religious experience for me. I remember nearly every minute I spent with it at launch on the original Xbox, and it came at a perfect time in my life when I rea...
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This Shenmue fan HD project looks amazing


I want it
Aug 18
// Chris Carter
The main Shenmue theme still gets me all teary-eyed. After watching these videos of a fan-made HD remake, it happened again! Korean Shenmue fan Nokon Kid has crafted some of the original game in HD, and he's done a...
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Shenmue: from peach tree prototype to Virtua Fighter RPG to final release


Yu Suzuki details Shenmue's history
Mar 19
// Dale North
At Yu Suzuki's GDC postmortem of Shenmue, he fully detailed the classic Dreamcast game's development, from an early prototype to a Virtua Fighter RPG to its final beloved form. Many details, images, and concepts were shown for the first time ever, which was a total thrill for me as a huge fan of the game and Suzuki's other works. 
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'When will Shenmue 3 be released?'


From the GDC Shenmue postmortem Q&A
Mar 19
// Dale North
Yu Suzuki took the very first question after his GDC Shenmue postmortem just now, probably knowing exactly what would be asked. You can guess the question.  Suzuki replied, "Of course I want to make one if I have the rig...
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Sega teases Ryo Hazuki's return to racing


Check out the license plate
Dec 31
// Alessandro Fillari
With the end of the year approaching, Sega let loose a nice surprise for fans on their Twitter page. Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed is chock full of references and fan service, and now we can expect the return of S...
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Yu Suzuki to deliver a Shenmue postmortem at GDC 2014


Mark Cerny to translate?!
Nov 26
// Dale North
Game creator and videogame legend Yu Suzuki will deliver a postmortem on Shenmue at GDC 2014. GDC says that he'll be talking for the very first time about this classic game, starting from its origins as a Virtua Fighter-base...
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Will Ryo ever become a full-time Lucky Hit employee?
French reporter Sebastien-Abdelhamid recently interviewed Yu Suzuki, creator of the Shenmue series at the Monaco Anime Game Show, and has a bit of a bomb to drop on us. Apparently, Suzuki may entertain the idea of crowdfundin...

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Way of the Shenmue: Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris QTE


Sep 11
// Tony Ponce
Hey. It's late on a Tuesday night. We're about to enter the mid-week hump. It's time for some f*ckin' kung fu action up in here, am I right? Here is a very simple yet effective video from José Cardona. He though to hi...
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Proof that Sleeping Dogs is actually the new Shenmue


Aug 25
// Tony Ponce
Thanks to YouTuber DSimphony, we've uncovered the secret that Sega and Square Enix tried to slip past us. But gamers are an intelligent and resourceful bunch! Nothing escapes our gaze! So here you go: undeniable proof that Sleeping Dogs is actually the long-awaited Shenmue 3. Sleeping Dogs - Shenmue Parody (Parodia de Shenmue) [YouTube] (via NeoGAF)

Hong Kong: The city that defined console generations

Jul 17 // Allistair Pinsof
Whenever I think of Deus Ex I think of Chinatown. Foggy interiors of an Asian shrine were the first images I saw of the game in PC Gamer magazine, and the alleys, vendors, and gondolas below are the lasting images that come to mind when I recall the game. The Unreal Engine, still new at the time, made large exteriors, populated city streets, and mood lighting possible. Being able to interact with civilians and watch them live their lives -- regardless of how limited those “lives” may be -- was a rare thing at the time. Seeing signs with giant characters above and vendor goods spread out on tables all around set a tone and sense of place for Deus Ex’s futuristic Hong Kong. Though the game took the player to New York, Paris, and other major cities, Hong Kong was the most fully realized of them all, even if it was the smallest in size.Looking back, it’s almost laughable to think I was once so impressed with the layout. Deus Ex made Hong Kong look more like a warehouse with a couple alleys that extend to clubs and a harbor than a bustling metropolis. Though developer Ion Storm took a great leap forward in creating a virtual city, its lack of detail and scope makes it feel a bit cheap when compared to modern games. The vendors look like cardboard homes, neon lights are far and few between, and the city backdrop is generic and shallow. Despite being dated, Deus Ex’s Hong Kong still evokes a mood and has a charm to it. It’s representative of Ion Storm’s fantastic level and art designers as well as the hardware limitations of the time that could only render so much space and detail at a time. In Shenmue II’s transition from a humble Japanese city to the sprawl of Hong Kong, little was sacrificed in detail and a lot was added in scope. Shenmue lacks the mood and lighting of Deus Ex, but it makes up for it in terms of size. At the start of Shenmue, you can see large ships sailing out from Hong Kong’s harbor, rundown alleyways with seedy characters, and vendors on the street with detailed goods. At a time when Grand Theft Auto 3 gave players little to do and look at when on foot, Shenmue II overwhelmed the player with distractions, mini-games, and visual detail among the streets of its depiction of Hong Kong. While Shenmue’s Hong Kong highlights the city's English colonial influence, it lacks the bright lights and spectacle that the city has embraced over the last century. The glamour that many have identified with the city is nowhere to be found in Shenmue’s quaint city streets. This was due to the limitation of the Dreamcast’s hardware that struggled to create the long streets of Hong Kong and populate it with more than 5-7 people on-screen at a time. Showering the cityscape with complex neon lighting was beyond the scope of the Dreamcast’s capabilities, and Sega wasn’t going to recreate the game from the ground up for Xbox. Nevertheless, Shenmue recreated Hong Kong with a scale never seen before at the time. I can hear you just fine: I know Yakuza takes place in Japan which is more than a mere stone’s throw away from Hong Kong. Nevertheless, Tokyo mirrors Hong Kong’s blend of cramped, industrial spaces and scenic, spacious areas throughout the city. When you weren’t directly dealing with the citizens and language in Yakuza, it was easy to imagine you were walking the streets of Hong Kong. Shenmue II’s textures benefited from the Xbox port, but Yakuza was the first open-world game that took place in modern Asia, specifically designed for this generation of hardware. Playing Yakuza, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that members of Shenmue II’s development team worked on this new Sega series. Yakuza was the first game to bring an Asian metropolis to life with an abundance of neon signs, giant buildings, and intricate city streets that made up a convincing vision of Tokyo’s red-light district. The series improved over time, but this first entry left the biggest impression for being so different than anything else at the time.Like the above games, Yakuza couldn’t display very many pedestrians at a time (roughly 25 or so), making one of the most populated cities in the world feel like a ghost town. The streets themselves were bare, lacking the street vendors, street musicians, and other street-level detail of Shenmue. Nothing but vending machines, faceless pedestrians, and thugs on these streets. Released late in the PlayStation 2’s life, Yakuza used the system’s hardware to add detail to the buildings and neon lights above while leaving the streets below empty. Even still, seeing a city street lined with flashing signs was a sight to behold in 2005. Nothing could make the technological jump from the original Deus Ex clearer than a return visit to Hong Kong during second half of Human Revolution’s story. Ok, so it’s not really Hong Kong; it’s a city called Hengsha, but it might as well be Hong Kong. Built on a heavily modified Crystal Engine -- which powered Tomb Raider: Legend and its sequels -- Human Revolution was able to bring more space, detail, and dynamic lighting to the city. In contrast to Hong Kong in the original, Hengsha is a much grimier setting with desolate living spaces, sketchy clubs, and armed guards suppressing the locals. It lacks the charm and character of the original, but it’s very impressive on a technical level. Being able to run along the rooftops and look down on a sea of pedestrians and vendors below is a great display of how much technology has advanced since the original Unreal engine. It’s a shame then that the game’s divisive art direction makes such a potentially unique setting look so much like the ones before it in the game: more gold and black tinted cement. Walking out of a small, dingy diner and into a narrow alleyway, crowded by vendors, pedestrians, and bright neon advertisements is a special moment in Sleeping Dogs. The key word above is “crowded”. Just as Deus Ex once blew me away by having pedestrians at all, Sleeping Dogs impressed me by having enough details and foot traffic to make its world feel realistic and not like the cheap virtual attractions of the past. Whether you are driving by the monoliths of central Hong Kong or walking the streets of the city's various districts, there is a lot to take in and admire in its layout and intricacies. Square Enix have recreated the entire island of Hong Kong and even portions of its surrounding islands. Whether you are racing down the winding roads of Victoria Peak, walking through the fish markets in the day, or driving past the dense urban areas at night, the city of Hong Kong will always be visible and accessible to the player. With advanced lighting, anti-aliasing, and draw distance on PC, Sleeping Dogs might finally give us virtual tourists the trip to Hong Kong we’ve always been dreaming of. Maybe we’ll even take out a triad or two in the process. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #IntelAlwaysOn.
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Shenmue Tomato Convenience Store theme gets an overhaul


Jun 12
// Dale North
Do you remember the Tomato Convenience Store jingle from the Shenmue games on Sega Dreamcast? Of course you do, as it's impossible to forget the song. If you're anything like me, you spent most of the game just standing in o...
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Rumor: Shenmue HD has been done for awhile now


Mar 16
// Dale North
An anonymous tipster close to operations at Sega tells Gamerzine that both Dreamcast titles Shenmue and Shenmue II have been updated to HD, and have been finished for "well over a year," taunting us with by saying that "Shenm...
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Sega says fans crave Shenmue, Skies of Arcadia ports


Mar 14
// Jordan Devore
Jet Set Radio is yet another Dreamcast game that's destined to appear on digital distribution platforms, and at this point, I have to wonder how much further Sega is willing to go. In a recent interview with Gamereactor, the ...
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Yu Suzuki says he can get the Shenmue license from SEGA


Jan 04
// Jim Sterling
Yu Suzuki, creator of the beloved Shenmue series, believes that his studio could finagle the rights away from SEGA. If possible, he could finally make the Shenmue III that fans have ached for over the years. "Shenmue's licens...
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Shenmue City shut down


Jan 03
// Dale North
Aww. I swear, Shenmue is cursed.  Japanese social game Shenmue City only lasted about a year. Series creator Yu Suzuki directed the free-to-play mobile title, and it was slated to come to web browsers, but the ...
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This is how the Shenmue series ends


Mar 07
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The producer and director of Shenmue, Yu Suzuki, finally reveals how the Shenmue series would have ended. Shame we'll never see Shenmue end especially after seeing how it was all supposed to play out.
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Yu Suzuki teases Shenmue 3 at GDC, though not guaranteed


Mar 02
// Dale North
During Yu Suzuki's GDC panel he dropped this bomb about Shenmue 3: "I think Sega will let me make it." Don't get too excited, as this probably means mothing. According to Joystiq, Suzuki put the smack down on that dream by sa...
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Yu Suzuki: Maybe Shenmue Town will come to iOS


Mar 01
// Dale North
God, what has happened to my game? Shenmue was the pride of Sega, weird stretchy face textures and all. It was a flagship game for Sega's flagship game system. From there the IP slowly crept down in respectability. ...
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Yu Suzuki: Shenmue 3 concept exists


Dec 08
// Dale North
In an interview with 1UP, Shenmue director Yu Suzuki said that a Shenmue 3 concept already exists. I'd love to get my hands on that! The concept for Shenmue 3 already exists, so... [Laughs] Suzuki continues: "The world of S...
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Shenmue Stare: Daily Shenmue 3 haiku blog


Dec 02
// Dale North
We've asked in every way possible. We've tried everything to get Shenmue 3 from Sega: pleading, petitions, bribes. A guy named Shenmue Fan is trying something a bit different, and maybe a bit more Japanese. Here's how he woul...
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Yu Suzuki on why the next game wasn't Shenmue 3


Nov 16
// Dale North
Just when we gave up on Shenmue 3, Yu Suzuki has to go and bring it back up. The former Sega man is now heading up online social game Shenmue City, but he talks with Famitsu on why the next game in the series wasn't Shenmue 3...
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Yesterday I mentioned that I would kill for a new Battletoads game, which I would, but it leaves me in a bit of a pickle as I'm not sure how to explain how badly I want a third Shenmue game. Saying I would cause a nuclear hol...

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Sega: Interested in Shenmue, scared of poor sales


Jan 29
// Dale North
I hear this often, and it's starting to bug me. Yes, we know that Shenmue and the sequel did sell that well. But even more than that, I think Sega's still hurting from how much they spent to produce those games. Sure, they we...

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