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An honest play-through of Shenmue for the first time. Here is my experience!

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Hello everyone, this is my text-only post of my experience of playing Shenmue for a real playthrough for the first time. I don't know if I can post multiple pictures here on Destructoid so I just made it a text-only post.
If you would like to see the post with pictures please visit: https://moco.net/2019/08/10/playing-shenmue-again-after-its-1999-release/


Thank You!

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I actually bought Shenmue on the release date, December 29, 1999. I even went as far as buying the Special Edition version and being mad because it was still a regular compact disk audio cover. I remember playing it for a little while, finding people, and the Rasta Hot Dog Store owner.

In all honesty, I didn’t give it a fair chance, I was a full-time worker and most of my money was going to me, so I was buying games with each check every week. Dumb? and Stupid? a resounding YES!

Flash forward twenty years and here we are, the Yuji Naka experience, Part 1 and 2 in a single HD package with improved visuals that make the game sharp and clean. The voice work, both available in English and Japanese are presented, although you can hear the quality reduction. You get used to it anyways, just a minor gripe. Even the cut scenes are high quality, you can tell they are cutscenes because they aren’t in the widescreen format and amazingly, they look just like you are playing in-game.

I purchased the Shenmue 1 and 2 HD package at launch (August 2018) and was prepared to give it a try. BUT, as always things came up, I wasn’t able to play it so I sold it, only to NOW finally have it back, finally playing at least three hours, AND finally enjoying it immensely. My save slots are also marked very close to a year that I last played.
The first thing you need to do is drop everything that modern games have trained you to do. Shenmue isn’t a hold your hand type of game. You have to do the legwork and talk to everyone to find out information about your particular objective.

That means walking/running, person to person and asking them if they saw or know particular information. This forces you to learn the current city and it brings about a peaceful experience. Thankfully there are maps around the city that are a fair distance apart from each other. Also, you carry a journal with you that fills up with clues when something story-related, triggers.

From what I know, every NPC character in the game has a whole schedule. I actually followed a guy in a business suit and case around for a while, he walked towards a ramen restaurant and had dinner. I stood right there waiting on him to do his thing. After a too long of a wait he gets up and leaves, I follow him some more and just let him off. It was pretty cool, this game has a sense of community that I’ve only really dealt with in MMOs.

Shenmue is really in a class of its own, a real gem ahead of its time. I probably have put in about three hours of game time and haven’t had a single real* fight. The fight’s I have played were quick-time events and were fun in their own right, and really that doesn’t really matter, it’s still fun. I will say though, it can get boring when you have to wait for a store or person to open/appear at a specific time. Playing classic Sega Arcade games like Hang-On, darts, and some quick-time event games. This is only the tip of what Shenmue has to offer.


I will try to keep updating my play-status. Thank You for reading!

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About Sapato64one of us since 9:21 AM on 05.20.2016

Hey everyone, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sapato and I’ve been gaming since as long as I can remember.

My first console I started on was the Atari 2600, and it was my brothers. Years later, we received the Nintendo Entertainment System from our mom. I still remember the day and giving her a great big hug. The NES changed everything, no longer were we controlling squares and hearing blips and bloops. ( I was too young to understand it anyways) Instead characters came to life and all kinds of catchy melodies came out from our television.

Our Nintendo came with R.O.B. the robot which was kind of useless, since he was so slow to move, It was supposed to function with the included Gyromite. It was probably the first form of Co-op gaming we had. Thankfully Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt also came with the system.

So we had an NES, followed by a Master System, Genesis, SNES, 32x, Sega CD, and so on and so on. Shout out to J&J Video Games for making trading-in Video Games possible. It was a store at the local flea market plaza. If it wasn’t for them I would not have played as many games as I did.

Mega Man 2 to this day still stands as my favorite game. The variety of bosses, the music and power ups, and the level design were all top notch. I played it so much that I was able to beat it with just one life. Not really a hard achievement considering the USA’s normal mode was actually Japan’s easy mode, and difficult was Japan’s normal.

So there you have it, I hope to post often on the current games I’m playing and making this a gaming journal even if no one else reads it.

Thank You for your time, and I hope you enjoy the site.