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What's the big deal with Shenmue?

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Not trying to troll.

It's just I read so many praises and then some cons about this game that was released on the Dreamcast.

Saying it was ahead of its time, and it cost Sega so much money...
And other things.

Can someone please explain what's the big deal with this game?
post #2 of 6
Shenmue was originally going to be for the Saturn, and a lot of hype was generated for it then. After Saturn failed, the project was moved to the Dreamcast.

For it's day Shenmue had very high production values; full orchestral score, English and Japanese voice actors for nearly all characters and dialogue in the game, good, in engine cinematics, etc.

I never personally played it, and only vaguely recall what gameplay was like. It did have some of the best graphics available at the time though and seemed well polished from what I recall of friends playing it.
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Shenmue 2 is in my top games of all time. I felt like I was playing through an epic movie. Shenmue was one of the first games that wasn't an RPG to have open exploration. The story built to a huge climax and then left it open ended for a sequel that will most likely never happen so fans are pretty obsessive about the game.
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"How about a game of lucky hit?"

I thought it was a solid game though nothing monumental. I liked how everything was spoken but the walking controls were horrible and some of the jobs were tedious.
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for the time was totally original, this was before gta3

the town was awesome and almost real, the details, sound, music, also the game is 4d (time), nothing like it at that time, then gta3 came to life.......then gta4

the bad
english voice actors talk like *******, they are jap voice actors

fighting suck a little

working moving boxes on a worklift ***, you can´t skip this

another minor annoyances

the great
graphics where amazing, pc games where ports of psx,

cool cutscenes, the one when you rescue the girl is awesome
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it's one of the greatest games ever made

a lot of games have taken features from it
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