View Full Version : Shenmue!

01-22-2008, 04:16 AM
Now ive noticed that alot of members on here probably couldn't even walk when shenmue 1 was released but i just wondered if people knew the game and maybe there could be a nice discussion.

Back in 1999 i got the Dreamcast on the American launch and was absolutely blow away by how amazing the games looked. But the greatest thing for me in terms of games came a year later when Shenmue was released, i had seen screens of the game and even remembered playing the demo.
Its probably hard to imagine it now with these epically (if that even is a word) scaled games like halo, GTA or what ever game you might say, but i remember back in 2000 i didn't leave my tv for more then 2 minutes for almost 2 days. I was completely immersed in Shenmue. The details, the storyline, the interactivity, the soundtrack...everything completely blew my mind. To this day it still stands as the greatest game ive ever played. sure there has been alot of great games but nothing has kept me drawn to playing as shenmue did.

For those that don't know, shenmue was originally developed for the Saturn but was scrapped and reworked for the dreamcast. Shenmue was release late in 2000 and got decent sales, but due to the massive cost of the game(estimated around $70 million usd) its considered commercial failure. Originally shenmue was supposed to be 16 chapters, with shenmue being chapter 1. Then shenmue 2 was released in japan and Europe in late 2001, which was supposed to be chapters 3 and 4, with 2 being a small story at the beginning. But with the dreamcast's demise in 2002, American dreamcast owners didn't get shenmue, instead we had to import the European version. Or we had to pick up the xbox version. Unfortunately due to low sales of the xbox version (everyone i knew imported the european verson) the series wasn't picked up again. To finish this up, shenmue has a huge following all over the world with tons of people eagerly wishing and hoping that sega will release the rest of the games. Each year goes by with little or usually no word on what will happen. which is disappointingly to say the least since sega has never officially canceled the game.

Yikes i think i went on a little to much. I hope thats all correct, hehe, it should be. Anyways if there are any other shenmue fans out there lets get a nice little discussion about the game.
Ive been told by some im kinda sorta fanatical but all i can say is the game moved me.

Some youtube videos..
Shenmue Intro - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNDChSl42Xw
The infamous sailor scene - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JvYY8RyAtQ
My favorite fan made trailer (it contains game spoilers though) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lla4dH9uyj4