Jason Borlase from newbreview.com reminds the world about Sega's seminal Dreamcast series Shenmue.
How about an HD remake OR Shenmue 3.
Shenmue is like an old friend you love but left a long time ago. You sometimes sit thinking about them and the good times and reminisce over photographs and memories (replaying the games). But ultimately, you wish to see them again and share new stories. Shenmue III is the hope!
This is the only game franchise that has defined the meaning "pushing the console to it's ABSOLUTE LIMITS". It not only had a awesome story, great graphics and music excellent atmosphere, UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL NPC'S (no 2 NPC'S are the same), sandbox, fighting system, mini-games, arcade emulated games, training, item interactivity, dynamic weather system, progressive save files (yes, it does this BEFORE MASS EFFECT AND IT ACTUALLY KEEPS YOUR STATS AND ITEMS). God, nothing THIS gen has ever replicated Shenmue, NOTHING.
Shenmue is so damn unique and was incredibly ahead of its time back in '99. A dynamic, realistic, immersive, living, breathing world that came before GTA III and with such amazing variety in many aspects. An epic narrative, interesting characters, lush soundtrack (amongst the best of all time), massive scope. Boundary-pushing graphics for its time too. It is slow paced, and looking back on it the voice acting was diabolical - it hasn't aged fantastically, but everything else you mentioned is testament to how forward-thinking Yu Suzuki and Sega AM2 were. Sega's funding certainly helped deliver the vision and Shenmue II was even better than it's predecessor. The games combined are a culture piece as much as they are video games. There have been some amazing game experiences this gen, but like you said, nothing has replicated what Yu Suzuki produced in Shenmue. As good as Yakuza is, I laugh when people consider it as some sort of feasible replacement to Shenmue.
Fantastic article. One of the best ever written on the game. Well done, Jason. Anyone hoping for a conclusion to the series is invited to participate in our campaign of monthly Tweetathons, publicly pressuring Sega to either make Shenmue III or, if they can't/won't, then release the license to creator Yu Suzuki, who shares our desire for a solution. Please see TeamYu.net for details.
It's sad that SEGA won't fund another Shenmue game
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