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Why Shenmue is a masterpiece of its craft and a victim of its medium

Shenmue isn't amazing because it's so different from the video game norm. It's amazing because it shows the potential of what a video game can be.

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GEO98751092d ago SpamShowReplies(3)
ifritAlkhemyst1092d ago (Edited 1092d ago )

I'm fully prepared for the public stoning I'm setting myself up for but...

I really thought these games were terrible. I do not see the value of playing a game where I hold a job as a forklift operator, where the combat is some pathetic excuse for a Virtual Fighter clone, and a story spread so thin it was supposed to be like 10 games until it concluded.

People should be clamoring for more Jet Set Radio and more Panzer Dragoon than this game that I thought was craptastic.

SethoN4G1092d ago

I'm all for Jet Set Radio and Panzer Dragoon too. I don't think Shenmue is "craptastic" though. Public stoning? This is N4G man. Where everybody is as gentle and caring as a mother goose.

zeroskie1092d ago (Edited 1092d ago )

There's no need for a public stoning since you're clearly already stoned. Shenmue was a masterpiece of its era. Does it fully hold up now? That's debatable but give credit where credit's due.

Deadpool6161092d ago (Edited 1092d ago )

Shenmue was one of the main reasons I own a Dreamcast. It's one of those games that transports you into another world. I actually felt like I visited a part of Japan after I was done playing the first game. The game was really groundbreaking on so many levels. It's unfortunate that some people will never understand that experience.

HugoDrax1091d ago

I was fortunate enough. It was one of the reason I still own my launch Dreamcast. Such a great game! Although.......

*SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER*

I am still bitter about never getting a chance to kick Lan Di's Ass

Williamson1092d ago (Edited 1092d ago )

Would be amazing if somehow sony got shenmue 3 on the ps4 as an exclusive. The creator of shenmue Yu Suzuki and Mark Cerny were spotted together on a pic online,(some rumours even say they were discussing the possibility of shenmue 3 on ps4) so it would be something special if it were to be announced at TGS. Then maybe we can Shenmue 1&2 hd on ps3/vita.

SethoN4G1091d ago

Mark Cerny? The Mark Cerny? That would be awesome. He's always talking about bringing the magic back to video games. Perhaps that would make him feel the same way of Shenmue, which undoubtedly had the magic.

Pillsbury11092d ago

Shenmue was a memorable experience as was the dreamcast. I will never forget you and the memories you have brought me.

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