How Yakuza Became More Popular Than Shenmue

AC: Sega released Shenmue for the Sega Dreamcast in 1999. Despite the positive reception from critics, the game did not live up to expectations, especially considering the costs of development. Because of that, Sega decided to abandon the series after the release of Shenmue II. In 2005, Sega released a similar game in Yakuza for the Playstation 2. Unlike Shenmue, the Yakuza series went on to become big sellers in Japan. The following reasons help explain how Yakuza became more popular than Shenmue.

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Yi-Long2737d ago (Edited 2737d ago )

... it's just the fact that there's way more people who own a PS2/PS3 than there ever were who owned a Dreamcast...

... so obviously, more people played the Yakuza series.

Also, it's not like they have an option nowadays. There is no Shenmue to buy. Sadly.

Personally, if I would have the choice between a current-gen Shenmue, or a current gen Yakuza, it would be Shenmue all the way. New arcade-games, new collectibles, nice fighting engine, story, FANTASTIC music, etc etc...

A new Shenmue could be the best game ever, if done right.

Gago2737d ago (Edited 2737d ago )

the whole reason yakuza is so popular is because people want shenmue, but they never got it

Yakuza is a similar game, hence its popularity

how can you say yakuza is more popular when Yakuza 1 came out 4 years after the last shenmue game

DigitalRaptor2737d ago (Edited 2737d ago )

WOO! Shenmue!

Now that Sega are finished with Yakuza, hopefully they will revive Shenmue and we will finally guide Ryo out of that cave!


Griefy2737d ago

How did this ever get approved? It's not even worth the read in all honesty.

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