Shenmue Remains a Cult Classic and a Cautionary Tale

In Shenmue, you're not so much playing a game as living out someone else's life in the tiny town of Yokosuka. It has a day and night cycle, seasons, and weather. It's one of the first open world games to feature NPCs with defined routines. When it was finally released in 2000, it was unlike anything that had appeared on a console to that point.

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DigitalRaptor183d ago (Edited 183d ago )

Cautionary tale.... as a publisher, don't support one of the most ambitious projects in the history of the industry, and don't innovate.

Shenmue is such a gem for its mix of mundane true-to-life activities and flourishes of high-stakes Chinese-cinema inspired action.