Yakuza Eliminated Any Interest I Had in the Return of Shenmue

Rich Meister of Destructoid writes: "The two series tell incredibly different stories. One is a martial arts tale of redemption, the other a gritty crime story. But Yakuza fully realizes the spirit of what Shenmue wanted to be: a game with a vast world of fleshed-out characters and its fair share of wacky bullshit."

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SegaGamer2183d ago

You know what really bugs me when people say things like this? its like they feel there is only room for one. It's like saying don't bother with any other first person shooter because we have COD, don't bother with any other open world game because we have GTA, don't bother with any other fighter because we have Street Fighter, don't bother with any other platformer because we have Mario, don't bother with any other RPG because we have Final Fantasy.

Another thing that bugs me is people that actually say these two games are so similar. I'm starting to wonder if the people that say this have even properly played Shenmue, the similarities are very minor. All that "spiritual successor to Shenmue" stuff is just nonsense spouted by people who have probably never even played Shenmue.

Hardiman2183d ago

100% this and really I say the more(quality) games the better!

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shinoff21832183d ago

I agree the games aren't even close to being the same. Let's be honest the comparisons come from the characters race and open world

cooperdnizzle2183d ago

I agree, they have mini games in common too but that’s it. I’ve played both and Shem is by far the better games. As long as you play with Jap voice over.

Kosic2183d ago

Even then, Yakuza's open world is really small. There are only a small handful of the same between titles. And that's mainly down to the arcades, toy collecting and a serious Japanese toned storyline. That's really much it.

Both games play completely different from each other.

Yakuza (I've only played 0 and 1) is a fast paced arcade style fighter. While Shenmue is a slower paced detective style game (with a fairly poor fighting system).

starchild2183d ago

I completely agree. I love the Yakuza series, but I also loved Shenmue back in the day and I'm looking forward to new Shenmue games. Neither game can replace the other. Just because they have some similarities doesn't mean that they are ultimately all that similar overall.

It's kind of like how some people keep acting like Ghost of Tsushima is some kind of replacement for an Assassin's Creed game set in feudal Japan. I say they aren't all that similar. Ghost of Tsushima is one of my top three most anticipated games (along with Cyberpunk 2077 and The Last of Us: Part 2) and I understand how some people can compare them, but in the end I don't think they will really be all that alike. I still want to see Assassin's Creed go to feudal Japan.

In any case, you are exactly right --there is room for more than just one of any type of game.

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GamesMaster19822183d ago (Edited 2183d ago )

Then that is your loss, The Yakuza series are nothing at all like the Shenmue series, and they are both 2 amazing series in their own rights. I for one as a fan from Shenmue 1 will be getting any new Shenmue games in fact now that Shenmue 3 has been delayed again (shocker i know ) the HD of 1 and 2 are some of my hyped games now for this year now. And i will also be getting any new Yakuza games also as im a huge fan.

Hardiman2183d ago

Shenmue blew me away when I played it on Dreamcast back in 2000 and really holds a special place in my heart! I too am excited for 3 and can't wait to get the HD remasters of 1 & 2! Never played part 2 so that's a plus as well!

Knightofelemia2183d ago

I am still waiting for Shenmue 3 and the HD remaster of 1 and 2.

TheColbertinator2183d ago

I love Yakuza but Shenmue is a different beast altogether for me.

Moe-Gunz2183d ago

I'm a huge fan of both. They're pretty different. Shenmue holds a special place in my heart.

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