Shenmue - Review - SquareXO

SQXO Writes: Shenmue is a great game that’s worth a look if you like playing through the old classics. However, you absolutely need to know what you’re getting yourself into before you start, or you’re not going to have a good time. This is not a quick game, and it’s not one you’re going to speed run with any real satisfaction. If you’re after a game where you can sit back and immerse yourself, and time is of no concern to you, you may be onto something — Shenmue has a rich and wonderful world to explore. Just hope that the bugs mentioned above are fixed before you play though. There’s nothing that ruins a game like not being able to see the cutscenes.

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AngainorG7X58d ago

This review is a joke. They give a 6,5 because it is a "slow" game

Sgt_Slaughter58d ago

Never heard of the site so this also explains a lot

The_Sage58d ago

Actually... He gave it a 6.5 because of bugs. Audio issues. Cutscenes not playing video even when they contain quick time events that need to be done to progress. Things of that nature. He does say that the developers are working to fix these issues.

Marcello58d ago

So basically the reviewer doesn't understand that this game has a day one patch & the enormous task of porting this game.

The_Sage58d ago

So you would just overlook the game breaking bugs because it just launched?.. Would you do the same with other games? That has become a big problem in the industry.

Eiyuuou58d ago

That would be a fair score then.

Marcello58d ago

@The_Sage No of course not but he was given a pre launch copy to review, perhaps Sega shouldnt have done that but i cant see them leaving those bugs in the game. The day 1 patch will most likely adress most/all of them.

Nate4757d ago (Edited 57d ago )

To me, if a game has a day one patch then I feel any review site should include that in the review playthrough. It's basically a launch patch with the game and an important one apparently. Any patches after that is up to the review sites if they want to consider them, but often day one patches make a big difference and are a big difference between what gamers are playing and what the review might not have.

rob-GP57d ago

To those in this small thread wondering - we were told on Friday exactly what’s in the patch which Is coming Out tomorrow. So providing the guy read the release notes, it’s should have been taken into account :)

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Kribwalker58d ago

it’s currently sitting at a 76/100 on meta and thats with a few 90s, so it’s not just this place that’s rating it lower

343_Guilty_Spark58d ago

It is slow. You can’t interact with a lot of things. The story is meh. Most of the time you’re just walking around hearing people say the same thing over and over.

DigitalRaptor58d ago (Edited 58d ago )

Every NPC is unique. Hundreds of them. I wouldn't be surprised that some of them have a cross over. It's certainly not close to them all being the same thing. I personally don't think you can judge the whole series on the first game alone, when it's methodically slow, and literally designed as is a "prologue" to ease you in to the story. For Shenmue II to then open up into a much larger and faster paced game with more action sequences, more diverse environments and cooler story revelations. The story is simple but engrossing.

"You can't interact with a lot of things" is the most bogus claim I've ever read, in regards to Shenmue. You interact with everyone, and with the environment in ways that most modern games do not. Your downtime is spent in an arcade where you can interact and play Sega arcade games in full. You can even interact with cutscenes using QTE. Are you sure you've played it?

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Jls158d ago (Edited 58d ago )

I feel this game will get alot of hate. Its a 10 to me even on dreamcast.

RabbitFly58d ago

This review seem to deel with the new HD ports that are coming. So one should not expect it to automatically be on the level of the original.

Shen Mue is the game I, for the longest time, considered my number 1. I love it to bits, but there is no denying that it is a dated game. Which is doomed to happen to any game that is before its time.

The game still holds a very special place in my heart and I plan on playing the remasters regardless. It's been so long and I need to refresh some of the story beats. I just personally don't put much value on putting numerical values on experiences anymore.

Gunstar7558d ago

Couldn't agree more. Shenmue was a revelation back on Dreamcast, but it it hasn't aged well at all.

It's certainly a classic retro title but I'm not sure what he gamers will get out if it.

Kosic57d ago

The game could be a terrible mess in this remaster. I'd still play it so come the 3rd I remember every little bit of detail!
It's a classic and a master piece for its time. It's a shame it's one of those hidden gems, that many people never heard off.

Concertoine58d ago

Shenmue was never for everybody. And i think a lot of people will be surprised by how much they wont like it when they play it. I was a big DC fan and tried it for the first time a few years ago and just couldnt get into it.

I do recognize why people like it and admire it for being such a unique game. I hope for the sake of the fans Shenmue III is like the old games. Not every game should be for everyone.

babadivad57d ago

I put more hours into Shenmue 1 than 2. But 2 is the superior game of the two. Part one was slow paced. Building a foundation for a series that was expected to last SEVERAL games.

343_Guilty_Spark57d ago (Edited 57d ago )

It was a 100 for me on Dreamcast at the time. I desperately wanted the Dreamcast to topple the PS2 and thought Shenmue might do that. It seemed like the pinnacle of gaming. I remember huge gaming mag spreads talking about how Yu Suzuki wanted Shenmue to be a 16 game title. From the first cutscene I was in awe with how beautiful the game was. Sadly I realized even then outside of heavily scripted events it was as a largely lifeless, repetitive, and boring game. The highlights were the big 70 man fight, QTE, and forklift driving. Yea forklift...

Nicknasty57d ago

Exactly and it'll get alot of hate because of all the new modern games. They just don't make them like this anymore. Quality over quantity! Shenmue is an instant classic and should be held up there with pong and dragons lair!

rainslacker57d ago (Edited 57d ago )

I can see it not appealing to younger gamers who may not have been used to getting slower paced adventure games. It is a game that one should really know what to expect before buying or else they'd be disappointed if they are hoping for something faster and more exciting that relies on a lot of flash.

Its a different kind of game, from a different generation, but it is a part of gaming history, and did a lot of things that shaped modern games. its worth giving a chance if one can get over the slower pace. There's a long history of good hype and talk about the game, but one should understand that it doesn't play like most modern games do.

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locomorales58d ago

I don't like the review, but I think Shenmue needs to be played with a historical perspective in mind

DigitalRaptor58d ago (Edited 58d ago )

I think the review is honest.

The first game is known to be much, much slower paced than its more exciting and masterful sequel. I expect this guy to rate Shenmue II higher, unless it's the bugs that drag it down, which (as we know) the day one patch is supposed to fix. :)

rob-GP58d ago

I don’t want to ruin your expectations but all the bugs and issue I found in both games aren’t listed in the patch notes we were given when we got our codes. I’ve reported all the issues I’ve had but they most likely won’t be in the patch tomorrow.

We already received a big patch before we got codes - as we only got the game on Friday. That also didn’t fix any of these issues.

Shenmue 1 is buggier But can be ‘fixed’ by saving and reloading. Shenmue 2 however suffers from crashing.

DigitalRaptor58d ago (Edited 58d ago )

@ rob-GP

The only patch I have seen in the wild is 1.01.

From what I've heard from reliable sources about today's or tomorrow's patch (which I imagine is going to be 1.02), is an overhaul and introduces massive fixes, and it should have been made available to reviewers, which is quite appalling in my opinion especially for a release as crucial as this. I could be wrong there, but I don't have a reason to distrust anything they said.

WeebLord57d ago

"a release as crucial as this"

Alright buddy slow down, you're getting a bit excited.

DigitalRaptor57d ago (Edited 57d ago )

"Alright buddy slow down, you're getting a bit excited."

I thought it would be obvious, but I'm talking about it being crucial in the sense that folks have been waiting many many years for it to be re-released on modern consoles, and this is the only chance Sega has to release it and treat it as it deserves, without mistakes like this. Sega is not going to re-visit the games after this. This is it.

rob-GP57d ago (Edited 57d ago )

@DigitalRaptor - I wouldn’t say Shenmue is a “crucial” release. It’s A very niche title which will most likely only sell to hardcore fans.

We have the full patch notes, we have known what it’s going to fix since Friday. It’s not a massive list of fixes and it doesn’t address the major issues. All it covers are missing audio files/lines, static noises, some graphical errors in very specific areas and a few other bits across both games.

There is no mention of the cutscene errors, the crashing, the darkness, the watch buttons remaining in the second game etc... you know, all the kinda big things that affect gameplay.

As such, we were all advised to take those things into consideration when reviewing the game. Fixing the sound and graphical errors in the day one patch won’t magically make the game less boring or instantly control much better.

I reported all my issues over the last 3 days to Sega, those probably won’t be updated for about a week or so.

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S2Killinit58d ago

One of, if not the greatest game ive played in my life.

Orionsangel58d ago

The only review you need to see is from a mega fan like Happy Console Gamer

WeebLord57d ago

Because you know that really makes their perspective impartial, and nothing is rooted in nostalgia.

Orionsangel57d ago

It's coming from a fellow fans perspective. I trust their opinion.

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