COGconnected: Shenmue 1 is one of the most flawed games I've ever played yet several of those flaws are part of why the game is so unique.
Just picked it up and will be giving it a try soon for the first time.
I personally don't think it has aged at all well, and wasn't all that fantastic when it first came along. But its legacy is undeniably impressive.
I just finished Shenmue 1 for the first time. I have to say it's a very odd game. The fights are awful and I would be really annoyed if it wasn't for the fact there are hardly any battles in the game anyway. One could compare Shenmue to a click and point adventure game. The gameplay is mainly investigating and finding clues. You need to speak to everyone and look at everything in order to figure out what to do next. There is a lot of attention to detail - so much stuff can be interacted with, even if it's just to zoom in onto them. It makes you forget that this was a Dreamcast game. The most annoying part of the game was the forklift section. Because the game runs on a day/night cycle (that can't be fast-forwarded) with events ONLY occurring at specific times, the forklift part of the game really tested my patience. I understand that the combat is based on Virtua Fighter. But it really is cluttered as hell. I dunno if there was a delay from Xinput on my PC, but it was a nightmare to perform combos. Also, the health bar is just a basic hit meter that regenerates over time. You don't use items or enhancements or armour or anything. You can master moves, but what does it achieve? Does it make the moves more powerful or just make the button combinations easier? Most fights are simple anyway. Only the boss fights are headaches. The story is... well... another odd thing about the game. It seems to have a lot of potential but rarely anything significant occurs in the game. I finished the game with a lot of unanswered questions. Hoping Shenmue II addresses these and not just keep you in the dark. Overall, Shenmue is definitely unique. The game clearly had a huge production yet combat is not central to its gameplay. It's supposedly an RPG but there's 0 character progression or customization. Money seems to be pretty pointless in this game for anything other than 1-2 main story needs. You can only really spend it on arcades or the vending machine. I may sound very critical, but it doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the game. I did enjoy it quite a bit but the title of this article describes Shemue 1 very accurately - a flawed mess but that's what makes it special.
It *is* a mess and takes some adjustment to get used to the controls but I can't stop playing it. It has heart and charm underlying some terrible execution. It's like the Deadly Premonition for the Sixth Console Generation.
you guys keep giving this game a pass and i dont get it... For its time this game was amazing and the idea was novel but this game has aged HORRIBLY!! The game design alone makes this game a 3/10 loool
at its time this was an epic game, but it defiantly hasn't aged well.
I remember buying this game when it launched. I didnt like it very much and put it away. I tried it again a year or so later and thought it was pretty cool. I had to get the remaster for old times sake but i dont see myself playing through all of it
It’s my favorite
Nothing comes close to this game for its time. Yes the controls have aged badly. I keep running into walls. But the amount of interaction and detail is still impressive for a 19 year old game. If you weren't a Shenmue fan at launch you will not enjoy it today considering its not a remaster so it's flawed. The same can be said about many PS1 games. Replaying RE1 today would have its flaws. Like getting stuck by walls and aiming at a zombie while the camera is facing the other way. Not fair to review a port to today's standards.
Still great games i think. Just finished getting the platinum on both over the weekend and they still hold up great in my opinion as they did back some 17 plus years ago when i played them. Infact between Shenmue 1 and 2 and Yakuza Kiwami 2 Sega have giving me the most enjoyment this year than any other company. Then i have Fist Of The North Star also from Sega to look forward to next.
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