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Shenmue (Dreamcast)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.1
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

The game I've been waiting for Oleg Roschin (164803) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
An amazing, incomparable experience. Pure genius. AkibaTechno (228) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A work of Art (Capital A intentional) Tom Blackwell (8) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
One of the best games ever made. Sycada (175) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Hello, My Name Is Ryo Hazuki, You Killed My Father Prepare To Die MasterMegid (900) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
The only reason you need to buy a Dreamcast. Courtland Funke (45) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
The soda-buying simulator Vance (98) 2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars
One of the most realistic games iv'e ever played Goteki45 (308) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.5
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.3
Overall MobyScore (162 votes) 4.1


The Press Says

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100
SEGA-Portal.de
Shenmue war das realitätsnaheste Spiel seiner Zeit, mit perfektem Zusammenspiel von Natur und Umgebung, nie zuvor dagewesenen Emotionen und einer grandiosen Technik. Hinter Yu Suzukis Meilenstein steckt geballte Kraft, die jeder, aber wirklich jeder Videospieler erlebt haben sollte - in Worte ist sie nicht zu fassen.
100
Dreamcastmagazin.de
Das beste Spiel aller Zeiten! Aber ich muss noch einige Prozente für die nächsten Shenmue-Kapitel sparen... Dennoch, wer einen Dreamcast sein eigen nennt und dieses Spiel nicht besitzt, der hat einen Meilenstein der Softwaregeschichte verpasst.
100
Super Play
Även den mest drivna TV-spelaren kommer att känna sig oerfaren under spelets gång, samtidigt som en person som aldrig någonsin har spelat TV-spel kan få ut mycket. Folk som föredrar action kommer garanterat att få den dos de behöver och bli lika nöjda med spelet som kluriga mysterielösare. Det finns nämligen någonting för alla i Shenmue.
100
Retrogaming.it
Purtroppo Shenmue fa parte anche di quella rara categoria di giochi considerati capolavori ma che inspiegabilmente diventano veri e propri flop commerciali, i guadagni sono stati davvero troppo scarsi in confronto al denaro speso da Sega (vi assicuro che non spese poco), ma nonostante tutto esiste ancora una nutrita schiera di appassionati (me compreso) che non vedono l'ora di sapere la fine di questa incredibile avventura che in termini di lavoro svolto dai programmatori rappresenta l'opera più maestosa della storia dei videogiochi.
100
Just Adventure
Shenmue is one of those rare games that sells systems. In the short history of gaming, such games can be counted on one hand. Hundreds of thousands of consumers purchased 8- and 16-bit Nintendo consoles to explore the imaginative worlds of the Super Mario Brothers. Sonic the Hedgehog pricked his little blue quills into the hearts of tens of thousands of Sega Genesis owners, and Myst was responsible for millions of gamers either purchasing those newfangled CD-ROM drives or simply purchasing a new computer so they could find out what all the fuss was about firsthand.
100
GamesFirst!
Yu Suzuki, the creator of Shenmue as well as lots of classic arcade games like Space Harrier and Hang On, has created a masterpiece. His world does make you feel like you’re living in it. The ad campaign currently running for Shenmue is entirely accurate – you’ll find yourself thinking about Ryo and his search for vengeance constantly, and you’ll wonder about whatever mystery you’re in the process of solving all day long until you can get back to your DC. Shenmue is not only a bold leap into the future of gaming, but it’s also a good hint of what the future of narrative and entertainment could hold. We can only hope that somewhere, somehow, some game developer lives up to the challenge of Shenmue.
100
Cincinnati Enquirer
Shenmue's pacing can seem sluggish, especially to younger players or newcomers to dialogue-heavy adventures. But overall, Shenmue is one of the most immersive and gratifying games around.
100
Game industry News (GiN)
If this title doesn't give Yu Suzuki that AIAS Lifetime Achievement award next year, I don't know what will. It will be really hard for me to wait another year for Chapter 2 to come out, as the end of Chapter 1 and its 5 discs (3 for the game, 1 as a Passport disc to analyze the game's extra features, music, movies, and game rankings, and a soundtrack disc which is only available in the Limited Edition) left me wanting so much more. Very few games do that to me, the only other that comes to mind is Metal Gear Solid, and it's for this reason that I am giving Shenmue a full six GiN Gems out of 5, which it so rightfully deserves!
100
Gaming Target
Yu Suzuki really created a masterpiece with this, the first chapter of Shenmue, and I myself cannot wait for Chapter Two. This is a major stab in the stomach for all those PS2 fan boys out there.
99
Shin Force
Yu Suzuki's creative masterpiece was worth every (advertised) delay. Shenmue's graphics and scope have no competition. With so many activities and events to enjoy, you may never fully complete this game. FREE is here to stay... Now bring on the next adventure!
98
Gamer's Pulse
I’m pretty sure I’m only halfway through Shenmue, and I’m having an absolute blast adventuring through it. I have always been a lover of Console RPGs, and this new breed of hybrid between life, fantasy and realism, excites a gamer like myself. It hasn’t been since FF7 that I have been hooked so intently that I have played seven hours straight and forgotten the time. It’s the appeal to find out more, to solve the mystery, that pushes you on and forward into the dark realms of some incredibly evil stuff. It was generally hard to review this incredible game, as I obviously couldn’t squeeze everything great into under twelve pages, let alone put it in three. So, I advise you to go out right now, and purchase what can only be classed as a masterpiece. To end, I think the blurb on the back of the box says it best: Shenmue isn’t a game my friends, it’s an experience.
98
AllRPG
Overall, this game is in a word, brilliant. This is a must have for the Dreamcast and anyone who has played it can tell you, it's awesome. If you feel that you can simply stick to Final Fantasy, one word crosses mine and everyone else’s mind...poor you.
97
Gameplay RPG
Pour l'avoir fini deux fois en japonais, une fois en français et recommencé en américain, je puis vous assurer que c'est un achat indispensable en cette fin d'année.
97
Retroage
Skąd aż tak wysoka nota, co ma ten tytuł czego brakuje innym? Odpowiedź jest bardzo prosta - w Shenmue się nie gra, Shenmue się przeżywa. Pewnie niejeden uśmiechnie się teraz kpiąco. W końcu określenie to wyświechtano w recenzjach dziesiątek innych pozycji. Do Shenmue pasuje ono jednak jak ulał.
97
OJGames
“Shenmue” es una obra maestra como la copa de un pino. Llegó en un momento muy difícil, y sentó unas bases inquebrantables que ahora no dudan en seguir la mayoría de títulos del mercado. El desarrollo de un título que es capaz de alcanzar la friolera de 20 millones de dólares, es un sello de calidad más que sobrado, sobre todo si añadimos a la fórmula un hombre como Yu Suzuki detrás del proyecto. Dicho esto, no es de extrañar que el juego fuera un autentico éxito de críticas, aunque no deja de ser curioso que resultara un fracaso en ventas. “Shenmue” fue un juego adelantado para su época, y buena prueba de ello es que se tardó mucho en alcanzar lo visto por la consola de Sega. La historia, el guión y la cantidad de tramas alternativas que se daban en la Yokohama de mediados de los 80, tenía un nombre propio, por ello no nos despeinamos afirmando que el juego de Suzuki marcó un antes y un después en el mundo del ocio electrónico.
97
SegaFan.com
Mención aparte merece el apartado dedicado a los move scroll, dándote datos de los movimientos, su historia, la del Jiu Jitsu Hazuki, y diciéndote de que estilo proviene el golpe, donde impacta, sus efectos, sus orígenes e incluso su evolución... magistral, uno de los juegos mas especiales de la historia.
97
IGN
"He shall appear from a far Eastern land across the sea. A young man who has yet to know his potential. This potential is a power that can either destroy him, or realize his will. His courage shall determine his fate. The path he must traverse, fraught with adversity, I await whilst praying. For this destiny predetermined since ancient times... A pitch, black night unfolds with the morning star as its only light. And thus the saga, begins..."
96
Da Gameboyz
Shenmue is something that has to be experienced for people to fully understand. I can sit here and tell you what a wonderful, deep, emotional and entertaining game it is, but you have to actually play this masterpiece in order to appreciate it. Yu Suzuki had a dream that he entitled F.R.E.E, and this dream is now a reality. I fully recommend this game to every form of gamer out there, from the diehard to the casual gamer. Run to your nearest Videogame retailer, buy this game, set a lot of time aside and prepare yourself for a gaming experience you have never experienced before. Shenmue is an almost perfect title and definitely earns Da Gameboyz' Player's Choice award from this reviewer. Thank you Yu Suzuki, we are definitely not worthy.
95
GamesCollection
L’ambientazione, Il ciclo giorno-notte, il Magic Weather System, la vitalità e la caratterizzazione dei personaggi: tutti aspetti che rendono il mondo di Shenmue e le sue situazioni estremamente realistiche e coinvolgenti per il giocatore, che sarà spettatore e diretto responsabile di ciò che gli accadrà intorno. Ma il vero punto saldo di questa opera è l’immedesimazione che crea: La possibilità di svegliarsi ogni mattina e decidere cosa fare è decisamente entusiasmante; poter andare a cercare il brutto ceffo che potrebbe avere collegamenti con l’assassinio di nostro padre, o magari allenarsi per aumentare le nostre skill nel combattimento, o magari andare in qualche bar di sera a giocare a biliardo o alle slot machine[…] Alla fine, la verità e il segreto per capire fino in fondo un’opera come Shenmue, è che tale esperienza non va giocata, ma vissuta. Dream on.
95
4Players.de
Was bietet euch Shenmue neben einer fesselnden Hintergundgeschichte, einer verblüffend authentischen 3D-Kulisse und einer hervorragenden musikalischen Untermalung? Shenmue sorgt für ein einmaliges und nie dagewesenes Spielerlebnis! Und Shenmue ist als Real-Life-Simulation mehr als ein Adventure, denn es wird durch abwechslungsreiche Spiele im Spiel" bereichert: Neben den zahlreichen Arcade-Games sorgt vor allem das Echtzeit-Kampfsystem für die nötige Portion Action. Und die nervenaufreibenden Quick-Time-Events machen Shenmue zu einem interaktiven Film. Doch Vorsicht: Shenmue ist kein Beat`em Up mit aufgesetzter Story und kein Action-Adventure, das euch von Auftrag A nach B scheucht. [...]. Zu guter Letzt: Die schnell verinnerlichte Bedienung und die logisch aufgebaute Spielmechanik sollten dieses Meisterwerk auch für Einsteiger zum Pflichtkauf machen.
95
Gamezone (Germany)
Hier wurde der dem Dreamcast ein echtes Meisterwerk beschert. Unglaubliche Grafik, wunderschöne Story, abwechslungsreiches Gameplay und sogar Echtzeit im Tagesablauf. Erleben sie eine Geschichte voller Gefühle, wie Liebe, Demut und Rache. Aber damit ist noch nicht alles über dieses Game gesagt. Neben der Verfolgung der Story, man auch wie im richtigen Leben schlafen gehen, einkaufen, eine Katze füttern, sich in Spielhallen die Zeit vertreiben oder teilweise sogar in Kämpfen mit Roudis und anderen seltsamen Gestallten sein Bestes geben. Was die Kampftechniken betrifft, gibt es mit der Zeit immer neue Moves und Taktiken zu lernen. Etwas später muß der Protagonist Ryu-san sogar arbeiten gehen. Sehr beeindruckend sind auch die verschiedenen Karrhakteere, mit denen sich der Held unterhält. Es wirkt alles sehr lebendig und man wird in dieser detailvollen Welt richtig gefangen.
95
VicioJuegos.com
Concluyendo ya el análisis, invito a todos a jugar a este gran juego y que cada uno se de cuenta que desde todo punto es una obra de arte, como pocas consiguen. Hay que agradecer a la privilegiada mente de Yu Suzuki la creación de este juego, y pedir encarecidamente que no se cancele la producción de sus siguientes entregas, ya que dejarán huérfana a parte de la historia actual de la diversión interactiva.
95
Meristation
La única conclusión que sacamos en clave es que Shenmue es algo mas que un videojuego estrella, es el legado de los pensamientos de uno de los mejores programadores del mundo, el genial Yu Suzuki. Es un concepto nuevo, mágico y revolucionario, una bocanada de aire fresco nombrada a revolucionar el mundo de los videojuegos. Quizá no sea como todos lo esperaban, pero estoy completamente seguro que todos los que lo compren quedarán prendados de su gráficos (que traerán cola), su genuina banda sonora y la jugabilidad tan estudiada que posee, que nos mete en la piel de Ryo de una forma magistral. Su duración no es tan larga como cabría esperar, pero este título, llamado a ser el juego líder de Dreamcast es sin duda uno de los mejores de la historia.
95
Defunct Games
Besides these minor setbacks, the game is a superb piece of artwork as well as a revolutionary step to many of the games today. It entails such a wide range of things to do that even when you finish Shenmue you could start it over and go about it in a completely different manner. It's hard to sum up one of Dreamcast's greatest works it ever produced, but if I had to, I'd say it is a historical landmark that will never lose its edge in the gaming world.
94
SegaFan.com
Lo malo es que el peculiar estilo de juego del que goza Shenmue puede no gustar a todo el mundo e incluso muchos pueden decir que es aburrido o lineal, pero yo creo que nadie debería perderse una experiencia audiovisual tan especial como es Shenmue. ¿Aún no lo tienes? ¿A que esperas?
91
Gaming Age
There are too many reasons as to why Shenmue is a game not worth missing. Besides being arguably the best looking/sounding game ever, it tells a great story, gives you plenty to see and do, and lastly, and places you in the most fully realized, living, breathing videogame world yet. While it definitely may not be for everyone (especially those who can't stand slower paced games), there should be enough "ohhhs and ahhhs" to please absolutely anyone in one way or another, including those who consider themselves only casual gamers. Shenmue may not be the best game ever created (it's up there), but a gaming experience no one should miss regardless.
91
SegaFan.com
Pero para el resto de los mortales, aquellos que disfrutan con la magia de los RPGs, la obra magna de Yu es una compra obligada, ya que sólo por la experiencia exclusiva de juego que ofrece merece la pena. Además el juego es muy largo, a pesar de lo que algunas opiniones condenan, a mí me duró unas 25 horas, pero puede extenderse o acortarse dependiendo del interés del usuario. Finalmente, el que no esté subtitulado en castellano puede apartar del juego a algunos posibles compradores, ya que la historia (de por sí sencilla) queda coja si no entiendes algunas cosas. Deberían haber traducido al menos la agenda de Ryo, igual que han hecho con los menús y la ayuda. Por lo demás, un juego impecable técnicamente y diferente a todos los demás. Yo no me perdería uno de los juegos más sorprendentes y originales de la historia.
91
Game Revolution
The initial reactions I've seen for Shenmue have been mixed. Some love it and some hate it, but pretty much everyone can agree that it's a departure from the norm. The important thing to keep in mind about Shenmue is that it's an adventure game. The pacing can get slow and often you'll spend a great deal of time wandering around talking to people. This is not a good game for the impatient, quick-twitch action junkie. But it's a great game for everyone else. While Shenmue may not initially appeal to the mass gaming audience, it sure as hell appeals to me. This is truly a game that everyone needs to experience at least once. All it requires is patience, so keep this in mind.
90
Legendra
Franchement, pour moi Shenmue est l'un des tous meilleurs jeux toutes consoles confondues et ceux qui ne connaissent pas encore ce chef-d'œuvre peuvent se le procurer les yeux fermés !!!!! UN DES MEILLEURS SI CE N'EST LE MEILLEUR JEU DE LA DREAMCAST.
90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Faltering only over some minor control issues, rare but annoying moments of waiting, and lukewarm voice acting, Yu Suzuki’s ambitious Shenmue succeeds at creating a breathing world in which the potential for interaction is enormous. Time flows naturally, as Yokosuka’s inhabitants go about their daily lives and the weather patterns shift, serving to immerse the player completely in the most accurate representation of an urban landscape ever to grace a home console. Along with breathtaking cityscapes and an inspired direction that reaches new heights of realism and intricate detail, the gripping storyline and unique setting provide for the most compelling game in recent memory. Shenmue is a work of art, a living world neatly packaged on disc, and there is no reason for any Dreamcast owner to be deprived of its beauty.
90
RPGFan
While there are a number of features that Shen Mue could've pulled off better, such as a better-paced story, a better set-up adventure system, and some bugs-fixing, there is nothing quite like it on any of the console systems that are out now, nor will there be for quite a long time. Shen Mue is an immense project that is the product of the work of over 200 people, a dozen companies, and even has the sponsoring of 4 major companies, including both Cola-Cola and Timex. The feats of Shen Mue will not be emulated for a long time, and that alone is worth the price of admission. With beautiful graphics and a fun battle system, make no mistake, Shen Mue is the reason why you got the DC early. And even if you have no intention of buying Shen Mue any time soon, at least try it out once. There is a good chance that you may change your mind soon after!
90
Lens of Truth
Its been a while since any of us on the staff has fired this one up. I’m happy to say that after the initial shock of Shenmue no longer being the best looking game on the planet, it was still an extremely enjoyable experience. Even with some humorously bad (but awesome) voice acting, an overall slow pace, and not as much fighting as we’d like, Shenmue is a instant classic adventure game that everyone should play. The atmosphere and interactive world alone makes Shenmue worth your time, and the story is still one of the most captivating in gaming over the last 10 years. It’s also one of the the crown jewels in the underrated Dreamcast library. If you can, you must experience it for yourself.
90
TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Shenmue is like no other game ever made. It's not perfect, and it doesn't do EXACTLY what it sets out accomplish, I admit. But it's unique enough and does its job well enough that pretty much every gamer on the planet who prefers story and character to mindless shooting will be immediately and addictively drawn into this game. Buy it. Play it. LIVE it!
90
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Like the real life that it tries so hard to emulate, you only get from Shenmue whatever it is that you put into it. If you stick rigidly to the plot and try to get to the end of the game in a hurry, you will be shockingly disappointed (not least because this is only the first chapter of a much longer saga, so the story is not wrapped up at the end) by the game; but if you take the time to explore, and allow yourself to be sidetracked by the wonders of the world of Shenmue, you'll experience one of the most compelling and unusual gaming experiences ever created. While this is certainly not the last word in gaming which some enthusiasts had hoped for, it may well be the first word in a whole new page in videogaming history.
90
Bordersdown
This is perhaps a game that's unfairly misunderstood by the majority of the press and public alike, and shouldn't be compared to franchises such as Final Fantasy or Metal Gear Solid. Those looking for usual adventure and RPG fare are probably going to be disappointed, as Shenmue can't easily be defined or categorised.For such an important project, the fact that it harbours ambitions to try something new is somewhat of a surprise. And for the most part, it succeeds.
90
Gamestyle
The 'parameters' of the experience have not been moved, halted, or half-heartedly attached. Everything is as it should be. Crucial to the world of Shenmue - and to the living legacy of Yu Suzuki.
90
GamePro (US)
Still, Shenmue is one of the great gaming experiences for any system, period. The replay value is also extremely high due to all the various things you can miss the first time. While PS2 owners have to wait for the blockbuster titles to appear for their system next year, Dreamcast owners have their killer ap right now.
90
Jeuxvideo.com
Shenmue offre un monument sur l'autel de la Dreamcast, la référence en matière de jeu de rôle. On ne peut qu'applaudir un tel tour de force technique et artistique.
90
Game Vortex
I’m not entirely sure why I like Shenmue as much as I do. It’s an amalgam of the gorgeous environments, feeling of immersion, and the need to find out just what happens around the next corner. It’s not a perfect game, and is perhaps a little too weak in the true "gameplay" department for some, but I found it highly entertaining.
85
RPG Land
In conclusion, Shenmue is a very memorable game which may move slowly at times and not pack much of an ending, but flaws like that just end up fading into the shadows of its wonderful qualities. One would be justified in buying a Dreamcast just for Shenmue.
85
Planet Dreamcast
Sega has a lot riding on Shenmue. For the past year or so, Sega has released an astounding number of first-rate titles, and in spite of this, the PlayStation 2 has dominated the spotlight to an absurd extreme. Shenmue marks Sega's big attempt to grab some of that spotlight back for itself. If you've been following the gaming press, you've probably heard quite a bit about Shenmue already. At E3 2000, the big, annual video game expo, Sega's Shenmue demo parodied the PlayStation 2's flashy technology demos outright. The rotating head of an old man spun slowly onscreen, showing off the intricate details of the face and hair that mockingly referenced the Square-designed PS2 head. This was Sega's message to the faithful that its Dreamcast was not about to buckle under to the corporate behemoth that is Sony.
83
Armchair Empire, The
Shenmue is a very different game in how it hybridizes genres, while throwing in a very cinematic experience. Those who like a nice, slow paced mystery to sink their teeth into will enjoy this title. Those who prefer something fast won’t find it here.
80
Edge
Shenmue is much more than an interactive movie, but certainly does not deliver the freedom expected. It’s involving, and ultimately rewarding, but only represents a step towards what may be possible in the future, rather than the milestone Edge hoped for.
80
Thunderbolt Games
So should you buy this game? If you’re in the mood for a deliberately paced adventure game with some moments of incredible action, then you should definitely check this game out. The Japanese setting and the life-like world make this one of the more original games out there. The game is a bit on the short side (15-20) and the cliffhanger ending may turn off some, so just remember this is the first of a trilogy. Shenmue is far from being one of my favorite games, but it’s certainly one of the most memorable.
80
RPGamer
All in all, Shenmue can be described as fairly well balanced and fun, albeit oddly paced. In terms of story, depending on how its' sequel unfolds, it may be the best and most thorough prologue the gaming world has ever seen. If however poor sales prevent such a sequel, it will merely go down in history as a story tragically devoid of any closure. In any event however, it is the most engrossing and realistic game ever created to date, making it worth a look if nothing else.
80
Gamezilla
Shenmue is a terrible game held up by an incredible engine. It has a decent story, but leaves much to be desired in the gameplay area as well as overall freedom and flexibility. Graphically, it is an achievement and one that should be lauded highly. The combination of these "qualities" unfortunately only preserves the status quo fashioned by id Software. Like id, Shenmue's team has fashioned an incredible gaming engine, built an amazingly detailed world using it, yet have failed to make a remarkable game.
80
Gamekult
Shenmue est doté d'une réalisation et d'un style graphique hors du commun. A travers Ryo Hazuki, témoin du meurtre de son père, vous allez chasser le diabolique Lan Di. Sur le chemin, presque tout est permis. Mais si les combats sont nombreux, on aurait aimé que l'action soit plus soutenue et ne souffre d'aucun ralentissement. Ce qui n'est pas le cas. Reste que les raisons qui peuvent vous éloigner de ce titre ne sont rien en comparaison de celles qui peuvent vous y plonger...
80
All Game Guide
Yes, Shenmue has some faults, but it is a game that really needs to be experienced. You can't play for 10 minutes and make a decision on whether you like it or not. The beginning is slow as it has you running around in circles talking with people who don't know anything. Game time will also have to be wasted as you have wait for night to fall and the bars to open up before some characters can be found. However, the game picks up toward the end of the first disc and that is when you can't stop playing. It is easy to get hooked to the point where you might not stop playing until you complete the game, which can be done faster than one would hope.
78
Power Unlimited
Shenmue frustreert en is tegelijkertijd een van de mooiste games die ik ooit gespeeld heb. De wereld waarin Ryo zich beweegt is zo fascinerend dat je ondanks de ietwat saaie gameplay blijft doorgaan. Check deze game absoluut eens uit.
78
GameSpot
Just like the summer letdown D2, Shenmue is not for everyone. It's a game rich in story, visuals, and environmental stimuli, but light on overall gameplay. Fans of whodunits and RPGs will take quicker to the game's overall premise, but there is enough to please the casual gamer as well. Indeed, while Shenmue is revolutionary, the game is far from perfect. Its QTEs aren't as cool as Dance Dance Revolution's, its fighting isn't as diverse as Virtua Fighter's, and the game's main quest is overwrought with contrived situations. Regardless of its many shortcomings, though, Shenmue is an adventure worth experiencing - provided you have the time to invest.
75
The Video Game Critic
Finally, although the streets are teeming with people, they often appear and disappear out of thin air, hurting the realism. But overall Shenmue is a quality game that really pushes the envelope. It's a bit slow and methodical, but if you don't mind the detective work, you'll find it quite satisfying.
68
RPGFan
Overall, I'd love to give this game a nice, high score. I'd love to say, "Shenmue is truly a benchmark game, and everyone should own it," but the flaws are there, and I can't ignore them. What I'll have to say, instead, is this: Shenmue is truly a benchmark game. The world and its complexity is flawless, easily the most impressive, real, and interactive world I've ever seen. However, the game itself looks for all the world like a little bit tacked on to test how well the engine works - it's very hard for me not to think of it that way given 90% of the game is walking around talking to people. It's a benchmark game... but it's not worth buying.
55
RPGFan
Shenmue isn’t relatively long; I completed the game in about 20 hours, if not less. I remember hearing that Shenmue could be endless, but I can’t see how anyone could enjoy the mini-games for that long. In almost every way, Shenmue is a disappointment, and I can only hope they get it right with Shenmue 2.
50
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
While the effort (and budget) is very evident, this game proves only one thing; real life doesn't translate well into a video game, no matter how ambitious it may be. While definitely a game that is easy on the eyes, the methodical pace will be enough for most people to turn towards more fast paced, and enjoyable, style of gameplay.
20
Gaming since 198x
Non jeu, non aventure, laboratoire de game-designers sous MDMA, Shenmue est l'exemple typique du jeu overrated.