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DECK'ARD
The Amiga Brotherhood
(01-15-2011, 11:16 AM)
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I thought I was over the Shenmue Pain[tm]

But no, every time a thread pops up the hurt is still there. Oh Sega :(
gimmmick
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(01-15-2011, 11:19 AM)
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Never played II, but I'm guessing it's just as boring as the original.
+Aliken+
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(01-15-2011, 11:19 AM)
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Originally Posted by Eccocid

lol kotaku made this an article!

ahahahaha
DECK'ARD
The Amiga Brotherhood
(01-15-2011, 11:21 AM)
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Originally Posted by gimmmick

Never played II, but I'm guessing it's just as boring as the original.

I'm going to run you over with a forklift.
Suairyu
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(01-15-2011, 12:13 PM)
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Originally Posted by Scullibundo

Well apart from Shenmue, PSO did have the best music ever.

It was actually the music of Final Fantasy XIII that kept me playing until it got good, as it is very reminiscent of Phantasy Star Online in the lead up to the first major plot point. True story.

PSO music has that power on me.

But still, Shenmue:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZxND...D4E87F&index=7
SCULLIBUNDO
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(01-15-2011, 01:11 PM)
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Originally Posted by Chinner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6Ufy...eature=related

brings back loads of memories.

This always did it for me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYl4v...eature=related

Well, that and the Pioneer 2 music.

Edit: And the ending of Shenmue will always be my favourite game track ever. Never has a musical cue awed me as much as the ending of Shenmue did. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Aq9F...eature=related
Sumidor
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(01-15-2011, 01:13 PM)
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This thread makes me sad.. Anytime I see a Shenmue thread, it gets my hopes up for some reason...
Sapiens
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(01-15-2011, 01:40 PM)
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To this day, it still irks me how severely Sega was punished by simply being on their too early for so many innovative gaming ideas.

I guess that's what they got for the Fiasco of the MegaCD, 32X and Saturn.
DECK'ARD
The Amiga Brotherhood
(01-15-2011, 01:49 PM)
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Originally Posted by Sapiens

To this day, it still irks me how severely Sega was punished by simply being on their too early for so many innovative gaming ideas.

I guess that's what they got for the Fiasco of the MegaCD, 32X and Saturn.

Sega's fate was basically decided before Dreamcast, it was a magnificent last throw of the dice though.

Just made it all the harder to stomach to see them go out on such a creative high, with all their studios at the top of their game. Fringe needs a Dreamcast 2 playing Shenmue 3 in the parallel Universe.

Oh what could have been :(
Night_Trekker
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(01-15-2011, 01:50 PM)
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Originally Posted by Sumidor

This thread makes me sad.. Anytime I see a Shenmue thread, it gets my hopes up for some reason...

It's because you have a soul.
Augemitbutter
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(01-15-2011, 10:00 PM)
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Originally Posted by gimmmick

Never played II, but I'm guessing it's just as boring as the original.

you have no duck.
charsace
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(01-15-2011, 10:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by gimmmick

Never played II, but I'm guessing it's just as boring as the original.

Meet me in the arena.
bj00rn_
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(01-15-2011, 11:23 PM)
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I very much enjoyed playing this game. They tightened up a little from the first, but still had a lot of sloooooooow-itis..
Suairyu
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(01-16-2011, 12:02 AM)
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Originally Posted by bj00rn_

I very much enjoyed playing this game. They tightened up a little from the first, but still had a lot of sloooooooow-itis..

But that was part of the game's (intended) appeal, really. This awesome slow-burn atmosphere punctuated by massive moments of electric conflict. You're meant to feel like the lost 18 year old you are.

Shenmue's great expanse of talking and investigating before even so much as an action QTE makes the action so much more rewarding, in my opinion. This is then combined with the feeling that everyone knows you - in his town, Ryo is well-known and well-liked. People are willing to help him out.

Shenmue II that safety net is gone. Nobody has heard of you, most are cruelly indifferent to you. Action happens more suddenly and often because Ryo is clashing with the environment around him. Yet as this action ramps up, the story slows down. For the longest stretch of Shenmue II, you get nowhere. It's kind of like learning you can't punch the world into the shape you want it. It's awesome in that regard.

EDIT - It's actually due to atmosphere I prefer the first game over the second. I mean, overall I think II is the better game, but I just feels more enjoyable to play. It's that "returning home" feeling about it. It also has a much superior sense of arc - by the end you feel like a chapter has been completed. Had it ended there, though immensely frustrating, tonally it might have worked. II on the otherhand covers three chapters and thus doesn't have an overly well developed sense of arc. Honestly, the final disc needed to be the start of the third game and the time spent in both Hong Kong and Kowloon expanded upon. Hong Kong especially. Despite being larger than any other environment in either Shenmue, it still felt smaller than Hong Kong had any right feeling.
Cloudius12
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(01-16-2011, 12:08 AM)
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I have known about this since I looked it up on Gamefaqs a few years back. Brings so much memories. God damn the music for each area were and still mesmerizing as ever.
snackman
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(01-16-2011, 12:58 AM)
Still got my Xbox copy of it sucks I couldn't the pal version in 2001 I would of kept it I bet. Shenmue was awesome for its time and one of the few DC games to sell the system so it actually could of been even worse game because the graphics where the best at its time IMO. Alot of people hated it tho lol.

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