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Shenmue (Dreamcast)

by Sega
Sega Dreamcast
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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  • Story-based 1-player game
  • Incorporates elements of role-playing, fighting, and adventure-game genres
  • Astoundingly realistic, free-roaming 3-D world
  • Direct Ryo's quest for revenge and answers
  • Many inventive minigames, including full arcade versions of Hang On and Space Harrier
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Sega Dreamcast
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B00004U2DF
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 12.8 x 4.4 cm ; 322 g
  • Release Date: 1 Dec 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,775 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

With an epic story line, luscious graphics and gameplay to match, Shenmue is everything than the Dreamcast can produce and more.

Ever since the launch of the Dreamcast, Sega have been looking for a decent RPG to bolster the range of titles available and to reply to the popularity of the final fantasy series on the PlayStation.

The main character of Shenmue is Ryo Hazuki, a hard-working college student who has been knocked sideways by the death of his father and swears vengeance as he sets off in search of the killers.

Although the story sounds familiar, Shenmue differs through its execution. Everything from the finely tuned opening sequence to the interactivity with the 500 or so characters is nothing short of superb.

But beware, this is no pick-and-play game. Shenmue comes on three packed discs, with a further disc for extra features and Internet options allowing the game to boast over 250 hours of gameplay. Couple this with the rumours that this is, in fact, part one of a trilogy and you've got an epic on your hands.

The game boasts distinctive time settings: different things happen during the day and night. Knock on someone's door during the day and they are likely to be out; visit the local shop in the evening you'll probably find it closed.

But it's not all talking to old people and children in an attempt to find the bad guys. Shenmue offers the chance to get into fights, race a motor bike and interact with everything and anything.

This game is a slow-burner, rising to an epic crescendo at the end. It's notCrazy Taxi or Resident Evil but something far greater, something almost compelling so that, although you know you're going to do a lot of walking around searching, you can't help but blindly carry on. --Stuart Miles

Manufacturer's Description

Shenmue, a genre-busting work from Sega, is transcendent for both its beauty and its innovative gameplay. In a convergence of role-playing, fighting, and adventure elements, you play as Ryo, a young man who's come home to witness his father being fatally beaten by thugs.

This event immediately sparks in him a quest for both revenge and an investigation into the mysterious jade amulet the thugs stole. You'll have to play detective to gather clues, such as possible motivations and whereabouts, from non-playing characters. Not all of the people you question will be happy about you nosing around, so be prepared to fight and keep fighting. You'll need money for the quest, and there's plenty of mini game-style ways to get it--from forklift driving to casino gambling.

The game features vibrant 3-D graphics, which are nearly photo-realistic in their astounding attention to even subtle detail. For example, the sky background changes slowly to denote the passing daylight.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best game ever!!! 8 Jan 2001
This is a classic game which every Dreamcast owner must own....
Short, however, it is. It takes little under a week to complete, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. How many people would complain if a fim lasted under 3 hours. You're more likely to complain that it is too long.
Shenmue features excellent graphics and an immersive plot that creates tension in far greater quantity than any of the old-style RPG's.
The Playability is great, the voice acting unrivalled and the sound atmospheric throughout.
But still people complain. "The game is tedious" I hear them cry. Well thats a lot of rubbish. Infact it is far less tedious than any of the Final Fantasy Games because you can go where you like, as the game is completely free-roaming. You can buy the majority of products except the obvious ones like magazines and newspapers. I mean why would anyone really want to buy a magazine in a computer game? It really is mystifying.
Shenmue features one of the best fight systems in any game ever, eclipsing many beat-em-up's, and it features the excellent QTE system, where you have to press buttons as the come on the screen.
This is a game everyone should own, which warrants the purchase of a Dreamcast just to play it. Trust me.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine Masterpiece 8 Oct 2005
I have to express my love for this game, if I dare call it that. Shenmue is a powerful, graphically rich, intelligent work of genius that can't be described fairly in words. I first saw it round a friends house and was so taken with it that I ran out and bought a Dreamcast, just for this one game!

The setting is Yokosuka - Japan, 1986. You play as Ryo Hazuki, a 17 year old Japanese martial arts student who's life is turned upside down one day when his father is murdered in front of him. He swears to avenge his father's murder and that is where you take control. You walk around the beautifully recreated town of Yokosuka and interact with people and items all around. You can almost do as you please in this free world including play real life 80's Sega games in the arcade or go into shops and buy things and talk to the shop owners. It has to be said how much money, effort and attention to detail has gone into this game. It really is a work of art and it is scary how many things you see in the game which make you think 'I've seen that before in real life'. Towards the end of the game, you even get a job as a forklift truck driver at the docks which is a very unusual thing to see in a game. Shenmue is also highly educational with regard to eastern culture.

For me personally, I feel a deep connection to Shenmue as it has genuinely changed my life. Due to the strong martial arts elements in the game, I took up karate and I am now a teacher. I am also very into Japanese things and have a ton of eastern decorations in my room! I feel contented in my life and I owe so much of this to this game so you can imagine how much I like it.

I'm just going to finish off saying what a wonderful game this is and if you have a Sega Dreamcast, you must own this game. If you don't have a Dreamcast, you must buy one just to play this game lol! Your life is incomplete without it so get it now!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the 2nd greatest game ever 5 Nov 2003
the title says it all-its easily one of the best games ever made- shenmue II surpasses it even more, which is amazing considering the quality of this game. if you have a dreamcast- buy this game-its a classic, and one of sega's finest moments. if you get this-get shenmue II as quickly as possible cos when u finish this game you WILL want to see what happens after the ending...... quality game, and one of my favorite games ever-i havent been absorbed in a story line from a film, or game like i was with shenmue. i just hope sega will finish off the story with shenmue III....cos im dying to see what happens to ryo!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Took My Breath Away 27 Jan 2003
I really think that this is the best ame I have ever played. A visual and audio masterpiece, this game is absolutely fantastic.
The game follows the life of a japanese teenager named Ryo Hazuki avenging the murder of his father. With the help of his friends Fukuhara-san, Nozomi, and many more, Ryo sets out to find his father's killer and get his revenge.
Originally, this game was set to be released on the sega megadrive, but as it took 10 years to complete, it was refreshed and brought out on the Sega Dreamcast. The game, which is set over 4 discs (well - 3 really), is eye candy, ear candy, and every other body part candy. This was revolutionary in the gaming world. Every character on screen has artificial intelligence, going about their daily lives, shopping, chatting and more. Every non playable character can speak to you and give you clues. The concept of this game is interesting. First, you find some information you need to know, and then set out to try and find the answers by asking people, and searching through their houses, and scribbling in your little brown notebook.
Also, in this game, we are introduced to something called 'magic weather'. This means that, different to other video games, the weather changes instead of constant sunshine. There is also a small clock in the corner of your screen. Each game hour lasts around 5 minutes, and at the end of each day it gets darker, the bars open, and at 11:30 pm you look at your watch, stop whatever you are doing, and decide that you must go home in case your stepmother gets worried.
This is a sheer work of art and I would recomment this to anybody. If you haven't played this, you really are missing out. Big Time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing
Shenmue is, quite likely, the greatest video game ever made. The fact that it is now 14 years old and still looks amazing and plays brilliantly only adds to its enduring charm. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Guv
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Buy!
Brilliant purchase. The game is in near perfect condition and the price was incredibly fair. What more could a buyer ask for?
Published 2 months ago by Matthew Price
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best
quite simply the best game your ever likely to play, this game will virtually become your life for a time very long will take months rather than weeks but is completely worth it... Read more
Published 11 months ago by annoyed!!
5.0 out of 5 stars great game
great game best thst i ever played cant wait for shenmue 2 why have they not maid a third game
Published 11 months ago by phillip poole
5.0 out of 5 stars Very different game in a good kinda way
Shenmue isn't for those, who are easily bored. The game starts pretty slow and that can drive some gamers away. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Samuli Honkanen
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Game EVER! :D
This is seriously the most amazing game I have ever played. Over 10 years later and I have still kept my old Dreamcast purely so I can play this (and its sequel of course). Read more
Published 15 months ago by Stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars what a great game
this game should be played by every gamer. Shenmue lets you do what you want if you want to go in a building you can play games collect capsule toys you can.
Published 16 months ago by jacob
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect.
i have heard many, many good things concerning Shenmue. That it was 'ahead of its time', 'revolutionary' and 'one of the best games of its generation'. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Joe_Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best games ever made
This game had a huge impact when it first appeared and even today you can still play it and be drawn in to the Shenmue world,the graphics are good along with the story and there... Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2011 by Steven Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,0000,000,00 0ut of 10
this, shenmue 2 are up there and possibly surpassing metal gear solid , final fantasy 7, 8 nd 9, and possibly nights of the old republic games , zelda games and of coarse goldeneye... Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2010 by Michael Gibson
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