Shenmue Remaster – Our Review Of A Timeless But Flawed Classic

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Shenmue HD Remaster is a direct port of the original game which was first released on the SEGA Dreamcast back in 1999

Please keep in mind whilst reading this we have never played the original Shenmue game unfortunately, it is a shame and we do consider ourselves to of lived under a rock all of those years.
Anyway thankfully SEGA managed to release the HD remasters of both Shenmue and Shenmue II for us to enjoy and here is our review of Shenmue.

First off we are truly grateful to SEGA for letting us finally get our mitts on a title that we have been longing to play for a while now but unfortunately have not been able to do so.
When it comes to Shenmue, we have sadly only ever managed to play the second title prior to the much needed HD releases. So with this we where very excited to be able to experience something new that was also connected to the story arc in Shenmue 2.

One of the features in which we liked with this release was the ability to play with either Japanese or English voices, we are unsure if this is a new feature or was part of the original too, however we where very fond to find it an option within the game.

The overall story can be rather enjoyable and we do so love games that are featured heavily on Martial Arts and revenge, however we did unfortunately find ourselves with one major gripe.
This being the rather frustrating as we like to call ‘The Break Time’ in which we can get up to a certain part of the story and all of a sudden we are told to have to wait so many in-game hours to finally be able to progress the story once again, and this unfortunately featured on several different occasions.
Though it is nice to get to at certain parts as sometimes we get so lost in the game we fail to realise just how long we have been playing without actually taking a much needed break, its the amount of times in which we had to do this that we found rather frustrating.
The game heavily relies on you the player connecting with the various different NPC characters in order to progress through the story and it does not hold your hand in doing so, you may end up talking to the entire village and only gain a small clue to your next destination. 
Shenmue also includes several mini games some of which are easy enough but then you end up finding yourself with a Pool Cue and realizing the mistake you just made.

Another small gripe in which we couldn’t help but notice was the fact the game had several small side quests, in which we could undertake but unfortunately none of these where marked and thus it was purely by coincidence that we managed to find them in the first place.

Shenmue is a great game with a great story which sees you seeking revenge from the very start. I’ll admit it can become rather repetative at times, whilst also perhaps being referred to as being rather basic at times too, however the overal gameplay, story and feel for the game seems to be addictive enough that we can simply ignore those trivial matters.
We also have to admit we cant help but feel rather saddened and dissapointed by the fact that there is not many games such as Shenmue out there. We love games that are based on Martial Arts which constantly remind us of the Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan movies, we would love to see more like this type of game!


+ Great to finally be able to play a game that is considered to be a classic, in HD.
+ The overall mechanics are easy enough to follow, allowing for overall better enjoyment.
+ Great storyline which keeps you wanting more. 


+ The whole having to wait for a specific amount of in-game hours to pass before we can finally progress is somewhat frustrating and tiresome.
+ There are so many hidden side quests that are for no real reason locked behind certain plot points which can easily be missed.
Developer:  SEGA / Publisher: SEGA
Release Date: August 21st 2018
Platforms: PS4, PC, XBox One
Genre: Adventure
Story Length: 20 Hours
Platinum Trophy Length: 24 Hours
Platform Reviewed On: PS4 Pro

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