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Shenmue was incredible, never mind people saying 'it wasn't a game'. It is a perfect example of a game with a really well written, immersive story. The detail that was put into the world, you could feel the effort put into it and it was a beautifully made game! The sequel was too, and in a way, we should think of it as a good thing that we wont get a third game, can you imagine how let down you'd be if Sega messed it up? You know they would.
I'm glad its become such a sacred classic game, doesn't matter if it was a bit clunky, it came out on the dreamcast! Shenmue was graphically incomparable to most games at the time, and the level of freedom was revolutionary too! I actually remember seeing a preview of it in a Gamesmaster magazine, haha... Back then, these graphics looked so real!! Shenmue was without a doubt a hidden gem that more people should have experienced. I'm gonna get a dreamcast so i can play the first one again too.
Though that said, seeing Shenmue in motion took my breath away when I got it for Dreamcast, and I'll never forget how gutted I was when I went to put in the fourth disc, thinking "surely it's not over... surely..." and realising it was merely the "Shenmue Passport" for extra features. That night I sulked myself silly.
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