Released November 7, 2000- Shenmue
Shenmue punched into the North American market on this day in 2000. For the Sega Dreamcast!
Shenmue is one of the most beloved games released for the Dreamcast. So beloved in fact that just recently, a Kickstarter had exceeded its goal by over six million dollars! The game is a bit of a hybrid RPG and action/adventure game starring Ryu, a fighter who is on a quest to find his fathers murderer and kick ass at the same time.
Gameplay in battles is similar to gameplay found in the Virtua Fighter series. Set in a 3D environment and can admittedly get a little hectic from time to time. Moreover, the game seems to mostly be centered around talking to NPC’s around town and beyond to help you on your way. This can make the beginning feel a little sluggish, however, keeping with it is certainly well rewarding.
Sadly, despite the success of the game, it did not recoup the exorbitant cost of development of over $70 million. Making it the most expensive game ever produced in this era. Meaning after Shenmue 2, it would have been virtually unheard of to see another one made. Until 2015, when Sony announced a partnership with YS Net to produce Shenmue 3, which recently finally got a release date of August 27, 2019. Look forward to it then.
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