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Shenmue

シェンムー 一章 横須賀

Developers: Sega AM2ScarabRutubo Games Publisher: Sega
29 December 1999
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In Yokosuka, Japan, 1986, the teenage martial artist Ryo Hazuki returns to his family dojo to witness a confrontation between his father Iwao and a Chinese man, Lan Di. Lan Di easily incapacitates Ryo, and threatens to kill him unless Iwao gives him a mysterious stone artifact known as the dragon mirror.
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Intermittently torturous, always detached, and Shenmue only improves in this regard two decades on. It is often cited as the open world urtext, but where Shenmue works in alienation the games it influenced put the player-character at the centre of the universe. In the Grand Theft Auto series the player moves in a reckless, fluid way, in stark contrast to the rigid and wandering NPCs — every frame explodes into being through our freedom, of movement, of decision, of infinite variety and eternal recurrence, and yet we are never allowed access to the patterns or behaviours of those around us. The very absence of an 'talk' button along with the sheer number of people spawned across the game environment has us intuitively accept that the world is that which we do — we are its God, its conductor. With Shenmue however, Ryo's body moves in this blocky, unwieldy way, and must fit into the whims and schedules of those around him. The game's day-night cycle seems to actively close rather than open opportunities, such as in cases where we are tasked with waiting tens of hours to meet certain people at certain times of day, and all Ryo's options for time-killing actively feel like time-killing (in the sense of time we know we will never get back) — throwing darts, visiting noodle houses, patting cats, watching the trees. There is no way to accelerate time's passing, and the only way to endure it is to actively make the time to enjoy the small things, which is to say reframing the story as the distraction and not the other way around. Still, as Zen as this all sounds, however beautiful the sunsets and poignant the broken swing by the stairs, Shenmue makes it so the player never feels as though they belong in it.

Every day begins and ends at the Hazuki Residence, in a curious disciplinary move that has us clumsily navigate a house that never becomes a home, waiting as Ryo puts on or takes off his shoes, before venturing into a world that similarly never opens up to him. The anonymous faces in Grand Theft Auto are props until they're activated by player action, reflecting the scale of cause and effect, but in Shenmue we are always trying to act according to the dominating logic of the world, making the people in it both obstacles that are necessary to progress the game, and ever-present reminders of our not belonging. If we see an 'interact' prompt appear near a stranger, Ryo is just as likely to receive some valuable information as he is to be, in the most polite way possible, called a creep and asked to leave. He can't jump or skip or even run through a door. He checks over his shoulder to make sure he's alone before exercising in the park. When Ryo sees someone else is using the stairs, he will wait until they get to the top before he even begins is ascent, one gets the sense out of discomfort rather than politeness. They have their routines and we don't have ours. This doesn't make us free, it makes us perpetually alone. An old woman asks Ryo for directions and says she'll wait at the park to hear from him. If the player forgets, the old woman can never be found again. How long did she wait? Did she find the place on her own? Is she okay? It's always like this, he's impossible, nobody knows who he is and neither does he. Even those who know Ryo's name expect something of him that he's failing to embody, and this sense of quiet failure permeates Shenmue in both the way the world is painted and the way it plays.

Interactions with friends and family remain at the level of surface courtesies, veiling a great sadness and isolation that hints at impossible rifts between each and every person. Nobody knows Ryo — he's always falling just short of being what others think they know of him, and on an entirely different course from what's expected in the long run. And looking to him for answers leads to an even more penetrating sense of absence, a passive neglect of others and a dead eyed embrace of tangible actions and information pathways where the insignificant is given significance, and significant actions are always underpinned by the mundane. He confronts gang members like a kid buying a toy, and he buys toys like he's finally found meaning in this world. The central ambiguity in Shenmue, and what makes it so affecting, is whether this suffocating sense of loneliness is inherent to the world or just Ryo, who as the game's protagonist paints the way it appears to us. Is there a difference? When he is showed great generosity by Fuku-San, Ryo's unreadable face casts a cold negation of the gesture, making the other person seem comically, embarrassingly over-expressive. But it's Ryo who is embarrassing — his straightforward detective questioning, gullibility, and tonedeaf approach to human interaction make his journey less a myopic descent into obsession than a sort of hobby or project, a convenient opportunity for something to do. At one stage Nozomi asks Ryu about school, and we realise all this free time he has is the result of shirking a role that could give him some structure; some direction. In every sense he is out of sync: like Kyle MacLachlan's character in Blue Velvet no matter how successfully he works through the underbelly of his town he's only ever met with bemusement and confusion by the people he finds there. He can't be here, but he can't go back either. Once again the mechanic of Ryo's return to the Hazuki Residence reinforces every morning and every evening that there is no home for him. Shenmue is affecting because it forces us to play through, to physically enact this discomfort, while reading around Ryo that it is he who is the stranger.

The strangest and most subtly moving decision made is that the game's final act begins with Ryo taking on a job at the dock, driving forklifts. Where Ryo's physically cumbersome body spent weeks running around Dobuita, mangling interactions and finding ways to kill time, Ryo's dock work finally gives him purpose, a routine, and targets to meet. Throughout the rest of the game it is impossible to know whether one is making progress or floundering, but the dock work gives instant feedback in the form of quotas and bonus cheques reflecting efforts made. The forklifts also control with a fluidity uncommon in the rest of the game and reach speeds he can't on foot. Lunch breaks begin at the same time every day with a shot of Ryo sitting with his colleagues and eating; he could almost belong here. And because we're not waiting for time to pass but rather trying to do things in time, the way the skies change during the afternoon shift can at the docks be appreciated for how beautiful they are. Time becomes valuable, and as it passes it fills the scene with warmth before it leaves. Despite the routinised action or perhaps because of it, it is clear there will never be another day exactly like this one. One afternoon Ryo sees Nozomi at the docks taking photos and there is this confronting atmosphere because Ryo for the first time sees himself in the face of someone who recognises what he's doing — not for what his family represents or what anyone thinks he should be doing, but for what he is doing as he works at the dock. This is followed by a strange and beautiful sequence where Ryo's and Nozomi's photograph is taken twice, and Ryo must pick one to take away. One makes it appear as though they are lovers, the other, total strangers, and clearly the truth is somewhere in between. This moment of self-presentation to someone who matters is immediately turned into a fiction, or perhaps memorialised as a future that can never be between two people, one who doesn't know who she is but knows what she wants, the other a blank surface reflecting back everything indeterminate, everything unsure, everything anxious about the one unfortunate enough to look. He is in short a negation.

As the year wraps up, the uncaring faces increase in volume, and many of the familiar ones say they're going away. Ryo's neighbourhood, already a quietly lonely place, comes to feel like a ghost town of dead end interactions and suspended time — a place simultaneously too big and too small to sustain life. Ryo's dispassionate movement through Yokosuka is curious, because he is not the one feeling these things. Everything to him is information, and if that information leads abroad, so be it. He doesn't care one way or another, but we do. That Yokosuka is framed as a place that is already dead and in the process of being remembered must then belong to somebody else, someone who is remembering the story as Ryo tells it. Indeed as others try to reach out for him it becomes clear that it is not the town that is the ghost, but Ryo, that figure once present and well liked but who died one day and now glides through with blank eyes, forever out of time and place.

Without the language of Chinese cinema the story is simplistic and weird, but its grandiose animated dreams and talks of fate cut an effective threshold between the exhaustingly quotidian world of Shenmue and its mythic aspirations. Its textures are uniformly dingy and wet looking but this adds to Ryo's sense of claustrophobia, and the alienating temporality of the game that insists we shouldn't be here. Indeed the construction of the New Yokosuka Movie Theatre that will never be finished, and dig site and Sakuragaoka suggest the world will keep moving once we leave but can't start until that happens. The ability to talk to people who will only offer 'Sorry I don't feel like talking' leads to disappointment before its themes of isolation become clear. The animations haven't aged well but the offbeat rhythms of the game work its visuals into an uncanny space both otherworldly and uncomfortably familiar. It's also occasionally gorgeous by any standards: in one scene on a motorbike Yu Suzuki manages an extended reference to Wong Kar-wai's Fallen Angels and, short a bloom effect to mimic that director's blurry expressionism, simply layers brake light colours across the screen. I'll admit I lost my breath for a full minute: the absence of a bleeding light for a strange, rigid, suspended rendering of abstract human emotion might be the game in a single wonderful image.
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Must Spend More Time On This Game
The Sega Dreamcast was an absolute BEAST when it was released in 1998, keep in mind it was on par with high end PCs of the day and seemingly was much more comparable to the PS2 in hardware than the SONY hype train preported the difference to be, even outdoing it in a few things, all while being basically 2 Genesis/Mega Drive model 2 systems stacked on top of eachother!

And the best thing to do about it when you're a struggling company bleeding money is to spend millions of dollars on the most expensive video game of all-time up to that point, can you tell this system barely lasted 3 years?

But honestly, i dont know what SEGA could have done without making the console a DVD playing, HYPER-BEAST, and probably the only way they could've done that is by being bought by Microsoft, so F*ck it! Why not go out with a bang?

Shenmue is a game taking place in 1980's Japan, effectively its a Adventure/Life Simulation hybrid mixed with fighting/beat-em-up moments and a narrative about the man who killed your protagonist's (Ryo) Father, the game basically lets you play as Ryo, walking around, talking to people, doing tasks, jobs, buying cassette tapes at the store, playing darts or SEGA's Hang-On at the arcade, or stopping soccer balls via a random QTE , if you're lacking in the skills to do them properly, try going back to the arcade to practice your QTE skills, but manage your time properly as stores may close by night or you might get tired, or perhaps you'd want to go visit some dingy night-bar to find people who will help you with your case. Its absurdly realistic for the time and partially even today, it was so accurate that it used actual weather records from the days the game is set in, in the towns in japan that the game takes place in, i believe the only thing stopping you from just living life besides the story is, it does eventually stop at some point so you can't just play darts until the year 2000 or something.


I do not want to spoil this game, so i will just praise everything else, the voice acting is. Well its kinda so bad its good at times, some of its okay though, localization was still kinda in its growing pain stage. Graphics are beautiful for Dreamcast and even this generation of consoles! It's up there with other Dreamcast graphical showcases like Dead or Alive 2 or the unreleased Propeller Arena.

Speaking of graphics, i wasn't alive during this console war but i remember hearing about the idea that "ps2 was 20x better than dreamcast in terms of hardware" or something, and then i'd see the footage of that PS2 tech demo with the girl on the runway, and i thought "that kinda reminds me of Shenmue, except i can play Shenmue" not saying the PS2 isnt more powerful but i feel like back then and preconceptions from those days that lingered on even into the 2010's really overstated it.

Part of me just aches for more Shenmues, games that feel like more than a movie or a tv show, where you have narrative but also just a life. I played it a lot on an emulator and i really want to play it on my Dreamcast but my VMU doesnt have enough memory, so i'd need to look into getting a new one to experience this game properly. If you like Life Sims, conversational games and perhaps the odd beat-em-up, Shenmue is for you.
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Life Before Smart Phones
Shenmue is a wild adventure, and I’m not just talking about what happens in-game. This classic is the quintessential showcase of ambition in the game sphere, as well as how those ambitions eventually ran up against insurmountable limitations.

One thing I will say about Shenmue is that it has aged fairly well. It has many flaws, to be sure, but most of its weaker aspects were already weaknesses on the day the game shipped. The racing segments suffer from underdeveloped physics and lame opponent AI. The pacing of the storyline is all over the place, and there are many times when you have nothing to do (How did people survive before smart phones!?) and no way to skip forward in time. And the ability to examine everyday household objects is a neat feature but ultimately just a gimmick. All of these criticisms would’ve been as true in 1999 as they are today.

Yet for all its flaws, Shenmue still easily holds up as a game worth experiencing. Yu Suzuki [鈴木裕] and crew had the audacity to try recreating an entire town – not just the physical space, but the citizens and their relationships as well – and pack it onto three GD-ROMs. And in some ways, they got closer than anyone has before or since. Every character has a personality, a voice, an independent schedule. Seasons change. Hot dog stands come and go. Santa Claus shows up for Christmas. Although the developers didn’t come anywhere near realizing the full extent of their ambitions, in taking their best stab at it they crafted a game that has a unique charm that has only been replicated once, in this game’s sequel.

Perhaps the game that comes closest to recreating the Shenmue vibe is Yakuza, a series known for its crowded streets and colorful characters. But in Yakuza most NPCs are just window dressing – you can’t talk to everyone like you can in Shenmue. On the other side of the Pacific, certain Bethesda titles perhaps come closer to the “complete life simulation” that Shenmue was aiming to provide, but they are much larger in scope and lack Shenmue’s hand-crafted charm. Every inch of Dobuita is unique; you can’t say the same of Cyrodiil or Skyrim.

But enough about world-building. How does Shenmue actually play? One of my biggest frustrations is that there’s a relatively deep combat system but very few opportunities to use it. I spent more time training in the park and at the dojo than I did in actual combat. Then again, if we consider that this is a life simulation, it makes sense that Ryo would spend more time training than fighting, especially in this opening chapter.

In lieu of fighting, you’ll spend heaps of time completing fetch quests. The characters and the missions they send you on are a blend of strange, racist, funny, and charming. I still can’t get over the fact that the first half of the game basically boils down to “my father was murdered by a man from China, so let’s interrogate every Chinese person in town!” To be fair, Ryo does conduct his investigation in a respectful manner. But as a person living in a country where I’m part of small minority, not unlike these Chinese people in Japan, I find this kind of trope grates on my nerves. And that’s to say nothing of Tom and all the other weirdo foreign characters. I suppose this is what happens when you try to reduce entire nationalities and races to a few lines of dialogue. (I can’t lie, though. In the end Tom won me over. He’s an incredibly charming dude, and boy can he dance.)

In its final third, the game shifts from being a series of fetch quests that can be completed at the player’s leisure to a linear, time-limited push to the finish line. I’d call it a race, but it’s more of a slog, because Ryo gets a part-time job that feels like real work. It’s tedious, but at least it doesn’t last too long, and thanks to the booming Japanese economy of time you get massive pay raises every single day, as long as you hit your quota.

The day-to-day grind of part-time work eventually gave way to one final showdown, and the epic battle that ensued was a major highlight of the game. As the first part of Ryo’s story concluded, I found that, despite all the ups and downs, my journey through Shenmue had ultimately been a fulfilling one. Though it dragged on too long and left many questions unanswered, the story rang true in my heart, and I hope Shenmue II, when I get around to playing it, will delight me in the same way.
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boring version of yakuza
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Some might find the focus on mundane details to be boring but for me it makes the game super immersive. Impressively cinematic for a game of its era and it just has a wonderful and unique atmosphere and gameplay style even compared to games today. It feels more like being transported to a strange alternate world than playing a video game
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Wow, this is an old game. Seeing that this came out at a time when SEGA was still making consoles makes it seem like some ancient relic. It's hard to understand nowadays how revolutionary this game must have been at the time, but consider that it came out 2 years before GTA3 and 5 years before the first Yakuza game. Anyways, historical significance doesn't necessarily correlate with enjoyment, so what can a modern day player get out of this game?

The most striking aspect of the game is definitely how mundane everything is. Despite the action that the story might promise (you hunt down a Chinese kung fu master who killed your father), most of the game consists of strolling around your neighborhood chatting with people in order to gather clues. The story progresses at a pretty slow pace and there are quite a few moments where there is nothing to do except to wait for the next thing to happen. Gives you a lot of opportunities to explore the very realistic depiction of suburban Japan, talk to your neighbors and shopowners, care for stray kittens...
This arguably isn't the most exciting game and is something you really need to be in the mood for, otherwise you'll probably get bored. However, if you can get into the leisurely pace of the game, you're in for a nice, relaxing and immersive experience.
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System_of_a_David シェンムー 一章 横須賀 2024-06-18T17:13:48Z
2024-06-18T17:13:48Z
2.5
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SeelemyBeloved シェンムー 一章 横須賀 2024-06-12T02:05:07Z
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itsisaacnotissac シェンムー 一章 横須賀 2024-05-28T03:10:48Z
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Cognizant_Koala シェンムー 一章 横須賀 2024-05-27T11:59:58Z
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asdp シェンムー 一章 横須賀 2024-05-26T16:15:22Z
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avoidbeing シェンムー 一章 横須賀 2024-05-21T22:43:44Z
2024-05-21T22:43:44Z
4.5
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Zacccharyyy シェンムー 一章 横須賀 2024-05-19T23:08:19Z
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Innerexperience シェンムー 一章 横須賀 2024-05-18T18:03:46Z
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Bubu66 シェンムー 一章 横須賀 2024-05-12T02:48:28Z
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4.0
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kaanbreaker シェンムー 一章 横須賀 2024-05-07T02:47:37Z
2024-05-07T02:47:37Z
4.0
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Selvmoord Shenmue 2024-04-30T13:29:34Z
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  • KUMA20 2024-06-15 01:51:19.577427+00
    This game reduced my schizophrenic tendencies and they've been less severe ever since. This game makes me feel human
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