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Shenmue :: Preview
3x GD
Import / Domestic
Dec. 29, 1999
Nov. 8, 2000 
1st/3rd Person
Backup (80)
Jump Pack
     > Well, it's almost here.  With all the man-hours, money, and hype attached to this game, I sincerely hope it becomes a best seller for Sega. Yu Suzuki's efforts need to be rewarded to ensure future creativity.  I've played the Japanese version and can't wait to get my greedy hands on something I can understand.  If all goes well, the American Shenmue will be in my Uberconsole within days...  BTW, feast your eyes on those juicy in-game pix below!
     > With over 500 characters, thousands of rooms and a real-time environment, Shenmue promises to usher in a new genre known as FREE.  The gameplay is multi-faceted and easy to get into.  Walking will be accomplished by pressing Up (forward), Left, Right and Down (backward) in order to move in those directions.  Running is accomplished by pressing the L button.  Your viewpoint can be changed while running (with the analog-stick) so that you don't miss anything important.  Stopping is accomplished by releasing the D-pad or by moving close to an object, in which case you'll automatically slow to a stop.  Talking to others is done by pressing the A button.  Sometimes, people will initiate conversations with you or they will just plain blow you off.  Conversations are presented in context, instead of the same speech every time you meet.

     > Other than moving, talking and viewing, various events take place in the Shenmue world.  One method of earning the money you'll need is to gamble in one of several different games.  Certain mini-games will occur which have no direct affect on your adventure.  For instance, you may have to help a store owner hang a new sign on the wall.  Another way to earn money is to take part time jobs which pay based on your level of performance.  Various items can be interacted with like a tape player, which is obviously used to hear cassette tapes.

     > Quick Time Events (QTE) are when you're presented with a situation which requires a quick reaction in order to advance.  These are similar to what happens at certain points in Sega's Die Hard Arcade for Saturn, except there are usually a series of button presses required to complete the sequence. 

     > Quick Time Battles are somewhat like the QTEs, but you have a large arsenal of martial arts moves at your disposal.  The views in this mode are said to be incredible while the speed and choreography are unmatched.  This isn't Virtua Fighter, but exciting movie quality action is promised.  Remember one thing... Shenmue is real-time go where you want when you want...

     > At the recent TGS, Yu Suzuki announced that Shenmue will be split into two parts, both at a price which is below the average DC game.  The first part, "Shenmue Chapter 1: Yokosuka" is due in October 1999 in Japan. "Shenmue Chapter 2: Mainland China" is yet to receive a concrete release date.

     > Shenmue will include an arcade, which you can visit, featuring playable versions of classic Sega arcade games like Out Run, After Burner, Space Harrier and Super Hang-On (hurray).  There's only one drawback of sorts -- the game is played in real-time, so all the time you spend on retro arcade games is taken away from the tasks at hand...
     > Shenmue (aka Project Berkley and Virtua Fighter RPG) is Yu Suzuki's dream for the Uberconsole.  Mr. Suzuki, the lead programmer of Sega's famed AM2 development team, began this project in 1994, while the hardware necessary to implement this game only became available last year. His main focus from the start was to make a game that was playable for ages 5 and up and involved enough to keep adults interested. Also, Mr. Suzuki aims to introduce a new genre: FREE (Free Reactive Eyes Entertainment).

     > One of the facets of Shenmue is the fact that there will be no movies in the game. Everything you see will be real-time polygon generated to produce enormously detailed game graphics. This also includes real-time, changing weather conditions. You will have complete freedom to move about wherever, whenever you want. Adding to the realism, everyone and everything will be on its own time line. 

     > Within a cast of 500 characters, the hero is Ryo Hazuki and the heroine, Rei Shenhua. Even though Shenmue has over 1,200 rooms to explore freely, it isn't necessary to do so in order to advance. Talking to the many characters isn't the only thing you'll do as there are plenty of animals to encounter throughout your quest.

     > The gameplay will include Quick Timer Events, which require a fast reaction to your situation. Also, it will be necessary to earn money by working and gambling. The fighting sequences will extensively use Chinese martial arts moves as well as street fighting ones. Overall, Mr. Suzuki aims to create the most realistic adventure/RPG (FREE) title to date.

     > Trust me, this game's importability is quite low, considering all the talking involved. There will be action and adventure for sure, but knowing where to be and at what time is crucial. At any rate, Shenmue is definitely coming to America so hold your horses already...  One last thing... the pictures below are the game! Not a CG intro or cut-scene!

First Impression
     > Dreamcast has ushered in a new level of hardware and creativity, while Shenmue is poised to usher in a new level of gameplay and fun...  With exclusive, original titles like this, there will be no excuse not to own the Uberconsole...
Overall: 10
~ Shinobi ~

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