“Originally released for the Dreamcast in 2000 and 2001, Shenmue I & II is an open world action adventure combining jujitsu combat, investigative sleuthing, RPG elements, and memorable mini-games. It pioneered many aspects of modern gaming, including open world city exploration, and was the game that coined the Quick Time Event (QTE). It was one of the first games with a persistent open world, where day cycles to night, weather changes, shops open and close and NPCs go about their business all on their own schedules. Its engrossing epic story and living world created a generation of passionate fans, and the game consistently makes the list of “greatest games of all time”.”
A Tale of Revenge
In 1986, teenage jujitsu artist Ryo Hazuki returns to the dojo of his father, Iwao Hazuki, only to witness his murder by a Chinese man, Lan Di. Lan Di steals a mysterious artefact known as the Dragon Mirror. Ryo vows to avenge his father’s death and sets out tracing Lan Di’s path.
The first game in the series, Shenmue begins the tale as Ryo travels around Yokosuka, Japan, gathering clues about his father’s murder and dealing with nefarious gangsters along the way.
The sequel Shenmue II continues Ryo’s quest, this time crossing the sea to Hong Kong, China. Ryo ventures deeper into the criminal underworld, meeting martial arts masters who aid him on his journey and offer insight into his father’s death, and unravels the mysteries of the Dragon Mirror that his father kept hidden.
Ryo Hazuki: The protagonist, an 18-year-old protégé of Hazuki-style Jujitsu. He is reckless and quick to start a quarrel, but possesses a strong will. After witnessing his father, Iwao Hazuki’s murder, he vows to avenge his father’s death and sets out on a journey to trace the path of the mysterious man, Lan Di.
Lan Di: The main villain of the story, Lan Di is a senior leader of a criminal organisation, the Chi You Men, and a master of an ancient martial art. His murder of Ryo’s father and theft of the mysterious Dragon Mirror lead Ryo on his quest for revenge.
Shenhua: A mysterious young Chinese girl who often appears in Ryo’s dreams. Her encounter with Ryo will change not only his fate, but her own, and will bring them closer to the deeper secret of the Dragon Mirror.
The best Shenmue experience
- Pioneering Dreamcast classic available for the first time on PS4, Xbox One and Steam
- Updated user interface
- Modern or classic controls
- Japanese audio available for the first time for a global audience
- Fully scalable screen resolution on Ps4
Please note, an internet connection and Playstation Plus may be required to play this game. In addition, you may need to update your hardware via the internet before you can play the game.