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Shenmue I & II

2 months ago

Feature: The sun rises

The best Japanese games to play on PC

After spending much of this decade catching up with the rest of the world, the Japanese games industry is truly back, and PC gamers have been reaping the rewards of this renaissance. It’s taken time for Japanese developers and publishers to get on board, especially with consoles and smartphones remaining the dominant gaming platforms in their native country. But as classic console franchises finally make…

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3 months ago

Dreamcast cult classics Shenmue 1 & 2 finally arrive on PC

I was always a Sega kid, but in my impetuous, arcade-focused youth I bounced off the Dreamcast's Shenmue games. Part everyday life sim, part fighting game, all martial arts soap opera. With today's launch - and first-time PC debut - of the first two games, remastered for modern systems, perhaps I'm now better equipped to appreciate their offbeat and sedate charms. If nothing else, it would…

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5 months ago

Shenmue I & II brawling onto PC in August

In all my excitement over Yakuza finally coming to PC, I'd forgotten that its precursor series, Shenmue, was still to come. Sega today announced that Shenmue I & II, a touched-up collection of their vintage brawl-o-RPG-a-lifesim Dreamcast games, will launch on PC on August 21st. Finally, I might understand why everyone is tittering while looking for sailors. For now, I shall content myself with this…

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7 months ago

Shenmue 1 and 2 brawl their way to PC

In a move that feels long overdue, Shenmue and its sequel Shenmue 2 are getting their first official releases on PC. The action-adventure game series from Yu Suzuki was supposed to launch a franchise in 1999 and 2001, respectively, and has amassed a cult following in the intervening decades. The third game in the series took to Kickstarter in 2015 and became the one of…

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