Shenmue and Yakuza are actually not that related
For practically so long as I’ve been taking part in Yakuza video games, I’ve at all times learn feedback from followers saying, “These video games are like Shenmue”. At first look, that undoubtedly sounds correct. I even keep in mind making such a declare after taking part in the demo for Yakuza 3, which jogged my memory numerous what I had heard about Sega’s Dreamcast basic. It has taken me till now to see how improper that assertion is.
For these unaware, I’ve by no means personally owned a Dreamcast. My pal had one and I’ve performed video games on it, however the client mistrust that Sega bred after the discharge of the Saturn bought to me even in my youth. I completely loathed Sega’s 32-bit system and I didn’t need the rest to do with their consoles for the foreseeable future. Possibly it was simply my nine-year-old self being hyperbolic, however I wrote off the Dreamcast lengthy earlier than it was even introduced as coming west.
Whereas that will or will not be a tragedy, it was how I felt on the time. That call ended up inflicting me to overlook out on some loopy and memorable video games from Sega’s last console, most notably Shenmue. I’ve by no means had a body of reference for correctly evaluating Yu Suzuki’s magnum opus to Yakuza, however after reviewing the 2 video games this previous week, I can lastly make a declarative assertion.
Shenmue and Yakuza are actually not that related.