I picked up the Remaster when it came out with great anticipation, I had alway wanted to play this game, but did not have a Dreamcast at the time,
the Visuals always looked so impressive and from gameplay videos I had seen on a Video Game VHS (I Think) I looked on in envy.
Alas the Remaster comes out and fire it up, and I wish I hadn't, That's not a slant on the game itself, I can appreciate why it was held in such high regard, but by
modern standards even the remaster was showing it age in many respects.
Granted as an avid Yakuza player since its launch this really did seem like something I should enjoy but the controls to much of the game felt archaic, and the combat I
couldn't get on with them but then I never really got on with Virtua fighter games so that might explain that, still I persevered.
The Audio, Seriously Sega, would it have hurt to clean it up just a little?
Fortunately the Visuals reminded me of what I remembered watching over so much, and once cleaned up for the main still look pretty good for a game of its age.
The Story was fairly good though pacing was let down badly by the god awful day clock, I get they wanted to add a sense of immersion, but there really arent enough side activities to help
fill out the time, I found myself waiting at relevant spot, watching videos on youtube or reading, c'mon If I'm playing a game like this I dont want to have to find real world distractions!
eventually the game changes up we get to the harbour despite some slightly janky controls I enjoyed the forklifting, but again killing time around the harbour and horrible stealth section
before , grahhhhhhhhhh.
The waiting just broke any interest I had in the game, I did slog through it to the end, but I now have no interest in PLaying Shenmue 2, I will no doubt watch a story playthrough on youtube sometime, but just cant bring myself to play it.
Though to be fair to the game, Its the same for a lot of early 3D titles and we have been spoiled in recent years and so frequently these titles dont hold up well.
It's a shame I really wanted to play it, but I would say to anyone in same position as me, dont bother, much the same as I suggested to a friend who last year kept asking me about
Final Fantasy 7 to me one of my most loved titles to be it holds a warm nostalgic feeling, But going into it now, its a Horrible mess at times, from poor translations and annoying controls.
All i can hope is Square Enixs remake is more playable than Segas Remaster, but having recently revisited FFXV Im not holding out much hope for that either.