1. Walkthrough overview
Hello and welcome to the walkthrough for Shenmue I & II (Win 10).
Shenmue was originally released for the SEGA Dreamcast in Japan in late 1999, with a release in the West following in 2000. The game has since become known for its great ambition in telling an immersive story in a fully-fledged 3D world, while being the most expensive game ever released at the time (with some development costs put toward Shenmue II). Pushed as a major selling point for the struggling Dreamcast, it was no surprise that due to the console's low user base the game and its sequel were major commercial failures. However, since SEGA pulled out of the console market after the Dreamcast, the game has built up a cult following among gamers for its unique storytelling, fighting, and life simulation-esque structure. Many design elements included in the game were viewed as groundbreaking at the time and influenced other developers further down the line.
Shenmue II was released on the Dreamcast in 2001, with an enhanced port on the Xbox following in 2002. Shenmue II directly picks up the story from the first game and proved far greater in scope, with Ryo exploring multiple environments over the course of the game. With this comes a story that runs at a better pace alongside better fleshed out supporting characters, while players were liberated from some of the more mundane elements of the first game. While proving a commercial failure, Shenmue II was widely deemed to be a superior sequel that expanded upon the template set out by the first game.
With the release of the long-awaited Shenmue III imminent (though only on PS4 and PC for now), SEGA and d3t decided to touch up the original two games for the current generation of consoles in 2018. With the addition of both games into the Xbox Game Pass in June 2019, there was a surprise release of the game on Windows 10 with Xbox Live Support and a new achievement list, combining both games for the newly launched Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Shenmue I & II (Win 10) has a relatively easy achievement list over both games that veterans can easily blast through and newcomers will soon adapt to. There are a high amount of missable achievements, but none of these are truly difficult to miss by following the walkthrough and making smart use of the generous manual save system. Beyond this, story-related and thus unmissable achievements are frequently rewarded for progression. Due to the narrative structure and similar controls/mechanics of both of these games, the walkthrough will continue straight on to Shenmue II after the first game is complete.
The Shenmue walkthrough was written by Yinga Garten (the transformer for this combined walkthrough), while the walkthrough for Shenmue II was written by Rafael D Arroyo. Please give thanks to the respective walkthroughs for the Xbox One versions of each game as well as this one if you found them helpful.
Now let's move onto the general hints and tips to begin to break down the world of Shenmue...
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