1. Walkthrough overview
Hello and welcome to the walkthrough for Shenmue. 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. 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.
Shenmue arrives on the Xbox One with a relatively easy achievement list that veterans can easily blast through and newcomers will soon adapt to. There are a high amount of missable achievements, but most of these can be quickly obtained in the first few hours of the game. The walkthrough will cover all these in detail and those later on, all of which can be easily obtained even if accidentally missed if the game's manual save system is used smartly. Beyond this, story-related and thus unmissable achievements are frequently rewarded for progression.
Now let's move onto the general hints and tips to begin to break down the world of Shenmue...
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