Excerpt: ''He shall appear from a far eastern land across the sea. ''A young man who has yet to know his potential. ''This potential is a power that could either destroy him or realize his will. ''His courage shall determine his fate. ''The path he must traverse, fraught with adversity.
Excerpt: I remember February 23, 1987 surprisingly well. It was my father's birthday, and he was taking me to preschool when his van died in the middle of rush hour traffic, forcing my mother to get me after he pushed the thing along for a while to the tune of some words I didn't recognize yet.
Excerpt: Yu Suzuki got it into his head while researching the Virtua Fighter series to try something radically new in the video game world. Originally intended for the Saturn, Shenmue spent long enough in development that it wound up on Dreamcast after expending $47 million of Sega's funds for the task.
Conclusion: The game has improved greatly on the shortcomings of the first Shenmue with players being able to save at any point. Players are also able to skip ahead to important events in the storyline rather than finding ways for Ryo to kill time until he has to meet someone.
Excerpt: I must emphasize the epic scope of this series. The original Shenmue contained only the introductory episode of this saga, in which our hero, Ryo Hazuki, traversed his hometown in search of the mysterious man who murdered his father.
Excerpt: During the month of April 2000, I wrote a review for Resident Evil—Code: Veronica that challenged game developers. I proclaimed that today's near photo-realistic graphics made some gaming conventions of the past seem outright ludicrous.