Shenmue in HD – Thank you!

Usually, HD Collections resemble rip-offs rather than presents. But Shenmue 1 and Shenmue 2 will be different.

First, let’s have a look at the usual suspects:
The Metal Gear Solid collection lacks part 1 which basically kicked off the success. Same goes for the Silent Hill HD pack – the best game is missing.

Especially Sony seems to like making gamers pay for the same games twice:
Remember when they got rid off PS2 backwards compatibility because it was deemed too expensive and the fans might not even want it? 5 years later, Sony enhances the very same games with the letters H and D, and gamers have to buy games a second time. Sounds pretty much like a dick move, doesn’t it?

Plus, as soon as gamers might get something really worth the money, companies such as Konami backs out by stating a HD version of MGS would be too expensive and difficult … so if it is cheap for publishers we are supposed to shell out OUR money for simple ports, yet if it was Konami’s term to make the fans really happy by putting some effort into a complete HD remake of an iconic gaming franchise it’s not worth it? Welcome to 2012, folks.

But there’s hope since Shenmue is different: Who still has a Dreamcast these days? Here, a HD remake makes sense.

This particular HD collection really seems to be a present worth the money. Games should be fan service, not fan exploitation. Of course, even this DH collection comes with a price. Allegedly, Sega has been sitting on its HD remakes of Shenmue 1 and Shenmue 2 for a year now, waiting for something great to happen. What has been going on there?

For those of you who have never heard of Shenmue, watch this trailer:

In short, Shenmue is the virtual father of both Fahrenheit and Heavy Rain – except Shenmue is bigger in scale and actually focused on gameplay. It was also one of the first true sandbox titles, giving players lots of time to do whatever they wanted in a big environment. Unfortunately, Shenmue also “invented” the most annoying festering gaming disease as it is known today: QTE!

We might find out soon if Shenmue can still stand the test of time …

Rabidgames wants: Back in the day, Shenmue was a pretty unique experience. It doesn’t matter what you think about HD collections in general, it doesn’t matter why Sega felt the need to hold back the games – bottom line is we will all be glad to be able to play them once more!


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