SEGA seems to be going all in at this year’s Tokyo Game Show 2018, what with the announcement of the new IP Project JUDGE (Judge Eyes in Japan), its starting to seem like SEGA finally has a impressive line-up for Japanese fans. But not only that, SEGA is publishing a bunch of Western titles for Japanese audience and some of the games that will have the SEGA logo over there are titles you least expect. It seems that we won’t be getting Sakura Wars information this year, which is a bummer. Check out SEGA’s full Tokyo Game Show 2018 line-up after the jump:
Shenmue I & II
Just the other day we talked about Shenmue I & II getting HD texture packs by modder Dragean, the first released only supported the first Shenmue game. Now they have updated the texture mod to work in Shenmue II. Like last time, this is an ongoing project so there will be updates as time goes on.
Just like the first texture pack we outlined, Shenmue II‘s texture pack is focused more on the environments by remaking the textures from scratch. As of right now the Shenmue II texture pack has new textures for South Carmain Qt, 1 street in Green Market Qt, room textures in the Come Over Guest House and Aberdeen Pier.
As always you can download the mods here.
Wait, didn’t Shenmue I & II Remasters just come out? That isn’t stopping hard working fans from improving upon the release, at least on PC. If you didn’t know, the Shenmue I & II Remasters came out with the original textures from the Dreamcast, which I feel are fine but if you wanted updated textures then modder ‘Dragean’ has you covered! He is working on a HD Texture Pack for Shenmue I & II and the first version has been released!
The HD Texture Pack is set to recreate HD textures for environments and not just upscale the existing textures. The mod isn’t even close to being complete, I mean the Resident Evil 4 HD pack mod has been going on for years, so it could take quite awhile before this mod is completed.So far he has tweaked existing Yamanose textures, added street textures in Dobuita, added Yamanose tree leaves/shrubs/bush sprites, reworked road signs/grass textures, and added some patchy dirt/brick wall textures. The HD Texture Pack requires Kaldien’s Special K mod (download), Ryo’s clothes HD textures from here, and HD texture pack for walls/doors (by hope3090) can be found here. Check out some of the screenshots to see the differences, see live comparisons over here!
To celebrate yesterday’s release of Shenmue I & II, SEGA of America has released a free dynamic theme for North America for use on the PlayStation 4. The theme, seen above, features music, the Dragon and Phoenix Mirrors, falling sakura blossoms, renders and concept art and menu icons presented with a brown paper scroll texture. Download the theme for yourself here!
[Source: Push Square]
SEGA has released the third part of their What is Shenmue? series of videos, this time focusing on the mini-games and combat found in both Shenmue I & II. Seasoned Shenmue fans know just how packed these games are with mini-games, from classic SEGA arcade games like Space Harrier, forklift races, duck races, lucky hit, arm wrestling, darts, pool and much more. Combat, meanwhile, is just as fun with Quick Timer Events and a full fighting engine. Shenmue I & II releases next week on August 21st. Pre-ordering the physical edition gets you a two sided poster and a reversible cover.
SEGA has released the second part in their “What is Shenmue?” video series, this time focusing on the characters of both games and their place in the story. Ryo, Shenhua, Lan Di and many others are highlighted. We suspect Goro Mihashi was not mentioned because SEGA wants to keep him a surprise. Narrated by Ryo’s english voice actor Corey Marshall, the video series is a nice introduction to the series for new players, and a reminder for those who played the Dreamcast originals years ago. You can see the second part above, and the first part can be seen here. Shenmue I & II releases August 21st on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
File this one under: “The Japanese get the coolest stuff!” SEGA of Japan has released a new trailer for the upcoming Shenmue I & II release for PlayStation 4, and in addition to the footage we got the reveal of a special collector’s edition of the game. Like the Japanese Sonic Mania Plus release, this edition will include the game in a handsome box with a special two CD soundtrack. The soundtrack will feature music from both games. Also included will be a two sided poster and, if it is anything like the other regions, a reversible cover. The special edition will retail for ¥5,990, just a little over $50, however sites like Amiami or Amazon Japan should mark it down a little.
While the game releases this month to the Americas and Europe, Japan will have to wait until November 22, 2018. You can pre-order the game now at Amiami for ¥5,300 and at Amazon Japan for ¥6,469, which includes bonus digital smart device wallpaper downloads.