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Offline Superglue

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Shenmue Introduction
« on: December 04, 2021, 02:50:27 pm »
I have never played any Shenmue games. What other games are they similar to? Can I start with Shenmue 3 or would I need to play 1 & 2 in order to understand the story?

Offline Mystic Monkey

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Re: Shenmue Introduction
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2021, 05:08:53 pm »
I've only played a bit of Shenmue but I'd compare them to Yakuza.

The overall story to Shenmue is Ryu Hazkuki wants to kill Lan Di for killing his father. That said I guess you don't need to play the first game in order to understand the other two, I dunno how much context is missing. I think Shenmue 3 starts off with a remake of Shenmue 2 ending to allow some context with the mirrors.

You can get Shenmue I & II, III and it's DLCs on Steam (here's the multipack).

Offline Berto

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Re: Shenmue Introduction
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2021, 12:30:06 am »
I think you can start II and III right away since the story isn't as heavy as Yakuza and there is no big plot twist like Phantasy II-IV.
Or when the anime is aired later, just follow the story from that and go straight to III right away.