I would just like to be clear and honest this is great news and awesome way for new comer’s to experience Shenmue continuity wise before release of Shenmue III which will happen in the future on unknown and non-preset date in 2019.
Most are aware that SEGA will be releasing Shenmue I & II on the 21st August, coming to consoles and Steam. There are technical specifications the game will and will not have as part of the ports, but this article will be covering the absence of the “Shenmue Passport” and the “Online Functions”.
Some might argue be on the fence that we should not be critical about Shenmue I & II, to a degree I can see argument behind this, that we should just be happy that Sega will be porting the game, which is fine.
However: The Dreamcast fan-boy within me and what early 2000 means to me as a gamer is what sold me at the time and future Sega was offering with ‘Online Functions’ via many online games and ‘Dream Key CD’, I cannot help feel disappointed that we will not be seeing these functions as the main bulk of the port’s and missing some of the content the ‘Shenmue Passport CD’ was offering.
I wont argue some of this content might not be that relatable or needed but from heritage and historical point of view, new fans will miss out on one of Shenmue key features and functions. New gamers will not be able explore this part gaming history via the new digital ports might have to chase them down via-other means either getting old busted warn out Dreamcast or experience them via emulators. I have been told recently that maybe due to the handling of porting Shenmue which is unknown as this stage if the game will largely be from ‘source code’ or ‘pre-built emulator by Sega’ – I honestly don’t know if they could not fit this in due to claims about weird-coding so rather just leave this open ended until more information is released.
Coming from me personally: it might sound being a’bit bitchy about it, I like to think I am not and talking from pure passion and love and thrill of taking on challenge pushing yourself is also big part being Sega Gamer. I would really like to see maybe in the future if this could be patched in to the new ports or in some form of leader-boards and online functions, not just for me but for all those gamers who love a challenge who can really get the most out of Sega games and those who put the most investment in to them.
Sorry for that long rant: I needed to get this off my chest just get this across there is wide-spectrum of gamers who don’t get the attention they deserve for being ‘super try hard’s’ doing stuff bordering the impossible the insane and sometimes crazy and just for being awesome, sometimes they can only express how awesome they are via-leader boards, ranks and time attacks or just sharing there achievements within a closed group of friends. So for me it is rather a big deal that something like that should be part of Shenmue experience.