Fans of the cult classic Sega Dreamcast game, Shenmue, will be absolutely clamouring to get this next release. First4Figures is going to be releasing a 12 inch (1/6 scale) figure of Ryo Hazuki, Shenmue’s hero and main character.
The figure will be available in two flavours, regular and Exclusive, which is part of the new Sega All-Stars statue line. The Exclusive version will come with a base for the figure modelled after the highly sought after Phoenix Mirror relic from the game. The regular edition will sell for $170 while the Exclusive figure will set you back $185. The figure also comes with a certificate of authenticity which will allow you to secure the same model number in the series as they’re released.
If you want a piece of gaming history, best you be quick. The figure is limited to 750 pieces worldwide and will be shipping in Q4, 2013 so pre-order today.
Long before Blu-Ray, 3D and HD, there was the little console released by Sega hoping to succeed where the Sega Saturn had failed. I bring up the iconic Dreamcast for two reasons, 1) it’s my favourite console of all time and 2) yesterday marked the anniversary and release of the Dreamcast. Having being released back on the 9/9/99, Sega had high hopes and massive expectations for the advanced 128-bit system with one of the best launches in terms of an incredible library of quality games.
Let’s not forget the Dreamcast shipped with 4 controller ports and the still, to this day, unique VMU memory card, or Visual Memory Unit which doubled as a portable games system on its own. The VMU allowed you to raise and strengthen your Chao before importing them back into launch title, Sonic Adventure. Coupled with revolutionary for then online play via a 33.6k modem and later a 56k modem, the Dreamcast was light years ahead of everything else at the time.
Launch titles included, Sonic Adventure, The House of the Dead 2, Marvel vs. Capcom, Hydro Thunder and the sublime,Power Stone.
Despite having a massive and extremely impressive range of launch title from RPG’s, fighters, action games and including FPS titles, the Dreamcast struggled to strike a chord with the gaming public. The number one reason would have to be the newly released trailer at the time for Metal Gear Solid 2 which was highly impressive with Solid Snake walking across a rain drenched bridge before slipping into camouflage mode, turning invisible and leaping off the side. This trailer combined with people’s expectations for the Playstation 2 effectively killed any hype that the Dreamcast had generated as the PS2 appeared to promise so much more with its bundled DVD player, a new technology back then.
A look back at some of the games that still put a smile on my face are Sonic Adventure, before bursting out on Xbox Live Arcade and the PSN, Sonic called the Dreamcast home in a blindingly fast adventure across gorgeous scenery intermingled with cameos by other playable characters, each having their own story to tell. Awesome game.
Jet Set Radio – Whisking around town on rollerblades tagging and creating aerosol works in Neo-Tokyo was amazing and still looks amazing to this day. Talks of the this title being ported to the PSN in HD put a smile on my face and check out the soundtrack as well. Great techno beats that always bring back memories of jumping on top of buses and doing crazy grinds on anything humanly possible while spray painting at the same time…what’s not to love?
Grandia II – available on PS2 but so much better on Dreamcast if anything for the nostalgia this game generates but good luck tracking down a copy these days. Massive RPG where Ryudo is tasked with protecting a young girl which inevitably ends up becoming part of a much bigger story in scope and scale.
So many more games to tell, I could go on and on but I’ll finish it up with a game that will always hold a special place for me, Shenmue. This game is one of the reasons I became obsessed with Japan and how could you go past the control system employed in the game, “F.R.E.E.” (Full Reactive Eyes Entertainment). This game is like living life in Japan as you’re encouraged to talk to everyone and look everywhere for clues as you track down the man responsible for the death of your father. Gripping story with unforgettable characters and fascinating locales. The original is only available on the Dreamcast and comes highly recommended, this game is a pure and total gem.
So to the Sega Dreamcast, we here at Japandaman say Happy Anniversary and thank for the memories!
I will go on record and say that my all time favourite console of all time is undoubtedly the Sega Dreamcast for far too many reasons to mention here. But one game that kept me coming back for more was Shenmue, one of the first games to introduce me to what I imagined Japan would look like and now having been there, it’s pretty much spot on.
So I can only say that I am ‘mildy excited’ at the news that Yu Suzuki’s classic game receiving the HD remake which seems to be all the rage at the moment. This is one game that truly deserves it and would come to life on any big screen in full 1080p resolution.
Edge Online is reporting, through an anonymous person, that a high def remake of Shenmue has indeed been completed and has been for over a year now. And not just Shenmue but Shenmue 2 as well just to make it that bit more exciting.
This all started when the brand manager for Sega, Ben Harborne, began dropping hints that following successful HD remakes of Space Channel 5 Part 2 and the as yet unreleased Jet Set Radio, Shenmue was the next logical choice.
But for now Sega are keeping it for a rainy day and are still waiting to see if the series does have a future. It is no secret that Yu has wanted to make a third Shenmue game for a long time so releasing the first two HD remakes could be a way to raise interest for a third game.