Even 18 years later, Shenmue's staggering devotion to authenticity through minute detail is unlike anything seen in video games since. Every drawer in protagonist Ryo's home could be rummaged through, local townspeople could be seen as acting out their entire workday schedule, and an optional weather system replicated the hour by hour conditions from 1986. For those that played it on the Sega Dreamcast, it was a virtual vacation to the sleepy city of Yokosuka, Japan.
To celebrate the upcoming release of Shenmue I & II, comedian Imran Yusuf and YouTuber Adam Koralik took to the real life Dobuita Street to spot the game's many inspirations. Surprisingly, there are some remnants still lingering around decades later, such as the army surplus store. Though the 1999 graphics might not live up the vibrancy and fluidity of reality, the Sega produced mini-doc tries it's best to match the camera angles of Ryo's adventure.
Shenmue I & II marks the culmination of a lengthy fan campaign originally formed in support of a potential sequel. Following the announcement and crowdfunding of Shenmue III, the focus was shifted to a rerelease of the original games. Earlier this week, Sega detailed the customable visual options including standard definition 4:3 letterbox.
Shenmue I & II comes to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on August 21st.