Top 10 Series that Deserve a Sequel

2. Shenmue

The Shenmue games have had a poor fate. The first released on the Sega Dreamcast in 2000 (1999 in Japan), the original title released to overall high critic favor. It wasn't a typical game for the time, offering a slower pace as you worked through the plot acting… well, a bit more normal than the typical protagonist having to hold a part-time job while trying to find the location of his father's murderer. However, the stunning graphics for the time deemed the overall sales of the game rather disappointing, not helping to cover the extravagant costs needed to render the then cutting edge graphics.

While the second title in the series sold a bit better overall (except in America, where Shenmue II being exclusive to the Xbox caused a few issues in terms of promotion and available), but it still was not enough to push the series forward any further. Shenmue II ended on a cliffhanger ending, and with director Yu Suzuki stating that the entire story is already 'finished' and merely waiting on a way to be relayed to its intended audience, it's understandable that fans are clamoring Sega (who actually owns the IP) to finish the series.

Detractors of the series might cite the series' unusual gameplay, which was essentially an adventure game while protagonist lived out a day-to-day life, a bit offputting to the masses, but with many more niche games with unusual mechanics being published and released by bigger companies (including Sega themselves), now seems like the best time to take the risk and release Shenmue III to an eager audience. With Suzuki claiming to look for any way possible to finish the story for fans (no matter the media form), why would they let the continuation of a cult classic get away?

Posted: 28th Sep 2014 by gaiages
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