“I’m looking for some sailors.”
We begin tonight with an admission. I openly mock the fact that there’ll never be a Shenmue III to fellow peers on Twitter, but I’ve never actually played either Shenmue or Shenmue II, despite it being one of the most beloved games of all time.
It’s a game that has given quite a bit to the games industry at large, most particularly the introduction of QTEs in games. Yu Suzuki has been the creator of many games throughout his career, including Outrun and Virtua Fighter, but it’s fair to say that Shenmue can be argued as his masterpiece.
Digital Spy games editor Matthew Reynolds cites it as his favourite game. For nearly an hour-and-a-half, let him tell you why the first installment in what should’ve been a trilogy is something he holds dear. And there’s Sonic The Hedgehog toothpaste mentioned too.
You can find it below.
Games mentioned: Shenmue, Lemmings, Rainbow Islands, Bubble Bobble, Superfrog, Fire & Ice, Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Virtua Fighter, Metal Gear Solid, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Space Harrier, Hang On, Shenmue II, Crazy Taxi, Super Monkey Ball, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Halo 2, Shenmue III, Watch Dogs, Sleeping Dogs, LA Noire, Grand Theft Auto III, Final Fantasy VII, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Super Metroid.
Molly Carroll on The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask