- Jul 3, 2021
While I do agree with everything you said here the reality is that a lot of people just simply won’t get through Shenmue 1 but would if they tried 2. I’d much rather someone get into the series by playing 2 than give up after a small amount of 1, especially since a few of my friends went back to 1 after trying 2.I think Shenmue 1 is a big part of the experience, I know its hard to get into it compared to S2, but in S1 is where youre connected to Ryo in Dobuita, Ine-San, Fuku-San and his girl Nozomi, Tom & other friends he left behind to pursue revenge.
Shenmue 1 is Ryo's home, where he grown up and where he was surrounded by friendly people from his neighbourhood and people who loved him.
Shenmue 2 has a much more unfriendly environment and shit starts to happen to him right away when Wong steals his bag.
Its because Shenmue 1 and the previous life Ryo had in his childhood you feel sorry for Wong doing such things as commiting crimes and living in a boat, and that comparison makes the whole meaning of the song 'The Morning Fog's Wave' that plays in the boat scene.
Its because Shenmue 1 you realize Master Tao was right when she said to Ryo go back home, since he left a future with Nozomi behind.
If they dont play Shenmue 1, they wont be attached to Ryo's past and wont understand a lot of things in 2.
The people in Shenmue 1 are a lot more important than the people in Shenmue 2.
Knowing Ryo well and living his life is what makes a bridge to understand better the main character and the other people he will meet further.