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Shenmue Fans Sure Are Crazy

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We all know that video game fans can be a little... passionate. Fans of the adventure series Shenmue, though? They're straight-up insane.


I say that with nothing but love, of course. Fan insanity makes the world go round. Without crazy fans we wouldn't have Mother 3, or Project Eternity, or If not for rabid fans, the Xbox One might still have an online check-in requirement. Fan craziness is a good thing.

Crazy fanbases also create nutty, amazing images like the collage above, put together by members of a Facebook group dedicated to bringing Shenmue back to life. (The last Shenmue game came out over a decade ago—a promised third Shenmue was never produced.)


The goal here? Get someone, somewhere to make Shenmue III. And given that Sega, the publisher behind Shenmue, is as unresponsive as a company can get, fans are asking Sony to strike a deal and get a third Shenmue game on the PlayStation 4. It helps that in an interview with me a couple of months ago, Sony's Adam Boyes mentioned Shenmue as one of the titles on their big list of potential Games To Rescue.

By the way, for about a week after I published that interview, I got hundreds and hundreds of Twitter spam messages from Shenmue fans, because again, Shenmue fans are insane. I still love you, Shenmue fans, but please don't spam me on Twitter. Thanks in advance!

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Sam Feinberg

No one has since made an adventure game quite like Shenmue, and no one will again, because it was insanely expensive to make and didn't sell enough to justify the cost.

With that said... Shenmue is awesome. It's the most ambitious open world adventure game ever, though I give L.A. Noire credit for trying. It's been so long that I don't really care about seeing a conclusion to the story, and let's be honest, the second one wasn't quite as great as the first.