Shenmue proved to be a big hit for the Dreamcast.

Look, before you start trolling and pointing out that Beyond Good and Evil HD was recently released on XBLA and PSN indicating that a Beyond Good and Evil 2 must be in the works, and that there was a teaser trailer released 3 years ago that showed how Ubisoft must at least be considering work on the damned thing, allow me to burst your bubble by reminding you of a little game called Duke Nukem Forever.

Now I’m not saying that Beyond Good and Evil 2 is going to be this generations DNF. I’m saying that Beyond Good and Evil 2 is this generations DNF. I mean, C’MON. If you simply equate its re-release as DLC with Duke Nukem 3D’s ports to iPhone’s and the like, the much-anticipated sequels painstakingly slow trajectory onto current-gen consoles is almost exactly the same as the Duke’s, except with smaller tits and more pig-headedness (geddit?).

1. Shenmue 3

The sad fact of the matter is Shenmue 3 would be probably be lapped up by today’s gamers. Boasting an unparalleled amount of freedom for its time, the Shenmue series allowed gamers to follow the story of well-groomed protagonist Ryo Hazuki in any way they saw fit. Whether it be simply slaving away at a shitty part-time job or following a long tale of redemption, players felt like they had Ryo’s world at their feet and as such Shenmue proved to be a big hit for the Dreamcast.

Shenmue may not seem as revolutionary in a gaming market that has now seen many a sandbox game offering gamers endless possibilities, but Ryo’s quirky take on the genre would still inevitably find a big audience if it adapted itself for a 21st century audience. Hell, even quick-time events are no longer viewed as laborious thanks to Heavy Rain’s perfect implementation of them, and with gaming moving further and further into interactive movie territory, Shenmue’s cinematic-heavy gameplay would fit in perfectly.

While various projects have been unveiled only to be canned before development, including an intriguing Shenmue Online, the only noticeable signs of life in the franchise are in the upcoming Japan-only mobile phone game Shenmue City, Ryo’s cameo appearance in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and this Mega64 video.

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