This was my unexpected surprise. I decided this little system would be a perfect pick up. I have never owned a PS One and it just made sense to have this as a tiny little travel companion. Slips in and out of my bag with ease and weighs next to nothing - unlike my Dreamcast that is there for comparison. I am going to be going to my old place in Kyoto soon to pick up the rest of my games. I was originally going to take the Saturn and those games with me but this makes a lot more sense. Not to mention I sort of neglected my PS1 purchases last year, giving most of my attention to the aforementioned Saturn. I really wanted to take the Super Fami with me but all of my games are boxed. That would take up too much room really quickly.
This game had a profound effect on me as a kid. Probably instrumental in making me want to come to Japan, but also really made me think about what games could be. Playing this game now I can definitely see it’s limitations. But even though I can see through it’s simple tricks to give the impression of a large open space, I can still remember how huge and amazing this game felt to me back in 2000. Shenmue evokes some of the strongest feelings of sentimental value to me. Just booting up the game brought a tear to my eye. I remembered starting Shenmue with my dad, going to the gashapon machines in the game, playing Space Harrier at the arcade-within the game itself, and exploring every nook and cranny that small town in Japan had to offer. It’s a huge contrast playing this game as an unimaginative 21 year old in a room by myself in Japan rather than my happy go lucky, escapist 8 year old self sitting at a desk with my family behind me but this game is still - hands down one of my favorite games of all time. I will go as far as to say this still holds up today. The controls themselves are awkward but if you can get past that, you are in for an amazing ride way back from 99.
$8 - So worth the price - had it been more I would have gladly payed more.