Shenmue Continues…

Currently I am playing Shenmue as Ryo Hazuki. He is a teenage schoolboy. He doesn’t care much about his studies. He is more concern about being a detective, investigating his father’s death. I sympathize with him. Losing a parent is very difficult. Ryo wants to avenge his father’s death. I would do the same, if I were in his shoes.

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The tone of the game is far from serious despite the seriousness of the situation. The game took on a macho approach. Ryo is called to action right off the bat. This sort of plot is cliche. If you are familiar with Hong Kong action films, most of the time, it has to do with vengeance. Despite how I feel about the plot so far, I am actually enjoying the game on a personal level. 1) It brings back to my earliest childhood memory: My mother used to put me in front of the T.V to distract me so she could do some housework. I think I was about three years old. I became addicted to Hong Kong action films ever since (thanks Mom). 2) I am a fan of quick time event and racing games. I like chasing after bad guys and punishing them. 3) I like Ryo’s assertiveness. He was so adamant about finding work at the harbor, he harassed just about everyone at the harbor until he got a job, moving crates. Before the actual work starts, we do a little race with the forklifts. I thought that part was actually fun.

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But of course work is not all fun. There is some fighting involved. Work bullies are the worst. In Ryo’s case it was a necessary. His main purpose at the harbor was to sniff out the Mad Angels, which is a group of foreigners thugs. Wow, I just realized Ryo is the ultimate Japanese police, seriously. It’s not a bad thing. He puts things in order and he is quite fair. I can understand that from a nationalist perspective. Lastly, the story is engaging and simple enough for me to follow. I don’t care for complex things lately. I am trying to be kind to my brain.

Overall, I really enjoy the casualness of the game even though I know the targeted audience is for children. Hey children know how to have fun. I will always be a child at heart. A child’s heart is less critical and open to new things. I just want to enjoy games. Life is already so serious. Can we all just find a time to laugh about it?

My final thought for tonight goes to the silly motorcycle scene. It’s silly because it is so long. For a second, I thought I was watching a movie. I don’t mind it. Well, I guess Nozumi should have her farewell ride with her crush. After all, she is leaving for Canada. Oh my Ryo, such a gentleman for rejecting a girl kindly.

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