It was sometime in 1999 when Shenmue was first released to the public using the Sega Dreamcast as its platform. Since then, it has captivated many players because of its gameplay and innovative features unique to its time coined by its producer and director, Yu Suzuki, as “FREE” (Full Reactive Eyes Entertainment) in addition to the Quick Time Events (QTE) now made famous by later game titles such as the God of War and Resident Evil series. The popularity of Shenmue was followed by a sequel titled Shenmue II (not surprisingly) two years after in 2001 but only to be ended there due to the sequel’s poor commercial success unlike its predecessor. Bringing the same title that brought an end to the popular franchise in Sega Dreamcast to later generations, Shenmue II was ported to Xbox soon after. Shenmue II brought the franchise into a cliffhanger rather than a finishing to the story leaving ideas into another sequel which up until the present was never put into fruition, oftentimes, coming only as a rumor and a myth such as the Shenmue Online which was cancelled.
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round — Shenmue Characters?!
However, it was not until the release of the PC version of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round that Shenmue was literally brought back to life [again] with the fan-made customizations made by one of the existing modders of the game. Modder Esppiral of Shenmuedojo.net re-textured existing Dead or Alive 5: Last Round characters turning them into their Shenmue counterparts, all because of the custom mod alone. Here we will see Jacky turned into Ryo Hazuki of the Shenmue lore; Akira turning into Lan Di, and “The Dojo” turning itself.. well.. into its Shenmue counterpart designs also known as “The Dojo.”
Anyone interested on these modded customization can download the files directly from this link.
You can also download each separately given the links as follows:
Credits: Esppiral of Shenmuedojo.net as well as the links provided.