YMMV: Shenmue

  • Awesome Music: The entire soundtrack of the game, composed of beautiful, gorgeous and precious pieces of orchestra scores with traditional Asian instruments.
  • Chris Carter Effect: Potential fans may have been turned off when hearing the first Shenmue game consisted of the first of what was expected to be SIXTEEN chapters. It turned out that Suzuki didn't intend to do sixteen separate games; Shenmue II covers Chapter 3 through 5 (the boat ride, Hong Kong, Kowloon and Guilin, the chapters in the series divided based on location), and Chapter 2 took place entirely off-screen.
    • Also it's possible that Yu Suzuki tried to hide the fact the game was running on very unrealistic expectations and he possibly said that just for saving face.
  • Cult Classic: Even to this day there is a large community engaging in requests like asking for the 3rd sequel of the series, asking for the closure of the story arc, asking for the transfer of the series license from Sega to Yu Suzuki, and asking to put Ryo Hazuki back as a playable character in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed like in the predecessor.
  • Disappointing Last Level: Arguably, the last section of Shenmue II in Guilin.
  • Drinking Game: Take a shot every time Ryo says "I see"... On second thought, don't; you're too assured to get alcohol poisoning if you do.
  • Memetic Mutation: Sailors.
    • So much that it became an Ascended Meme in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (Mission 22, a timed gate mission as Ryo in the Super Monkey Ball Treetops track, outright tells you that you'll find no sailors, but rather lots of monkeys.note )
    • "Anata no KONBENI TOMATO MA-TO!" (literally, "Your convenient Tomato Mart"). This often mondegreened line is what the singers are actually saying in the song that plays whenever you visit the Tomato Convenience Store.
  • Narm Charm: The dubbing. Oh my God. One famous is example is hilarious delivery of "FATHER!" in the first game's beginning.
  • Scrappy Level: The final section of the game; After an epic sequence of fighting your way to the top of the Yellow Hand's tower, defeating The Dragon and seeing Lan Di fly off on the rope-ladder of a helicopter. We send the next hour (maybe two) wondering through copy-paste woods.
  • Shallow Parody: Compare the number of smartass jokes "about that day" and "looking for sailors," to the percentage of the game that revolves around either of those things.
  • Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer: "I am Ryo Hazuki. I will avenge my father's death... Right after I play with this kitten! And drink this soda! And play with these toys!"
  • So Bad, It's Good: The English dub. Fans of Metal Wolf Chaos or Baten Kaitos will recognize it as pooling from the same small set of native English speaking V As in Japan.
  • True Art: The first Shenmue won the Excellence Prize for Interactive Art at the 2000 Japan Media Arts Festival. Very few people know this, so not many people realize how important this game is. To put it on perspective, that same year Vagabond won the prize for the best manga in that festival!