I must also make an apologetic addendum to a video I made a while ago slagging off DEMUL and singing the praises of NullDC.
Before we get into that let us take a moment to appreciate the nostalgia inducing awesomeness of some pre-alpha Shenmue 3 footage.
Since Yu Suzuki's sucessful Kickstarter campaign I have begun replaying Shenmue from the start using the latest build of DEMUL and the recently fixed, now 99.9% perfect (I have only spotted 2 untranslated subtitles so far) undub created by Kogami (no more disc 2 crashes, hurah). I must say DEMUL has improved A LOT.
A few people got kind of pissy in the comments on my YouTube video comparing DEMUL to NullDC saying I was doing it wrong (but not actually explaining how to do it right) and I must say this latest build of DEMUL fixes all the problems I had when I made the video. It runs silky smooth at 60 fps with only some very minor sound hitching and overall gives a much better experience than NullDC (no see through hair glitch and much better shadows).
Sure you don't get the extra geometry option for filling a 16:9 aspect ration but the pop in this caused what kind of distracting anyway so I am more than happy playing this game at 4:3 as Yu intended. I will hopefully do a new video soon.
This playthrough (my third now) I feel I have actually started playing Shenmue properly for the first time. I am levelling specific moves with training sessions, trying super hard to complete collections, practicing my Hang-On and other games to win prizes in the arcade and generally appreciating the slow pace of the narrative by taking advantage of all the spare time you have in disc 1 & 2.
One major major tip have picked for completing collections, getting those 50k of coins in the slot house or getting those punishing wins in the arcade involve is a simple one: abuse the save feature.
Need that final gacha toy? Save up around 2k yen, save your game first thing in the morning, go straight to the gacha machine you need the prize from and just drop money until you get it. If you fail, reset, reload and do it again until you do. The save state feature in DEMUL is buggy as hell so I would use the actual in game save function and just reset the emulator if you are not playing on an actual Dreamcast.
The same applies for the slot house. Save the game first thing in the morning, head to the fortune teller in Dobuita and pay 300 yen for the "Gamble" reading, she will give you a lucky number. Head the the slot house and spin all five lines of the fruit machine with that number on the front until you get the jackpot (777). If you don't manage it in a day (yep, you need a lot of patience) then simply reset, reload and try again. Sometimes the fortune teller will not give you a number in which case just pick a random machine and reload if it doesn't hit 777 by the day's end. This is by far the most boring achievement in the game and I still haven't got my 50k prize but I will, oh yes I will.
Same technique can be used to win those arcade games, save, try, fail, reload and repeat until you win all the things!
For a more complete walktrhough I would recommend this scanned PDF of the Versus guide. It is nice to look at and includes some cool little explanations of Japanese culture alongside a very in-depth walkthrough of all the various narrative forks available in the game
Oh, and don't forget to feed that kitty.
- Shenmue 3 Kickstarter
- DEMUL 0.7
- Shenmue 1 Kogami Undub
- Versus Shenmue Walkthrough (PDF scan)
- My nulLDC vs. DEMUL video (outdated)