Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Real Phantom River Stone

Phantom River Stone. The mythical material that the mirrors are made from and also the very name of the site run by Switch, wich was the inspiration to make my own blog.

What exactly is this stone material? Where do its real life origins come from?

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Black Car

Even though it's only briefly on screen, the black car is one of the very first things you see in the game and it plays an important role in the early phase of Ryo's investigation.

But what make and model could it be? What would a ruthless criminal from a very powerful orginization from China be driven around in while in Japan?

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Poll Result: The Next Time-Lapse Video

The time-lapse video for the final area in Shenmue has just been released and it's time to move on.
The poll is now closed and the results are...

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Dou Jiang... What?

It's safe to say that everyone who has played through Shenmue II will know this restaurant in the Lucky Charm Qr. It takes an integral part of the story and is a place you have to visit every time.

But what is it actually called? Even the game itself seems to be rather unsure about its name...

Thursday, 14 September 2017

The Handguard And The Sword

When you go to the Dojo and Ryo has the sword in his hand and the handguard in his inventory, you can make him try to fit the latter over the blade. However, he quickly realizes that it doesn't fit.

Is it not from the sword after all? Is the one that Iwao uses in a flashback a different one?

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Lost Man Mo Store

I'm sure you all noticed this worn out and unreadable sign when stepping out of the Yan Tin Apartments at the start of the quest to find a store that has Man Mo in it's name.

But did you know that there is a readable version of the sign, pointing to a lost Man Mo store?

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Cassette Tape Subtitles

Did you ever ask yourself how the subtitles work when Ryo listens to the cassette tape?

Chances are you never thought about it because "what could be so special about them?"