Shenmue wasn’t just a masterpiece because of its plot, exceptional visuals at the time or even minute details that went into every aspect of its world. The music in Shenmue played a big role in making the emotional atmosphere of the game.
In this 5-minute video, Yu Suzuki goes in detail about his music preferences. Some of his favorite bands are Deep Purple and Van Halen. He also talks about how he played in a rock band when he was in middle school and participated in a music club during university.
He believes that music is one of the three pillars of a video game along with graphics and interactivity. You can see the attention to detail put in the sound track for Shenmue. For example, for the quests he used longer tunes which could be listened to multiple times, so that they don’t become too repetitive.
After a successful Kickstarter, Shenmue III is finally in development. The game is planned to come out for the PlayStation 4 and PC, with currently a December 2017 placeholder release date.