|Episodes 01 and 02 are out now.|
In Episode 01, a shorter episode of 25 mins, the guys introduce themselves and talk about the time they first played Shenmue and what it was that drew them to the game. Behind the commentary, selected tunes such as the Bob's Pizza theme play in the background for added atmosphere. I found myself keeping an ear out hopefully for the Tomato Mart song - I wasn't disappointed as it turned up later in the podcast.
Episode 02 is an hour in length, and in it the guys compare notes and observations about the content of the first disk of Shenmue, after having each carried out a fresh play-through (future episodes are to cover a further disk each time, subsequently moving on to Shenmue II).
For example, Matt points out the fact that when it rains in the game, you can see the raindrops actually forming splashes on the ground if you move the camera close enough, another small detail that was advanced for its time. While he also mentions that the back of the ears on the character models seems a bit "wedge-like" and could perhaps have been implemented more naturally.
I enjoyed listening to their comments on many of the little things that occur or can be found during the game, as well as the more general observations about the atmosphere and environment. They clearly both share an appreciation for even the smallest touches to be found throughout the game.
These first two podcast episodes were great fun to listen to and they are worth checking out for any Shenmue fan - Matt's voice impressions including Ryo and the town's tipsy "drunkard" from the game are spot on!
The episodes are currently hosted on Soundcloud, and future episodes will also be made available on iTunes. The third episode will be discussing game-play notes from Disk 2.
Update October 11, 2016: the episodes will now be hosted on Libsyn, in addition to iTunes, going forward.
Check them out at these links: