"Like my father always said, never cheat, even during a struggle."
Ryo Hazuki is an eighteen-year-old who epitomizes Japanese self-discipline and perceptivity. He looks up to his father Iwao, leader of the Hazuki family dojo, who trained him in martial arts and taught him lasting life lessons about friendship, resourcefulness, and more. Ryo's paternal attachment is what drives the story of Shenmue: when he witnesses Iwao's death at the hands of a powerful stranger, the boy is so distraught he makes it his mission to seek vengeance no matter the cost.
Assuming the role of detective, Ryo uses what few leads he has to track the murderer, as well as what he's really after. His journey takes him beyond his hometown of Yokosuka to the far reaches of China, but his path is frequently blocked by members of the mafia. Ryo fights them off using a combination of punches, kicks, holds, and throws, and he often interrogates a defeated opponent to gain a new lead.
Through it all, Ryo maintains his focus and integrity. But how far will his obsession with revenge take him?
Selected game appearances
- Shenmue (1999)
- Shenmue II (2001)
- Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (2010)
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed¹ (2012)
¹ added as DLC in 2014