I just finished the Shenmue Endurance Run over the weekend, and thought I'd dig up some of my old magazines to see what they thought of it at the time:
The Edge review holds up pretty well (though they also make the mistake of assuming Ine-san is Ryo's mother), but the CVG equivalent doesn't seem very honest - they just try and justify some of its flaws, and fail to mention the more serious issues with the game e.g. the voice acting (which was notorious even at the time).
It's also interesting to see they mentioned two things that Vinny and co. kinda forgot about - helping the old lady find someone and feeding the kitten. Does anyone know what happens if you actually follow through with those?