Shenmue II Reviews

  • Jet KlaatuJet Klaatu256,504
    16 Sep 2018 16 Sep 2018
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    This is a masterpiece of gaming history for many including myself!

    The second instalment is without a doubt an improvement in everyway on the first game; Shenmue. It is highly recommended you play the first and have your completed "ready to use" save as it carries over (doesn't impact narrative).

    It has the same improvements as the HD port to Xbox One I've listed below however this version is a mix taken from the original Dreamcast version and the Xbox Original version (all the glare and frame rate now fixed).

    The only differences I found from the original Shenmue II;
    - HD 16:9 1080p ratio in game (not in cutscenes)
    - Updated graphic effects on bloom and detail
    - Controls recalibrated for the modern controlpad
    - Faster loading times

    *** Spoiler - click to reveal ***
    The story is about 4 times as long as the first and includes twice as many characters albeit you cannot actually impact the narrative with player choice. You can also carry over your inventory and moves from the first game when you have a completed save which is helpful. There's a fair amount of typical Japanese humour although very cheesy (Ren's a classic example). The classic arcade games from the first are still there but hidden very well and there are a couple more to look forward too.

    The base game improvements on the first game make all the difference such as a working map you can score. Pop in graphics are still present but it's a port at the end of the day and they've done their best within the bounds they had.

    It's an easy 1000GS for about 16-20 hours work depending on if you've played the game before.

    Roll on Shenmue 3!
  • Acurate BobAcurate Bob516,370
    07 Oct 2019
    0 2 0
    How much you enjoy Shenmue 2 depends entirely on your attention to story, location and ultimately, how much you enjoy QTE's.

    The story of Shenmue 2 picks up directly after the first. So playing through that is a must. You will need to know where to go, what to look for and Ryo himself will often find himself in a situation that will not be obvious to solve right away, but some people whom he talks to might offer a small clue on what to do or where to go. Meaning you will likely need to look for the signs for the street or shop name your looking for.

    To aid you in this you will be able to buy maps of individual areas that you can mark with X of three colours. Personally uses them to highlight money games with green, pawnshops with yellow so I could find them again easily.

    But the topic of Quick Time Events can be controversial. Many see them as annoying and difficult. Sometimes you are tasked with some very long combos you need to get right the first time, some have a little room for error. I have had a few moments of annoyance by repeating them over until I just get it right. But nothing so badly as to spoil the game as a whole. Plus some of the QTE scenes are quite amazing kung fu scenes that belong in movies with Jackie Chan. Spectacular spins, kicks and some are of Ryo just so casually kicking them aside like the unnamed irrelevant baddies they are.

    Keeping in mind the original game on the Dreamcast certainly would be very similar in content, the controls are thankfully made for the more modern controllers. The HD touch up during games is certainly noticable, but during cut scenes is does shift to an aspect ratio similar to the original, I think because in a lot of scenes it passes close to people and scenery, so it would cause a lot of clipping camera through them.

    Having played this way back in 2001, and been waiting since for the elusive third entry due so very soon, 43 days but whos counting (me, I am), I was still loving it going back to Aberdeen and Kowloon. And never realised, just how much I missed Joy.