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Shenmue II

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MobyRank MobyScore
Dreamcast
92
4.2
Xbox
82
3.8

User Reviews

A milestone. Dreamcast Eurythmic (2610)
The most beautiful game I've ever played. Dreamcast Sycada (175)
A beautiful, inspirational game with good story, characters, graphics, and detail Xbox J J (3)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Dreamcast 83 4.2
Xbox 50 3.8
Combined MobyScore 133 4.1


The Press Says

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100
DreamcastGamesCollection
Chi scrive intende il Videogioco come mezzo per evadere dalla realtà, per vivere emozioni che nella vita reale non si possono provare; Sia che si tratti di essere un agente infiltrato, un cavaliere, un pilota di macchine o un bambino con le corna… Shenmue 2 raccoglie appieno questa filosofia e la direziona al giocatore, lanciando un messaggio forte e comprensibile da chiunque, hardcore gamer o casual che sia. Ti fa vivere una vita che non è tua, ma aiuta a capire la propria, creando una sorta di paradosso comprensibile solo a coloro che sapranno capire questa opera. Semplicemente magico.
100
DreamcastSEGA-Portal.de
Shenmue II setzt den grandiosen Vorgänger mehr als würdig fort. Eine riesengroße Welt, eine phänomenale Atmosphäre, Nervenkitzel, hunderte emotionale Momente und noch vieles mehr zeichnet dieses Stück Videospielgeschichte aus und es steht fest - Yu Suzuki muss einen dritten Teil entwickeln. Doch durch die schlechten Verkaufszahlen und die enorm hohen Entwicklungskosten, wird sich niemand als Geldgeber bereiterklären... wohlmöglich werden wir nie erfahren, wie es weitergeht. Doch die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt!
100
DreamcastSEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA)
(Je remets mes dents, pardonnez ce contretemps!) En terme de réalisation, Shenmue 2 va un peu plus loin que le premier volet. Si les environnements sont plus variés et plus grands, il faut savoir que la population est beaucoup plus nombreuse. Ce qui occasionne, à l´instar du premier opus, des ralentissements inopportuns un peu plus fréquents. L´effet d´apparition "fantôme" empêchant le clipping ou plutôt l´atténuant est toujours de la partie, mais ces défauts sont vraiment minimes. Shenmue, que ce soit le premier ou deuxième épisode reste une aventure époustouflante à tous les niveaux ! Les thèmes de cette ambiance chinoise sont fascinants, et découvrir Shenmue II reste, quoiqu´il arrive, un bonheur de tous les instants.
100
DreamcastGaming Age
Overall, Shenmue II was an incredible experience for me, from start to finish. The core gameplay formula isn?t much different from the first game, just packed with more action and improvements. So many improvements, in fact, that I am confident about giving Shenmue II an ?A? score. It isn?t a game for everyone, but in my opinion, it?s one of the best gaming experiences out there. It?s a damn shame that so many will have to wait more than a year to play it.
100
DreamcastLegendra
Donc au final (et vous l'aurez compris), Shenmue est pour moi le meilleur jeu de la Dreamcast (et même toutes consoles confondues !) et il serait vraiment dommage de ne pas en profiter. Rien de ce jeu n'a été bâclé et j'attends avec impatience le 3ème chapitre. Pourvu qu'il sorte !
99
DreamcastShin Force
Buy this game. Collectors will surely gobble up the Japanese Limited Edition release. If you want to get somewhere within a reasonable time, however, then get the European version.
98
DreamcastneXGam
Mit Shenmue II hat SEGA's Visionär Yu Suzuki das Spielprinzip des ersten Teils nochmals gehörig aufwerten können. Im Endeffekt ist ein MUST-HAVE für jeden Adventure- und SEGA-Fan heraus gekommen. Darüber hinaus treibt die neue Grafikengine den Dreamcast bis an sein Leistungsmaximum. Kaufempfehlung!!!
98
DreamcastNetjak
Best DC Game Ever? I would say, although Hundred Swords and the upcoming Ikaruga might qualify too. Despite the ending, I loved Yu Suzuki's 2nd Shenmue, a game that will most likely be seen as his best work until Shen III is released, at least by me. Don't wait for the Xbox version - import this on Dreamcast, if only for the collectors value of it. With the US one we'll likely get the bad ending taken out and another laughable voice translation, possibly sans the text. Of course, this is mere speculation on my part, I could be wrong, but... you know the rest.
97
DreamcastRetroage
Wyżej wymieniłem sporo rzeczy, które mi się w Shenmue 2 nie spodobały, ale nie lękajcie się, to tylko drobne niedogodności. Gra jest ogromna i wypełniona po brzegi świetnymi pomysłami. Daje masę frajdy, a śledzenie historii Ryo nie pozwala oderwać się od telewizora. Niestety największą wadą gry jest to, że nie zobaczymy zakończenia. Przy pierwszej części było wiadomo, że gdzieś tam majaczy kontynuacja. Niestety od premiery Shenmue 2 minęło już dziesięć lat, a o następnych rozdziałach sagi możemy tylko pomarzyć... Panie Suzuki zrób pan w końcu dalszy ciąg. Może być nawet na Ipada, Wii albo inne dziwadło!!!
95
XboxSegaFan.com
Que decir más de este genial juego, creo que he dicho ya todo lo que se puede decir en un análisis sobre él. Sin duda uno de los mejores juegos de la historia (para mí el mejor), y una de las mayores injusticias en cuanto a éxito de ventas, quizás Sega desde un principio lo hizo mal, de los juegos suyos que saco en Dreamcast, es al que menos promoción le hizo siendo, sin embargo el más caro de la historia. Aun así la primera parte vendió bastante bien, bueno, muy bien, solo que en Japón las ventas no fueron todo lo espectaculares que deberían haber sido. Ahora el futuro de la saga peligra, y es una pena, porque no terminar una de las mayores historias y experiencias vividas en un videojuego sería uno de los más grandes crímenes de este mundillo.
95
DreamcastGamezone (Germany)
Das besonders schöne ist an Shenmue2 ist, wie auch schon beim Vorgänger, der asiatische Flair der beim Spielen rüberkommt. So lernt man durchaus die ein oder andere Verhaltensregel oder auch ein paar chinesische Legenden. Die Atmosphäre des Spiel ist sogar so dicht, das man nach dem Spielen von Shenmue unbedingt auch mal im "Real-Life" nach China oder Japan fliegen möchte. Ebenbürtiger Nachfolger zum wahrscheinlich besten Spiel der Dreamcast!
95
DreamcastSegaFan.com
Si Shenmue II se juega "a saco", yendo directamente a los objetivos, sin jugar a los minijuegos, explorando sólo lo imprescindible se le puede estimar una duración de unas 20 horas aproximadamente; pero así no es como se debe de jugar Shenmue II, si realmente se quiere apreciar completamente la magnitud del universo creado por Yu Suzuki, hay que jugarlo sin prisas, buscar secretos, escenas ocultas... sólo así se disfrutará completamente del mejor juego de Dreamcast, y de uno de los mejores juegos que Sega haya creado jamás.
95
DreamcastMeristation
Una obra maestra, firme candidato a juego del año por segunda vez consecutiva y sobre todo, y lo que lo hace especial es ese sabor a gran clásico, a juego 10 donde todos debemos dar las gracias al equipo formado por Suzuki que dan vida a un mundo de eterna fantasía digital.
94
Dreamcast4Players.de
Ein bisschen Geduld und Englischkenntnisse sollte man zwar mitbringen, um diese Software-Perle in vollen Zügen genießen zu können, aber ansonsten kommen abenteuerlustige Dreamcast-Besitzer um den Kauf von Shenmue II nicht herum. Kenner des Vorgängers werden zwar nicht allzu viel Neues entdecken, aber viele Kritikpunkte wie das unflexible Speichersystem, eine fehlende Energieanzeige des Gegners bei Kämpfen oder eine nicht jederzeit verfügbare Stadtkarte wurden konsequent behoben. Insgesamt ist einfach alles gewaltiger und komfortabler - nur der Innovationsbonus des ersten Teils ist etwas verflogen. Aber so oder so bietet Shenmue II sowohl für alte Hasen als auch für Neuensteiger ein Spielerlebnis, das nach wie vor einzigartig und wirklich jeden Penny wert ist.
94
DreamcastPlay.tm
So then. What Do I think of Shenmue II? Well, a little disappointed to tell you the truth. Don’t get me wrong it is an awesome game, one of the best on the Dreamcast. However I was expecting four sequels at the least. I feel slightly cheated by Yu Suzuki and Co, I wanted Shenmue to span huge boundaries, never crossed before… but alas it was not to be, the series moves ever onwards and upwards, now to be on the X-Box, leaving Dreamcast owners in the darkness thinking, “Why did we buy this, it’s the Saturn all over again!”. Well looks like Mr Gates will be receiving a visit from Ryo. By hell he better be ready...
91
DreamcastGamesmania
Shenmue II ist auf jeden Fall ein Muss. Nicht nur für den Spieler des Vorgängers, sondern für alle Dreamcast-Besitzer. Wirklich schade, dass der Nachfolger derzeit nicht geplant ist - aber man kann hoffen, dass die Shenmue-Serie auf einer anderen Konsole fortgesetzt wird.
91
XboxThe Next Level
I love Shenmue II, and it is easily my favorite game ever. However, I'm here to tell you if you should buy it. If you can handle a long, sometimes slow game with fantastic story elements and an unbelievable atmosphere, then yes, you should. I'm also the first person to admit that Shenmue II isn't for everybody, so if you aren't sure, you should probably give it a rental first. Regardless, do yourself a favor and at least try it. Games like this don't come along every day, or even every lifetime.
90
DreamcastGameSpy
Sadly, this is the last new Dreamcast game you may ever play. But talk about going out with a bang... You couldn't ask for anything more.
90
DreamcastPower Unlimited
Niet alleen Metal Gear Solid krijgt deze maand zijn langverwachte opvolger, ook Shenmue's tweede deel ligt in de winkels en ik ben zwaar onder de indruk.
90
DreamcastThunderbolt Games
Overall, Shenmue II is for the fans, it’s not likely to attract new fans nor has it broken new ground in the genre but it’s undoubtedly a memorable and special experience. New to the series? Pick up the first game cheap. Loved that? Track down your own copy of this and get ready to be glued to your TV for days. Thunderbolt score: n
90
DreamcastGaming Target
Shenmue II is… well, everything Shenmue II should be. It takes the original game, improves the portions that had problems, adds enhancements, and continues the story of Ryo Hazuki very effectively. The game is in no way perfect, and will still turn off fans of constant action because of its more slow paced, dialog driven gameplay. However, no one can deny what a wonderfully designed, well playing game it is. Sega, you gotta love ‘em.
90
DreamcastRPGamer
For those RPGamers who enjoyed the original Shenmue, Shenmue 2 should come as a wonderful treat. For those who found the original too slow paced, it may come as a pleasant surprise. In either case, players will finally learn where that title comes from.
90
DreamcastPlanet Dreamcast
What it all comes down to is this: Is the game fun to play? The answer is "yes." It's a long and involving quest unlike anything before it (except Shenmue) that should appeal to both RPG and Adventure game fans. Though it would have been nice to see this game released in America, at least we now have an Xbox game to really look forward to. Sadly, this is the last new Dreamcast game I will ever play. But talk about going out with a bang... I couldn't have asked for anything more.
90
DreamcastGamesAreFun.com (GAF)
If you can't tell, I'm a big fan of this game. Suzuki and team are to be commended for vastly improving on nearly every aspect of game design, and seamlessly pulling it all off. If you didn't import the European version, be sure to pick up the Xbox title when it hits our stores sometime later this year, with even more enhancements thrown in. As for me, bring on Shenmue III.
90
XboxJeuxvideo.com
Parfaitement à l'aise sur Xbox, Shenmue 2 est un titre incomparable qui séduit par son univers tantôt poétique tantôt violent, ses environnements asiatiques superbes, ses personnages irrésistibles, ses nombreuses références aux arts martiaux, et tout simplement cette quête passionnante qu'il propose. Un titre culte qui doit figurer dans toute ludothèque Xbox.
90
DreamcastJeuxvideo.com
Une nouvelle page se tourne dans l'histoire de Shenmue. Ce second volet permet à la Dreamcast de terminer sa carrière sur un titre qui marquera à tout jamais les esprits de ceux qui s'y essaieront. L'ambitieux projet de Yu Suzuki est bien en train de se concrétiser avec ce titre qui ne constitue toujours que le commencement de cette saga démesurée.
90
XboxGamestyle
Technically, the Xbox conversion of Shenmue 2 is a pot-pourri of highs and lows. Visually, it's two notches above its DC brother, but two notches below what the system is capable of.
90
XboxGamePro (US)
The graphics have not been greatly revamped from their Dreamcast source, but they were groundbreaking a year ago and still stand out among the Xbox elite. Every nuance of town life seems to have been captured accurately, right down to behavior patterns of the populace.
87
XboxGameZone
With it’s mixing of genres and brilliant story, Shenmue II is an unforgettable experience gamers should not miss. Although far from perfect, the game’s lengthy quest is a worthwhile journey to take on even if you’ve never played the original.
87
DreamcastGameSpot
It's a shame Shenmue II will never see the light of day on the Dreamcast in the US. Its level of polish, technical prowess, and creativity make it one of the DC's finest titles. Fans of the series owe it to themselves to track it down and play it via Japanese or European import. It's that good. Hopefully it will shine just as brightly when the Xbox version is released.
86
XboxPeliplaneetta.net
Shenmue 2 on merkittävä pelitapaus Xboxille. Dreamcastilla peleihin tutustuneet voivat kokea déja vu -ilmiön ja sitä kautta pettyä, mutta Ryon tarinaan vasta nyt tutustuvat voivat varautua upeaan pelielämykseen. Pelin tolkuttoman suuri ja vapaasti seikkailtava maailma koko paketin nippuun vetävän mysteerisen juonen johdattamana tarjoaa pelaamista päiviksi ja lähes loputtomasti, mikäli jaksaa tutustua kaikkiin mahdollisiin minipeleihin. Ryo Hazukin verivihollinen ei tässäkään pelissä koe ansaittua kohtaloansa ja koko paketti jää kesken. Matka sinne on kuitenkin niin valtavan pitkä ja monipuolinen, että Shenmue 2 on nostettava legendojen joukkoon.
86
XboxGamesmania
Shenmue 2 ist ein ganz besonderes Spiel, das man entweder lieben oder hassen kann. Das relativ ruhige Erzähltempo ist sicherlich nicht jedermanns Sache, wer sich aber erstmal mit der Hauptfigur identifiziert und in die lebendige Spielwelt eintaucht, erlebt ein unvergessenes Spielerlebnis. Sicher hätte Sega für die Xbox-Konvertierung noch etwas mehr an der Grafik schrauben können und uns vielleicht zumindest deutsche Untertitel bieten können, trotzdem ist Shenmue 2 ein absolutes Ausnahmespiel, das auch nach dem Durchspielen nicht sofort in Vergessenheit gerät.
84
XboxGameSpy
Shenmue II isn't just a game, it's an experience you'll never forget, and the inclusion of the Shenmue: The Movie DVD makes it that much easier to get on board. It's definitely an acquired taste, but if you don't mind the slow pace and poor voice acting, you'll discover one of the most amazing adventures ever to hit any video game console. I can't wait to see what Suzuki-san and company have in store for Ryo next.
83
XboxKombo.com
Shenmue 2 is all about balance- between the beginning (Shenmue), and the end (the hopefully forthcoming Shenmue 3), quantity and quality (in terms of graphics and sounds), and action (Battle and QTE events) and inaction (gathering clues and asking questions). While the game may have it’s rough spots, Shenmue 2 is a must have for ANYONE who’s played through the first, and is still worth a look to newbs looking for an epic quest to dig into.
83
XboxGame Revolution
Shenmue II is a very good sequel to one of the most unique video games in town. Great storytelling combined with a variety of gameplay elements keep things interesting, though there are certainly a few pebbles this grasshopper fails to snatch.
83
XboxIGN
Shenmue was one of my favorite Dreamcast games, one I had trouble putting down. The sequel, while new to the US, feels almost outdated. The voice-acting is bad, the graphics are not on the level of other Xbox games, and Shenmue II never involved me as much as the original. In fact, a lot of the things set up in the original don't come to bear in Shenmue II until several hours into the game, leaving an odd disconnection from the first game for the first couple of hours.
82
DreamcastRPGFan
In the end, I can't help but feel that Shen Mue II goes 3 steps forward and then 2 steps backwards from Shen Mue I. There is no doubt in my mind that it offers more in terms of gameplay and storyline, but the amount of frustration that accompanies it can make it a chore to get to the fun points in the game. But given how I'm now eagerly waiting for Shen Mue III, maybe it doesn't really matter in the end. After all, Shen Mue fans are sure to like the game, and if your only problem with Shen Mue was that there wasn't enough action, Shen Mue II is sure to satisfy you. For those who didn't like the style of the game at all, you're better off sticking with Final Fantasy X and Super Robot Wars Advanced (well, urm...I am, anyway).
81
DreamcastInsert Credit
In spite of its flaws, Shenmue II is a great improvement over Shenmue I, and is a quality game with many highlights. It demonstrates that Suzuki's pioneering vision is feasible, but also that he must improve particular aspects of the game. Fortunately, the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts when it comes to Shenmue II. Many discount the story as cliché, and this does have a certain ring of truth. But as Shenmue fleshes out the hackneyed storyline via its visual realism, you become immersed in the world, and the result is anything but cliché. Wait for the XBOX version or import a copy for the Dreamcast UK, because Shenmue II is a stunningly immersive experience, the only of its kind. It is a wonderful testament to the creative power of Yu Suzuki and a fitting last big hurrah to the legacy of the Dreamcast.
80
DreamcastEurogamer.net (UK)
Sure, it's an extremely technically impressive game, and there's some decent advancements within the game dynamic, but it's essentially just what we were expecting and secretly I wish it wasn't. There's no surprise, no intrigue, and the proceedings are slightly tainted with a 'here we go again' atmosphere. Have no doubt that once you're into Shenmue 2, you're going to be in there for a good while. This game is absolutely enormous, dwarfing the previous chapter beyond all possible comprehension, and once it gets going it's a decent improvement. However, the difficulty of actually getting into the game in the first place is a concern, and newcomers will undoubtedly be completely turned off from the start. Every Dreamcast owner should at least give it a try, but just be prepared to make a commitment.
80
XboxAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
While certainly not for the adrenaline soaked gamers who believe in gore and action above all, Shenmue II is a worthy successor to the groundbreaking original. Although lacking sharply advanced graphics, the current version looks good enough to satisfy modern tastes. The gameplay is streamlined a bit from the previous edition, and while the changes are minor, they’re tweaks that simply smooth the way. Hong Kong has also introduced more for Ryo to do, meaning you’ll spend less time feeding kittens and more time earning money and becoming a player in the city’s scene. Loaded with hours of playtime and continuing a story that’s compelling and interesting, there’s plenty here to tide you over until Sega, hopefully, releases Shenmue III.
80
XboxLevel 7
Till en början var jag väldigt kluven till Shenmue II. Det var mest en massa spring fram och tillbaka och inget egentligt eget tänkade behövdes. Ryo skriver nämligen ner allt i ett anteckningsblock och drar egna slutsatser från sina samtal. Slutsatser som man kanske skulle vilja dra själv istället för att som nu få dem serverade på ett silverfat. Positivt är det ju dock av anledningen att det är svårt att helt sitta fast i ett enerverande problem i flera timmar. Efter ett antal timmar var jag dock helt inne i äventyret och min kluvenhet gick över till en enad positiv inställning. Om man låter bli att stressa sig fram till slutet kan man egentligen göra hur mycket som helst i Shenmues värld. Jag vill nog inte kallade det för ett mästerverk, men Shenmue II är helt klart en stor spelupplevelse som egentligen inte bör missas av någon.
80
XboxGamereactor (Sweden)
Shenmue 2 är fortfarande ett storslaget äventyr och egentligen det enda japanska spelet i genren som finns till Xbox. Det är på alla vis mästerligt och klart köpvärt, om än tekniskt föråldrat. Gillar Du något av Hong Kong-action, bra manus, söta flickor, hårdkokt attityd, frihet och spänning så är Shenmue 2 faktiskt nästan ett måste.
80
XboxX-Power
De Shenmue reeks is duidelijk een reeks waar tijdens het ontwikkelen heel veel liefde en passie is ingestoken. Het spel dient dan ook op dezelfde manier gespeeld te worden. Het oogt allemaal wat langzaam maar dit is net de bedoeling. Voor Shenmue II neem je je tijd en laat je je bevangen door de wonderlijke avonturen van Ryo Hazuki. Het is dan ook een "love-it or hate-it" spel. Shenmue een "beetje" goedvinden, bestaat niet. Ik behoor duidelijk tot de eerste groep en vind dat dit spel in niemand zijn collectie mag ontbreken.
80
DreamcastArmchair Empire, The
As a final swansong for Sega’s last console, this is the perfect game. Not without it’s flaws, it manages still to be charming, original, full of character, and fun. Still, it isn’t worth the hassle I’ve put up with, but at least I can laugh back at my friends who laugh at me for owning a Region 2 PAL DC.
73
XboxXBox Evolved
The game comes with a lot of bang for its $50 price tag. In anticipation that there may be newcomers to the series, Microsoft packaged "Shenmue: The Movie" with the game. The movie is actually a whole bunch of cut scenes from the previous Shenmue game on the Dreamcast, and was even shown in theatres in Japan as "Shenmue USA" (because they used English voice acting with Japanese subtitles). The movie lasts about an hour and a half, and while it is crudely done and the graphics may offend some of you who are used to DOA3-quality visuals, it gets the point across pretty well.
73
XboxGameSpot
Ultimately, a variety of factors prevent Shenmue II from living up to its expectations. The Dreamcast game pushed the Power VR chipset in the console to its limits and beyond to churn out some of the finest visuals seen at the time, which contributed greatly to the game's impact on that system. On the other hand, the uneven graphical and audio presentation of the Xbox version don't do much to make a case for the console's proven graphical muscle. The inconsistencies in the audio further detract from experience, sending you to the options screen to turn off the character's voice rather than pulling you into the game.
70
XboxGames TM
The big question here, of course, is whether Shenmue II is worth buying. Well, if you've already played through the Dreamcast version, then no - there's virtually nothing on offer here that you haven't already seen. If, however, you haven`t played the game before, then it's something we heartily recommend.
70
XboxAll Game Guide
Regardless of the dry voice acting and lack of Xbox graphical flair, Shenmue II has the story and atmosphere an adventure game needs to make it a worthwhile experience. Fans of Shenmue will no doubt be instantly hooked as Shenmue II surpasses the original in almost every regard. New players may find it a little difficult to be sucked in since they won't be as attached to the main character. Just as with the first game, you can't play for ten minutes and make a decision as to whether you like it or not, because as more and more of the first area opens up -- the living, breathing world will pull you in. Unfortunately, the game doesn't come to a complete conclusion, and will leave players anticipating the third installment in the series.
68
XboxNetjak
Shenmue II is a rare beast, somewhat of an experiment in game design. In an industry that rarely tries anything new, it’s pretty refreshing to see something so different. The result is a package will please some gamers and simply annoy others.