Adrenaline 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.