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Shenmue II (Xbox)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.8
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

A beautiful, inspirational game with good story, characters, graphics, and detail J J (3) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.4
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.1
Overall MobyScore (50 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

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95
SegaFan.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.
91
The 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
Jeuxvideo.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
Gamestyle
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
GamePro (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
GameZone
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.
86
Peliplaneetta.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
Gamesmania
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
GameSpy
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
Kombo.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
Game 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
IGN
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.
80
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.
80
Level 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
Gamereactor (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
X-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.
73
XBox 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
GameSpot
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
Games 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
All 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
Netjak
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.
60
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Shenmue 2 is still a charming and enormous game underneath, with plenty to do if you take the time out to do it; I particularly relished the arcade fighting-for-cash sections, and of course there are emulated Sega classics like Outrun and Afterburner to occupy you in slow times, but none of this makes the game. Ultimately, your perseverance with the sluggish pacing can be rewarding, but Shenmue 2 consistently proves itself an ageing game with ageing looks. It should never have happened like this.