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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 4.1
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 4.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.4
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Overall User Score (89 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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GamesCollection (Dec 20, 2010)
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 (Sep 21, 2009)
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!
(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.
Gaming Age (Oct 29, 2001)
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.
Legendra (Jul 24, 2002)
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 !
Shin Force (Jan 05, 2002)
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.
neXGam (Dec 27, 2009)
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!!!
Netjak (Jul 28, 2002)
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.
Retroage (Apr 09, 2011)
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!!!
Gamezone (Germany) (Sep 07, 2001)
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 (Jul 01, 2002)
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.
Meristation (Nov 29, 2001)
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 (Dec 12, 2001)
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 (Dec 30, 2001)
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 (Sep 21, 2001)
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.
GameSpy (Dec 19, 2001)
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.
Power Unlimited (Feb, 2002)
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.
Thunderbolt Games (Aug 23, 2008)
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
Gaming Target (Jan 22, 2002)
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.
RPGamer (Nov 11, 2004)
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.
Planet Dreamcast (Oct 31, 2002)
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 (GAF) (Apr 05, 2003)
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 (Nov 29, 2001)
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.
GameSpot (Dec 04, 2001)
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.
RPGFan (Nov 11, 2001)
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).
Insert Credit (May 18, 2002)
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 (UK) (Dec 23, 2001)
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.
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.