Shenmue II User Reviews
-Almost exact same gameplay as the first Shenmue
-Good graphics, lighting
-Great transition between first storyline and second
-Very interactive environment
-Some tasks get a little repetitiveSummary:
The first Shenmue on Dreamcast was a revolutionary game, spanning three discs, and about 50 quality hours of gameplay. Shenmue 2 follows that formula to create an even better experience. The graphics, harnessing Xbox's power, are far superior than the Dreamcast's. However, it's the storyline and gameplay that kept me hooked. The story of Ryo Hazuki continues right where it left off in the first one. He travels to Hong Kong, China, and the culture there is very different than Japan. Overall, the culture is very realistically recreated, complete with Chinese "tea parlors" and Buddhist temples...
-some funny characters
-graphics not really xbox standard
-reaction time of dialoge is slower
shenmue 2. quite possibly the best rpg I have played since golden sun 1. lets start with the pros, shall we? the fighting was realistic, with no over-the-top moves like in your average fighting game, some of the characters have funny voices, and dialogue, like the duck(one of the many shenmue secrets) and the new QTE addition. there are 2 types: regular, where you only have to push a single button. the game keeps playing. and freeze QTE, which is when you need to push multiple buttons, and the game freezes while you do so. the game is full of hidden goodies, so you get the most for your buc...
The story is captivating to those that like games with several choices to make, carving one's destiny, but of course there are unpreventable events. The graphics are "advanced Dreamcast" in a way, but can be seen that important XBOX elements have been added. They impress me a little. No filmed cinema, all game graphics in cut-scenes. Realistic fighting mechanics add to good flexablility and realism. XBOX controls make it easier to "refine" your fighting with kung fu. Oh yeah, snapshots of almost any point in gameplay can be taken and there are many fun Sega games from the later '80s that can be unlocked.The bad:
Too many non-related choices can be made outside of main story line. Some problems with characters talking simply unusual or dull English. Some QTEs being too fast for success the first try.Summary:
Shenmue II leaves off where Shenmue ended and isn't very hard to comprehend together even if you haven't played/watched Shenmue. It can get a little unattractive at beginning parts of the game, but trust me, you will be eager to continue after going through some of those parts. Martial artists can recognize purposes in it and the game can show you a lot of martial arts and orders/philosophies that you haven't seen before. It's interesting and amazing.
Technically, it stands sub-superior for its age and lacks only a little in graphics and speech, but the sound with Dolby Digital features...
If you liked Shenmue I, then you'll definetly like enjoy Shenmue II. It improves on the first version by making it more action packed, and cuts out some of the slightly boring parts from the first game such as having to wait for appointments. There are plenty of interesting characters for Ryo to interact with. It's also has bigger and more varied environments. Instead of just one city, Ryo has to visit 4!The bad:
May be too slow paced for some people.Summary:
If you haven't played the first, I still highly recommend it, for it's envolving gameplay, interesting story and characters. Plus it has a digest movie detailing all the events of the first game, so if you haven't played it you'll know what's been going on. If you've played the first then this is a must!
Despite the difficulty of following the act of Shenmue one, Shenmue two managed to captivate me and bring me back into that state of complete and totall obsession. Once I got started on this game, I couldn't stop, it has lots of cool minigames and lots of collectable things to do, following the plot is a minor part of the game. The story is exciting, and fun to watch unfold, and the fighting and chase scenes are exhilerating. The game adds alot to the plot, but still leaves plenty of questions to be answered in further games. The characters are likable and diverse, and the general game attitude is very positive.The bad:
It has basically the same graphics as the old game, and the ending, while not bad, may dissapoint some.Summary:
The characters, plot, sidequests, and general gameplay are all excellent. I love this game, and if you enjoyed Shenmue one, you will too.
The best part of this game is the free play. It is so life like. Ryo is the perfect charcater for this game with his spicky hair and revenge from his fathers death. Its also cool because of the things that you can collect hing like toys zippos (lighters) and learn new move handbooks! The other cool thing is that you can beat up people. You can even ask people for help in directons what things are or who they are. You can train with masters of martial arts.
The graphics are amazing! Controls are cool as well as the sound! The music is so nice it can ease ones soul. The story plot is great too (with or without playing the first Shenmue)! All in all this is my favorite game for the Xbox Consol!!!!!!
This is my first review. I think its coll writing about my favorite game!!
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