Shenmue II

released on Sep 06, 2001

Yu Suzuki's cinematic masterpiece returns with more spellbinding adventure and an even more immersive world. The epic continues as Ryo Hazuki arrives in Hong Kong on his quest to avenge his father's murder by the warlord Lan Di and unravel the mystery of the Phoenix mirror. Set in Hong Kong, Kowloon, and Guilin, you'll travel through breathtaking scenery, rich with mountainous wilderness, traditional Taoist temples, and stunning tropical landscapes. As you move through massive, highly-detailed 3D worlds, you'll interact with almost every facet of your environment as well as a whole new cast of characters. Originally released on Dreamcast in Europe and Japan, this Xbox edition marks the sequel's debut in the US and includes the Shenmue Movie chronicling the first episode in the series.

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I can see what one could appreciate about Shenmue, and far be it from me to say niche experiences like this shouldn’t exist, but this is one of the most excruciatingly mind-numbing experiences I’ve ever had with any game. Sorry to all the Dreamcast fans out there, it’s an extremely cool console, but is it any surprise it failed when games like this were its big exclusives?

as much as I like the charm of this series I cannot give it a good conscious give it a positive score the things that annoyed me about the first game primarily the QTEs are tenfold worse here especially once you enter Hong Kong and omg wtf is the Hong Kong area aside from the money grind they put in towards the end of the game these building who tf designed these buildings I swear if you see screenshots of the interiors you would think its assets from a silent hill game dilapidated buildings everything is dirty whoever designed the elevators deserves prison time, omg the final level of the HK zone being a 17 story climb it takes like a good 2 even if you do everything correctly it feels like one of those smt dungeons where you just want it to end but there is always another level and after all that am supposed to believe that at the top of this completely recked building with elevators that only stop very specific floors is a millionaire's skyrise apartment PLSSSSS. also, the final boss has multiple QTEs at the end in which if you fail you have to replay the entire boss fight... then after the climax of the game goes on for another 3 hours where u kinda just walk with this girl that has only up until now been hinted at since the first game and honestly, it was cool it was chill it was a walking simulator but I was so tired of hong kong section of the game I didn't mind it but also wow leaving your game on a cliffhanger in 2001 to never bee seen again until 18 years later... and I am not very excited to play Shenmue 3 since everyone says that one is a disappointment.

I would like to talk about as well the cultural impact of this game because the first was like wow no game looks even nearly as good as this in 1999 this is insane PS1 and n64 had nothing on this but then in 2001 we have the ps2 and this year in specific we have metal gear solid 2... put mgs2 next to this game it's not even fair and tbh it isn't fair it's a Wii u, ps4 situation where even though it's technically the same generation but one came out way too early too ever compete in specs despite how ahead of its time the Dreamcast was and so what about this games has become impactful over time and it feels like its QTEs (i know this isnt the first game to have QTEs but its definitly one of the games that started its popularity in action/story games for making action scenes seem more interactable then they really are) and... the yakuza series (ironically this having a top of a skyscraper ending is so yakuza lmao) but even yakuza is game that really is nothing like the rest of the triple-A open world games out there so you iam still glad this game exists to an extent but iam not in love with it the way a lot of people seem to be

Prefiero el 1, pero es muy parecido.

Goes all in on QTEs in a way that's not great for someone who's bad at them (me), but where else are you going to get half of a video game dedicated to a martial arts training arc set in a bustling 80s Hong Kong?

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