DATE RELEASED: 03/2003
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Ryo Hazuki's epic adventure is reborn once again as he arrives in the bay of Hong Kong, continuing the quest to avenge his father's murder by the mysterious Lan Di. Determined to unravel the mystery behind the Phoenix mirror, his journey takes him through a 3D world almost three times larger than the original, visiting Taoist temples, magical forests, mountainous wilderness and mysterious caves to name but a few. However, a new navigational system allows you to map out your current location and mark areas you visit for ease of reference. With over 20 more hours game-play included, Shenmue II takes you on a thrilling action adventure of cinematic proportions, full of emotional encounters and spectacular surprises.
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Everyone who have own or still own the first part of Shenmue for DC will love the second part.
Everyone who never have play the first part can watch a DVD movie from the first part where you understand the story.
Shenmue is a third person, its true that Shenmue II is bigger and longer than the first episode. Ryo is more realistic but he still move like he habe something inside his butt. There no big change to the DC version only that the game is faster and slowdowns not exist, the picture is a bit more sharp. The interaction with ppl is very good made, and there are about 1000 ppl to which you can talk. The first and second city you visit in the game is very huge,the last part of the game you walk and talk with Shenhua ( the girl from the intro ). But it is not just talking you can look around it start from plain nature with grass to the woods to a walk on the mountains.
The game is just a candy for you eyes.
Now a bit to the game play, Shenmue is a RPG but not one like Final Fantasy or the other you know. You have no magic no monsters no team ( later in the game you are team up for some time. )
You have to fight sometimes but it is usualy for defance.
You use no weapons only you hands and lags. You can learn new moves for you fights.
Later in the game you even fight for money. You need like in real live money, you can go work or you go gamble ( the fastest way ). You can go inside a shop,bar to buy a drink food and you can also go and play video games play the music box. Or just walk around and have fun. Late at night you go back to you place to sleep and save.
The game is usualy all the time only a search game you have to look for something ( ppl,names,things ... )
My rating is if you like good games and you have time to enjoy a new type of a game with only a bit of action and a very good story Shenmue II is 100% a worth a buy. For these who like to cheat a lot of action should leave the game alone.
I only hope there will be a Shenmue III someday because the game is still not finish.
I have add you some pics from the game that you see how the game play looks like.
Edited by FawnTheGuyver, 31 December 2003 - 08:15 AM.