Conclusion: One of the best titles to date was the original Shenmue on the Dreamcast. Before I can totally recommend this game to anyone I personally think they should play the first chapter in the series. If that is impossible just watch the DVD before you begin to play Shenmue II, it will make the experience oh so much better.
Excerpt: Shenmue II is like a long satisfying evening meal. It starts off with a tasty introduction to whet your appetite, and then slowly eases you in till you can’t help but indulge yourself in the delights of what you have been presented. Then there’s the ending which might leave you bloated and uncomfortable but will have you simply wanting more.
Summary: Being a big fan of the Shenmue series on Dreamcast hopes for this were extremely high and for much of the time it delivers. The game still has some of the old downfalls such as slowdown but it also adds in some new ones such as bad voice acting. There's very little explanation of what happened previously in game so for people not familiar with the series the Shenmue movie is a must see as it gives you a catch up which makes the points in Shenmue II much easier to...
Excerpt: I grew up in a collectivist society, which stresses community effort and family over the dog-eat-dog individualist philosophy. Both terms are extremely generalized and say little about each culture, but there are subtle things that are the key in determining which is which. I never had much use for directions or street names.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Suzuki's team is achieving wonderful things with the Shenmue series. They've turned a game into a new world that feels almost real. It's not as revolutionary as the first, but Shenmue II will not disappoint any fans of the original. The fresh new features add even more to the original classic. Shenmue II will appeal to almost all gamers, and is not to be missed.
Excerpt: Those are the words that launched a thousand ships. All right, perhaps I'm exaggerating a little bit there, but they did help launch the ship where we last left Ryo Hazuki, on his way to Hong Kong.
Conclusion: mystery of the Phoenix mirror. (For the complete background check the included Shenmue movie strung together from the first game’s various cutscenes and general exploration – or the digest version on the game disc.) And from there you have free roam to find Ryo’s father’s killer, running down leads, taking odd jobs for some quick cash, visiting pawn shops, interacting with the populace, and, generally, fulfilling your quest for vengeance.