Shenmue II Xbox

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
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  1. Xbox Nation Magazine
    70
    Rarely has so much sheer brilliance been nestled side-by-side with such absolute tedium and badly conceived gameplay, along with wild shifts in tone guaranteed to make your head spin. [Winter 2002, p.88]
  2. Ultimately, your perseverance with the sluggish pacing can be rewarding, but Shenmue 2 consistently proves itself an ageing game with ageing looks. It should never have happened like this.
  3. If you are not intrigued by intense storylines and great original gameplay at least go give this baby a rent, you will not be disappointed.
  4. The end result doesn't quite live up to those expectations--for one thing, it's easy to tell that Shenmue II was originally a Dreamcast game, since its technical aspects aren't nearly as impressive now as Shenmue's were in 2000.
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    70
    When I wasn't being mugged by the Bad Voice-Actors Brigade or rendered comatose by the game's tepid pace, I was struggling with the enormous chore of just moving around thanks to the clunky, imprecise, sub-"Resident Evil" controls. [Dec 2002, p.260]
  6. netjak
    68
    While not a very good fighting game, a very minimal puzzle game and a boring RPG – The total package is truly more than the sum of its parts.
  7. Only the most hardcore gamers will be able to look past the occasionally monotonous gameplay and poor audio and visuals to enjoy Shenmue II.
  8. Worth the wait, despite the fact that from a technical standpoint the sequel isn't a major step above the Dreamcast original.
  9. The game may not have much in the way of replay value, but for bang for your buck, I think it packs enough punch the first time through.

Awards & Rankings

#5 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
#2 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2002
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 103 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. AlexR.
    May 28, 2007
    10
    For me, this is the best video game ever made. Simple as that. No game has given me as much meaningfull pleasure as this one. There are not For me, this is the best video game ever made. Simple as that. No game has given me as much meaningfull pleasure as this one. There are not enough kind words to lavish upon this title. If you miss out on the Shenmue experience, then you will be missing out on video game history. Emotional... Full Review »
  2. Jun 28, 2012
    10
    This is essentially the same game as the original, but expanded into more chapters. The original serves as chapter 1. With that said ShenmueThis is essentially the same game as the original, but expanded into more chapters. The original serves as chapter 1. With that said Shenmue II seems more grand and epic than the original. The world is huge. These games were ahead of their time. Full Review »
  3. [Anonymous]
    Mar 19, 2003
    10
    Best game.