Shenmue II Xbox

User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 101 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 101
  2. Negative: 7 out of 101
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  1. Colin
    Jun 3, 2003
    7
    OK so its a very impressive games in some respects...yes it's hugely detailed, spacially large and everyone says something different, whoppee bloody dooo! I can enjoy the game dependent on the mood i'm in but it does irritate with its pathetic control system and it can bore you rigid at times as well... Ah well.... not bad if you like that sort of thing.

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#5 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
#3 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2002
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Technically, the Xbox conversion of Shenmue 2 is a pot-pourri of highs and lows. Visually, it's two notches above its DC brother (AM2 have attached light sources to EVERYTHING - moreso at night, where neon bathes you in its "afterglow") but two notches below what the system is capable of.
  2. 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]
  3. 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.