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Excuse ME! You Paid $150 or more for this? I see...
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2019
Upon its original release on Dreamcast this game was blockbusters. I was a huge fan of it. But thinking back at my memories it is a crying shame Microsoft sabotaged the DC American release of Shenmue II by shoehorning it on the original Xbox. If Sony had it on PS2 we'd quite simply have Shenmue 20 by now and poor Yu Suzuki would be happy & world famous.
I remember the play control on Dreamcast being haphazard. Instead of moving the character with the analog stick, it was used exclusively for camera movement. The Dpad made Ryo walk. But who the heck ever walked in Shenmue when holding a button down made Ryo run like a stupid maniac into nearly everything in his path. Having ignored his father's last words in which the dying man explicitly instructs him to never forget "the people he loves" and who love him back Ryo awkwardly says to one of his friends "I shall have my revenge!" and almost immediately sabotages his own attempts.
Having not yet borrowed an interogation system from such great games as FF2 or Shadowrun on SNES, Ryo constantly says such wonderful lines as "EXCUSE ME" (spoken when he should say "Hello, can i ask you a few questions?") then saying some vague pre-rendered question followed by the immortal "I see...." after every reply given. Don't get me wrong but I loved Shenmue originally.
Ironically Yu Suzuki is ignoring Xbox One for now probably because he doesn't want to waste money on a Shenmue 3 release that won't be bought by anyone in his native Japan. Or maybe this is his own subtle revenge against Microsoft? If so, well played!
I guess if you're a purist go buy this again on DC while there is a multiplatform re-release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. I know I still resent myself for selling my copes of Lunar, Lunar 2, Magic Knight Rayearth, and Panzer Dragoon Saga now that each is priced at about $400 complete-in-box. :(