- Oct 25, 2017
Excuse me? Shenmue 2 is like 4 times bigger than the world of the original and it's actually an open world, unlike 1 and 3 where you have to investigate before being allowed to go the next area of the town. Then Shenmue 2 introduced all the activities like fighting arenas and gambling mini games and improved upon the complaints of the first game like multiple dialogue options and time skips and overall much more stuff to do. You can prefer 1 but 2 is a great example of an expansive sequel. If you play it through with the JAP VA, Shenmue 2 is borderline a perfect Shenmue game. I don't think most people think 1 is better.I think most will agree that the second game is inferior to the first and probably feels more like an expansion pack just like the third installment. But I can understand that he went with what worked but for the story first and foremost, there's a lot to be left as ire considering the progression has been so lacking that it only exacerbates all the other flaws in the actual core of the gameplay.
I don't really have a hyperbolic statement like Jim but it certainly is a disappointment and I think even the most die-hard fans would agree with that mainly based on the lack of progression of the story.