Shenmue IIÂ is anÂ action-adventure gameÂ developed byÂ Sega AM2Â and published byÂ SegaÂ for theÂ DreamcastÂ in 2001. It was directed, produced and written byÂ Yu Suzuki. Like the originalÂ Shenmue,Â Shenmue IIÂ consists ofÂ open-worldÂ environments interspersed withÂ brawlerÂ battles andÂ quick time events. It features aÂ day-and-night system, variable weather effects,Â non-player charactersÂ with daily schedules, and variousÂ minigames. The player controls teenage martial artist Ryo Hazuki as he arrives in Hong Kong in 1987 in pursuit of his father's killer. His journey takes him toÂ KowloonÂ and the mountains ofÂ Guilin, where he meets a young woman who is part of his destiny. Some ofÂ Shenmue IIÂ was developed alongside the originalÂ Shenmue, which was theÂ most expensive video game ever developedÂ at the time. The Dreamcast version was only released in Japan and Europe; Microsoft securedÂ console exclusivityÂ in North America forÂ Shenmue II,Â and released an enhancedÂ portÂ for theÂ XboxÂ console in 2002 and other territories in 2003. The Dreamcast version ofÂ Shenmue IIÂ received positive reviews, but reviews for the Xbox port were mixed; however, it has since appeared in several "greatest video games of all time" lists.Â Shenmue IIÂ sold poorly and further games in the series entered a period ofÂ development hellÂ lasting over a decade. In 2015, Suzuki and his company Ys Net began developingÂ Shenmue IIIÂ forÂ WindowsÂ andÂ PlayStation 4Â following a successfulÂ crowdfundingÂ campaign. In 2018, Sega released high-definitionÂ portsÂ ofÂ ShenmueÂ andÂ Shenmue IIÂ for Windows, PlayStation 4 andÂ Xbox One SEGA'S MOST REQUESTED RE-RELEASE OF ALL TIME FINALLY COMES TO A NEW GENERATION. These pioneering classics deliver an epic story of revenge within a unique open world that is still unrivalled in depth and detail. With an all-new re-release on modern consoles and PC, a new generation of gamers will experience one of the greatest game series of all time. Return to the legendary saga that defined modern gaming. The saga beginsâ€¦again.
SEGAâ€™s most requested re-release of all time finally comes to a new generationThese pioneering classics deliver an epic story of revenge within a unique open world that is still unrivalled in depth and detail. With an all-new re-release on modern consoles and PC, a new generation of gamers will experience one of the greatest game series of all time. Return to the legendary saga that defined modern gaming. The saga begins again. Like the originalÂ Shenmue, the player controls teenage martial artist Ryo Hazuki in his journey for revenge. Most of the game is spent exploring the game'sÂ open world, searching for clues, examining objects and talking to non-player characters for information. The game features a 3D fighting system similar to Sega'sÂ Virtua FighterÂ series; Ryo can fight multiple opponents at once and practice moves to increase their power. InÂ quick time events, the player must press the right combination of buttons at the right moment to succeed.The game includes severalÂ minigames; Ryo can spend money on things includingÂ capsule toysÂ or arcade games, andÂ Shenmue IIÂ includes the 1987 gameÂ After Burner. Shenmue IIÂ adds several features. Players can ask for directions from passersby, and fast-forward the game's clock when waiting for a scheduled event to occur, such as a shop opening or character arriving.Unlike the firstÂ Shenmue, taking a job is not part of the main story, and the player can choose how to earn money â€“ for example, by gambling, arm wrestling, street fighting or running aÂ pachinkoÂ stand.The Dreamcast version allows the player to import theirÂ save dataÂ from the firstÂ Shenmue, transferring money, items and martial arts moves.