X360 Friday, December 15, 2006 | 10:46 PM

Shenmue II backwards compatible

Shenmue II backwards compatible

You may already know it or not, but I'm a very big fan of the Shenmue games series. Microsoft today added Shenmue 2 to the now quite long list of backward compatible games on the 360, so I HAD to do a video. Enjoy.


Backwards compatibility

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Commented on 2006-12-15 23:01:40
i love this series so much i imported Shenmue 2 for dreamcast from EU and when it came out for Xbox in USA I bought that too.
Commented on 2006-12-15 23:07:55
You got to love the 360. They make us wait but they don't simply bring us the same old Xbox experience but a next-gen boosted one.
Commented on 2006-12-15 23:12:16
...and Psychonauts. Also a fantastic game.
Commented on 2006-12-15 23:15:48
And the dub still sounds as horrible as ever. Atlest the EU version on DC had the original audio...
Commented on 2006-12-15 23:24:07 In reply to doikor
Posted by doikor
And the dub still sounds as horrible as ever. Atlest the EU version on DC had the original audio...
yeah i had that one too.

its a shame shenmue 1 didnt come over to the xbox. it was much better than this one. i wouldnt mind this so much, but all three of my dreamcasts are broken. no wonder sega got out of the business.
Commented on 2006-12-15 23:28:04
This game is still awesome. Still has some of the best music ever.
Commented on 2006-12-15 23:30:53
why dont they make shenmue 3, it would be such a hit if they did it right, cmon guys MAKE IT!!! it hurts my soul to leave the game unfinished, i must finish it for my own sake and for the sake of all shenmue fans just make part 3 and finish the story please!!! >_<
Commented on 2006-12-15 23:53:10
Might as well play it on the original Xbox on your old TV. No way I'm playing with those annoying black bars on my HDTV. Worthless update
Commented on 2006-12-16 00:15:38
Lol @ the voices XD (never seen this game running :))
Commented on 2006-12-16 00:35:35 In reply to Xion4360
Posted by Xion4360
why dont they make shenmue 3, it would be such a hit if they did it right, cmon guys MAKE IT!!! it hurts my soul to leave the game unfinished, i must finish it for my own sake and for the sake of all shenmue fans just make part 3 and finish the story please!!! >_<
Yup, give us Shenmue 3 Sega !!
Commented on 2006-12-16 00:37:59
Awsome vid, Blim! I'm also a Shenmue fan. Now that it can be played on the 360, I think I might give this baby another run-through. :)
Commented on 2006-12-16 00:44:34
WoooW that was really ugly.....and that was one of the greatest looking games for it time....at least the first one.
Commented on 2006-12-16 00:45:40
Awesome Blim, I just got the game today. I don't even know why I never bought it (just rent it).

Yes, the voice overs go from bad, to horrible, to funny, to cheesy, to ridiculous and to levels you can't imagine. One of the few good voices is Ryo's. Thankfully, that's not the game's strong point. There's something to these series that makes me want to play the game, maybe it's the nicely set up story, SOMETHING!

The graphics still hold up, not always, but they are still acceptable, and with the added AA, shenmue has never looked so good.

Needless to say, SEGA MUST finish up the damn story!!! Come on!
Commented on 2006-12-16 01:24:57
I'm having problems with this video, what kind of codec are you using?
Commented on 2006-12-16 01:30:41
I still think it has great graphics, Go to the Kowloon area and it is astounshing...
But the great advantage PS2, and the recent Yakuza Shenmue Type of Games have, are the improved animation, they still have quite simple textures, but quite good animation...
Shenmue has a Butt-Ugly Stiff animation.
Commented on 2006-12-16 01:48:48
Black bars on the sides??? Big deal. You still get the full picture, plus 720p.

Also, Yakuza doesn't have great animation. The control feels very loose. Shenmue is robotic, but the animation is smoother and just plain better than Yakuza. Maybe Tekken has better animation, but Yakuza felt really dated to me. The PS2 analog control might be partly to blame.
Commented on 2006-12-16 01:56:31
Big part of the game is destroyed just because of the English voice... hell they are in china after all.........

I'm a happy owner of the DC vers anyhow so ^^ I don't really care, what I hate thought is.... no Shenmue 3 *sob*
Commented on 2006-12-16 02:03:10
Just to be clear, is there absolutely no way to play Shenmue with the original Japanese dialogue (subtitles or not) on a North American 360?
Commented on 2006-12-16 02:04:25 In reply to trifix
Posted by synce
Might as well play it on the original Xbox on your old TV. No way I'm playing with those annoying black bars on my HDTV. Worthless update
If this game didn't have widescreen support back then, then how could it have it now? Selfish comment, might one think.
Posted by trifix
WoooW that was really ugly.....and that was one of the greatest looking games for it time....at least the first one.
Really don't understand how anyone could call this ugly. This is such a great game graphically and in other ways too.

And prodygee, why is your signature now PS3? In Xbox forum of all places...

Backward compatibility update was great this time. Shenmue 2, Conker, FarCry, Fahrenheit etc. It feels like getting presents when they update that list.
Commented on 2006-12-16 02:57:18
The dodgy voices made this game extra special, a touch of unwitting genius. I'm glad to see this game finally added to the list.
Commented on 2006-12-16 03:08:22
har har this is one of the select few games i didnt sell with my xbox!
Commented on 2006-12-16 04:11:45
YEAH! I just may replay it. Good times I've had with this one, and especially Shenmue 1(awesome awesome awesome). Do these games have region protection again? I wonder if there was an asian xbox vers. with english subs :/
Commented on 2006-12-16 04:34:41
It sure is nice to see some less succesful games getting some bc love, kinda gives me some hope that I'll be able to play Panzer Dragoon Orta some day....god I love this game
Commented on 2006-12-16 05:02:16
I Want Shenmue III
On 360 of course, but Yu Suzuki is still finishing that damn Shenmue Online
Commented on 2006-12-16 05:21:47 In reply to SpazH3d
Posted by SpazH3d
...and Psychonauts. Also a fantastic game.
Yup, just started replaying it since the update, runs great.
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