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Tycho / on Wed, Oct 30 2002 at 4:05 pm

Shenmue II

A lot of the fundamental geometry of the game is fairly dated, coming as it does from the past, but it looks better than I remember.  Facial textures have taken a step up, and even dingy urban environments manage to be colorful.  To say that load times have been “improved” over the ponderous DC original is a feat of understatement.  I can’t tell you how happy I am to be playing a Shenmue game again.  I had feared that I wouldn’t find myself taken by it, that I had perhaps amplified the original beyond reason or measure.  Thus far, this has not been the case.

The sequel to this game - designed with more powerful hardware in mind from the outset - might be more than I can bear. 

(CW)TB


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