Shenmue I & II HD |OT| Like a polished mirror

Guts Of Thor

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Oct 25, 2017
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Just completed 2 for the second time since first completing it in 2003 and that ending still gets to me, even more so knowing that part three is coming out.

"The one who holds the Phoenix...."

My one gripe is, WHY DID THEY CHANGE THE MUSIC DURING THE ENDING SCENE!?
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Were this game's bugs ever patched on consoles? I was thinking about buying this but not if it's still a mess.
It's not a mess, but there are still lots of bugs that most people probably won't notice. The biggest thing I notice is that the PS4 version never completely fixed the audio for footsteps. It is not bad, but is different than the Xbox version.
 

shadowman16

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Oct 25, 2017
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The footsteps thing is such a small thing I never really cared enough to be bothered about it. Now the audio in Darts on Shenmue 2 still being weird, that was disappointing.
 

Red XIII

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Oct 25, 2017
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i'm guessing we won't get more updates to this, how's the PS4 port doing now? any settings i have to change?
 

Dineren

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Oct 25, 2017
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Finally got around to playing through Shenmue 2 again. I still enjoy the first game more, but I forgot just how good that last section in Kowloon is (and how weird that last part in the stone pit is). I was planning on this being my last playthrough before 3, but I think I'll go through one more time this summer.

It's a shame about the audio in Shenmue 2, it didn't make the game unplayable or anything, but there were definitely parts that sounded pretty bad and I'm not usually the most observant person. Still worth it to be able to play these on modern platforms though.
 

MultiverseMob

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Oct 25, 2017
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Silicon Valley
For those of you with the PC version. I've been playing Shenmue with mods from early on, including some of my own custom hi res texture experiments.

About to finally play through Shenmue 2 (live on Twitch, most likely) with even more mods, like potentially fixing all the weird audio/music stuff.

 

Dineren

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Oct 25, 2017
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For those of you with the PC version. I've been playing Shenmue with mods from early on, including some of my own custom hi res texture experiments.

About to finally play through Shenmue 2 (live on Twitch, most likely) with even more mods, like potentially fixing all the weird audio/music stuff.
I didn't even think about checking for mods before starting my playthrough, I'll have to check them out next time. Hopefully that will fix most of the issues I had.
 

MultiverseMob

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Oct 25, 2017
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Silicon Valley
I didn't even think about checking for mods before starting my playthrough, I'll have to check them out next time. Hopefully that will fix most of the issues I had.
Yeah some of the BGM is available in a fixed state, as well as the English audio taken from Dreamcast without the compression introduced in the remaster (En and Jp got this treatment as well).

Here is a clip of the intro so you can see what it looks like with proper 16:9 cinematics, some ambient occlusion, higher res textures, and a few other little effects.

 

Virtua Sanus

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Nov 24, 2017
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Finishing up another playthrough of Shenmue II and boy do some of those QTEs near the end really bother me. The wooden planks being the absolute worst of them all - What were they thinking with that?!

But still, absolutely incredible game. A masterpiece! Seeing the ending now and knowing there is more on the way this time gives me feelings I seriously cannot describe. The last act was always kind of depressing for me because it felt like such a sad and sudden conclusion to something that was otherwise just getting started.

Also, I have played fighting games all of my life, but in recent years I have taken it a lot more seriously and holy cow I can actually feel that imact in some of the later fights in Shenmue II! When I was much younger some of these scenes felt too hard but now I know how to react to just about every type of encounter. It really is an incredible feeling.
 

hermit

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Oct 25, 2017
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i did it. i finally got the certificate for space harrier. now i can finally move on to shenmue 2
 

Acquiescence

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Oct 26, 2017
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Lake Titicaca
I've started playing the PS4 version of Shenmue II and would like to know - were the audio screw ups ever resolved in the end? I remember people posting clips of how messed up some of the compositions were around release time, one example being the apartment block in Hong Kong and how distorted it was compared to the original.

The main reason I ask is that the music is incredibly low in the mix, and I genuinely don't know if it's intentional and was like that in the Dreamcast version or if it's a legitimate fault. The music playing when I open the notebook on the other hand is VERY LOUD. Maybe I should dig out my Dreamcast copy and compare them.
 

Spaghetti

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Dec 2, 2017
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I've started playing the PS4 version of Shenmue II and would like to know - were the audio screw ups ever resolved in the end?
Most, but not all. Currently it is significantly better than release, however.

There must be just some innate difficulty/poor documentation in how the music was originally handled on Dreamcast hardware. Even AM2 had issues judging by the few tracks in Shenmue IIx that are missing instruments compared to the Dreamcast release of II.
 

Acquiescence

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Oct 26, 2017
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Most, but not all. Currently it is significantly better than release, however.

There must be just some innate difficulty/poor documentation in how the music was originally handled on Dreamcast hardware. Even AM2 had issues judging by the few tracks in Shenmue IIx that are missing instruments compared to the Dreamcast release of II.
Thanks for the response. Shenmue 2 still to this day has one of the greatest OSTs I've ever heard in this medium, so it's a genuine shame that the soundtrack didn't make a seamless transition during the remaster process.

Also, I recall having a similar problem with Shenmue 1 HD when I played through it last year - that the music was just too damn quiet compared to the SFX and speech. It's driving me nuts lol.
 

ParsnipForest

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Oct 27, 2017
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Australia
Thanks for the response. Shenmue 2 still to this day has one of the greatest OSTs I've ever heard in this medium, so it's a genuine shame that the soundtrack didn't make a seamless transition during the remaster process.

Also, I recall having a similar problem with Shenmue 1 HD when I played through it last year - that the music was just too damn quiet compared to the SFX and speech. It's driving me nuts lol.
I just started Shenmue II and the sound mix is much improved over the first game in my opinion. In Shenmue I had the voices turned down to 25%, with music and SFX set to 75%, but there was still some volume issues that were impossible to correct with the menu sliders.

Straight away the levels in Shenmue II seemed more correct to me -- I could hear the ambient SFX as well as the background music, the notebook music wasn't ridiculously loud, the "picked up item" sound wasn't painfully blown out etc. All of these things were annoying in the first game. That's to say nothing of the VO quality which is a 1000% better and makes a huge difference (I can't play Shenmue II in English anymore, the VO is just too bad).
 

Conrad Link

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Oct 29, 2017
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Got my copy of Shenmue I & II on Xbox One and I'm finally going to play Shenmue II! :D

I'm gonna go straight to II because I already played and enjoyed I back when it first came out on Dreamcast. Always meant to play II one day, I still own it on PAL DC and the original Xbox version (would have been my preferred version as I like the dub!) but just never got round to it.

Now I shall!
 

Spaghetti

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Dec 2, 2017
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Got my copy of Shenmue I & II on Xbox One and I'm finally going to play Shenmue II! :D

I'm gonna go straight to II because I already played and enjoyed I back when it first came out on Dreamcast. Always meant to play II one day, I still own it on PAL DC and the original Xbox version (would have been my preferred version as I like the dub!) but just never got round to it.

Now I shall!
Enjoy! Shenmue II is definitely one of the best games of 2001, which is saying something considering how crazily stacked that year was.
 

hermit

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Oct 25, 2017
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oh my god shenmue 2 also has its own unique certificate for beating space harrier 2 with 1 coin. this is gonna be the death of me.
 

thepenguin55

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Oct 28, 2017
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So it seems like the PC version of this collection (with mods) is a great way to play these games. I still need to play through these. I remember picking up the original Shenmue used from EB about 6 months after launch and being absolutely floored by it. I played through Shenmue 1 many times and then imported the PAL version of Shenmue 2. I later got Shenmue 2 on Xbox. I never beat Shenmue 2 as there's a lot of tedious aspects to that game but I would really like to rectify that.