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Shenmue 2 as standalone game?

Old 02-06-02, 01:24 AM
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Playing Shenmue 2 before Shenmue?

can anyone tell me if i can jump straight into shenmue 2 without having played the original? i'd like to play what most would call the better of the 2 games, but would like to know if it would lose its value without having the background of the first couple of chapters?

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Old 02-06-02, 04:18 AM
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You won't know what the hell is going on if you just start with S2. It continues from where S1 left off.
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Old 02-06-02, 10:33 AM
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You can play shenmue 2 stand alone. all the characters are new and you start off with everything you need from the first one.
i think it adds to the experience if you played the first one IMO
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Old 02-06-02, 04:32 PM
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yeah I think it is possible to play it by itself but as was said, it starts IMMEDIATELY after where the first game ends, there is practically no intro (in a way the end sequence to the first game was the intro to this game).

The game does have a pretty lengthy Shenmue I digest video that does a pretty good job summarizing the first game and leading it into the next. If you dont play the first one you'll most likely miss a lot of the references to the first game though, I spotted quite a few, and I agree with sistasoulja, it will add to the experience.
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Old 02-07-02, 02:54 AM
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thanks for the response. i want to experience shenmue but i don't have the time to complete both. i don't think i'll mind filling in the blanks from the first part of the story. i already know the basic premise so as long as it's not dependent on s1 i should be okay. it would ruin my day if s2 made me recall something like, where i worked in s1.
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Well I haven't played part 2, so I don't know what it makes mention of from part 1. But basically, some guy kills your father, you go looking for him all through part 1 only to find that he's gone to Hong Kong. The game ends with you on your way to Hong Kong.

So you should be fine.
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