I like Shenmue II more than Shenmue, though that is a given since part II is everything the first one is but better.
The graphics are awesome for its time, and still is today when compared to some of this gen's games.
The story of a son setting out to avenge the murder of his father might be a bit overused, but the story of a young man seeing his father murdered in front of him is not like something I've ever read before.
I like how Ryo has to interrogate different people to find clues, just like as if he was a detective. The voice acting might be bad as a whole, but I liked Goro's voice a lot. Nothing better than a Japanese Elvis to get a few laughs in
The pacing is slow for some people, but it was excellent for me. If I have to wait for an event to happen, then I'll just go to practice some moves (this is something that is sorely missing from Shenmue II). If I get tired of that, then I'll just go to the local arcade to play some games.
The best part of the game is the music. The music is very atmospheric, and very mood setting. The music complements the story wonderfully. Even today, I find listening to the music bring back a bit of nostalgia, of the memories of when I used to live in Ryo's world.
Am I making any sense? I dunno. Time for some more sleep.