Shenmue 1+2 Guide: How to Skip Cutscenes

Asking yourself, "How do I skip cutscenes in Shenmue 1 and Shenmue 2?" Well, we've got your answer in this quick guide.

Asking yourself, "How do I skip cutscenes in Shenmue 1 and Shenmue 2?" Well, we've got your answer in this quick guide.
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Most of the fun of playing games like Shenmue and Shenmue 2 is experiencing the story. Much like the Yakuza games, these two classics are very much predicated on their stories. Even though they’re open world, everything you do is woven into the narrative. 

However, things can get a little long-winded in Hazuki-land, so you might be wondering how to skip cutscenes in the Shenmue 1+2 remastered collection. You can’t rip through the streets on a tricked-out forklift or karate-smash bad guys if you’re tied up in cutscenes. 

So here’s how to do it. 

Can I Skip Cutscenes in Shenmue

No. Let’s move on. 

Can I Skip Cutscenes in Shenmue 2?

Due to advancements in technology and the illuminating power of foresight, Shenmue 2 does in fact allow you to get past its narrative elements with a simple button press. 

To skip cutscenes, simply press B on an Xbox controller, Circle on a PS4 controller, and E on a keyboard (please don’t tell me you’re using a keyboard to play a game built for controllers…). 

That’s all there is to it. Really. It’s as simple as that. Now you can get back to what you really want to do: smash a bad guy’s face in. 

Check out our other tips and tricks for this remastered collection on our Shenmue 1+2 guides page. 

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