Shenmue 1+2 Guide: How to Sleep

Sleeping should be easy, but like other things in Shenmue and Shenmue 2, it's not that straightforward.

Sleeping should be easy, but like other things in Shenmue and Shenmue 2, it's not that straightforward.
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As you play through the Shenmue 1+2 remastered collection, you’ll quickly discover that each game has a knack for not telling you how to do things. For some things, that’s ok. For other things, it’s little bit frustrating.

If you’re looking to rest and move on to the next day, you’ll find the game’s sleep function isn’t entirely intuitive, and that it doesn’t work like it does in most modern open-world games. You just can’t sleep wherever or whenever you want. 

In Shenmue, you can only sleep in your bed in Yamanose. On top of that, you can only sleep at or after 20:00 — or for those of us who don’t know military time, you have to wait until 8 p.m. to catch some Zs. If you’re like me and didn’t access the game’s submenu while facing your bed in your room, you might think that sleeping is random. 

In Shenmue 2, sleeping is basically the same. You still can only sleep after 8 p.m. However, there are multiple places where you can rest your head around Hong Kong, such as the Free Stay Lodge and the Come Over Guest House. 

Sleeping in Shenmue 1+2 is simple, yet not clearly explained. Now that you know how to do it properly, you can easily strategize your daily tasks to coincide with Ryo’s very specific sleep schedule to maximize your investigations and not wait around twiddling your thumbs for hours on end.  

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Shenmue 1+2 guides. 

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