Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn – Everybody should be kung fu fighting

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is the sequel to the much-maligned Shaq Fu. When the original launched on the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo, it seemed bad. In addition to its generic story, the clunky controls made the game a collective nightmare we all tried to forget. But A Legend Reborn seeks to redeem itself from its predecessors. The fact that it does a decent job of succeeding at that is probably the most surprising part of the experience.

The Legend Reborn

The story of Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is remarkably self-aware and smarter than it has any right to be. Through a combination of wit and humor, that while topical, it still feels relevant. The game quickly acknowledges its own absurdity. The titular Shaq narrates and follows the story where he was a young abandoned orphan in China and how he is trained in the art of Wu-Xing. Due to his larger nature, he’s an outcast to the rest of his village and is trained by the mysterious Ye-Ye. From there Shaq fights his way through hordes of enemies to save his home. The story may feel a bit generic like any other beat-em game, but I think that may be the point. Shaq Fu isn’t looking to tread any new ground and is here to exist comfortably in the genre.

Fists and Feet of Fury

The gameplay in Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is fairly straightforward. Each button has a simple ability tied to it, and combat revolves around using your kit effectively. Punches charge a combo bar that powers up kicks, a grab button lets you pound your enemies and there’s a special move button. Occasionally during combat, the game slows down and the camera zooms in on Shaq as he does some ass kicking. It doesn’t happen all the time and I’ve yet to figure out what actually triggers it, but when it happens, it’s still pretty cool. There are also a bunch of power-ups and weapons in the game that Shaq can wield and different combos to unlock that adds some variety to the game.

Final Reaction

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is an easily enjoyable game for killing time. There’s definitely enough in the game to warrant playing especially if you played the first and want to see the game redeem itself.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Atoms

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