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  • Summary: Relive the epic story of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and recreate the kung-fu fury from the famed martial-arts masterpiece for the very first time! Unleash a variety of fighting techniques, weapons, stunts, and superhuman moves against brutally gifted enemies to master the art ofRelive the epic story of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and recreate the kung-fu fury from the famed martial-arts masterpiece for the very first time! Unleash a variety of fighting techniques, weapons, stunts, and superhuman moves against brutally gifted enemies to master the art of Wudan-style fighting, inspired by renowned choreographer Yuen Wo-Ping. Green Destiny beckons you. Rediscover the legend. [Ubi Soft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. It's got some solid if a little frustrating gameplay, a great new way to block and counterattack, and solid graphics to back it all up.
  2. 60
    A fun and fluid representation of the best moments of the film. It isn't the deepest or most visually dazzling game, but it feels right. It's what a "Crouching Tiger" game should be.
  3. Unlike the movie, which was lush and vibrant from beginning to end, this looks worse than a '70s kung fu movie dubbed off broadcast television. [Oct 2003, p.117]
  4. 50
    While not reaching the absolute moronic bliss of the 8-Bit and 16-Bit era movie cash-ins, this does feel like a trek back to the good old days of movie-based video games.
  5. Between the hostile camera system (which routinely obscures enemies), the dull pacing of the levels, and the repetitive combat, it loses something big. [Dec 2003, p.86]
  6. I had to force myself to plod forward, as I couldn’t withstand the overuse of a combat system that’s simplistic and lacks any really engrossing gameplay.
  7. 16
    What could have been an exciting and graceful fighting system instead feels dull and stilted. [Nov 2003, p.51]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. JohnR.
    Oct 15, 2003
    6
    It's a decent game. Really, it is. It's got a great movie to work off of, and a good developing studio. The graphics are superb. It It's a decent game. Really, it is. It's got a great movie to work off of, and a good developing studio. The graphics are superb. It has fairly high replayability, with multiple paths one can take to complete the scene, a plethora of weapons that can be used, and multiple characters and story paths to unlock. Most importantly, the fighting engine is simple, well done, quick to learn, and extremely fun. Combo blocking is great fun to use and looks wonderful on screen, and the quick-use button for healing items is a godsend. Furthermore, if you get locked in a combo and can't block it, simply pressing the jump button and a direction will cause your character to perform a very helpful (and well animated) evasive maneuver to get out of it. The "special moves" system they've thought up isn't that great and has no real use when fighting against more than one opponent (at least I couldn't find any use for it,) and the other combo's that the player himself can utilize are limited in scope. Weapon selection and collection is a little clumsy and awkward, as is the use of non-healing items. But aside from these rather minor flaws (they may sound bad, but trust me the fighting doesn't feel awkward at all) the combat system is very fun. Camerawork, however, is a different story. The camera control isn't very good, many places have set camera angles that're horrible for gameplay and not very good cinematic angles either. Movement controls are touchy, and the analogue stick isn't really "analogue;" it will move your character in one of only 8 different directions (no smooth turning here!) And.. well, I've seen the movie many many times, and I don't remember any poorly laid out and innapropriately placed jumping puzzles. Many of the jumping puzzles aren't even nescessary for completion of your goal, and some of them don't even have a purpose. Combine the jumping puzzles with poor camera control and touchy movement controls, and you've got a navigational hell-hole where sometimes you can't even figure out *where* to go next, and probably couldn't get there on the first (or second, or fifth) try if you could. The level designs are rather droll and bland, though in my opinion that's ok for a game that's primarily action oriented, especially since the action generally takes place in droll and bland areas like city streets; however, it still leaves *much* to be desired. The colors and bland, the layouts are simple and repetitive.. there was even a point where I did 15 minutes of backtracking, thinking I'd erroneously headed in the wrong direction because one area looked *exactly* like one I'd gone through 5 minutes before. In final closing, I think this game is a decent and enjoyable action game. Personally I find myself having the time of my life while somersaulting over enemy spears and performing complex parry maneuvers, all the while dreading the arduous journey I'll most likely be needed to make and frustrating camera-wrestling I'll have to do to get to the next batch of baddies to kill. Expand
  2. Allanlikesthisgame
    May 3, 2004
    6
    A lot of people are saying that this game is crap and terrible. I can see why they say this because of the terrible camera angle, but this is A lot of people are saying that this game is crap and terrible. I can see why they say this because of the terrible camera angle, but this is a pretty descent game. The controls, sound, and game play is pretty good, but the graphics need some work. Over all i think that this is a pretty descent game to play. I enjoyed playing it. O and "someone you dont know", how can u say that John R. has a lot of time on his hands when you yourself bothered commenting and rating this game. Your probably just a geek trying to act all tough. i bet this john R. dude could woop ur butt. Expand
  3. GlennB.
    Feb 24, 2005
    5
    Mmm...love martial arts hence the 5 for ability to atleast fight. As a game compared to an excellent movie...well, bit poop really isn't it?
  4. PeterH.
    Oct 19, 2003
    3
    The developers did a true injustice to the great movie action is sad with camera angles and enemies flying all over the place for no appearnt The developers did a true injustice to the great movie action is sad with camera angles and enemies flying all over the place for no appearnt reason, just sad. Expand
  5. Bob
    Nov 26, 2003
    1
    Why would anyone spend the money to make a joke game based off a joke movie.
  6. SomeoneYouDontKnow
    Dec 18, 2003
    1
    There are really no words to describe it besides its crap. Big waste of money so dont rent it or be stupid enough to buy it. And John R. You There are really no words to describe it besides its crap. Big waste of money so dont rent it or be stupid enough to buy it. And John R. You got too much time on your hands to type that out. Expand