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  • Summary: Lead a kung fu monk and his three martial arts warriors on an action packed quest to search and protect the Shen Gong Wu. Omi, a Kung Fu monk leads three young dragons-in-training on their globetrotting adventures to search and protect the Shen Gong Wu, mystical power objects that gives itsLead a kung fu monk and his three martial arts warriors on an action packed quest to search and protect the Shen Gong Wu. Omi, a Kung Fu monk leads three young dragons-in-training on their globetrotting adventures to search and protect the Shen Gong Wu, mystical power objects that gives its possessor super powers, from a band of villains led by Evil Boy Genius Jack Spicer, his army of robots and an ancient witch Wuya. They fight for the Shen Gong Wu one showdown at a time, where the universe transforms itself into a mystical, hyper-reality world. Our heroes have to rely on their superb martial arts skills, wits, and the mystical powers of the Shen Gong Wu to fight evil. Based on the WB Kids animated series players control 4 warriors, working closely to together to combine their mystical powers, as they advance on their quest. Find and collect Shen Wong Gu while progressing thru an environment filled with hazards, enemies, and collectables. Compete in "Showdowns" that transport your warriors and test your martial arts skills. Battle epic bosses in winner-take all arena style combat. Six playable characters with mystical kung-fu powers. [Konami] Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 11 out of 16
  1. 73
    While it isn’t very original, it can be very enjoyable in short bursts. Unfortunately, the camera problems prevent it from being ideal for long-term play, and make extended play sessions very frustrating due to how needlessly hard it is to see what you’re doing thanks to the poorly-placed camera.
  2. A lack of imagination in terms of game mechanics doomed it to the rental bin and not the permanent collection.
  3. Fans of the program may be able to stomach the shallow, repetitive combat and confusing enemy targeting, but everyone else can avoid it with a clear conscience. [Jan 2007, p.88]
  4. Basically this is a hugely simplified, pointless and weird version of "Power Stone." So get that instead. [Feb 2007, p.78]
  5. 33
    There's just no depth to Xaolin Showdown whatsoever. [Issue #150, p.89]
  6. 30
    The presentation is passable, but the gameplay itself is an exercise in pure tedium. The pervasive sense of overwhelming boredom is what really kills it, since a competitive, group-oriented game should ideally be the exact opposite of digital Ambien.
  7. With such soulless and unplayable mechanics slapped onto an idea that was mediocre at best and marketed to kids via a familiar(ish) licence this represents not only the worst game I've played in a long long time but the most gut wrenchingly cynical example of all that's wrong with the games industry today.

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