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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Han Tao, General of a Thousand Victories, has pledged his life to protect the legendary Star of Destiny, a mysterious artifact recently stolen by the Evil Overlord. Han Tao will face a cavalcade of enemies, ranging from standard grunts to undead horrors in his quest to recover the sacred Star. Luckily Han Tao is well versed in intense combos, slick counter-moves, the art of deadly weapons, and mystical Zen attacks. By filling up Han Tao’s Zen Meter with punishing combos and well timed dodges, players can unlock the full potential of his true power and decimate the opposition. Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao offers a variety of modes for both online and local play: Team up with a partner and take on the Evil Overload’s diabolical army through Story Mode Co-op. Carefully battle through each stage with increased difficulty and a shared Zen Meter. Combat techniques learned through the single player game will serve players well as all-out brawls will leave stragglers in the dust. Endurance Mode has players battling an endless stream of enemies under a specific time limit. Post your scores online for bragging rights. [Namco Bandai Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. A fun little brawler with an addictive and fast-flowing feel. [Issue#51, p.104]
  2. An entertaining game, but one without a ton of variety.
  3. If you’re a hardcore fan of side-scrolling brawlers from the NES era and you’re looking for something to scratch that nostalgic itch, definitely give Invincible Tiger a look.
  4. Maddening difficulty spikes. [Nov 2009, p.84]
  5. A decent diversion, but far from a black belt. [Nov 2009, p.98]
  6. The visuals are fancy, but this kung fu game suffers from uninspired combat and unresponsive controls.
  7. 3D graphics may be the future, but this dull beat 'em-up is unlikely to convince you of the fact.

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  1. nym
    Sep 4, 2009
    9
    The game is istantly an arcade classic, fast, challenging and fun.
    The figthing is simple at first, yer it's hard to truly master:

    combos, dodges, rolls, counters are all tools of the trade you'll have to understand to get a change.

    While the action is fast, you'll need to think before acting, different enemies are vulnerable to different kind of attacks, and many will parry or dodge while surrounding you and following you around.

    The zen meter is the pivot of your stratey, its two sides gets full when you dodge or hit, when they meet you get more points and can anleash a a temporary bonus.

    At the same time, when you meditate (wich heal yourself) you'll drain the zen meter, and will be open to attacks.

    The more successful your attacks, the more your rank will rise, and will score more points.
    Points are needed to buy new lifes, and you'll need them if you don't master your moves.

    The levels are beutifully rendered, and act like movie sets in wich you'll run around making your way throu enemies, and at the same time giving you multiple ways of escape or interact with.

    If you manage to get a pair of 3d glasses( even the old red blue) the graphics get's even better, the illusion of prospective is really well done, and the game runs nice and smooth.

    The musical score is really good, funky style and free to download, check it here http://www.bigdownload.com/games/invincible-tiger-the-legend-of-han-tao/pc/invincible-tiger-original-soundtrack/

    Added bonus is the cooperative multyplayer.

    I'm surprised that big names in game reviews are so unproffessional about this game, looks like they didn't even try to play the game, and discarded it at the first difficoulty. shame on them.

    Don't be fooled by the low scores, try the game and learn the mechanics, this is a really nice game.
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