Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon Xbox


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 24
  2. Negative: 21 out of 24
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  1. Leaves the feeling of mediocrity in your stomach after playing. Its fun, it’s enjoyable, but it gets old fast.
  2. Unfortunately, the game didn’t live up to the enormous hype it had created, but it’s still entertaining for a short period of time. The game is average.
  3. 50
    The game itself quickly bogs down into a long, repetitive walk-and-punch beat-em-up game.
  4. The controls are so weak that I am having a tough time deciding which is more aggravating: controlling Bruce Lee, or non-stop clipping. Either way, you'll be disgruntled by this game's lack of an intuitive control system.
  5. All this hard work is wasted thanks to the abysmal gameplay and game design. The license does nothing to enhance this mediocre title – in fact, it further highlights its flaws.
  6. Lee's debut on the Xbox does not resemble a dragon, but prefers to plod along like a sloth, short on all the crucial fronts, lazily bumbling along everywhere else.
  7. A mediocre game at best. Graphically and sonically, it stinks but with a better framerate, these issues and enemy AI problems could have been forgiven.
  8. Play Magazine
    If you LOVE Bruce Lee, okay, if not - pass.[Aug 2002, p.71]
  9. 39
    Backed by extremely clunky control, poor graphics and virtually none of the thrills and action that made him famous in real life, QOTD disappoints because it seems as if it really never had a chance to get on track.
  10. With mind numbingly repetitive game play and graphics that look like they could have been done on the Atari Jaguar, you have the makings of a very disappointing title for all true fighting game fans.
  11. The flaws in the game are topped off with some mediocre graphics, a horrible soundtrack, bad voice acting, and a ridiculous number of loading times.
  12. netjak
    The first few levels might draw a few smiles, but easily within an hour the game will used for skeet.
  13. Official Xbox Magazine
    Exceptionally poor: we imagine Bruce is rolling in his grave right now. [Oct 2002, p.109]
  14. This game has just about everything wrong with it that it possibly can.
  15. While there are some isolated elements of Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon that work, such as the extensive collection of moves and authentic sound effects, they are very tiny islands in a swirling maelstrom of poor gameplay and distressing visuals.
  16. 30
    And as if uninspired gameplay wasn’t enough, the game is chock full of the dandiest bugs this side of my bathtub. Let’s see - where to begin. Clipping, bad frame rates, stuck fighters, horrid camera movement, moves that just don’t work and sluggish controls.
  17. One of the most irritating aspects, other than the stiff animation, boring levels, and ridiculous system for buying moves, is the sound during the action sequences.
  18. The biggest flaws that cripple BL: QOTD worse than a dragon punch to the face is the unmanageable control scheme of Bruce Lee during battles due in large part to the horrifically designed fixed camera mechanism.
  19. Xbox Nation Magazine
    The twin albatrosses of slowdown and mediocre graphics loom large over Dragon, and shoddy programming allows for honest-to-dreadfulness crashes. [Fall 2002, p.118]
  20. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Combine this lame gameplay with gaudy graphics, wretched acting and a mercifully short quest, and you've got one of the worst Xbox titles to date. [Oct 2002, p.204]
  21. 20
    Perhaps the most disappointing martial arts adaptation to hit consoles since "The Karate Kid" on the 8-bit NES.
  22. Though the game is in 3D, you cannot move the camera at all. It just tracks Bruce and zooms in and out randomly. Half the time you'll be fighting a guy standing off screen. Not that it matters, though, since the enemies are morons who simply perform the same attacks over and over again.
  23. Game Informer
    I hate this clear exploitation of Bruce Lee's name so much that I am considering going out to buy this game just to bust it into a hundred little pieces. [Sept 2002, p.89]
  24. Such a flawed piece of tripe that no one should have to pay for it, be it a purchase, rental or even as part of your rent. This is the kind of game that you would give to your enemies.

Awards & Rankings

#76 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
User Score

Overwhelming dislike- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 4 out of 5
  1. Rem
    Jul 13, 2013
    The best thing I can say about this game is that they managed to get the sound of Bruce Lee's battle cries right. Anything else beyond thatThe best thing I can say about this game is that they managed to get the sound of Bruce Lee's battle cries right. Anything else beyond that just fails so very very badly. The graphics aren't too bad, but enemy AI is so lackluster and predictable that I got through most levels bashing the controller against the wall. The story is nonsensical and Bruce Lee feels weaker than he should be, which is an insult. Worst of all is the stereotypical voice acting in which everything is delivered with no effort. I came into this game not expecting much, but they delivered worse than what I asked for. More like Quest For Boredom. Full Review »
  2. AndrewM.
    Jul 24, 2003
    This piece of garbage is insult to the legend that is Bruce Lee!
  3. NorairS.
    Jan 1, 2003
    Hey guys stop saying that this game sucks or graphics are bad...You should look at it like a general type of a fighting game. My opinion isHey guys stop saying that this game sucks or graphics are bad...You should look at it like a general type of a fighting game. My opinion is that this game is one of the best games ever made!!!! Full Review »