Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 41
  2. Negative: 2 out of 41
  1. If this had Xbox Live! support it would be a definite 10; one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences you can have on Xbox - get it now...
  2. The ultimate laugh-out-loud party game.
  3. With mind-blowing visuals, music, dialogue, and animation to die for, KFC is the most filling Chinese you may ever encounter. [Mar 2003, p.60]
  4. There was something almost intangible about it that made me keep playing it. The more that I played the more I started to appreciate its humor, depth and just solid fun game play.
  5. A surprisingly solid collection of various offensive and defensive moves, good visuals, and plain all-out fun multiplayer gaming more than makes up for the few small shortcomings of Kung Fu Chaos.
  6. This isn't for the serious hardcore fighter, though there is plenty here to like, but with the campy humor many may be put off.
  7. The gameplay is almost as much fun to watch as it is to play. Once you get past some of the frustrations in cheap deaths from level hazard surprises or camera angles, you’ll find KFC to be quite addictive.
  8. An addictive game. Although the multiplayer part lacks in quality, it certainly makes up for it in the single player game.
  9. The otherwise almost flawlessly executed retro design (which includes a grainy visual effect), lovely graphics, and combination of quick, arcade-style combat with ever mutating obstacles prove much more diverting than the bad humor.
  10. As long as you're not expecting a serious Soul Calibur-esque beat 'em up, then there's so much to admire about KFC; it's huge fun from the word go, has an absolute shedload of unlockables and has a style all of its own.
  11. If you thought your Xbox was only good for driving games and first-person shooters think again.
  12. Chaos isn't quite as deep as the Dreamcast's "Powerstone," but outdoes it for raw fun and as a multiplayer game it's tough to beat. [GamesMaster]
  13. 80
    The game has a fantastic soundtrack, great graphics and a fighting engine that, while not the best I've eer seen, still has a good amount of depth.
  14. 80
    This game is nothing short of a stunning, comedic, gaming classic.
  15. 80
    With its martial arts action, Kung Fu Chaos is a bit like "Mario Party" with a mean streak.
  16. Hollywood always screws up a good, cheesy kung fu movie by disrupting it with a plot (Jackie Chan, we’re looking at your outtakes reel), but the B-movie studio in this video game doesn’t make that mistake.
  17. 80
    Throwing kicks, punches, taunts, and even princesses in homage to '70s era martial arts, this laugh-and-punch thrill ride is a ton of fun. Stupid fun, yes, but fun nonetheless.
  18. 77
    A fun party fighter with lots of visual variety but little gameplay differentiation and a horrid sense of humor.
  19. 75
    If you liked the "Power Stone" series, then you will love Kung Fu Chaos. For n00bs to the genre, it's hard not to like a game like KFC. It has all of the ingredients of a highly entertaining game, and once you add multiplayer into the mix it makes for a perfect party game.
  20. Its style and abundance of butt-kicking goodness provide enough fun for the whole ninja clan, though it's a little light on depth for the more hardcore fighters.
  21. If you’re offended or annoyed by Carl Douglas’ Kung Fu Fighting song, stay away. For others with a more open mind, this is worth a look, even if it’s a rental.
  22. An absolute blast to play through one time exactly and only. If you have to backtrack at all (which unfortunately you do) the fun rapidly diminishes, which adds up to zero replay value.
  23. Fun for a quick multiplayer spar, but it doesn't come close to what we were hoping for nor what the Xbox really needs. [Apr 2003, p.85]
  24. There are so many spoofs of classic martial arts characters and one-liners that I found myself laughing hysterically. Director Shao Ting seems to be filled with more stupid jokes then just about any character I've seen.
  25. A fun arena brawling game that has some interesting gameplay twists that provides a surprising amount of depth to the combat.
  26. Those expecting a highly addictive party game in the same vein as Nintendo’s "Super Smash Brothers" will find nothing but disappointment, but all is not entirely bad.
  27. Probably won't keep you occupied for long, especially if you're not playing it with a rowdy group of friends. But it can make for some good, silly fun in short spurts.
  28. Unfortunately, the combo system is designed for a button-mashing extravaganza - and combos of X-X-X just don't cut it today. [Mar 2003, p.88]
  29. 63
    I've yet to play with anyone who wasn't totally frustrated, annoyed, or bored by the game in a multiplayer match.
  30. Questionable in taste, weak in humor, and uneven in play, Chaos dampens its drawers with mediocrity. [Apr 2003, p.72]
  31. The first few moments will have you rolling about laughing and you'll no doubt have a blast; after that, however, the monkey magic will drain and you'll be back to your Dreamcast with Capcom's more refined multiplayer brawler ("Powerstone") in the slot.
  32. Fun, and can be good for laughs, but just like the films it pokes fun at, the game is about as deep as a candy dish.
  33. Due to the over simplistic controls they fall just a bit short to make a game that can capture a group of people for more than a couple of minutes at a time.
  34. While Kung Fu Chaos is marketed as a party game intended for four players, I keep finding the single-player mode more riveting and fun.
  35. It's not that it's inherently a racist game; rather, it simply wields its satire with such a lack of grace and humor that it's difficult to rally behind the attempt. [Apr/May 2003, p.86]
  36. KFC's humor is about as subtle as a punch to the groin, and not nearly as smart. [Apr 2003, p.128]
  37. The multiplayer mode offers less variety in gameplay, and the homogenous characters severely limit the game's depth.
  38. Taken as pure fighting game, it could use some power-ups, more fixed arenas, more characters, and distinct moves.
  39. 50
    A suitable distraction if you're bored. But then again, so is bird watching. [Apr 2003, p.54]
  40. The game gets very old, very fast, especially in the four-player mode.
  41. This is just the kind of flatly tepid, uninspired, marketing department driven pablum I was afraid Microsoft would make upon entering the console wars.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. AlexK.
    Nov 6, 2003
    8
    This is a great game. I think the critics have all missed the point. This is not something that should be compared to Dead or Alive 3 or Soul Calibur 2. It's not a serious beat 'em up for hardcore gamers - it's a party game. Get three friends round, have a few beers and this game is great fun! Full Review »
  2. Mar 6, 2014
    10
    Kung Fu Chaos is one of my all-time favorite couch multiplayer games, along with Mashed, Halo and Fusion Frenzy. I still bust it out for video game nights in 2014! Full Review »
  3. Bacon
    Mar 18, 2005
    10
    Man is this ever a great game. It deserves a far better score from the critcs, they flatout missed the boat on this one. Great graphics, great gameplay(unique), funniest game ive ever played, best played with a couple of friends. I highly reccomend this game just dont go into it thinking your getting a DOA, or a mortal kombat, contrary to what the critics say it's not that kind of a game. Full Review »