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  • Summary: Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is what the original game should have been an instant classic. We're talking Streets of Rage meets Street Fighter meets Devil May Cry. It's a modern day take on the classic beat 'em up. Play as Shaquille O'Neal learn hundreds of moves and battle techniques, take onShaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is what the original game should have been an instant classic. We're talking Streets of Rage meets Street Fighter meets Devil May Cry. It's a modern day take on the classic beat 'em up. Play as Shaquille O'Neal learn hundreds of moves and battle techniques, take on thousands of enemies with dozens of cool melee weapons, battle bosses in dynamic arenas, master cool finishing moves and play with your buddies in COOP mode or against each other in player vs player combat.

    In Shaq Fu, dozens of unique and varied enemies await which require careful use of tactics. The game also features destructive environments, awesome power ups and a series of well-designed, beautiful levels with interesting progression. This is all tied together by what very well might be the story of the century, a performance worthy of an Oscar, by the Big Diesel, in his battle against a villain for the ages the mysterious Black Star Ninja.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 10 out of 12
  1. Jun 8, 2018
    60
    Pretty average all things considered but given what we received over two decades ago, that has to be considered somewhat of a success...Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn takes the beat ‘em up format and runs with it in the same way any game has over the last 30 or so years. It has moments where it’s relatively fun, but you’ll need to be a hardened fan to get the most out of it.
  2. 55
    Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn is a fun title for as long as it lasts and a forgettable one once it ends.
  3. Jul 3, 2018
    47
    This game is better than its predecessor, but that does not mean it is great. It's short, the story mode is minimal and the fighting system is way too simplistic to be enjoyable.
  4. Jun 15, 2018
    30
    A nostalgic joke taken too far. Though there are postivies in the presentation, the gameplay is laborious, even draining. Shaq Fu outstays its welcome, despite its meagre run-time, which is far more offensive than its juvenile attempts at "edgy" comedy. Shaq should've known better than to put his name to this, and everyone should've known better than to put money into its creation.
  5. Jul 3, 2018
    30
    A poorly written game with gameplay that feels stiff and archaic, along with endless waves of enemies that take far too long to beat.
  6. Jun 27, 2018
    30
    I can’t recommend Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn - it’s a joke that fizzles out quickly, and leaves a sour taste in your mouth.
  7. 20
    Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is a misfire in just about every way. The gameplay is dull and simplistic, the art and sound design are low quality, and the story is not only unfunny, but also surprisingly offensive. In other words, it's exactly what you would expect a Shaq Fu sequel to be like.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jun 5, 2018
    10
    As more worthless games come and go, Shaq-Fu is here to stay. Shaq-Fu is possibly the greatest experience created by humans, and for humans.As more worthless games come and go, Shaq-Fu is here to stay. Shaq-Fu is possibly the greatest experience created by humans, and for humans. By combining the likes of Gahndi, Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Fred Figglehorn, you are left with Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn.

    If you haven't played the most stunning human achievement of all time that is this game, don't read ahead, unless you want to ruin your life by spoiling the most amazingly written, and acted story of all time. Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn follows the story of Shaq Fe-Hung from the Chinese town Hung-Lo. He abandons his mother to fight against the demons that Yen-Lo-Weng has sent to Earth. He trains with his mentor Ye-Ye until he is murdered by the minions of of Yen-Lo-Weng. As Ye-Ye utters his last breath, he tells Shaq that Yen-Lo-Weng has sent demons to Earth disguised as celebrities, and Shaq must kill these celebrities and save humanity. All the characters are so in-depth and brought out to the public. They are so bright with personality, whether it's being caring, or being edgy, or determined enough to save the world, Shaq-Fu has all of it there. Such characters such as Shaq, or Ye-Ye, spoke to me on a personal level, and I cried at multiple times during the extremely crisp 12K resolution, 10,00 fps cut scenes, which really tug at your heart.

    Along with the riveting and heart-wrenching story, Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn also excels in the aspect of gameplay. Shaq is an outstanding choice for the protaganist of this game and it shows in his personality, attitude, and his gameplay style. He can use multiple attacks and use a super attack, which may have drawn inspiration from Mega Man, but done much better, as Mega Man pales in comparison to this masterpiece of all media and enterntainment. The games focus, as I mentioned, is on Shaq's multiple superhuman abilities to defeat the evil celebrities. Shaq can kick AND punch, which is absolutely insane for a game of this age. No other games are as packed with amazing content and gameplay mechanics such as this singular game. I was never bored, this game features some of - sorry, THE best the best level design in a game ever, while keeping things fresh with it's ever changing roster of mechanics. (Which are once again, better than Mega Man's.)

    Plus the presentation is stunning running at 12K on all platform including the Atari 2600. Whoops! It seems as though I forgot to mention that this game is playable on every single games console in existence, while being able to play the same high in technicality controls, gameplay, along with the high definition graphics. Consoles from the Atari 2600 to the Nintendo Gamecube to the XBOX One, Shaq-Fu runs like a dream on all platforms and plays with the same controls while being locked at 10,000 fps.

    Overall Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn is definitely the greatest piece of media in the history of all humankind. This game belongs in something of a museum. It possesses all the natural traits of art, while pushing it to its own limit, and making itself better by the second. Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn is my favorite thing in this entire universe. And nothing comes close to topping this masterpiece.
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  2. Jun 6, 2018
    10
    For a 20$ title how could you not put this at a 10. I mean yes the story is roughly 3 or 4 hours and it doesnt have much reply ability afterFor a 20$ title how could you not put this at a 10. I mean yes the story is roughly 3 or 4 hours and it doesnt have much reply ability after the 2nd or perhaps 3rd time. But for 20$ your getting a game that (for me) didn't bug out, made me laugh countless times, had a pretty decent story and was still difficult at times but still just a blast. I don't know what people expect out of these games but for me at 20$ this is perfect Expand
  3. Jun 6, 2018
    10
    The most amazing achievement of mankind! I love this game and have been waiting for months for it to be released. 10/10
  4. Dec 17, 2018
    7
    Shaq Fu is an average game. Average Beat-Em Up. Average Story. The gameplay itself isn't bad, it does change throughout the game and doesn'tShaq Fu is an average game. Average Beat-Em Up. Average Story. The gameplay itself isn't bad, it does change throughout the game and doesn't get stale. , I did enjoy the graphics and I did find the level design to be unique from stage to stage and liked to variety. and the jokes actually made me laugh out loud a few times. Hearing Shaq voice Shaq was a plus too. I enjoyed my time with this game and do not regret playing it! Expand
  5. Jun 5, 2018
    7
    This game would be an excellent arcade cabinet. It plays as a wonderful Beat-em-up. The controls are fairly decent for the game but theThis game would be an excellent arcade cabinet. It plays as a wonderful Beat-em-up. The controls are fairly decent for the game but the vertical movement is a little fidgety and there aren't any vertical attacks. For $20, is a decent story with fair replay value. The biggest drawback is how there isn't a versus mode like in the original. Once it includes the versus mode, I'll say that it's worth $30(cost of physical). The game has some bugs that need to be fixed but I was able to complete the storyline despite the game freezing a couple times while fighting Diamond.

    The trophies are easily achievable with a second playthrough. The commentary is hilarious and the product placement for icy hot is perfect. I do wish that there could be more weapons included, especially in areas where the fights are more difficult.
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  6. Jun 12, 2018
    6
    Overall Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is a well constructed beat 'em up that misses the mark with it's jokes and would massively benefit from aOverall Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is a well constructed beat 'em up that misses the mark with it's jokes and would massively benefit from a multiplayer mode. That being said it feels great to smash through evil henchmen and transform into a human-cactus hybrid. Expand
  7. Jun 5, 2018
    5
    Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn
    Shaq is back
    A Legend Reborn is a 3 hour long beat up game where you play a once ordinary Chinese boy shaquille o
    Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn
    Shaq is back
    A Legend Reborn is a 3 hour long beat up game where you play a once ordinary Chinese boy shaquille o niel
    however you weren’t as ordinary as you think
    you have the mark..
    the mysterious birth mark of the chosen on
    So you set out to take down celebrities to get one step closer to taking down yen lo wang as the prophecies have for told…
    And this game is just not fun.
    Shaq Fu tries to do the whole Suda51 thing which is really its only saving grace
    its full of pop culture references, one of the boss battles is against what I’m assuming is kim kardashians butt though in the game shes given a different name.. but we know the truth…
    youll be taking on a number of others here as well that I wont spoil, but every level ends in a boss fight..
    These levels though just drag on forever..
    back to the suda 51 thing.. the constant jokes are the only thing that kept me going through this game..
    however theyre poorly delivered by the game..
    not the voice actors..
    the voice acting is fine, the writing is great..
    it just feels so awkwardly placed in game.. there are never smooth transitions such as moments where shaq breaks the 4th wall to tell the game designer to stop with the endless waves of enemies..
    and I wish he would’ve taken shaqs advice..
    all enemies in every level is pretty much the same enemy with a different skin, and youre mashing buttons punching and kicking filling up a meter to unlock a powerful move rinse and repeat until you get to a boss fight, which is the only fun moments of the game..
    but from the beginning of a level to the boss is just a monotonous grind with the occasional fun moments of being big deiseal or shactus slicing through enemies like warm butter while the game slaps you with some pretty offensive stuff and the occasional icy hot patch
    Shaq Fu A legend reborn is a functioning game but that’s about it..
    its playable though a boss fight against paris Hilton stopped working twice forcing me to restart.
    the ridiculous humor is all this game has going for it.. and with the poor delivery of the humor through the game, saying that is even a stretch,
    I give Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn
    a 4.5/10
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