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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: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. Jun 8, 2018
    75
    By all accounts, Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn should have been a disastrous failure. However, it ended up as a surprisingly competent beat-em-up, and its passionate charm and fun gameplay make up for its uneven humor and short replay value. Put on some Gold Bond and head to the court, because it’s time for a Shaq Attack!
  2. Jun 7, 2018
    70
    Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn is a solid side-scrolling brawler. We were unsure of what to expect from this whole 'Settle the score of ‘94' tagline, but were pleasantly surprised with the amount of fun it offers. While it lasts, it serves up a fun-filled ride with silly dialogue, politically incorrect humour and excessive amounts of ‘Shaqness’. You might even be entitled to get this game for free but those who must part with their money and are on the market for some mindless brawling, you could do far worse than this Shaq attack.
  3. Jun 18, 2018
    70
    Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is everything the first game should have been; it doesn’t have to be “so bad it’s good,” and it features some good honest fun at its core. A Legend Reborn is definitely one to pick up if you’ve missed the beat ‘em up genre and are fancying something with a modern twist.
  4. 55
    A Legend Reborn is a fun, simple brawler but nothing more. I enjoyed the humor for what it was, and it doesn’t take an overly long amount to time to clear. It’s one of those games you can spend a day playing and not feel like you’re being cheated out of anything if you never play it again. Shaq Fu’s return won’t earn the horrible reputation of its predecessor, but will probably be easily forgotten before the year is over.
  5. Jul 19, 2018
    45
    Trying to play the nostalgia chord is risky, because it has its own limits. It shows, in Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn. Despite its hilarious scenario, the game is repetitive and devoid of any attempt to create something new.
  6. Jul 16, 2018
    40
    Its overly simplistic visuals are easy to forget and its repetitive combat system does not do a lot for the player's amusement. A missed opportunity to make something more memorable that could rival the original game.
  7. 20
    This absolute travesty was the maiden game by Big Deez Productions. It’s never a nice feeling to be this critical about something, because people did put hard work and passion into it, and as a critic I feel like I’m being cruel to say that something is completely irredeemable. But what Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is: irredeemable. This is 2018’s most cuttingly unpleasant game to play. And I'm one of those that played Agony.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
  1. Aug 12, 2019
    10
    by all means is this a good game bro.. really love this game. it was a birfday gift aond i have like 5000 hours on it and i like it shaq fu isby all means is this a good game bro.. really love this game. it was a birfday gift aond i have like 5000 hours on it and i like it shaq fu is best game i everplay. really sucks that whoever shaq fu is is black. i dont like black people. cool game and i really enjoyed thisg ame its like mortal kombat but better. Expand
  2. Nov 14, 2018
    10
    Shaq please god Shaq visit my house or else i'm going to **** die in two days Shaq Shaq please if you're hearing this message please oh jesusShaq please god Shaq visit my house or else i'm going to **** die in two days Shaq Shaq please if you're hearing this message please oh jesus christ i can feel the life slipping from me right now Expand
  3. 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 sunning human achievement of all time that is this game, don't read ahead, unless you want to ruin your life. 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.

    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.

    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 humans. This game will soon hang in a museum, in it's own concealed room, away from the garbage such as the Mona Lisa and Starry Night, on it's own, where it belongs, admired by all, old and young
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  4. Aug 4, 2018
    8
    If you are someone who doesn't always take games seriously you might find this enjoyable. It's a side scrolling beat em up where Shaq (bornIf you are someone who doesn't always take games seriously you might find this enjoyable. It's a side scrolling beat em up where Shaq (born from China) needs to stop demons from taking over the world. As silly as this sounds the story is ridiculous in a hilarious way and the cut scenes are well done. It does have some edgy content and humor so not for young kids. The graphics while not the most cutting edge are quite good and colorful. Shaq is well designed as well as the goofy enemies and zany bosses. The gameplay is fun and challenging even on normal. The game is short. Took me about 4-5 hours to beat it but had lots of laughs and fun. Come in with low expectations and you may be pleasantly surprised. Expand
  5. May 23, 2021
    7
    A genuinely fun game that is difficult to put down. The sequences are corny but graphically well done. Good soundtrack as well.
  6. Nov 10, 2022
    5
    too simple and too repetitive but some people might have a good time with it
  7. Aug 11, 2018
    0
    Avoid if you're Chinese. The racism is strong in this one.

    Actually, do yourself a favor and just avoid it if you consider yourself a gamer
    Avoid if you're Chinese. The racism is strong in this one.

    Actually, do yourself a favor and just avoid it if you consider yourself a gamer because it's also just a legitimately bad game and maybe one of the few that actually deserves the troll 0 score.
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