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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 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Jun 26, 2018
    75
    While I suggest picking it up for the comedy factor and some of the stylish game play, I would still recommend you wait for a slight price drop for now, but when it does happen, pick this one up.
  2. Jun 19, 2018
    65
    The legend is reborn, but is it worth it? You can go and fight baddies as Shaq fu again, but in a really really short game. The game looks good and plays nicely, but you can only do so alone. And all that makes it simply too expensive.
  3. Jul 30, 2018
    60
    Shaq Fu is a classic beat'em up game, that offers good variety of movements and action, counting with Shaquille as main character. Despite this, the gameplay is quite simple and the action turns in pushing buttons with no sense. It displays a good design, cartoon style with 3D graphics, but maybe it become a bad decision for the action that the game must give. After that, the performance or the constant crashes could be frustrating for a game that can't give the experience that the user deserves.
  4. Jun 13, 2018
    54
    Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is a bland and repetitive brawler that tries too hard in the comedy department. Some good ideas are scattered throughout and the art is great, but it’s too little to really prop up the game. Short enough to get through in a couple of hours, however, the lack of co-op and the dull structure leaves a lot to be desired. Big Deez set out to rewrite history, but some things are best left alone.
  5. Jun 28, 2018
    50
    A great experience for classic 16 bits fighting games fans. Simple but organic, enjoyable and fun. A great option if we like action but also a very simple game with repetitive mechanics.
  6. Jun 26, 2018
    50
    I fully expected Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn to be a complete disaster, and while it has faults, it’s competent, but yet mediocre at best. Even though it’s not completely terrible like its predecessor, Shaq needs to be remembered for his ball skills, not voice acting and games. Icy-Hot won’t save you from this one.
  7. Jun 18, 2018
    30
    From being a technical disaster and unfunny self-aware piece of software, Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn is an embarrassment to Shaq-Fu's 16-bit legacy. The original may not have been much, but at least it was not made ironically. The original was made by a talented team that did the best it could with what it had. A Legend Reborn is made with current technology and it somehow looks uglier and plays worse than the game that was coded in the '90s with pixels.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 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
  2. Oct 8, 2018
    10
    its basically lots of ass kicking as the game implies or street fighter on roids.
  3. Jun 6, 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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  4. Apr 8, 2019
    8
    A creative and funny game. It presents challenge here and there, and is just plain fun to lay a beat down through hordes of enemies. There areA creative and funny game. It presents challenge here and there, and is just plain fun to lay a beat down through hordes of enemies. There are lots of enemy types and level design with ways to take the enemy down using the environment. The art work is pretty damn good... top notch graphic novel type art. Considering I got the game for $10 on Amazon, it's a great value. Considering the retro-type game play (double dragon type scrolling beat em up), it's probably a $20-$30 game. I would say the game is repetitive, but overcomes that with varied and creative enemies and and level design/locations.

    I'm having a blast. The game's strongest point is its humor. They spent some time on the dialog and jokes, and you get to kick annoying celebrity ass, which is always satisfying. I gauge games on if I'm having fun, and this is definitely a fun game. The art and humor are nice bonuses.
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  5. Jun 8, 2018
    7
    Shaquille O’Neal has been a larger than life human being for most of his life and I must admit that I like him very much because he’s alwaysShaquille O’Neal has been a larger than life human being for most of his life and I must admit that I like him very much because he’s always managed to make me laugh. As you can imagine then I’ve been really looking forward to Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn since I first heard about it last year, and thankfully as far as side-scrolling beat-em-up’s go it’s actually a pretty decent addition to the genre. Don’t get me wrong it’s not the best beat-em-up I’ve ever played before and it does suffer with a few shortcomings, but in the end it gets more things right than it gets wrong and most important of all it’s fun. If you like story’s that are packed with humour then you will love what this game has to offer. I must admit that the game’s humour had me chuckling out loud quite a few times, and I especially enjoyed the Shaq references that were dotted throughout the game. The gameplay that accompanies this wacky story also has a decent amount of fun included in it and it was nice to see that the combat remained fluid and responsive throughout thanks to the decent controls. You will however bump into a few technichal issues every now and then though, and whilst none of them are major I did get annoyed a few times especially when it came to the collision detection. You will also notice that the game’s difficulty spikes out of nowhere from time to time and this can be frustrating especially when you’re trying to get a high score. Even though the difficulty can be a problem at times it still didn’t stop me from having fun with this game and I think this was mainly down to the enemies that are present in the game. Each enemy has had a lot of thought and effort placed into them and a lot of variety also comes with the enemies which means fighting them very rarely gets dull even though you can’t pull off many moves when fighting them. Unfortunately whilst the content that’s present is pretty fun and enjoyable there just isn’t enough of it. You can literally complete this game in a couple of hours and the lack of content means that you’re highly unlikely to come back to the game, which is a shame. Thankfully though there is nothing lacking when it comes to the presentation side of the game. The visuals and sound design have a fun and quirky feel to them and when they both combine together they do in a way make the gameplay that little bit more fun, which is great. At the end of the day even though Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn suffers with a few problems I still ended up having a fun and enjoyable time with the game. Don’t get me wrong this game isn’t for everybody but if you like fun and wacky beat-em-up’s then you will definitely find something here that will tickle your fancy. Expand
  6. 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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