- Machine: SNES
- Manufacturer: Electronic Arts.
With characters smaller than usual and moves that can be a pain to pull off, this isn't really all that great. The designers insisted on superb animation, and they got it, but that's all they got. Unless you're a real Shaq fan, this just isn't happening.
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- Machine: SNES, Genesis;
- Manufacturer: Electronic Arts; Delphine Software
Wanna Pass? Wanna Shoot? Wanna Flying Dragon-Kick?
Originally signed to do a basketball game that could've been called Shaq Vs. Jordan, NBA sensation Shaquille O'Neal wound up doing something totally different - a martial arts fighting game.
And who's dumb enough to pick a fight with Shaq? Nobody on this planet. During a tour with his team, O'Neal is transported to another dimension. There he finds fighters that are crazy enough to go up against his 7'1", 303 pound frame. He must defeat them all to stop an evil Warlord from returning to earth.
While the characters are slightly smaller than in most fighting games, Delphine hopes to make up for it with animation that's twice as smooth as the competition. The Genesis cart will clock in at 24 megs with 12 characters, while the SNES version will be trimmed to 16 megs with 8 characters (you can thank the money-grubbing guys at Nintendo for the difference).
Can Shaq rock the video game industry? Only time will tell, but if the big guy himself has anything to say about it, you can bet Shaq Fu will be a top seller.
The Shaq Attack is back! The SNES version was good, but this Genesis game's better.
Delphine Software (developers of Flashback) remains the brains behind the programming, but on the Genesis, you get twice as many fighters (12 versus six), and the action's more controllable. You can fight one-on-one or set up an eight-player tournament. In Story Mode, the tale's the same as it is on the SNES: Shaquille invades the mysterious Second World to keep a cursed mummy sorcerer from wreaking vengeance in our reality.
Mean Mutha Muscle
Shaq Fu unleashes a unique fighting arsenal. The most obvious feature is game speed. The fighters make incredibly quick movements, which appear almost comical until you get into them. Kaori the catgirl, for example, dashes in a blur forward or backwards. Voudoo becomes a fast low-slung wolf.
ProTip: Press Down and quickly tap Button A to maintain continous shield power.
Also, the game's packed with energy blasts and weapon attacks, making long-range combat much more of a factor than in any other fighting game. Several Shaq attackers, such as Sett and Beast, can vanish from afar to suddenly appear in your face.
A six-button controller's the way to play if you want to sizzle. Special attacks that require directional-pad moves fire instantly with the six-button controller. However, it's tough to make accurate jumping moves, because of the high-octane game speed.
- Motion Forward, Down, and Back and hit Button B for Sett Ra's Mummy Wrap slap.
- The loser screen reveals a special move for your character. Write it down.
A Little Big Man
The character sprites are short, but Delphine intentionally sacrificed size for speed and additional character animation. Fighting small's an acquired taste, but the blazing martial arts action is ably supplemented by intricate, impressively fluid animation.
Unfortunately, the sounds fizzle. Effects are minimal and the mundane, bouncy music's just on the okay side. At least you get a Shaq CD single bundled with your game.
Fu, Not Fool
Shaq Fu can muscle its way close to Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, but the smallish Shaq sprites may keep some fighters at bay. However, spend the time to master Shaq's attacks, and you'll gladly play the Fu.
The Shaq Attack is after Street Fighter II, but EA made one of the biggest men in pro basketball one of the smallest sprites in a fighting game. It's done in the name of game speed, however, so Shaq is no fool.
Shaq Fu Fightin'
Shaq Fu transports the big guy into a weird fantasy land to set up one-on-one fighting. Fight in the CPU-controlled Story mode, and you save a royal child from Sett Ra, an evil mummy, and his five cohorts. Naturally, one or two players can skip the dramatics for the Duel mode's best-two- out-of-three matchups. Additionally, eight players can rumble in a tournament.
- Press Down, Toward, and A to pull a Shaq reverse Inferno Kick.
- Don't skip the Game Over screens in Duel mode.
- The Shield's we* against ground-hugging special attacks.
- Shaq Fu fighters use quick somersault jumps that are Ideal for psych moves.
The Fu crew fires off high and low kicks and punches, fireballs, and at least three special moves each. You can pull basic Street Fighter-style combos, but two-in-ones are harder to find. Long-range specials, such as the Beast's Roar, are quite devastating.
But it takes more than knowing the moves to rule. You set game speed to either normal or fast... and normal makes Shaq Fu the fastest fighting game around! To keep Fu at bay, your reflexes must be lightning quick, Especially against the invisible attack of Sett Ra and the Beast.
To help you stave off a speedy booty whippin', the controls are ultra sharp. For example, you block by simply pressing Away, but if you continue to press Away and hit an attack button, you pull a slick counterstrike. You also get a, temporary Force Shield, and whenever you're in really bad -- shape, you acquire Fury power for one last desperate attack.
In Your Eyes
Delphine Software (of Flashback fame) programmed Shaq, and the flowing digitized graphics are championship caliber. However, you must balance the hundreds of excellent, high-speed martial arts animations against the obvious trade-off of sprite size.
The sounds have sizzle. The music breezes by, but the cool effects really stick it to you.
Just Fuing Around
Shaq's not going to fu the Street Fighter faithful, but he leads them into a good fight.
He's definitely got the stuff.