Dreamworks Kung Fu Panda
|a game by||Luxoflux Corp.|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, PC, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.3/10 - 3 votes|
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|See also:||Movie-based Games, Kung Fu Panda Games|
I love pandas, I love martial arts, and I love comical childlike culture. So, when Luxoflux developed the 2008 video game Kung Fu Panda to go along with the movie, I was naturally excited. This loose adaption of the movie puts you in control of the famous Po and you, unlike your movie counterpart, can kick some ass. This game is probably suitably compared to something like a mix between Crash Bandicoot and Devil May Cry. While it has nothing like the bloodiness and the maturity of a DmC game, it has the awesome combat style.
Pair that up with the platforming and puzzle aspects, and it’s easy to see why this was a hit when it was released in 2008. Like many adventure games, you will develop your skills across the game and pick up new contextual abilities to help you progress from point to point. From learning new fighting techniques to movement tricks to help you navigate through the environment, Kung Fu Panda does a fine job of giving you a sense of keen progression.
Growing and Developing
Just as the film focused on, the movie follows Po and his development from hapless comedy character to a genuinely impressive martial artist. I did also appreciate the fact that as the game goes on you unlock more and more of the characters from the movie. The likes of Master Shifu and the Furious Five will all be unlocked in the course of numerous playthroughs.
You’ll also get used to picking up weapons and abilities as you battle from level to level. I appreciated the combat variety when moving from bare-hand combat to using a weapon; it adds a sense of adventure and unicity to the combat. As you play through the game, you collect Furious Five action figures and rare coins that can then be used in the Extras menu to unlock some nice goodies.
A Short (Fun) Journey
In terms of replay length, I found that I somewhat ran out of things to do after two playthroughs. While I would say that a playthrough could be done in a single day if you already knew what you were doing, it offered enough thrills and challenges to make both playthroughs a satisfying, enjoyable affair.
Having been received positively upon release, I would have to say that I enjoy the combat, the pace, and the storyline. Loosely based on the move itself, I would say this is a game well worth trying out. The humour is fun, the graphics still hold up well enough today, and the combat and progression is rewarding enough to keep you playing to the end of the game for sure. Plus, Po is awesome – who isn’t a lover of Po!?
- Satisfying and fun combat
- Enough variety in characters
- Suitable unlockable content
- Progression from levels is fun
- Narration and story is well put together
- Could feel a little longer or have more depth
- Multiplayer options are practically dead today
- Combat can feel its age compared to modern titles