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Set in Qing dynasty of 19th Century China, this adaptation of the film of the same name follows the path of the characters Jen, Yu Shu Lien and Li Mu Bai. When warrior Li decides to retire from fighting, he gives his famous jade sword, The Green Destiny, to a nobleman. The weapon is stolen shortly afterwards, and he has to hunt down the thief with his friend Yu Shu Lien, while the sassy nobleman's daughter Jen keeps crossing their path.

The epic story has been split up in three parts, one for each character. The game mimics the film's famous martial arts, based on the Wudan fighting style, with a set of basic attacks, attack combos and special moves, combined with defensive actions such as basic blocking, combo blocking and evasion. While fighting, the characters learn new moves, collect items and earn rewards. Skills are improved according to your fighting style. Using specific attacks (e.g. unarmed) boosts the related skills, which can be leveled up.

There are different flavours of weapons to be collected, from axes to swords, spears and sabers, and even exotic variants such as falchion, firangi or gloive. New ones can be acquired during battle, but enemies can pick them up as well.


Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon PlayStation 2 Scene 1 - Dark Path: The scene starts with an animated sequence in which Jen steals the sword
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon PlayStation 2 Scene 1 - Dark Path: During the early stages of the fight the game pauses the action to give tips
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon PlayStation 2 The main menu and title screen<br>The Special Mode is not available at the start of the game
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon PlayStation 2 In the first part of the story Jen has seen a wonderful sword and sets out to steal it

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Alternate Titles

  • "Tigre & Dragon" -- French title
  • "Tiger & Dragon" -- German title

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Critic Reviews

Worth Playing Xbox Jan 08, 2004 7 out of 10 70
ToTheGame Xbox Oct 26, 2003 7 out of 10 70
GameZone Xbox Dec 26, 2003 6.5 out of 10 65
Game Chronicles Xbox Dec 28, 2003 5.9 out of 10 59
IGN Xbox Feb 02, 2004 4.8 out of 10 48 PlayStation 2 Jan 13, 2004 43 out of 100 43 PlayStation 2 Nov 27, 2003 6 out of 20 30
Super Play (Sweden) Xbox Feb, 2004 3 out of 10 30
GameCell UK PlayStation 2 2003 2 out of 10 20 (UK) PlayStation 2 Dec 05, 2003 2 out of 10 20


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Cancelled GameCube version

A GameCube version was announced, but cancelled.

Cancelled successor

For the Windows version, Phantagram was developing a MMORPG based on the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon universe, but since 2003, no more news or information has appeared.
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