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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: During the early stages of the fight the game pauses the action to give tips
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon PlayStation 2 The controller setup can be customised
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon PlayStation 2 Scene 1 - Dark Path: Jen has stolen a sword but has been discovered. Here come the guards
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon PlayStation 2 Scene 1 - Dark Path: Load screen

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Next Level Gaming PlayStation 2 Oct 09, 2003 82 out of 100 82
Worth Playing PlayStation 2 Oct 28, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Oct, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Game Chronicles Xbox Dec 28, 2003 5.9 out of 10 59
Gaming Target Xbox Feb 05, 2004 5.7 out of 10 57
GameZone PlayStation 2 Oct 29, 2003 5.5 out of 10 55
Deeko PlayStation 2 2003 5 out of 10 50
Game Freaks 365 PlayStation 2 2004 4.1 out of 10 41 PlayStation 2 Nov 27, 2003 6 out of 20 30
GameCell UK PlayStation 2 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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