Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style Reviews (PlayStation)

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Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style is one hell of a fighting game. The Wu-Tang clan makes for some truly interesting characters to play and the settings and opponents are borderline exotic in nature. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of depth and gameplay contained in this title. The sheer number of moves that each character has alone will keep gamers busy for weeks trying to figure them all out. The Story Mode is totally awesome with some phat gameplay and stylin' action. The music is some of the best in its genre and the graphics are above average throughout the title. If you are looking for a good, deep fighter that also throws in a little something different than look no further…Wu-Tang: Shoalin Style is a winner!
Gamezilla (Jan 11, 2000)
If I wasn’t a fan of the Wu-Tang Clan, I don’t think that I would like the game very much. But Activision did a great job of putting this game down. The controls are basically Tekken-like and were fairly east to pick up. I like the idea of the two to four player versus mode, which adds to the replay value of the game. The story mode gets boring after a while, but had me hooked until I completed 36 chambers for all nine members. I feel that this game is one of the best multiplayer games available for the PSX with the endless game play, exclusive Wu-Tang tracks that are only available on this game, and all the blood and gore. So, if you love gore and rap music, this game is for you. If you don’t like blood and rap, I suggest you try something else, ‘cause this one’s not for you.
If you’re looking for a new fighting game for the PlayStation, but you’re tired of the endless stream of Street Fighter clones that have swamped the system since the early days, I can’t think of a single title I would recommend more highly than Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style. I had a complete and total blast playing this game, especially in the multiplayer mode, and can easily see the title appealing to all fight fans, including those who wouldn’t normally consider themselves to be “fans” of the Wu-Tang Clan. At the very least, this title is definitely worth a quick rental. You very well may end up becoming a fan in spite of yourself.
IGN (Nov 30, 1999)
It's the novel four-player gameplay that just sews you're a-hole shut and keeps feeding you, and feeding you, and feeding you... until you pop. There will be a bunch of Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style clones in the near future, and some of them may end up being better (especially if they track stats). But right now, you've got the source, and that puts this game in an entire other must-have category for party gamers. It's not a perfect fighter, but it's fun and vicious. And with the parent lock on, it suddenly becomes a game that's moderately appropriate for children -- no cursing, no overt violence other than fighting, and an ethnic cast that stands apart from all the other charmless white-bread heroes in gaming. This is the Mortal Kombat that MK will never be again. Between this and Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Activision is proving that a good license can become a great game.
Player One (Dec, 1999)
Avec son côté Mortal Kombat, Shaolin Style est un jeu à conseiller aux amateurs de rap et aux fêrus de baston. Fun, mais moyen au niveau du gameplay. Dommage !
Mega Fun (Nov, 1999)
Warum es so lange gedauert hat, bis es einen PlayStation-Multitap-Prügler gibt, ist mir schleierhaft. Wu Tang stopft diese Lücke mit flüssiger Animation und schneller Action. Demnach fehlt es dem Titel an der nötigen Spieltiefe, um mit den Aushängeschildern des Genres mitzuhalten. Da kann selbst der coole Soundtrack nicht mehr viel rausreißen. Habt ihr aber öfters mehrere Beat‘emUp-Freunde zu Hause. dann ist Wu Tang sicher eine lohnenswerte Anschaffung. Für den Alleinunterhalter wird es auf Dauer zu trist.
Grafikmässigt är spelet en katastrof och kan knappt mäta sig ens med Toshinden, här borde Paradox ha arbetat lite mer. Musiken är mer eller mindre en smaksak. Gillar man Wu-Tang gillar man det här. I sin helhet har dock inte Wu-Tang: Taste the Pain mycket mer att erbjuda än kända rappare och deras musik. Flerspelarläget är visserligen välkommet men ack så rörigt.
CyberGames (Dec 02, 1999)
Worth a rental if violence and action is your bag. Definitely one for big Wu-Tang fans to check out.
Video Games (Nov, 1999)
Schade um den gut inszenierten Story-Modus, aber mit der schwachen Fighting-Engine will auf lange Sicht keine rechte Freude aufkommen. Ihr seid einfach zu eingeschränkt in eurer Bewegungsfreiheit: Wie will man sich beispielsweise gegen drei Angreifer gleichzeitig wehren, wenn man mangels Sprüngen, Sprints. Ausweichmanövern oder Ähnlichem praktisch auf der Stelle kleben bleiben muss? Im Getümmel mit vier Leuten On-Screen wird jedes taktische Vorgehen auch schnell zur Farce, wenn die Moves zudem noch recht träge ausgeführt werden. Nicht, dass Wu Tang: Shaolin Style grundsätzlich keinen Spaß macht - man freut sich über jede neu freigespielte Kammer - zu einem Beat‘em-Up-Spitzentitel vom Capcom- oder Namco-Kaliber fehlt jedoch noch einiges.
Game Revolution (Dec, 1999)
If you swear allegiance to the Wu world order and happen to be looking for a good fight to whet your blood lust, go for it Shaolin style. But if you're focusing on the fighting factor, you might be disappointed. The antics of the Clan will eventually wear thin, and you'll be soon be left searching for the next challenge.
Power Unlimited (Nov, 1999)
Shaolin Style is een zwaar tegenvallende vechttitel, vooral omdat ik me er best op had verheugd. Om heel eerlijk te zijn, kan ik me niet eens voorstellen dat de leden van de Wu Tang Clan zelf hun Tekken-CD uit de console halen voor deze halfgare buttonslammer. Jammer hoor.
Jeuxvideo.com (Dec 13, 1999)
Un jeu qui avait pourtant quelques atouts dans son jean trop large mais on se demande si les concepteurs se sont mis en tête de créer un jeu fun ou juste de tirer sur le filon "fan de". Shaolin Style n'offre qu'un intérêt limité pour qui apprécie les jeux de baston.
GameSpot (Nov 10, 1999)
While Thrill Kill was cancelled for its extreme violence, it really wasn't a very good game, either. Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style jacks the Thrill Kill engine and masks the game's problems with an amazingly unique and surprisingly game-ready license, an intriguing story mode, and occasionally humorous fatalities. But at its core it remains a flawed fighting game. The game's multiplayer mode will have some appeal for casual fighting-game fans and fans of four-player games that don't require much attention. That said, I found myself going back to the game's single-player mode over and over again, trying to unlock those last few chambers. With a different fighting engine behind it, this could have been a much, much better game.