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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 2.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 1.8
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.3
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 2.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.2
Overall User Score (12 votes) 2.4

Critic Reviews

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GamePro (US) (Dec, 1994)
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.
Shaq-Fu is a playable, feature-laden cart with excellent animation, well drawn, if somewhat small, sprites. The characters are hugely varied, with a good array of special and standard attacks. The game doesn't facilitate combos though, which limits the strategic element. Mortal II still reigns supreme, but this is a good alternative.
Mean Machines (Oct, 1994)
If looks could kill this game would be Jack the Ripper but sadly the small sprites and some fundamental gameplay faults stop this being the classic it could have been.
Game Players (Dec, 1994)
The animation is incredibly fluid and there's no denying that almost everything looks great. But waiting for all those frames of animation to play after each move means that Shaq Fu also has some pretty sluggish control - a near fatal problem for a fighting game.
Technisch ist an Shaq Fu nichts auszusetzen, nur das Szenario wirkt etwas bizarr (Shaq hüpft in seinen halblangen Basketball-Hosen durch die Gegend, die Gegner sind eher fernöstlich angehaucht), ist aber trotzdem ganz witzig. Vor allem die Gestaltwandlerin bringt überraschende Effekte auf den Bildschirm. Meine Empfehlung: mal ansehen und probespielen.
Defunct Games (Feb 21, 2013)
Shaq Fu works as both a single and multiplayer game. It's not perfect and the gameplay may turn some gamers away, but adventure is long and I enjoyed the detailed backgrounds and memorable cast of characters. I also think the animation looks incredible, even two decades later. Guilty pleasure or not, Shaq Fu is a lot of fun.
Video Games (Nov, 1994)
Ein Probespielchen ist Shaq Fu allemal wert, der eine oder andere findet sicher auch Gefallen an dem neuem EA-Spiel. Wenn‘s denn schon sein muß, würde ich jedem zum Kauf der Mega Drive-Umsetzung raten. Ansonsten bietet jedes System fünfzig andere Beat‘em-Up-Alternativen, die allemal um einiges besser sind als das vorliegende EA-Prügelspiel.
I had higher hopes for these games, though, because of the reputation of developer Delphine Software (of Flashback and Out of this World fame.) Unfortunately, Delphine's trademark of super-fluid character animation has limited the size of the fight-megabits, bot the SNES and Genesis versions have characters that look like midgets compared to most other fighting games.
Mega Fun (Nov, 1994)
Optisch gesehen hinterläßt Shaq Fu einen blendenden Eindruck mit sehr geschmeidigen Animationen, wobei die Sprites allerdings zu mickerig ausgefallen sind. Im Gameplay sind spielerische Schwächen jedoch nicht zu übersehen. So brauchen die Special Moves eine zu lange Vobereitungszeit, und statt Taktik regiert das Prinzip “Wer zuerst trifft hat gewonnen“, auch Blocken will nur den seltensten Fällen gelingen. Schade, da wäre mehr drin gewesen.
Sega Force (Jun 20, 1995)
Men tacka vet jag Virtua Fighting, där man bara kan använda nävar, fötter och kast för att mörda sin motståndare. Det största felet med Shaq Fu är att gubbarna är så minimala att man har väldigt svårt att se vad de håller på med och vem som egentligen sparkar skiten ur vem. Annars så är egentligen Shaq Fu inte ett så dåligt spel, man får tyvärr bara känslan av att det skulle ha kommit för tre år sedan.
Play Time (Jan, 1995)
Herausgekommen ist ein Spiel mit grandiosen Animationen. Aber das äußerst mäßige Gameplay läßt darüber jedoch nur wenig Freude aufkommen.
Gamers (Germany) (Dec, 1994)
Die Animation ist wirklich ansehnlich, aber durch die träge Steuerung und die winzigen Sprites wird der Eindruck wieder zunichte gemacht. Die Musik dudelt lieblos vor sich hin, und nach spätestens 15 Minuten sehnt man sich nach einer Runde „Street Fighter“…
50 (Jul 13, 2006)
Shaq Fu propose un contenu attractif, une mise en scène remarquable, des graphismes top moumoute et une histoire bidon. Le bilan est donc mitigé, mais le fun est là, c'est le but. Et quand on a 9 ans, on n'analyse pas un jeu de la même manière. D'ailleurs, on ne l'analyse pas du tout.
In the end, there really isn't anything offered by Shaq-Fu that builds on similar games in the genre. Unless you really love Shaq and believe that this game could be a collector's item, there are much better fighting games out there. This was probably a bad idea to begin with: a basketball player in a fighting game? What's next? Michael Jordan in a side-scrolling action game? Wait a minute....that has been done!
50 (Dec 01, 2005)
In the end, it's not a horrible game and has good animation, nice yet underdeveloped characters, a simple fight scheme (which could be good or bad), and catchy music. It can get boring quickly though, with the easiness of the matches, and the generic storyline. The only thing that seems to really make it a form of ridicule and hold it down is its star. I'm looking at you Mephis!
Entertainment Weekly (Dec 16, 1994)
Plus, the music is all wrong. Shaq is a rap star, right? So wouldn't it have made sense to have a rap soundtrack — or a vague approximation thereof — rather than the techno-dojo sludge that clutters so many similar fighting games? When you have talent on hand, use it. (At least the Genesis version comes bundled with a CD single from Shaq's second album, Shaq Fu-Da Return.) All that said, what's saddest about Shaq-Fu is the squandered opportunity it represents.