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Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn is better than it has any right to be. Complete with smart humor, fun gameplay mechanics, and just an entertaining premise, it's a hilarious adventure that doesn't overstay its welcome. It does have a few flaws in a lack of combos and some sequences that go on too long, but it's still a respectable beat-em-up that redeems the Shaq-Fu name.
I’m legit surprised with the fact that Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn turned out to be an okay game. It’s not very complex and it is a bit short, but this is actually a very funny and self-aware game that managed to surpass all of my expectations. After dozens of crowdfunded fiascos in recent memory, who would have thought that the sequel to one of the worst games ever made would actually be one of its best results?
Shaq Fu : A Legend Reborn tente de séduire les fans de Beat’em All par tous les moyens et sur le seul aspect narratif, le titre de Big Deez Productions y parvient de par son irrévérence assumée. La forme via la bande-son et le visuel répond au fond en injectant du “Old School” dans l’ADN du titre. Et pourtant, The Shaq ne parvient jamais à convaincre, la faute à une répétitivité à toute épreuve et un manque notable de créativité. Reprendre les poncifs du genre pour faire vibrer la corde nostalgique des joueurs atteint très rapidement ses limites. Et ce n’est pas la dimension “méta” d’un jeu se critiquant lui-même qui l’absoudra de ses péchés.
The fact Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn exists is a joke and it’s well aware of this, having a lot of fun with its ridiculous concepts and throwing tons of absurdity at the player to keep them amused. Unfortunately, the gameplay isn’t quite as amusing, the combat having too little to engage with and the power-ups just being long superpowered sections without any real decent opposition to make the gameplay shift interesting. Barack Fu manages this better with its complete overhaul of your approach to combat, but ultimately, the combat grows dull without being egregiously bad like the original Shaq Fu. The humor and insanity of the celebrity-fighting situations buoys a pretty boring brawler, but it’s a game where the story highlights are better than the experience that carries you between them.
Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is a barely serviceable 2D beat-‘em-up that doesn’t offer much incentive to keep going beyond a single playthrough. What it does somewhat well in not taking itself too seriously and sporting decent visuals is marred by bland and mechanically inept gameplay along with a sense of humor that straddles the line between biting social commentary and pandering to the lowest common denominator. This seems to be the follow-up title nobody asked for, and it’s sad to see it fall flat on its face.