Back in 1994, a new breed of fighting game was born on the Sega Genesis, Super NES, Sega Game Gear, Nintendo Game Boy, and Commodore Amiga (if you know any of these consoles, congratulations: you are officially old).Called Shaq Fu, the title starred real-life Sasquatch Shaquille O'Neal as he entered another dimension to save a young boy from an evil mummy. Using the well-known fighting skills of seven fighters (Shaq included), the game was so horrifically bad that a website dedicated to destroying all its remaining copies was made.
Fast forward to the 2000s where the guys at Saber Interactive are trying to make a new release with the same title... only with less crap and more Shaq. This means that apart from the big guy's involvement, people who love playing video games will be working on this project.
So what's new?
Well for starters, you will be playing an actual working title. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn still allows you to play as the gigantic American, but this time the developers have incorporated a robust combat system that has room for new moves, modifiers, and weapons that help you customize your own personal style of basketball fighting.
As to who and where you will be delivering the smack downs, Shaq will be going around the world in order to deliver an equal amount of ass whooping. From Asian cities, to seedy night clubs, to isolated islands - there isn't any destructible area outside of Shaq's inhumanly large reach.
While hordes of enemies usually provide the majority of the opposition, you will also come across bosses that, while not as big as the part-time rapper, still pose a challenge and become playable once you drop your balls of steel on them (that's an actual move, mind you). Not only that, a wide array of modifiers allows you to customize your character based on every nickname Shaq has ever earned, putting the number of power-ups right there with the hours you spend contemplating your life choices in the shower. ÃÂ
But if you
thought one friendly giant wasn't enough, this reboot will feature both online
and offline co-op that lets another person play as either Shaq's identical twin
or other playable characters with completely different movesets. People who
dislike other human beings won't be left out either, as you can opt for a
competitive multiplayer mode that pits you against a friend on the same machine
or a complete stranger on the internet.ÃÂ
With dozens of challenges, secret levels, full multiplayer support both online and offline, and his horrible acting career nowhere to be found in the game, Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn can't do any worse than its predecessor already has. Expect the game to beat the buzzer soon on the PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360 and One, PC, and Nintendo Switch.