One of those genres that has remained popular for quite some time, are the old dubbed Kung Fu titles with Jet Li and several other martial arts experts. I present to you Microsoft’s Kung Fu Chaos an interesting little Kung Fu fighting title takes a great idea and flushes it down the toilet.
Like I mentioned at the beginning of this review of Kung Fu Chaos I mentioned that I really enjoyed the base for what Kung Fu Chaos is actually all about. You play as a kung fu actor (of your choice) who is looking for his/her break into the movie business, and throughout the game it’s your job to beat ninjas to make scenes for a movie.
Kung Fu Chaos can be compared to "Stuntman" as in which both games you have to complete a list of objectives in order to make it a scene worth playing in the movie. Unlike Stuntman though this game doesn’t have the difficulty that you might remember wanting to throw something at your television set while playing Stuntman.
Kung Fu Chaos is a game that does host quite a few different game modes, some of these are Battle Game, Championship, Freestyle, Rehearsal, and Ninja Challenge. At the beginning most of these modes are locked. You will have to open most of them up by playing through the main single player mode being the Ninja Challenge. In the Ninja Challenge mode you choose an actor to fight your way through a total of six different movie sets. On these sets you could have objectives ranging from beat everyone up to be the last one standing. There is plenty of variety in the different tasks that you will have to complete during this mode. In order to complete a particular section you will have to at least gain three out of the five stars to move onto the next scene. You could most likely finish the whole single player mode with three stars in no time at all, but trying to get five stars is an extremely difficult task.
One of the modes that you will have to unlock to play is the Mini Series mode. In this mode you choose a character and play through three challenges. It’s too bad these challenges aren’t that much fun. These challenges don’t do anything that really is going to make you want to struggle through the Ninja Challenge to unlock them.
As a single player game Kung Fu Chaos fails to do anything that is going to keep anyone interested for more the ten minutes. The one thing that I did enjoy about Kung Fu Chaos was that the game wasn’t all that bad when playing with three other friends. I found that while playing against some of my friends, the battles started to get heated and actually played like the game was set out to play like.
Controls in Kung Fu Chaos can be learned and mastered in a breeze. Through the single player mode there are a few tutorials that you will have to complete that will help you with learning some pretty nice combinations. These combinations will help you defeat the computer much easier, and also give the game some more variety.
The sound in Kung Fu Chaos is what I would call annoying. The music represents some seventies music that just isn’t what I would call my cup of tea. So I was very happy to see that the ability to put your own soundtrack in the game is available. The voice acting is just about decent, it has its ups and downs but for the most part is decent the whole way through. The whole game can be heard in pure 5.1 surround sound, which is always a nice feature, and it does a nice job in Kung Fu Chaos.
The graphics of Kung Fu Chaos are not anything that is going to jump out and bite you, but for what the developers were trying to accomplish with the scheme they chose to use, the graphics aren’t half bad. The environments were by far the most impressive looking portion of the game. Each environment has its own unique look that really keeps things fresh and interesting. The biggest downside to the environments is that there aren’t really an over whelming number of them.
The biggest downside to Kung Fu Chaos is the characters themselves. For such energetic little guys they sure don’t have much detail to them. They are pretty bland and ugly, and don’t do much to impress. Overall though the graphics of Kung Fu Chaos fail to do anything but lay on the line of mediocrity.
Kung Fu Chaos all in all is a "party game" that is based around the purpose of being "fun". Well I will flat out say I did very limited fun while playing the single player mode. It just was very repetitive and it just didn’t do anything new or interesting to keep me interested. Party games are mainly aimed toward multiplayer crowds, so it strikes me as quite odd that they didn’t add more Multiplayer mode, like a system link or even Live Support. This is not saying the multiplayer portion of the game was boring; it just didn’t have enough options.
If you a light hearted gamer, who doesn’t enjoy all the serious game’s out on the market, and are just looking for a game that you can sit back and play, Kung Fu Chaos is one that you may want to consider. Otherwise I would only recommend this one as a rental.
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