Kung Fu Strike Initial Thoughts: Fast and Fun

It’s been a long time since there’s been a super fast and frenetic brawler out there. Sure, all the classics the likes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Double Dragon have been re-release on the Live Arcade, but that doesn’t quench the thirst for something new.

Well, until now. With a cool look, Kung Fu Strike immediately hardens your thoughts to a film like Kung Fu Panda. Thankfully, it doesn’t play anything like the game released on the 360 a few years ago.

The first few levels will allow you to get accustomed to the controls, but in spite of that , you can see the seedlings of a fun experience. Using a combo counter, you’re rewarded for longer chains. The longer the chain, the more gold you get, which can used to buy new moves and abilities.

It may sound a but complicated to newbies to the genre, but the actual gameplay is simple. The X button is used for a jump attack and the A button is used for a normal strike. The B button is used to dodge. Button-mashing is one way to go in the game, but learning to utilize the proper buttons at the right moment is imperative to destroying your opponents with style. The fights are fluidly animated and once you get settled in, the battles are something out of Couching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

With the intuitive controls, solid visuals alone, this game may just be a sleeper hit once it’s released next week

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