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Kung-Fu Live

 

 

SCORE: 60

 

Kung-Fu Live 

 

I have been following Kung-Fu Live for some time now. The concept of taking a camera scan of a person, and putting it onto the screen inside a video game is an interesting one. Punch and your in game character punches. Kick and your in game character kicks. Jump, and well you should have the idea by now. The PS3 Eye Camera is needed for this downloadable video game.

The graphics are generally dark in Kung-Fu Live. They do have some decent details. The player stands out in this game, which is good and bad. I felt a little super imposed on the screen, but I adapted to that quickly. Generally the game keeps up with motions. The core of Kung-Fu Live is violence. My on screen character punched and kicked other characters in the game. They would react to my punches and kicks, but I did not (even though my health bar took damage). This little detail made this game feel a little odd to me. I suppose I could have lunged backwards after my on screen self got hit.

The voice acting in Kung-Fu Live is okay. The presentation of this Playstation 3 (PS3) game is done comic book style. Sure the storyline may be a little campy, but it is more fun than anything else. The special effect sounds are cool, especially the power punch.

I hate to say it, but I see few reasons to replay Kung-Fu Live. This game is very clear about stretching first, and stopping when you get tired. My elbow still hurts, and I sent a controller into a Christmas tree. Long story, maybe I will tell ya'll about it some time. We were given a download code here at Family Friendly Gaming.

The controls in Kung-Fu Live should have been fantastic. The problem is the game did not always do what I was telling it to do. Power punches were the worst. I used contrasting colors, but my legs did not always register. I tried various punches, and found dog paddling did the most damage. Real martial arts thrusts did not always connect. I absolutely hate how Kung-Fu Live has players move around. Jumping is insanely far, and I had trouble getting down from a few high places.

The plus side to Kung-Fu Live is it gives exercise. I enjoyed burning a few calories while I was playing this game. I also appreciated how the main character is working to clean up his own mess. Kung-Fu Live includes a lot of mindless fighting in it. It has earned its Teen rating from the ESRB.

I really wish the controls and camera were a lot better in Kung-Fu Live. The creativity behind this video game is extremely evident. Maybe this game would work better on Kinect. I could see sequels in the near future if this games controls are tweaked.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 67%
Sound: 70%
Replay/Extras: 63%
Gameplay: 40%
Family Friendly Factor: 60%
System: Playstation 3
Publisher: Virtual Air Guitar Company
Rating: 'T' for Teen
{Fantasy Violence}

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