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Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior’s Rise Review

Plot: The game, “Kung-Fu Strike: The Warrior’s Rise,” follows the adventure of General Loh, a warrior trying to avenge his father’s death while China is in danger of being ripped apart by wars of various factions. Loh embarks on a dangerous journey to find his father’s killer, to save his homeland from destruction, and to discover the meaning behind the mysterious ‘Zen Room of Emptiness.’

Graphics: Although this game does not feature the state-of-the-art NPC figures that many games today have, I personally enjoy the semi-realistic, animated characters. Despite the fact that the graphics are not completely lifelike, they are very detailed and give the game a nice touch. I also found that my laptop experienced no lag issues during gameplay, even with many people in the arena. Most people will be able to experience this game without any frame drops, which is a huge plus in today’s gaming world.

Sound: While you play through the game, you will hear enough Dojo style music to satisfy yourself to your heart’s content. Also, as you attack or be attacked, the combat sounds line up well with the gameplay. You will not find yourself getting kicked in the chin and hearing it half a second later. While I personally would have liked more soundtracks be played, I thought Kung-Fu Strike had decent music before it got repetitive. I would have enjoyed more variety in the soundtrack but it didn’t detract from the gameplay.

Controls: Probably my biggest gripe with the game, I wish the developers did a better job with the controls. The thing that bothered me was the fact that you cannot use your mouse to select things on various menu screens. This leaves you to pressing the “WASD” keys to scroll around the interface. If you can get past that the actual gameplay has a good layout. Most if not all the combat keys are very close to each other on the keyboard, and you can easily move with one hand and fight with the other. If you have a controller, there are few enough buttons for you to use one, and the joystick would aid you greatly in combat. I would say overall this games control configuration is well laid out, despite the fact that you cannot use a mouse.

Gameplay: The first few missions help you gather the controls of the game, but you move to more experienced missions rather fast. I found myself having to try a few of the missions over many times until I was more familiar with the commands. You will find yourself facing 1-6 people at a time, which gives you the experience of fending off many people as if you were in a Kung-Fu movie. The other major part of the gameplay is the quick time events. This game is filled with quick time events, as they are a very important factor whether you win or lose the fight. As you attack various events will be labeled, and if you miss them you will be blocked or worse, countered. You will also have to react to the enemy’s attacks, as rolling and blocking generally are not labeled onscreen as quick time events. I enjoyed these quick time events, as it kept me sitting up straight waiting for the next event to occur.

Lasting Appeal: Other than the Single player story mode, there is multiplayer mode as well. You have two options, co-op story mode and Player vs. Player (PvP) combat. The nice thing about PvP is that you must complete campaign mode at least once to unlock it. This prevents players who just bought the game to enter the field, as story mode has many missions that give you a good grip on the game. With multiplayer PvP and co-op, you can enjoy the game with friends and play it far past story mode.

Reviewer’s Thoughts: I thought this was a very nice fighting game. It is only an Indie game, but it was still enjoyable. It is also very addicting, as I found myself playing the same mission over and over until I was able to beat it. Despite the a few complaints about the game I made in this review, Kung-Fu Fighter is definitely a game worth playing.

Overall: With my only major complaint being that I couldn’t use my mouse to select options on the menu interface, I find that this India game is definitely on Par with other action games and I would love to play it some more. I give Kung Fu Strike: The Warriors Rise a 7/10

Sale Note: This game is 20% off on steam until July 31st 2012. If you are thinking about making a purchase on Steam you will want to purchase it before the sale ends!

 

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  1. Max says
    July 28, 2012, 12:32 AM

    I love this game so freaking much…din expect it to turn out to be so fantastic…only complaint is lack of online play…else it would be a very good game…

    And one more thing would be if we are allow to choose the resolution…but overall a fantastic game….definitely worth the buy…hope they come out with part 2….And tis game is best played with a xbox controller connected to ur PC…BEST

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  2. m3ideh says
    July 27, 2012, 6:58 PM

    Nice review, although i do have some questions.

    1. Does this game’s PvP include playing with someone right next to you as well or is it online only?
    2. Does it resemble Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks in any way (if you’ve played the game)?

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    • vu linh says
      October 3, 2012, 9:29 AM

      yes, the game support co-op play, one use key board anhd one use game pad ( PS gamepad )

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