Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is about what you might expect from a pseudo-autobiographical game about how Shaquille O'Neal was found as an orphan in a Chinese village, and comes to put his size 26 shoe up the derrieres of a few thousand bad guys out to destroy his adopted home.
The original Shaq Fu was released for the Super NES and Sega Genesis in 1994, and was probably one of the worst games of all time. I am happy to report, however, that this incarnation is quite fun, a lot of which comes from it's refusal to take itself seriously.
For starters, there's this scene where Shaq actually turns into a cactus (er, Shaqtus) and shoot spines at bad guys. Yes, that actually happens. I have a picture of it, but I can't seem to upload it right now.
The game bleeds achievements, although the game itself is linear and straightforward; there's not much innovation here. What there is, though, is a LOT of ass-whooping (and, in one scene, quite literally) in all sorts of interesting ways. Throwing barrels and knocking over enemies like bowling pins, using a fired up Shaq Diesel to pummel his way through a pack of fascists (think the loader from Aliens), rolling volcanic boulders down hills to wipe out preening musclemen, using giant steam shovels to bowl over grape soda junkies... you name it, it's probably here. Or it would be if they'd thought of it.
There's no nutritional value here. It's just plain fun, and an easy 1k to boot. The enemies may be rather run of the mill, but the humorous interactions keep it entertaining. Shaq's quips through the game range from amusing to downright hilarious, such as when someone asks why another game couldn't have been crowdsourced instead. I'm very glad that this one was first.
Ethics statement: a review code for this game was provided to me by Microsoft after securing $10.00 plus tax.