Reviews and Problems with Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic
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Uncharted: Golden Abyss
28 February 2012
Conclusion: Uncharted: Golden Abyss is the first handheld Uncharted game and that is exactly what it is; a handheld Uncharted game. It serves to showcase the strong points of the Vita – most notably its beautiful graphics - but also highlights the disappointing controls. The game forfeited its success by trying too hard to be new and different, stressing the Vita’s new control methods and ultimately falling short.
Pros: A fantastic addition to the Uncharted series. Stunning visuals and portable!
Cons: Excessive use of lackluster alternative controls. Everything Uncharted, but on a smaller scale.
Excerpt: "Imagine having a kung fu fight with string puppets, except you don’t have to worry about getting the strings tangled up, and you don’t have to have a kung fu fight." So said Mark Healey, the brains behind Rag Doll Kung Fu, a physics-based brawler out now for the PSN. Don't know who Mark Healey is? Shame on you. He's co-founder and creative director of Guildford-based Media Molecule, the developer behind defining PS3 title LittleBigPlanet.
Excerpt: Rag Doll Kung Fu is a downloadable game combining the customs of classic martial art cinema with realistic physics and Super Smash Bros.-style multiplayer action. An interesting take on sixaxis motion control and detailed visuals highlight the wacky kung fu antics. Sadly, the game falls short of its lofty goals, with the end result being a title with a solid foundation that fails to deliver on the content side of things.
Excerpt: As a child, the world of Rag Doll Kung Fu would have been a glorious land that fulfilled our wildest dreams. We’ve all played with action figures and various toys, creating a universe of outlandish escapism that’s not only exciting, but also mightily personal. Whether you had an Action Man, GI Joe, or even a Barbie, hours could be spent on great adventures each day, all of which gave us the chance to avoid the nagging wrath of those pesky adults, as the plastic...
Conclusion: Despite this, Fists of Plastic is an absolute gem. The disappointment felt by the omission of online play soon fades when you have a room full of players, and in our book, the game delivers one of the best multiplayer experiences you can find on PS3. It’s engaging, unique, humorous and hugely polished, and earns its place as one of the top original titles on PSN with ease.
Conclusion: Rag Doll Kung-Fu: Fists of Plastic is a disappointment in almost every sense of the word. It looks awesome, it plays awesome and yet it feels like a tech-demo and not like a game you just spent 10 bucks on. A free update might do the job, heh Sony?