Lackluster brawler hard on the wrists and light on story.
Common Sense Media
3 July 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this game features the characters from Kung Fu Panda but doesn't actually follow the events of the movie. Gameplay emphasizes combat and little else, and the combat itself is unsophisticated and repetitive. Players are required to shake the Wii remote and Nunchuk continuously and vigorously to fight, which may take a toll on the player's wrists. When an enemy is vanquished, they simply fall over and their bodies disappear.
Summary: Playing the role of Po, Tigress, Monkey or Shifu, gamers must battle Tai Lung who is setting out to capture the Furious Five to harness their chi energy. The game lets players unleash acrobatic kung fu moves using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to chop, kick and punch through hordes of opponents in an epic battle.
Excerpt: Movie based games have always been given a bad wrap and for the most part with good reason. Many of these tittles are rushed out the door unfinished as developers scramble to get the game out on shelves to coincide with the movie hitting the big screen. The first instalment in the Kung Fu Panda franchise was essentially no different.
Excerpt: I'm not sure if two unrelated games qualifies as a "trend," but if it does, I hope to see more of it and soon. What am I referring to? Well, the recent releases of movie tie-in games on the Wii, specifically Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Kung-Fu Panda, were met with a collective yawn from the gaming community - and with good reason.
Conclusion: Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Warriors is a good game and does an acceptable job of representing the source material. There is plenty of replayability with the three difficulty levels, plenty of variety in the gameplay and the ability to unlock multiplayer maps and scenes from the movie by finding rare coins. Most licensed games are released to the public without any care for the quality or the title it represents, this title is not one of these games.
Pros: Good voice acting, Replayability, Good presentation, Fun for younger children
Cons: Graphics could be better, Wiimote controls sometimes finicky
Conclusion: With the right controls, this could have been a fun, if repetitive brawler, but with the so-so controls that are in place, it became just a repetitive brawler that might be entertaining for younger players, but it probably won't hold their attention. Even if it does, there's not that much game to enjoy, as the main adventure is short and not rewarding enough to justify multiple play-throughs, while the multiplayer is mainly fun if you're playing with others and acting...