Excerpt: It was inevitable that we would see a sequel to the smash hit movie Kung Fu Panda and with the sequel soon to be released in Australia, THQ have released Kung Fu Panda 2: The Video Game which unlike the original game, makes full use of the Kinect. This means that as opposed to the traditional 360 controller, you can now use your body to interact with the game, just like a bad Hong Kong kung fu movie.
Excerpt: Let's get this out of the way first: Kung Fu Panda 2 is not the hardcore Kinect game you've been waiting for. It is, however, a competent, enjoyable title for the kids, mostly making good use...
Pros: + Kids will love it, + Variety of minigame offerings, + Strong voice acting and cutscenes
Cons: Frequent loads, Rickshaw races control poorly
Summary: As bipedal mammals, humans have a leg up on their animal counterparts when it comes to performing martial arts moves. It's a small miracle that a rotund panda would be able to punch and kick with the deadly grace of a kung fu master, and putting yourself in the shoes of such a nonathletic creature might be difficult to imagine.
Pros: Cutscenes capture the charm of the movies
Cons: Awful controls haunt you in every part of this game, Shallow combat quickly becomes tedious
Excerpt: We’ve never seen old clips of Bruce Lee in a fight, pausing for orders on whether to attack or defend. So why does Kung Fu Panda 2: The Video Game take this approach? It’s mystifying. The story in this Kinect game begins immediately after the ending of the second film, with the Kung Fu gang (spoiler alert!) celebrating the defeat of the evil Lord Shen.
Pros: + Yay for Jack Black’s voicework, which lends an aura of respectability; some decent minigames (but sadly, they’re not nearly fun enough).
Cons: - Awful combat is a complete chore., - Cumbersome navigation menus don’t offer relief., ? The first Kung Fu Panda game was fun; what happened here?
Conclusion: There is so much more to this game than what I have written on this page and the ones preceding it but I am of the opinion that not one review will be able to cover all of it in one fell swoop; and in a similar vein you likely will not experience all of the game in one play-through. So let me close things out by saying this: It pained me to sit down and write this review, knowing that it meant any time I spent doing so was time not spent playing the game.
Excerpt: The general opinion of movie-based videogames is often quite negative. The disappointment of going from the cinematic delights of the big screen to the under-developed, rushed mess of the television screen has been documented a thousand times by irate journalists and gamers alike. But before I wrote off Kung Fu Panda as yet another awful movie tie-in, I thought I should at least give it a sporting chance to prove otherwise.
Summary: Kung Fu Panda is by far one of the best licensed games to hit the next generation market. The graphics, voice acting, and gameplay are solid and most importantly suit their target market. While many hardcore gamers will breeze through this game with little to no problems at all, kids will really get a kick out of this game. My final recommendation is to pick this game up via rental and play it through. If you have kids still rent it to see how they do with it.
Summary: Parents need to know that Kung Fu Panda 2 (Kinect) has a lot of martial arts fighting, all of which is performed by the player throwing actual punches and kicks. It is a game based on the movie of the same name. While definitely physical in nature, none of the violence is graphic, but there is a lot of it.
Conclusion: Kung Fu Panda is great action adventure overall,
filled with unexpected single-player challenges
that break up the repetitiveness of standard
button-smashing. The gameplay is surprisingly
deep, featuring incredible fighting sequence,
intriguing environmental puzzles, great
platforming segments, interesting
context-sensitive challenges, and a robust
upgrade system that allows you to power-up your
Kung Fu skills to become the legendary Dragon