For those of you who (like me) were around and gaming back in 1994, you may remember the epic flop that was the original Shaq Fu, which debuted on the Sega Genesis and the Super NES, and made its way to other systems in 1995. The game rated an abysmal 2.8 out of 10 on IMDb, and a 4.5 out of 10 on GameSpot. Some critics, however, actually appreciated its style, with GamesMaster giving the SNES and Genesis versions an 83% and 81% respectively, and GiantBomb giving it a 3.5 out of 5.
Despite the mixed reviews, Shaq Fu gained some notoriety with fans, much like B-grade horror movies do with some movie-goers. Some of us just love stuff that’s so bad that it’s good. However, the game still remains on the list of the worst video games of all time.
Normally, a game with that kind of reception would probably never see a resurgence or sequel, right? Well, dear readers, that seems to not be the case here, as game publisher Wired Productions has just announced that a sequel to the game will be released later this year.
Yes, you read that correctly: Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is slated to hit the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch AND PC on June 5th, 2018. The publisher was even nice enough to put together a teaser trailer for us who are morbidly curious about this. Have a look for yourselves:
As it stands right now, the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn will be available at launch in both digital and physical formats, costing $19.99 and $29.99, respectively. The version for the Nintendo Switch will be in physical format only, and will retail for $39.99. Those who backed the game’s development on Indiegogo will also receive various rewards in the future, through things like updates and developer announcements. Those rewards will be things like free future DLC, a limited edition trading card, and even an opportunity to have lunch with the game’s star – Shaquille O’Neal himself (although there will be a cost associated with that).
As far as the story goes, it seems that this one will follow Shaq as he takes on demonic entities who have disguised themselves as celebrities, to “brainwash the people into moronic subservience” (nice dig, developers). Shaq’s martial arts master is killed by these demons, leaving the big man to travel across China to take down the bad guys and save the populace.
So how does Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn differ from its predecessor? Well, as you can probably tell from the trailer above, the game doesn’t seem to be taking itself so seriously this time around. The somewhat corny dialogue, the jabs at popular culture and obsession with celebrity, and the lighthearted approach to an action game really seem like Wired Productions and even Shaq himself might just be poking fun at the original. All of that being said, however, the game does seem to have a neat aesthetic, as well as a cool array of combo moves, lots of weapons, the requisite power-ups for an action game, and a nice variation of bosses.
We’ll just have to wait until June to see if this generation of gamers appreciates a celebrity game more than my generation did when I was a kid. Frankly, though, I think Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn could go either way.
What do you think about the upcoming release of the sequel to one of the worst games of all time, dear readers? Are you intrigued or turned off by it? Let us know in the comments below!