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Shaq-Fu, the critically reviled fighting game starring everyone’s basketball player/rappin’ genie/terrible rapper Shaquille O’ Neal, is returning. Truly, the end times are nigh. But what makes this weird announcement all the weirder is that the game sounds pretty awesome.
Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn is less of a sequel and more of a spiritual successor. Sure, it shares it’s name with the notoriously terrible fighting game, but Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn is a totally different game. Gone are the days of Shaq fighting generic mummies and cat girls; in it’s place is a brawler that pits the former Laker center against hordes of ninjas. Shaq Diesel can be equipped with plenty of combos and killer special moves, with names such as the Shaqwave and the Big Daddy O. Shaq also has a menagerie of weapons he can get his giant mitts on, including katanas, shurikens, and basketballs.
A game this ridiculous is best enjoyed with a friend, so Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn allows you to take on the bad guys in co-op. Both players take control of a Shaq, who can be upgraded and outfitted however the player wants. Have you ever dreamed of playing as a Shaq that specializes in grappling that’s outfitted in stunner shades and a neon green suit? Well, that’s pretty specific, but Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn can make it happen
Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn promises a game that is one part Final Fight, one part Devil May Cry, starring the one and only Shaquille O’ Neal. Bizarre? You bet. But it sounds promising, and they’ve definitely got my money.