Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Review
|Developer: Genki||Publisher: Ubisoft|
|Release Date: December 9, 2003||Also On: PS2 and Xbox|
What is it with all of the foreign action movies all of a sudden? Movies with Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and all of these old Bruce Lee movies are coming into their own and back into many peoplesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ lives as they love watching all the action and moves preformed in these movies. Crouching Tiger is the newer of these movies to be released and everyone was amazed with some of the things that happened in it, but what in the world made people think it would make a great game? Ubi Soft decided to give it a try and here is how they did.
If you are going to make a game where amazing combat action is going to take place, there are going to be good graphics, right? That is not the case here; some of the animations are nice, but overall, the game is bland and not very good looking by any means. The environments are fairly decent and the main charactersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ design is pretty good, but the enemies are repetitive. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to have to beat up the same person all throughout the game; everyone looks the same in every level. It really does get annoying after a while. If you ask me, it is a huge rip-off and a really cheap way of doing things. You can tell that Ubi Soft probably wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t too thrilled publishing the game in the first place, since advertisement of the game has been weak.
The music for Crouching Tiger is taken right from the movie. Every part of the soundtrack is very good, if not amazingly done. However, the Chinese voice-acting is not very good and there are a lot of dialog boxes. All of that gets on peoplesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ nerves really easily. In-game sound effects were quickly done.
Even though it is not great, gameplay gets my vote for the best part of the game. Crouching Tiger is basically a button masher and hack nÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ slash game that is extremely monotonous. All you do is run in, beat up the bad guys, open the door, and then repeat; not very fun. The only thing I really liked about the game was the blocking and dodging system. You perform these maneuvers with the left trigger and by watching a little light at the top of the screen. This is awesome and I hope to see it in more games in the future that are of the same genre, but other than that, gameplay stinks.
Absolutely nothing is creative, besides the dodge system. Crouching Tiger is a short game with not really anything to do but hack and slash everyone on-screen. There is no real reason to replay the game either, unless you want to hack and slash some more people. This is not the best title to have in your collection, even if you are a die hard fan of the movie. Does Crouching Tiger even deserve a rental? You be the judge of that, since it is only $5, but with the large amount of high-quality titles coming to Xbox early this year, Crouching Tiger doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t deserve more than a glance.
|Replay Value/Game Length:||3|
|Written by Shawn||Review Guide|