Review: Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic
Written by Tayler Bell
Published at 2009-04-11 00:18:45
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4-player Fighting for the PS3 Digital.
Developed by Tarsier Studios. Published by Sony Computer Entertainment.
Released 2009-04-09. Rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older).

Do not waste your money on this game.

Like a lot of you, I was looking forward to Rag Doll Kung Fu, however after playing the game I can easily say that there is nothing fun about it.

Rag Doll Kung Fu is Tarsier Studios' take on a Smash Bros. style fighting game, however that's where the comparison ends.

In Rag Doll Kung Fu you can customize your own plastic Kung Fu avatar to fight against other plastic Kung Fu avatars. None of the fighting resembles anything related to Kung Fu moves, it could have easily been called Drunken Ragdoll Brawlers...which might have been a more fitting name.

Graphic and sound wise there really isn't a whole lot wrong with the game. The models look like plastic Kung Fu movie stereo-types, hence the name of the game, but control wise this is an abomination.

It's been a long time since I've run into a game with controls this unresponsive, I think the last game I played this bad was Super Man 64. You never really feel like you have any control over what you're doing or where you're aiming... and it gets worse! For some reason the developers, in their infinite wisdom, figured it would be appropriate to trigger all of your "Chi" based attacks by jerking the controller about in different directions. This makes it impossible to have any form or reactive strategy when it comes to fighting an opponent. Weapon based combat is pretty sloppy as it's all executed by rotating the right analog stick randomly, which kind of makes your character look like it's having a seizure. Another thing I noticed was that when an opponent has grabbed you, you have to shake your controller to get free, well I shook that thing and it never really felt like I got free, I just got frustrated.

Since there is no online multi-player, I figured I'd run through the challenges to see if it would assist me at all with getting used to the controls. Sadly it only frustrated me more. From trying to aim throwing stars properly to putting fish in a basket, none of the controls were responsive and none of the challenges kept me interested in playing.

Once again... DO NOT BUY THIS GAME! You could find an infinite amount of other things to pick belly button lint or dip your balls in boiling water, all of that = more fun than Rag Doll Kung Fu.


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