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E3 2015 | A Brawl of Awesome From The “Kung Fu Panda” Gang

The world of Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda has ben filled with bright colors, some pretty impressive fights, and a cast of talented actors that bring to life these animal masters of martial arts. Later this year they will be returning to the video game realm with the title Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends.

Showdown of Legendary Legends is a Smash Bros.-inspired brawler that will feature over 20 characters from the Kung Fu Panda universe, battling it out in various modes from the usual stock match and time battles to king-of-the-hill and dumpling-eating. (It can’t be a Kung Fu Panda game without a mode quite like the latter, after all.) As you battle more you can earn stamina that can unleash your Awesome attack.

During my demo I went against one of the Little Orbit testers as I took her on along with two CPU characters. I had chosen Storming Ox, as Po’s Awesome power up had yet to be placed into the game. (It was currently in pre-Beta mode.) Once the battle began I had Storming Ox attempt to attack the others, but his bulky mass made it hard to move around as fast as the rest of the fighters. Once I figured out how to use my strong attacks rather than my weak ones I began pummeling away at the CPU-controlled characters, until the tester was able to beat me like it was almost nothing. (She informed me that she’s been testing the game for months, which is how she was able to easily be this good.)

While the game is still a bit rough around the edges, I admire Vicious Cycle for putting so much attention to detail in the stages you battle on. The depth of the worlds are quite stunning, with the backgrounds brought to life with much color and beauty. Its controls take a little to get used to, as it has a bit of a different layout compared to other fighters. Being able to pull off an Awesome attack is also a fine spectacle, with the ones I witnessed capturing the personality of the characters. Console versions will have online multiplayer, whereas the 3DS one will have only the local mode. DLC will be added later on when Kung Fu Panda 3 is released, and was also told that a big batch of the main cast has been brought back to voice the characters in the game (although she was unsure whether or not Jack Black or Angelina Jolie will be playing their characters).

Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends will be out for PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC. Xbox 360, PS3, and 3DS either the end of this year or the beginning of next year.

Originally posted on the ESH EGMNOW page

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Contributing Editor at ESH since 2008, and host of the No Borders No Race podcast show, which began as a humble college radio program in 2006. My passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture is what drives me to give you my all in every article published and every podcast recorded.