Kung Fu Panda Showdown of Legendary Legendsby Mikhail Dec 31, 2017 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate Play Kung Fu Panda Showdown of Legendary Legends and enjoy a fast-paced fatal four-way battles featuring iconic Kung Fu Panda characters. Take control of the main protagonist Po, his master Shifu, the fiery Tigress, and the power-hungry Tai Lung. Execute a vast array of moves and win honor and glory. Play Now Similar Games Played
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Kung Fu Panda Showdown of Legendary Legends is one half of PlayStation’s free PS Plus offerings this December. Taking inspiration from popular brawlers like Super Smash Brothers and even PlayStation All-Stars, the game may not have the original concept but it’s enjoyable nonetheless. The core mechanics and gameplay is simple: take control of various Kung Fu Panda characters like Po, Tigress, and Master Shifu and complete in fatal four-way brawls against other players.
The game doesn’t target hardcore fighting gamers (because why would you?), and due to this, it has a casual-oriented gameplay. Various moves can be learned and mastered within a couple of minutes, or new players can simply dive into the action through old-fashioned button mashing. In any case, the game stays faithful to the source material, and it’s highly recommended if you or your kids (it’s a child-friendly game) are find the movies great. If you’re not though, is it something worth your while? Let’s find out.
Like most games born from popular movie franchises, Kung Fu Panda Showdown of the Legendary Legends is non-canon. It doesn’t even have a good story to begin with. The story sets up with Po doing his usual lounging around and daydreaming. After which, he suddenly realizes that he is participating in a major martial arts tournament. It’s an incredibly straightforward way of starting the single player experience off. It is mainly composed of 10 fights in the four-player battle royale setup with various conditions you need to accomplish to win.
Nevertheless, it contains a good amount of world-building and lore you would want to pay attention to if you’re planning to immerse yourself in its rich universe. The game features 20 characters who are all present in the first film, from the lovable Po to the Furious Five, Master Shifu, and Tai Lung. In addition to the characters, the game also has 12 different arenas, all of which are taken from the film.
The meat of Kung Fu Panda Showdown of Legendary Legends lies in four-player battle royale gameplay. Players can have different approaches to winning, thanks to the characters’ vast array of attacks. There’s also a bit of a strategy element and analytical approach to brawling, considering that you need to adjust your play style depending on who your opponent is. Most of the time though, games will definitely end up button mashing due to the ease of executing the attacks and its controls.
Following the Super Smash Brothers formula, players can either reduce their opponents defenses to make them more vulnerable to be thrown out of the arena. You can use strikes to perform deadly combinations, block opponent attacks, and even grapple and throw them out. The characters control differently, with Po being rather slow but more durable compared to a faster Tigress. In addition, every character in the game has a different set of moves and special attacks, so it’s necessary to go experimenting before finding a character that suits your overall play style.
The single player experience can be a little challenging considering that some AI-controlled characters have the tendency to team up vs human characters. Nevertheless, this doesn’t take the fun out of the game since it’s a great way to learn its mechanics and teach yourself to get out of tight situations in multiplayer. The special attacks, aptly called “Awesome Powers” aren’t exactly as awesome as one would initially think. They’re nerfed and aren’t as effective as good old-fashioned attacks.
Unfortunately, the Kung Fu Panda Showdown of Legendary Legends online community is large or robust. It’s quite difficult to find online games due to the lack of players on the servers. You will be lucky to find more than a few online lobbies with slots looking to be filled. In any case, the game is best played as a party one locally.
Kung Fu Panda Showdown of Legendary Legends’ presentation aspects are solid but not out of this world. Note that this is also a previous-generation game, being available on the PlayStation 3. The visuals and art style remain faithful to the movie series, and the beauty of it pops out during the fight sequences especially when the characters unleash their Awesome Powers. The arena designs are solid and are close to the locations in the movie.
Overall, Kung Fu Panda Showdown of Legendary Legends is a small, enjoyable niche game. Its inclusion into the PlayStation Plus December lineup may be the worst Christmas present ever, but it provides a solid fatal four-way brawler experience. It is best played with three other friends online or locally, although the single player mode is worth a playthrough. Download it now, give it a shot, and become the Ultimate Kung Fu Warrior in the Valley of Peace.