Kung Fu Rider Review
Kung Fu Rider box art
System: PS3 (MOVE) Review Rating Legend
Dev: Japan Studio 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Sony Computer Entertainment 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Spet. 7, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

But the most damning factor about Kung Fu Rider is that you never really get any better than the first time you pick up the controller. That's not to say that the controls are so intuitive that you will grasp them perfectly the first time you pick up the controller. Quite the opposite, actually. The controls are never intuitive. Even after a dozen or so races I was still struggling to remember how to do certain maneuvers.

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It's not just about control complexity though. The fact is, there's just not a satisfying skill curve to Kung Fu Rider. The game doesn't challenge you to get better in order to progress, one of the time-honored, signature satisfactions of playing a video game. The game doesn't challenge you to get better, because there isn't much room to get better. Each level is just about as difficult as the last. Sure, some of them will put more obstacles in your path or more Yakuza enemies to kung-fuicize, but all that tests is your ability to memorize the controls.

Kung Fu Rider has tons of moxy, and je ne sais quois, but it's so tragically short on depth that you wont be able to enjoy any of it for very long. The game is clearly going for the feeling of classic arcade style games like Crazy Taxi and SSX, but it never even comes close to reaching that level of fun. That's due mostly to the fact that the developer never takes the reins off. The game is always too slow to inspire the edge-of-your-seat, just-barely-out-of-control sensation for which those other games are famous.

Turning around a corner occurs at a snail’s pace, and even a so-called “drift” slows you down to a crawl. For a game about surfing down steep asphalt on an office chair, you never feel out of control. As a result, the entire game lacks the visceral intensity that it so desperately needed. It could have been a motion-controlled Burnout, but instead it simply bores.

Kung Fu Rider is a hard game to recommend. Those who are itching for unique experiences to try out with their new motion controls may want to give it a spin. The controls are responsive enough that it will give you a feel for how future games might take advantage of the technology. Other than that, there probably aren't many people that will get much out of this game.

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The slapstick sense of humor and heaping doses of personality make this pill a lot easier to swallow, but it won’t be very long at all before you realize that the experience isn't going anywhere. The gameplay doesn't evolve, and the game you play when you first turn on the system is the exact same as it is ten hours later (not that you'll be playing that long anyway.)

By Andrew Groen
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
Fairly standard levels, but the characters look good and are well animated. It's just a shame there's only two of them.
2.9
Control
Very spotty. The controls are too complex for what they're depicting, but are at least responsive.
3.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
There aren't enough unique songs, and there's quite a bit of repetition, but the main theme song is really great.
2.9
Play Value
It's fun in spots, but the gameplay is extremely repetitive, and there's no incentive for you to get better. Feels like a tech demo haphazardly turned into a full game.
3.1
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Use the PlayStation Move motion controller to slingshot forward, smash through crowds of pedestrians, lock in air-defying combo chains and karate chop your way to safety.
  • Move your way through a city on a high-speed getaway! Catapult through the wild, untamed city streets of a megalopolis.
  • Experience the heart-pounding rush as you control a private detective on a crazy getaway from the mob. Ride your way to safety, grasping onto your PlayStation Move to stay in control at breakneck speeds.


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