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Kung Fu Panda, the Video Game: A Hands-on Preview

Kung Fu Panda: The Game has two big stigmas attached to it: not only is it a movie-licensed game but it is also one that caters towards younger children. Can the game shake those initial reactions off and deliver a solid experience for the whole family? Find out in this hands-on preview of Kung Fu Panda: The Game.
Story
Kung Fu Panda: The Game follows the events from the movie plus some exclusive content made for the game only. Po the Panda has been named as the only animal that can stop the evil escapee Tai Lung. The only problem is that he lacks the martial art skills to do so. His journey to become a Kung Fu master will be a rough one.

Graphics
Although it might not look as detailed as the motion picture, the Xbox 360 version of Kung Fu Panda: The Game looks more than good enough to replicate the film’s universe. The animation and frame rate are also excellent.

Sound
As expected from a movie-licensed game, the music and voice-acting in Kung Fu Panda: The Game is excellent.

Gameplay
Kung Fu Panda: The Game is a mix between fighting and adventure.

The fighting is similar to other high-octane action games like Devil May Cry and Ninja Gaiden. However, the combo attacks in Kung Fu Panda: The Game are simpler. Not to mention that this game infinitely is easier than the aforementioned games as enemies are pretty weak and healing items are abundant. It is still an enjoyable experience as long as don’t expect the next big action game.

Just like any action game, you can also purchase upgrades to improve your chances. You can upgrade your character based on basic stats panda techniques and even outfits. Upgrading your character in Kung Fu Panda: The Game adds a lot of depth to an otherwise shallow game.

Fighting isn’t all you do in Kung Fu Panda: The Game. You can also take on optional quests (like looking for barrels) and talk to villagers. The game also has some platforming elements to add a little variety to the gameplay. If the constant fights get tiring, the game offers plenty more gameplay elements to keep you happy.

The game controls in the following way:
Left Analog and Directional Pad: move character
Right Analog: move camera/ click down for first-person view
A: jump
B: action/grab
X: fast attack
Y: strong attack
Left Trigger: block/dodge
Right Trigger: reset camera position
Start: brings up pause menu for journal and upgrades

Final Product
Kung Fu Panda: The Game has 13 diverse levels that you can fight your way through with multiple playable characters from the movie. The game also has multiplayer mini-games for up to four players.

While it won’t be winning any game of the year awards, Kung Fu Panda: The Game is pretty good for a movie-licensed game. You can look forward to the game (along with the movie) in early June for the PC, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Playstation 2, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.