The Shaq Attack is after Street Fighter II, but EA made one of the biggest men in pro basketball one of the smallest sprites in a fighting game. It's done in the name of game speed, however, so Shaq is no fool.
Shaq Fu Fightin'
Shaq Fu transports the big guy into a weird fantasy land to set up one-on-one fighting. Fight in the CPU-controlled Story mode, and you save a royal child from Sett Ra, an evil mummy, and his five cohorts. Naturally, one or two players can skip the dramatics for the Duel mode's best-two- out-of-three matchups. Additionally, eight players can rumble in a tournament.
- Press Down, Toward, and A to pull a Shaq reverse Inferno Kick.
- Don't skip the Game Over screens in Duel mode.
- The Shield's we* against ground-hugging special attacks.
- Shaq Fu fighters use quick somersault jumps that are Ideal for psych moves.
The Fu crew fires off high and low kicks and punches, fireballs, and at least three special moves each. You can pull basic Street Fighter-style combos, but two-in-ones are harder to find. Long-range specials, such as the Beast's Roar, are quite devastating.
But it takes more than knowing the moves to rule. You set game speed to either normal or fast... and normal makes Shaq Fu the fastest fighting game around! To keep Fu at bay, your reflexes must be lightning quick, Especially against the invisible attack of Sett Ra and the Beast.
To help you stave off a speedy booty whippin', the controls are ultra sharp. For example, you block by simply pressing Away, but if you continue to press Away and hit an attack button, you pull a slick counterstrike. You also get a, temporary Force Shield, and whenever you're in really bad -- shape, you acquire Fury power for one last desperate attack.
In Your Eyes
Delphine Software (of Flashback fame) programmed Shaq, and the flowing digitized graphics are championship caliber. However, you must balance the hundreds of excellent, high-speed martial arts animations against the obvious trade-off of sprite size.
The sounds have sizzle. The music breezes by, but the cool effects really stick it to you.
Just Fuing Around
Shaq's not going to fu the Street Fighter faithful, but he leads them into a good fight.
He's definitely got the stuff.