JOY IS A FISTFUL OF RAGE- Kung-Fu Strike Review by Maus Merryjest
With Kung-Fu Strike: The Warrior's Rise, Shanghai-based independent developer Qooc has thrown us one hell of a punch. The market has seen its share of brawlers throughout the decades: Bad Dudes rescued President Ronnie and the Lee brothers saved Marian in Double Dragon during the 80s and 90s, but as time went by the genre became repetitive and unimaginative in the mainstream, with only a rare attempt at mixing things up (such as Afro Samurai) popping up here and there. Kung-Fu Strike seeks to break the staleness of this trend... and a few bones along the way.
Picture it: The Tian Empire has been at war with Shaa for years. As the celebrated General Loh, you travel to Talin Temple in order to seize it as a strategic position for your armies. You essentially raze your way through, eventually facing off against Master Mo himself, who has other ideas about the whole situation. Nothing is as it seems, of course, and soon you start finding out things that change the direction of your moral compass... and maybe, just maybe, give you a chance at redemption.