STAFF REVIEW of Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon (Xbox)

Thursday, July 4, 2002.
by Stephen Cameron

Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon Box art The legendary kung fu master is none other than Bruce Lee, and is back and he?s alive! Really? No, not really. But, he's alive in the virtual world called the Xbox, and someone sadly has pissed him off. So, now he?s on a mission to avenge his father?s death! Sounds incredibly typical? Well, this one?s on the fence?it is and it isn?t. First, let me explain. The overall story has it?s moments but for the most part it?s very good.

His father gets killed by people that had nothing else to do on that particular day, blah, blah?.you get mad, and you beat the bad guys until they disappear into digital nothingness. But, on the other hand, underneath the ?typical? storyline, there?s a very unique approach to a fighting game, you travel your way thru levels and collect tokens to ?buy? yourself more skilled moves. This part really seemed to me a little too ?arcade-ish?, and they could have done this part a little different. This game is an adventure game, thus hardly having the arcade appeal some of you may be looking for.

I honestly had high hopes for this game. I saw Dead or Alive 3, and thought to myself, ?Man, if the Bruce Lee game looks and plays as good this, I?m there!? Sadly, I was left a little disappointed.

Overall, Bruce Lee: The Quest of the Dragon is worth checking out for any true fan of this legendary martial artist. But, if you are looking for Bruce in a Dead or Alive 3 context?sorry, you are looking in the wrong place.

The innovative multi ?bad guy? combat mode in the game really helps, it allows to fight multiple opponents at a time. In games in general multi-opponent combat systems have always fallen short due to the fact that your character would have to rotate 360 degrees to fight and that would be hard to pull off. And you?d always end up getting your $@# kicked.

Bruce Lee?s developers really tried with this system to bring a different light to your ?typical? fighting game, by adding average storyline and beautiful graphics. Most fighting games have a one-on-one fighting system, which has proven to be very effective, but when more people jump in the picture and start attacking your butt, things get shaky no matter what fighting game you are playing. And unfortunately Bruce Lee: The Quest of the Dragon falls into this trap, but not in a terrible way.

I found myself mostly button slapping, there wasn?t much technique here. And the other ?bad guys? stood around and watched when you and another guy are fighting. Weird.

The game was surprisingly challenging even though it was a ?button slapper?, but I couldn?t hit those things fast enough. Thus, the gameplay is good, but repetitive.

Can you say ?Holy Xbox Graphics!!!?, the graphics will leave you without a doubt breathless, now don?t get off your seat just yet. They are not ?Hunter caliber? graphics, nor on the same level as Halo, but they are very nice! But, I?m not sure if all this hoopla will make you run out and buy this title. Animations are very nice, and look extremely realistic. Overall, the graphics rock!

Hayyyyaaaaa !!!!! The sound rendered in full lush Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, not every game on the Xbox boasts this killer sound combo. You hear everything, the cry of Bruce, the environments. Also, the music is quite good, with a cool little Bruce Lee rap track to keep you in the mood. Overall, well done!

More like the one-on-one fighting games.

Overall: 7.0 / 10
Gameplay: 7.0 / 10
Visuals: 9.0 / 10
Sound: 9.0 / 10


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