Kung Fu Panda 2 (www.kungfupanda2videogame.com) Rated E for Everyone by ESRB. Po, the Legendary Dragon Warrior, from Kung fu Panda is back with his pure Awesomeness in Kung Fu Panda 2: The Video Game.

Kung Fu Panda 2 Kung Fu Panda 2(www.kungfupanda2videogame.com) Rated E for Everyone by ESRB. Po, the Legendary Dragon Warrior, from Kung fu Panda is back with his pure Awesomeness in Kung Fu Panda 2: The Video Game.




Presentation:
Kung Fu Panda 2 for the Xbox Kinect will keep you entertained with its extended storyline from the movie and its innovative use of motion controls in a series of mini games. You will play as famous panda, Po, with the goal to restore peace in Gongmen City. You will fight along the furious five against enemies like wolves, gorillas, and komodo dragons.

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Graphics:
The layout and menu of this game is well designed. The environments of the game are vivid and colorful with quirky orient feel. Characters look and feel authentic to the movie except the fur of the characters is sometimes glitchy during quick movements. Your movements through the lens of the Kinect are very smooth and translate very well to the movement of the character. This truly immerses the player experience as if he is controlling Po’s actions and fighting.

Sounds:
The sound effects of the game are great. Each soundtrack with authentic Asian woodwind and percussion instruments matches with the fighting and action scene. The voice acting is strong. Panda Po is voiced by Jack Black whose voice is definitely entertaining and friendly. Some of the comments he made are funny, for example the “duh moments”, and you will get a good laugh out of it.

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Gameplay:
As the Xbox 360 version of Kung Fu Panda 2 requires the use of the Xbox Kinect sensor, you are will have to stand and move around quite bit in this game. As the movie is about Martial Arts, this game will have you doing a lot of fighting with punches, kicks, and dodges. Even though it doesn’t teach Real “Kung Fu”, kid and adult will have a fun time with this intuitive and interactive game. This game truly takes advantage of the motion and voice control ability of the Xbox Kinect.

To familiarize you with the Kung Fu moves, you can go through the tutorial and learn the basic moves from Po. This game definitely requires a lot of actions. The attack moves include punches, kicks, and jump kick while the defense moves include dodge, duck, and side block.

There are three styles of Martial Arts you can choose from before you enter a battle: lightning, power, and flowing. Lightning which focuses on speed, power focuses on energy, and flowing is a mix of the previous two. During the fight, there are three phrases – attack, defense, and the final attack. It requires a lot of fast movements to knock out your enemies. Before you know it, you will be throwing punches, jumping and dodging enemies attack as the sensor does a great job in recognizing your movements. Soon, you will be running out of breath quickly after all the hopping and punching. To top it all off, when you have landed 3 successful blows to stunned enemies, you will be prompted to call the aid of the Furious Five’s signature moves by voice control. Although the core fighting system seems simple, it has one of the best uses for the Kinect I have seen for a while.

Besides the fighting, Kung Fu Panda 2 also offers 2 other types of games, rickshaw racing and noodle serving. The rickshaw racing is controlled by leaning side to side for steering, and jumping and dodging to avoid obstacles in the races. As for the noodle serving levels, you will grab different bowls, stirring, and throwing them at customer according to their needs. Both mini games are fun and accurate addition to the fighting system, but I seem to have a little more trouble tossing the correct noodle bowl to the correct customers.

The game would have been better if it was a multiplayer game. The fact it is a single player game limits the potential of competition or cooperation among players. As this game family is oriented, it would have been a real blast if parents can get into teams with kids and compete with each other.

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Innovation:
This game is creative in terms of selecting options. At the very beginning, you must bow to start the game, which will make you feel like a real kung fu master. On the main menu, you raise or lower your right arm to select an option and throw a punch with your left arm to enter. Before each combat, you do the pose on the screen to choose your fighting style.

Longevity:
The idea of the game is simple. You win the battle and you unlock more stages. There are three mini-games which can be quite challenging at times. You have to put a lot of movements in but they are definitely entertaining. Free Play mode is available along with the Story Mode. As you move forward in the story, you will be able to replay and perfect the stages you are addicted to.

Conclusion:
This game is a fun investment, especially for family with active children who love the movie. It is fairly easy to maneuver and you will not need the skills of expert gamers to ace this game—all you need is energy. It is definitely kids friendly. If you enjoy Dreamwork films or the animated films in general, you will love this game.

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