Once voted one of the worst video games ever made, Shaq Fu has somehow gained a cult following after all these years. Playing Shaq Fu is like having to listen to a bad joke where your friend forgot the punch line and all you can think about is anything else you would rather be doing than listening to him try to pull together whatever wisps of life may be left in his failed attempt at humor.
However, because of how incredibly badly regarded it is, some people now see it as a work of art. Gamers back then weren’t too keen on playing as Shaq as he gets sent to rescue a young boy named Nezu from an evil mummy in another dimension. Fast-forward 22 years and this sounds like the greatest game ever. Darn hipsters and their irony. Now, after a massive crowdfunding effort Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is now in development and it looks beautifully reimagined. Gameplay footage has been released and it looks like a beat em’ up for the ages. The people working on the game have come from really serious projects. Big Deez Productions, developers of Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn, have said they put together “…a team of video game industry professionals that comes from legendary projects like HALO, Street Fighter, Final Fantasy, Alan Wake, Spec Ops: The Line, Battlefield, Killzone, Max Payne [and] Duke Nukem.” With talent like this we can only hope for something really special.
Players will be able to play as the big guy himself, NBA all-star and avid gamer Shaquille O’Neal. Boasting hundreds of cool moves to learn and tons of dynamic enemies and levels the game pulls inspiration from games like Streets of Rage and Devil May Cry with an art style much like the Street Fighter series. Crowd-funding has changed the landscape of video games and all media alike. The audience is now able to not only say what they want but also play an active part in helping to create the content by showing their support. Games that could have never seen the light of day otherwise now have a fighting chance to make it in to our homes. Even remakes of truly terribly, beautiful games, like Shaq Fu.