To get you ready for the July 7th Bruce Lee Marathon airing on G4TV at 9am/8C, we’ve picked out the Top 5 Games that make you feel like a true Kung Fu master.
Bruce Lee isn’t just some regular action hero. He’s unstoppable. He’s likable and always does the right thing. It doesn’t matter the size or number of enemies thrown at him; he will always prevail. To get you in the mood for G4’s Bruce Lee Marathon, we put together a list of games that make you feel like Bruce Lee - unstoppable, in-charge, and ready to kick some ass, but you'd better warm-up with some stretches before starting any of these games.
As a series, Mortal Kombat has always been about fighting until there isn’t anyone left to fight; killing your opponents one-by-one until you are the only one still standing. While Bruce Lee doesn’t rip his opponents' arms off and beat them with their own limbs; doing so makes you feel just as badass as the man himself.
As with most fighting titles, learning the move set requires patience and hours of practice. This discipline requires the most adamant dedication to becoming the best that you can, just as Bruce Lee did with Wing Chun Kung Fu. Pulling off a perfect Kombo set makes for one of the most satisfying feelings that games can accomplish. While Mortal Kombat’s 1v1 battles may seem tame compared to the number of baddies that Bruce Lee encounters at once, working your way up the Kombat Tower can simulate the sensation of a never-ending stream of people wanting to kill you.
I’m not sure there has ever been a game that captures the feeling of unstoppability more than Asura’s Wrath does in its first half hour. In the beginning of the game, Asura is betrayed and left for dead. When he awakens thousands of years later, he’s out for revenge and nothing will get in the way of him carrying out his plans in the most outrageously awesome way possible.
It wasn’t until one of the gods that betrayed Asura grew to three times the size of earth and attempted to use his finger to crush him, only to have his finger returned to him by Asura who is somehow able to overpower the god’s finger by screaming, growing two extra arms, and punching it out of the Earth’s atmosphere that I realized just how passionate he was. Yeah -- it’s something that you have to experience to believe. I’m not sure that there has been a more badass Bruce Lee-like gaming moment in recent history.
For every person who loves the Ninja Gaiden series, there are five others who found it too difficult to get past the first area. That’s part of the charm of the series though, it isn’t for everyone and that’s okay. It is, however, a great example of games that require an extreme level of dedication and perseverance to get through, leaving the player with a rewarding experience if they can make their way through the whole thing.
Similar to Bruce Lee, all of the enemies that encounter Ryu Hayabusa –Ninja Gaiden’s main character– think that they will be the one to finally defeat him! Only instead of being the one to defeat him, they end up a bloody pile of body parts after Ryu cuts them to pieces with his sword. It’s still entertaining to see even after the hundredth time.
Not only does God Hand’s brawler style fit with the typical layout of a Bruce Lee film, but also Gene –the main character– even utilizes the Kung Fu master’s fighting style. You feel like the master with every punch. Following in the footsteps of 16-bit classics like Streets of Rage, God Hand brings countless enemies Gene’s way, who try to eliminate him once and for all.
Gene gets in a fight while attempting to save a woman from a group of low-life thugs, but in doing so, he loses his right arm. Olivia –the woman that he saved– replaces it with the God Hand, a mysterious limb that her ancestors protected for centuries. This arm grants him god-like powers, which he uses to settle a score with the men who took his arm. It is all very similar to some of Bruce Lee’s movies with him trying to do the right thing, someone getting hurt, and the master settling unfinished business. It is probably one of the best representations of games that make you feel like Bruce Lee, because you’re pretty much playing as Bruce Lee.
Taking advantage of the Playstation Eye, Kung-Fu Live scans the player and pits them as the main character against baddies in classic brawler fashion. It utilizes free-motion technology, which should help detect movement better, but doesn’t end up adding much fidelity. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work as well as it should, but if you have ‘proper’ lighting conditions, it can be pretty fun and works well enough for a quick game of baddie-beating.
Actually, moving around the room and beating up enemies with pseudo Kung-Fu is probably the closest you can get to playing as Bruce Lee in a videogame. There’s something extremely novel about seeing yourself punching enemies in real-time in a genre that you used to spend hours playing as some cluster of pixels that resembled someone who might end up fighting their way through the streets of Tokyo.
Tune into the Bruce Lee Marathon on July 7th on G4TV at 9am/8C to get your daily-recommended requirements of high-flying kicks and punches to the sternum.