Have you ever watched an old Jackie Chan movie? You know the ones where most of the fighting is him dodging and blocking hundreds of oncoming blows? Have you ever wanted to do that? Well now you can! In a computer game obviously. Unless you train for twenty years in kung fu. You could train for twenty years in kung fu. But if you’re like me and can’t wait 20 years to do it and would rather just smash a button and make a computer character do it then Way of the Passive Fist is for you!
Way of the Passive Fist is a side scrolling brawler with a difference. Set on a world infested with raiders, sun worshippers and creatures. You play as a wanderer travelling Zircon V a planet on the brink of destruction from a dying star. You must travel and battle foes to find answers. Instead of pounding out combos left right and centre and throwing enemies around like they are rag dolls you need to learn your enemies’ combos. Standing there blocking every attack while stacking combos to finally release a devastating attack with your power fist.
The story is good but not complicated with its focus obviously being on the action and gameplay. Way of the Passive Fist doesn’t hide its focus as the cut scenes are quick and the action starts right away. With industrial music pounding out your speakers in the vain of classics such as Streets of Rage or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
I JUST WANT TO PUNCH THINGS! Don’t get me wrong. I love the idea of the game. Learning your enemies’ combos so you know when to press the X button at the right time is a great concept. But after playing 10 chapters with hundreds of enemies and chapter bosses I felt by the end that I really just wanted to punch some fools in the face. I think I wore my X button down with the amount I pressed it. The only real attacks you do to the enemies are powerful combo power attacks after you block a certain amount of punches or kicks you can do a super punch or a power slam. You can also block enemies that much that they get tired and you can do a final touch on them and that’s exactly what it is… a touch you poke them…
The music is amazing. The graphics are nostalgic and colourful. You can make the game as hard or as easy as you want with the sliders before you jump in offering many different variants so change them till your happy or challenge yourself!