The Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn’s “launch trailer” is fun but it’s a little premature

If you’re a retro gaming enthusiast you would have heard about the original Shaq-Fu, but for all the wrong reasons. Everyone says it was terrible. Me? I bloody loved it. That’s right, kids… I was there. And it was glorious. Okay, it was a bit crap, but in those days we took whatever we could get. The point is, Shaq has loaned his name to a follow-up to try to right the wrongs of the past, and now there’s a new trailer. A launch trailer, would you believe. For a game which hasn’t launched yet.

Let’s overlook the fact that a launch trailer is usually released to coincide with a game’s launch, and let’s move on to the trailer itself. In an effort to be totally self aware and self deprecating, the Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn launch trailer (as it’s named on the official PlayStation YouTube channel) tells us that this time Shaq is coming to “settle the score of ‘94”, to make up for the misery we sat through back then. I’ll reiterate, I really did enjoy the original Shaq-Fu, so I’ll probably be blown away by whatever they come up with this time.

The launch trailer shows off a much more extravagant visual style than the original, which is good. There are a lot more things exploding, which is always good. All in all, it’s good. But, and this is purely opinion, I reckon it’s still going to be a bit pants. Prove me wrong, people making this game. Prove me wrong. Wait, oh yes, Big Deez Productions. That’s who’s responsible. Big Deez, that’s like hood parlance for, man, I can’t even say it. But it doesn’t bode well.