Monkey King: Hero Is Back


Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
59
Top Critic Average
13%
Critics Recommend
Based on 23 critic reviews
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Monkey King: Hero Is Back

Rating Summary

Based on 23 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

59

Top Critic Average

13%

Critics Recommend

Based on 23 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PCOct 17, 2019
PlayStation 4Oct 17, 2019

Genres: Action, Adventure, RPG

A new, never-before-seen chapter in the Chinese legend of Journey to the West is about to unfold! Based on the 2015 Chinese box office record-shattering CG animated film MONKEY KING: HERO IS BACK, this adaptation pits the Great Sage himself, Sun Wukong, newly freed after 500 years of imprisonment, with Liuer, a young boy who looks up to the Monkey King in a journey that brings them close together. Featuring new episodes not portrayed in the original film, this game combines epic, larger than life Chinese mythology with flashy and funny kung fu action for a delightful, pulse-pounding action adventure! FEATURES Players will explore 10 completely different levels full of fast-paced action, lush environments full of secrets and and epic boss battles Take control of the Monkey King and engage in world-famous Chinese kungfu full of combo's, hilarious finishers, QTE-counters & a plethora of items and skills Unlock skills and abilities while advancing and gain powerful supermovess, a magical staff for superior combat & fire projectiles to hurl at enemies Get the full cinematic experience and more! Scenes from the movie as well as never before seen content combined with top notch voice acting in all major languages

Where to Buy

Amazon
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A very charming adventure reminiscent of the first PlayStation platformers... In both the good and the bad things. Monkey King: Hero Is Back captures the essence of the film it is based on, and although it is not revolutionary, it manages to be fun until the very end.

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These are one of those times when games are simply made to capitalize on the license of an intellectual property. Though there is a lot of potential in the story for the gameplay and mechanics to flesh out, it never does. There are moments when you believe there's something special to experience, but then you're constantly loading into areas, slowed to a snail's pace, and burdened with unnecessary banter.

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By keeping simplicity at its core, Monkey King: Hero Is Back offers an entertaining if somewhat mindless distraction to the blockbuster titles releasing around it. Sure, it's a little bit too short, the narrative isn't particularly gripping, and it looks like an early PS3 game, but that all falls by the wayside in the heat of battle. Thanks to fun brawling mechanics, Monkey King: Hero Is Back does just enough to deserve your attention.

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I enjoyed a fair amount of what this game had to offer, but the limited, claustrophobic nature of much of the navigation, coupled with slow movement, poor story, and extremely limited enemy types, make it a harder sell.

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