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Wakfu Shaq Fu

November 17th, 2011
  • Sumo

Remember the game Shaq Fu? I remember, and it was the first thing I thought of when I read about the new MMORPG from Square Enix, WAKFU. Shaq Fu had you running through an alternate dimension as the seven foot tall basketball player Shaq. You have to rescue a young kid from the Egyptian conglomeration of the god of the sun (Ra) and the god of chaos (Set), aptly named Sett Ra. Thinking about Shaq Fu reminds me of Michael Jordan’s Chaos in the Windy City. You play as Michael Jordan, who can used magical basketballs to meander through a vivid platformer reminiscent of Bubsy. You get eight types of balls: Normal, Boomerang, Homing, Rebound, Fire, Ice, Iron, and Grenade. Thinking of Michael Jordan makes me think of how lame basketball players are in the NBA. Most get paid millions of dollars to PLAY A GAME! I used to live in England, and at least to some degree, they realize the ridiculous nature of paying people to play. Cricket players usually have to have actual jobs to pay their mortgages. Except in Australia…those guys make a tonne (Australian units) of money.

Wakfu is a very nice looking (remember, it’s from Square Enix) tactical MMORPG. What does that mean? Remember Final Fantasy Tactics? Or perhaps Azure Dreams? Maybe you played Tactics Ogre? Or Vandal Hearts? It’s a three-dimensional isometric turn-based RPG. One of the more interesting parts of Wakfu is management of the ecosystem for personal gain. You have to pay attention to the weather forecast, mobs in the area, and your experience level. Watch out! If someone comes in and kills all the animals, your ecosystem can suffer greatly. However, trappers can use seeds from animals to plant more…hopefully helping rebuild the ecosystem.

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