Shuyan Saga is a graphic novel series where action scenes come alive in 3D combat gameplay. Set in an ancient Chinese martial arts fantasy universe, you embark on a life-changing journey as Shuyan to become a true disciple of Kung Fu and stop the evil Guer horde from destroying the Five Kingdoms. Starring Kristin Kreuk (Smallville, Beauty and the Beast) as Shuyan in her first ever video game! Over 1,400 beautifully illustrated panels from Chinese comic book master Daxiong (he’s drawn Star Wars comics for Dark Horse and Justice League for DC, among others!). The game is steeped in Chinese mythology and with the inclusion of Daoism, reads very much like a Wuxia novel.
Over 300 combat animations, referenced from motion captured Kung-Fu techniques of Shifu Longfei Yang, Master of the Shanxi Praying Mantis Style. Set in a fantasy world inspired by ancient China, filled with myth and lore. Soft and hard Kung-Fu styles in two main combat modes: Arena and Focus. Amazing Original Soundtrack – Composed by award-winning composer Aaron Tsang.Shuyan Saga tells the tale of Shuyan, a princess of Nan Feng whose country has been invaded by the evil Ganbaatar in his conquest of the known world and search for the Guardian Spirits of each realm in order to subdue them to his will and increase his ever growing power.
Being a game based on kung fu and martial arts, the game takes a careful stance to include this in its mechanics. Action can occur in two areas, the first where you are surrounded by enemies, and the second where you can face off against a single opponent. High or low attacks are determined by your aim and hard or soft attacks determined by how long you hold the left mouse button for. Shuyan also has something of a roleplaying game mechanic where you unlock additional skills as the narrative progresses and the game has tutorial lessons for Shuyan to explore her newfound abilities and direct the player into how to use them.
Shuyan has a mix of graphics. The cartoon style is quite entertaining and it’s clear the artists were quite skilled at displaying action from a variety of interesting angles, something that is incredibly difficult to achieve. However the character’s expressions are poorly done, the faces almost seem to morph from scene to scene and would not be consistently recognizable, if it were not for their costumes. The 3d graphics used during combat are a little chunky and whilst they fit the cartoonish theme they seem a little dated compared to the rest of the game and will likely not age well. They are clear enough however to reliably convey the information needed to effectively fight your opponents.