Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus

Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus
Developer(s) Studio Gigante
Publisher(s) Microsoft Game Studios
Designer(s) John Tobias, Joshua Tsui, David Michicich (creators)
Chris Granner, Daniel Myer (music / sounds)
Platform(s) Xbox
Release date(s)
  • NA: March 18, 2003
  • EU: May 9, 2003
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus is a video game for the Xbox, created after John Tobias, Joshua Tsui and David Michicich left the Mortal Kombat series with Midway. It was released in 2003. As of 2008 it holds a 70% on GameRankings.[1]

The game's creator, John Tobias, praises the game as one of the most "brutal" and "realistic" fighting games ever created. The game incorporates realistic damage effects, including cuts, bruises, and ripped clothing. Additionally, Tao Feng is notable for its interactivity within the environments, such as destruction and using the surroundings to achieve special attacks.


Tao Feng takes place in Metro China, the largest population center in New China, a fictional country occupying the Pacific coast of North America. With Mexico to the south, Canada to the north, and the United States to the east, New China is a sovereign nation, independent from the People's Republic of China. The story is based upon years of conflict between two ancient Chinese sects: the Pale Lotus and the Black Mantis. The leader of the Pale Lotus has been known through the generations as the Master Sage, and for as long as there have been a Black Mantis sect, their leader has been called Wulong Goth.

The members of these sects have battled for centuries and now the fight has intensified over two tablets that contain riddles revealing the hiding places of the long lost treasures of the Pale Lotus temple. According to legend, these treasures may be used to bargain with the gods of immortality. One tablet, the Yang tablet, is rightfully still in the possession of the Pale Lotus. However, the Yin tablet was stolen by force and has fallen into the hands of the Black Mantis. Through use of the tablets, both sects hope to recover the lost treasures and achieve immortality. The Pale Lotus hope to defend truth and harmony, while the Black Mantis serve a much darker purpose. The characters in this game are: Wulong Goth- an alien-like creature. Jade Dragon- a female dragon monk. Inspired by Jade from the Mortal Kombat series. Fiery Phoenix- a fiery male warrior. Fierce Tiger- a female warrior that has the spirit of the tiger. Inspired by Tanya from the Mortal Kombat series The Fatalist- a ballistic serial killer. Inspired by Kano from the Mortal Kombat series. Iron Monk- a cybernetic robot fighter. Divinity- a heavenly goddess. Vapor- a mysterious female excorist. Divine Fist- a Chinese martial artist. Exile- a muscular, bulky mutant fighter. Geist- a female cyborg character. Master Sage- a wushu master.


The game received mixed reviews, earning a 65 on the Metacritic scale.[2]


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