Review by Snuffy_Mccrack

Reviewed: 08/18/06

The Good ol' Boxing Game?


When I first played this game I was pleasantly surprised. I expected a mediocre boxing game, but received nothing of the sort. What I found was a wholesome boxing game with only a few gameplay flaws, among some others. Without further delay, here goes the review...

Gameplay: 8/10

I only give the gameplay an eight out of ten for one reason, total punch control. The game could do without it. I change the control scheme to avoid it. Aside from that, the button punch controls work great. They offer you complete control of your boxer in a way that's more comfortable to traditional gamers like myself. However, a lot of people prefer total punch control, so, I won't bash it too much. Moving along...

Sound: 9/10

There's really nothing to be said here. The announcer sounds great. He reports everything how it happens when it happens so, I can't complain. The music is okay. Not a huge fan of the type of music they play (mostly rap) but it sounds as it should. The pyrotechnics sound like pyrotechnics. Not much else to be said, moving on...

Graphics: 10/10

Now, this is one of the places this game truly shines. You can see the sweat on your boxer. When you knock someone down and it shows an instant replay in slow-motion, you can actually see your opponents jaw react to the blow. When your opponent gets backed into the ropes the ropes react as they would in real life. Not too mention the character models are fantastic.

Overall: 8/10

Why eight of ten instead of nine? Simple, it's a great game, but it isn't perfect. There are a few things they could have touched up on. Sometimes when your opponent falls on the ground, the character model shakes unnaturally. Minor flaws yet common flaws such as that prevent this game from truly being a masterpiece of video gaming.

Rent or Buy?

If you like fighting games, a definite buy. If you're a fan of sports but not particularly fighting games, I'd say rent it first. Also, if you see this game for under $20, pick it up anyway, you won't regret it.

Rating:   4.0 - Great

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