Ready 2 Rumble: Round 2 (N64) Review

Ready 2 Rumble: Round 2 is a fun game that will undoubtedly impress those who've never played the original.

Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 has more boxers and moves than the first game, but aside from a few slight changes here and there, the game remains largely unchanged, which for people who've never played the original is perfectly fine. However, for those of us who were fans of the original game, the gameplay and presentation of R2RB: R2 are all too familiar, making the sequel seem more like a simple roster update.

The game has two main modes of play, arcade and championship. Arcade mode lets you start a match against the computer or another player without worrying about any statistics or unnecessary setup options. Championship mode is the game's main single-player mode, and it allows you to take a fighter from the depths of obscurity to the top of the ranks in search of a shot at the title. This mode has been slightly dressed up since the original game, and it now includes a fight schedule that basically forces you to pay more attention to your fighter's training regimen. Training consists of seven real-life boxing exercises: jumping rope, the heavy bag, the speed bag, the sway bag, rumble pads, lifting weights, and aerobics. These exercises are represented in the form of minigames, which you must actually do well in to get the full benefit of the exercise. These benefits come in the form of increased abilities such as greater punching power, greater foot and hand speed, and additional endurance. The majority of the minigames are fairly simple exercises in timing, speed, and memory that get progressively harder with each step. The bulk of the time you spend playing Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2's championship mode is spent playing these minigames, which do get a bit stale after a while.

As far as the game's control and gameplay mechanics are concerned, R2RB: R2 hasn't actually changed that much from the original game. While many of the returning characters in the game have new combos, the punches have remained the same. The only gameplay changes are the fighter's new ability to parry punches instead of just blocking them. The game also has a rumble combo that builds up every time you hit someone with a good shot or taunt. Letters appear that eventually spell the word "rumble," and at this point you can activate a moment of near invincibility or choose to continue building up your power. In all, there are three levels of rumble power, and waiting to fill all three levels up results in the ability to throw a knockout punch that can literally send your opponent out of the ring.

Visually, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 is a bit better than last year's game. The models of the fighters are surprisingly detailed, and the animation is quite good. The game looks and moves a lot better in comparison to last year's title, which really makes a difference, since the game's visuals and control are a lot more in tune. In the audio department, many of the fighters spout off lots of little catch phrases that seem cool the first time you hear them but quickly grow old later on.

Overall, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 is a fun game that will undoubtedly impress those who've never played the original. Unfortunately for those of us who have played the first game, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 wears thin quickly, as little aside from the game's character lineup has changed. The game's AI and gameplay are still as simple as those of the first game, which ultimately makes R2RB: R2 a game that's better suited for rental than purchase.

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  • First Released Oct 23, 2000
    • Dreamcast
    • Game Boy Advance
    • + 3 more
    • Nintendo 64
    • PlayStation
    • PlayStation 2
    Since the game's AI is relatively simple, you'll quickly learn all of the little tricks that'll lead you to a win with little or no thought put into it at all, which ultimately makes R2RB: R2 a game that's better suited for rental than purchase.
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    Developed by:
    Midway, Point of View
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    Boxing, Sports
    Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.
    Animated Violence, Suggestive Themes