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      03.09.2009 12:21

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      A whole lot of fun

      Ready 2 Rumble Boxing is an extremely fun, cartoon-style boxing game that's something of a response to the numerous franchise titles released around the same time, such as EA's Knockout Kings. This game has absolute no pretension at all towards authenticity or realism, both as it relates to gameplay and visuals, and instead focuses purely on being fun, off the wall, and very crazy!

      The most famous character is without a doubt Afro Thunder, a Jimi Hendrix lookalike who can deliver lightning fast punches, and is probably the best fighter in the game if you're new to the game (although picking things up takes very little time indeed). However, there is a plethora of colourful fighters of different shapes and sizes, meaning there's something for everyone!

      During fights, your progress will be measured by a RUMBLE meter at the bottom of the screen. With each strong hit, you will get an extra letter, and when you have the entire word, you will be able to perform special moves and essentially become invincible for a temporary period. It can be argued that this isn't a particularly balanced element of the game, because it's basically curtains if your opponent gets it first, but if you're skilled enough, you can evade and even defend against it.

      Harnessing the power of the Dreamcast, this game visually blows away any competing boxing games of the time - whilst not trying to be realistic, it has a fully realised artistic style, and perhaps most impressively, the damage on your boxer's face shows up throughout the fight, as he swells and bruises.

      The game was a considerable hit, unsurprisingly, and did enough business to garner a sequel (which had Michael Jackson as an unlockable character!). With superb, cartoony visuals, fun gameplay, and a range of well-designed characters, this is one of the most fun and exciting games on the Dreamcast.

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      24.10.2001 09:11
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      Ready? Ready for what! Let’s get Ready 2 Rumble! Or not, depending on how far you’ve gotten in the game. You see, ready 2 Rumble is a great boxing game that isn’t let down by over seriousness, in fact it’s far from serious with caricature style boxers – from the fast and funky afro, Afro Thunder to the solid butcher Brown he’s probably the most powerful boxer outside of the secret characters!! The gameplay is great, with lots of superb moves to pull off – uppercuts, right jabs, head buts, loads more – and you can even make the boxers speak, you’ll be hearing witty phrases like “Somebody call the doctor!” – anyway, you had to be there, Ready 2 Rumble is great in the arcade game for 2players to battle it out, but the world circuit mode is pretty dull. You have to train up your boxer, using gyms, health pills and suspicious medicine, and more – it’s not that fun after a while, but I managed to complete through the game without using the popular cheats! Then take him or her out to face the world – progressing through bronze level, silver, then gold – then the massive boss who may prove slightly tricky… Graphics are very good, and it still looks alright, seeing as this was a launch title, the characters and arenas look smooth and polygon proficient – it’s a damn fine game to play too, other than the not so brilliant one player mode. 2player boxing, great fun - 4 Stars!

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        15.09.2001 01:43
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        Ready? Ready for what! Let’s get Ready 2 Rumble! Or not, depending on how far you’ve gotten in the game. You see, ready 2 Rumble is a great boxing game that isn’t let down by over seriousness, in fact it’s far from serious with caricature style boxers – from the fast and funky afro, Afro Thunder to the solid butcher Brown he’s probably the most powerful boxer outside of the secret characters!! The gameplay is great, with lots of superb moves to pull off – uppercuts, right jabs, head buts, loads more – and you can even make the boxers speak, you’ll be hearing witty phrases like “Somebody call the doctor!” – anyway, you had to be there, Ready 2 Rumble is great in the arcade game for 2players to battle it out, but the world circuit mode is pretty dull. You have to train up your boxer, using gyms, health pills and suspicious medicine, and more – it’s not that fun after a while, but I managed to complete through the game without using the popular cheats! Then take him or her out to face the world – progressing through bronze level, silver, then gold – then the massive boss who may prove slightly tricky… Graphics are very good, and it still looks alright, seeing as this was a launch title, the characters and arenas look smooth and polygon proficient – it’s a damn fine game to play too, other than the not so brilliant one player mode. 2player boxing, great fun - 4 Stars!

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        29.08.2001 06:28

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        Ready? Ready for what! Let’s get Ready 2 Rumble! Or not, depending on how far you’ve gotten in the game. You see, ready 2 Rumble is a great boxing game that isn’t let down by over seriousness, in fact it’s far from serious with caricature style boxers – from the fast and funky afro, Afro Thunder to the solid butcher Brown he’s probably the most powerful boxer outside of the secret characters!! The gameplay is great, with lots of superb moves to pull off – uppercuts, right jabs, head buts, loads more – and you can even make the boxers speak, you’ll be hearing witty phrases like “Somebody call the doctor!” – anyway, you had to be there, Ready 2 Rumble is great in the arcade game for 2players to battle it out, but the world circuit mode is pretty dull. You have to train up your boxer, using gyms, health pills and suspicious medicine, and more – it’s not that fun after a while, but I managed to complete through the game without using the popular cheats! Then take him or her out to face the world – progressing through bronze level, silver, then gold – then the massive boss who may prove slightly tricky… Graphics are very good, and it still looks alright, seeing as this was a launch title, the characters and arenas look smooth and polygon proficient – it’s a damn fine game to play too, other than the not so brilliant one player mode. 2player boxing, great fun - 4 Stars!

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        05.03.2001 20:24
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        Although boxing games have been out since the days of the spectrum, few have been playable enough for many people to take notice of the genre. Ready to Rumble Boxing is different, it treats the subject of Boxing with a sense of humour and all the boxers have traits and witty one liners. The game starts off pretty much as you would expect for a boxing game, ducking and diving your way in and out of an opponents line of fire and trying to knock them out before the bell. The difference here is that comedy elements have been added in every aspect of the fighting so, for instance, when you knock your opponent out you might see them do a little piroette before they fall to the ground. Characters all have their own distinctive clothing and fashion sense (or lack of in most cases!) Fighters range from an afro haired middleweight to a Sumo style boxer, not exactly the normal boxer types, more like rejects from a wrestling match. There is a training room to beef up your player and each of the characters have their own moves and specials which can be used when the letters RUMBLE appear on screen, whcich allows you to launch in to a mad frenzy of attacks on the poor opponent. This can be built up by knocking seven bells from your opponent. 2 Players can take part in a match, which gives the game it's real edge. The 2 player mode will bring a smile to your face as you choose the most way out of the boxers. Before long you may be wanting them to fall on to the canvas. Graphics -------- Graphics are quite nice, with some nice touches like brusing and cuts appearing on players as the fight progresses. The graphics are by no means state of the art but considering that there have been a fair few boxing games out, they are a lot better than previous boxing games on other formats. Each of the characters have their own animations and these are fluid and clear. Facial movements and strange attacks really make the difference though, sometim
        es having you in stitches. Sound ----- Sound is used well, with crowds cheering and booing and various comments from your manager. Again, like the character movements, the sound bytes from the characters are all unique and reflect their nature. The player can make their character taunt the opposition with some witty one-liners too, a nice touch which adds even more of an individual element to the boxers. Ready 2 Rumble on the Dreamcast is fun and makes a nice change from all the usual Japanese style beat-em-up games doing the rounds at the moment. he 2 player is especially fun and adds to the longevity of the game. You can also pick up the sequel on Dreamcast and Playstation 2, which contains even more characters and more of the same inane boxing action.

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          13.02.2001 16:58
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          If you’re a great fan of Ready to rumble then you should have experienced the wacky world of Afro Thunder and get tons of fun out of this wacky, silly, sequel. Getting smacked around the face by Michael Jackson is a weird experience. In real life it looks as if he can barely beat a monk but in Ready to Rumble Round 2 he is a silky swift fighting machine moonwalking around the ring in a twinkling blue Elvis number and sparkly gloves. The game play is the same as the first game but you can also go up a stage with the rumble gloves for twice the punishment. With a whole new host of wacky players and ridiculous moves the game moves into an alarmingly realistic boxing situation. A new addition to the game in the boxing championship is the train your boxer mode, which lets you build up your boxer into a mean machine. These training tasks work like them good old Olympic games where you follow a sequence of button presses to complete the move and develop your true fighting skills. This is a truly great example of a boxing game and the graphics are well drawn and funny but the visuals and design lack that finishing touch. The sounds of the game are good as you get the moans and groans from the boxers and that loving waaaak sound from the hits. The multiplayer game is amusing and there is also an eight-player tournament, which was a good idea. I think that overall the game lacks full depth but the cast alone will keep you playing for a couple of months. A great sequel to Ready to rumble and would sit comfortably in anyone’s collection.

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          11.02.2001 19:38
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          Let's Get ready 2 rumble!!! That's exact;y what I would have said! The Dreamcast game Ready 2 rumble boxing is one of the earlier titles, and perhaps I think it could have been a launch game. It still is in my opinion one if the most playable games around! It's available on all formats (N64, PSX and Dreamcast), with the sequel 'Ready 2 Rumble round2' only on Dreamcast and Playstation 2. The game is bubbling with energy, it's really good to see a game that seems so happy for a change! It's very much set in an arcade style, but you can play two player fights as well as 1 player and the championship mode! The graphics are superb! Still today I rate them as next generation, with cartoon over the top but life like looking characters including the fantastic Afro Thunder, Jimmy Blood and Butcher Brown, as well as around 15 other boxers, everything looks very impressive! The game is simple to pick up and play, and is an ideal post pub game using the winner stays on style of play!! The championship mode won't hold your attention for that long, but the two player bouts are superb. The sound effects and commentary just make the game even more fun. You can't take it seriously really, it's just a really fun boxing game! Relieve stress by training in the Championship gym, lift weights, use punch bags and all sorts of training equipment! The Dreamcast version is graphically superior to both the N64 and PSX titles, but if you only have a PSX or N64 then I'd recommend you get the game anyway! I have both the PSX game and the Dreamcast one, but there also seems to be another difference aside from the graphics - I think some of the characters are different, but then this doesn't really matter. Lots to unlock and discover, and why not try calling your gym Pod5! as you may find something out... 4 stars, as there aren't that many different moves per boxer. Still great fun!

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          27.01.2001 21:09
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          Ready to Rumble 2 is set to be one of the most eagerly awaited titles on the Dreamcast. The original captured the hearts of console fans everywhere with its razor sharp graphics, and furious corner to corner action. This has left Midway with a pretty tall order, trying to better what is already accepted as being an excellent game. This will all be rectified with the eagerly awaited successor to the throne, Ready 2 Rumble: Round 2. The game will feature 13 new characters to join the original 11, and the amount of moves, counter moves, and over-the-top combos has been greatly increased and refined. Huge improvements are underway to take advantage of both next-generation console's powerful hardware, including sparkling high resolution character models, improved lighting in the ring and far more realistic AI in the opponents that you will face. The boxers will no longer just wander about trying to get the occasional hit in, but instead will try a variety of strategies to win the match, using the corners and ropes to a far greater extent than the original. It is not just the realism that is being ramped up for the sequel though, Midway plan to make the sequel more spectacular to watch as well. There will be three girls which will introduce the rounds and even paparazzi to capture the action as it unfolds in the ring! The vast improvements which are being implemented ensure that this will definitely be one of boxings finest moments.

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            09.01.2001 02:13

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            "Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, lllllllllet's get ready to RUMBLE!!!!!!!" The graphics are impressive and easily stand toe to toe with any other Dreamcast game. Though the characters don't move as smoothly and fluidly as in Soul Calibur, their facial features are just amazing. The boxers smile, grimace, yell, blow kisses, raise eyebrows, and show numerous other facial expressions. On top of that, the boxers continually get beat up during a match. Most victory poses are complete with broken-tooth smiles and black eyes. The music, while annoying, fits the game perfectly. The sound is also really well done. Each boxer has a 15-second introduction done by Michael Buffer, complete with little comments. The gameplay is the hardest part of the game to understand. Ready 2 Rumble is, very obviously, an arcade boxer. Taking goofy characters and wacky moves over realistic boxers. Ready To Rumble is really hard. This isn't a game where you just run in and beat the enemy down. Instead, you have to bob and weave, choosing when to strike the opponent and when the back away. Even the Career mode is vastly more complicated than the recent "authentic" boxing game Knockout Kings. In order to go for the championship bout, you not only have to defeat a number of opponents, but you need to enhance your character along the way. Training your boxer involves a series of mini-games, each improving your boxer in different ways. There are a total of five mini-games: Rumble Aerobics, Sway Bag, Speed Bag, Heavy Bag, and Weight Lifting. These neat little games add a depth to Ready 2 Rumble that's not seen in most other boxing games. Another strange addition is the use of the RUMBLE technique. When characters land certain blows on the opponent, they gain letters to spell out the word RUMBLE. When that occurs, you simply press the two trigger buttons and your boxer freaks out. Then, by pressing A and
            B, you execute a number of fast moves on your opponent. While this is all well and good, it's absolutely useless during the game. Ready 2 Rumble Boxing is a strange, mixed bag of fun. Packed with lots of action, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing is a good boxing game. And what more can you ask for?

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            30.12.2000 19:42

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            General/Summary: I just recently finally decided to rent the game, thinking that it would be great after all the hype about it and its PlayStation version. It comes nothing short of that, as I found myself fighting over 40 or 50 matches in a row without stopping. Gameplay: The gameplay is just like normal boxing. You fight, and you win or lose. What makes its gameplay special, though, lies in the Championship Mode more than Arcade. First off, the use of money. Second off, the use of money to buy things to manually train your boxer. And of course you can win titles and cash in big fights with other boxers. Graphics: There have been a lot of games with great and realistic graphics on Sega's Dreamcast, and this is definetly one of them. From the intros to the fighting to the training, this game has very cool graphics, one of the best and what I expected from this system. Sound: I love the beginning intro and its music, but that's almost all they play (though very softly) in the game. Of course, this lets you hear what the crowd thinks, and they tell you what they're thinking of you. The boxers also have a lot of stuff to say in their intros.

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            30.12.2000 06:54
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            Ready to rumble boxing has got to be one of the best games to come out of the video game industry recently. Ready to Rumble Boxing, is as its name suggests boxing game, but is set aside from all the others but some very creative and funny characters. Each have differing personalities, it adds to the gameplay of the game. Each character has differing strengths and weaknesses, e.g. some are taller, some are heavier some have a longer reach (So you can punch from further away) wish add a strategic element to the game. The graphics of the game are the best yet; each player has a beautifully modelled body, and some very clever facial expressions. This game shows its strongest elements when you play against your mates. Many will ask, What’s more fun than beating you friend in a virtual fight? You will not put this game down for a long time especially when there are secret boxers to unlock as you complete more of the game. An essential purchase for the Dreamcast, but it may not appeal to the hardcore boxers who may prefer a simulation of the sport, rather than this more Arcadey reincarnation.

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            29.11.2000 00:24
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            I think that ready to rumble is one of the best boxing games ever invented for any console. The game play and the graphics are amazing and there is a wide variety of players to fight with. The only let down is even on the toughest level the game is fairly easy to complete but when you have done so there is still hours and hours of play left in the game. Ready to rumble is one of these games that never gets tiresome or repetative and can be fun whether you play alone or with friends

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              22.11.2000 01:19
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              Whilst working in a store when the Dreamcast was about to hit the UK, it was obvious Ready 2 Rumble was going to be special amongst the launch line up. It was the game that created a buzz, kids dragged in friends after school, they converted initially unwilling parents to try it - it was talked about. Rightly so, for though not the biggest thing to hit the gaming world, it was a refreshing and original title that quickly showed it was fun to play. It no doubt helped shift a few Dreamcasts, but while prolonged play at home reinforced how good the multiplayer was, it also revealed that while a refreshing take on the boxing and beat 'em up genres, it didn't have much in the way of depth for the single player. A sequel is no surprise but is Round 2 a genuine improvement or the start of the over-milking of a cash cow? For those familiar with last year's outing, there are recognisable faces amongst a cast of new ones - including the famous likes of the King of Pop Michael Jackson, he of the cigar fame Bill Clinton (and First Lady Hillary) as well as Shaquille O'Neal, star of the basketball court and Shaq Fu. Among these famous faces are new ones as well, including a robot with a punch bag for a face and a character named Zeke, sporting the best hairstyle since the heady days of punk. Obviously the graphics are good, but it's the actual boxers and how their characters are brought to life that deserve the credit. Yes, Afro looks great from a technical point of view, but it's his cocky strut, his hair, and his put-downs that really bring him to life. This isn't to take anything away from the modellers as they've done a great job creating the comicbook pugilists through the sheer variety of them (some wrestlers look unable to swing without having a coronary), as well as smaller details such as stretch marks on bellies and ring attire. The surroundings haven't escaped a nip and tuck either. Unlike Roseanne
              Barr however, they look all the better for it with a wider variety of arenas (some are set outside, a nice touch), a better crowd and "bouncier" ropes. And talking of bouncy, Midway seem to have made sure the ladies in the game out-bounce the Dead or Alive 2 ladies. Good or not? You decide. With all the additions to the original game, Ready 2 Rumble Round 2 has a lot going for it, and yet feels like a let down. There's no real one-player mode to sink your teeth into. They've made the effort with the Championship Mode but it only really acts as a version of the Arcade mode with an interactive loading screen. A calendar marks out your months with the odd prize, and title fights scheduled for chances to prove yourself. In your spare time you can train via a range of mini-games which you'll try out of curiosity first time around, but it's unlikely you'll want to play them any more than a few times (especially seeing as you can let the computer do the training for you while you reap almost identical rewards). As with the first game, the strengths of Ready 2 Rumble Round 2 lie in its multiplayer modes. The accessible style of gameplay combined with the easy controls mean that the game should be a hit with the casual gamer, as random stabs at the control pad will produce results. It's not bad and is in fact quite capable of fun - and it does strive to offer something more than the usual update - but it wasn't enough to elicit much more than a sigh of "seen it before" from those who tried it. Massive fans of the original will love it up, but fans who found the original in the cupboard sooner than they first thought will feel a little short changed.

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              08.11.2000 03:25

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              · Ready 2 rumble boxing was one of the dreamcast’s launch games way back over a year ago in October 99. Even though it is a year old and I have owned it for about half of that time, I still play it all the time. The reason for this is that it is a really really good boxing game. It has many modes including a championship mode and a gym to train up your players! If you like watching or playing boxing or fighting games then you will really like Ready 2 rumble boxing.

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              26.10.2000 04:04

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              It is the best comical game you get, it’s … Ready 2 Rumble boxing. Most sports games are lifelike, serious, and have real life people in it, Ready 2 Rumble is the complete opposite but it is still classed as the best boxing game ever. It has hidden characters such as Nat Daddy and Bruce Blade but alongside them is great characters like Afro Thunder and Big “Willy” Johnson. When you complete Championship mode you will have a surprising character called Damien Black. The sequel is sure to be absolutely great fun and twice as good as the first one (if that is possible).

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