Ready 2 Rumble round 2
Review of Ready 2 Rumble round 2
R2R2 is very easy to jump right into and get started playing. You can quickly get into the fighting action by selecting Arcade Mode and begin pummeling your opponents. You fight 12 over the top characters and have to continue to win to move up in the rankings. One bad thing about this mode is you cant save your progress and come back to that level. You are given about 6 chances (continues) to beat your opponent before the game ends. It still is easy enough to play and control your fighter. You get to choose your fighter from an initial list of about 12 fighters. If you beat all of your opponents in Arcade Mode, then you will open up Michael Jackson, Shaquille ONeal and some other surprise players. The other one-player option to choose is the Championship Mode. Here is where you train your fighter in an effort to rise up through the ranks. Cut corners and you get your ass kicked. I know, because I tried to speed things up and I got beat really badly.
Each boxer has his own set of two special moves. They can be used to help you get in good solid blows to your opponent. This gives you letters to spell out R-U-M-B-L-E when you get this you can press R1 and R2 to give your boxer more power to attack your opponent. Be careful, because it doesnt make you invulnerable to hits from your opponent. You can also continue on to spell it a second and even third time in a row. The letters will glow as you collect them. This even gives you more power. The third go-around will make you extremely powerful. If you get knocked down, it will pull away what youve spelled so far. But if youve spelled out RUMBLE once, and partially thru the second, youll only lose the second set of letters on a knockdown. Also, I found (annoyingly) that the progress you made if it doesnt spell out RUMBLE would go away when the round ends. Thats a pain in the ass. You can also get letters by taunting your opponent. When you press two buttons in tandem your boxer will taunt the other opponent. This is another be careful move, because you dont fight while youre taunting and your opponent can knock your ass to the canvass. Three knockdowns is the standard. Whoever knocks the opponent down three times wins. But if you lose, you have many chances to try again before the game kicks you off. Of course you can always go into the menu section and set the number of knockdowns to your liking.
As far as the visuals go, all I have to say that if this is what we are seeing in the first generation of PS2 games, we are in for some incredible graphics down the road. The skinning techniques show such depth of character, its incredible. You see the folds of the skin move when the arms move. Fatter characters have a wobble to their flab. Theres an aerobics instructor in the Championship Mode whose breasts wobble up and down. When your boxer really starts taking a beating, you see him or her get bruises. One really cool effect happens sometimes when your boxer gets knocked down. You get a first person view of the ref counting you out and the view blurs with a trippy wavy effect. It is really wild. Then it starts clearing up as you are ready to stand up.
There is also a plethora of camera angles you can choose from. You have to pause the fight and change the camera angle here, but there are so many to choose from. Theres the standard camera angle, ringside, a rotating view that circles the ring. Birds eye view from directly over, and first person views of your fighter or your opponent. They are all really good, but I found that fighting from the first person perspective made it extremely hard to judge your distance from your opponent and to see if you are making progress on the hits. That is a good angle to play with in the earlier matches when you stand better chances of winning.
To compliment the fine graphics, R2R2 has some mighty fine sound effects and music. Due to the fact that this is in surround sound, the crowd noises envelop the fights. The background music is strong and clear as well. It really feels like youre fighting in a ring with shouts from your corner crew coming from one speaker and people from the crowd making comments in another.
Each character has his or her taunting voices and of course the LLLLLets get ready to rumble! famous line is said before every match. The sound effects are strong and realistic. You hear the sound of leather slapping against skin. You also hear the thud of the canvas as the boxer drops. Youll hear grunts and oofs as the boxers take hits. Overall very strong sound effects.
OUR PLEDGE: We promise that we have fully played 'Ready 2 Rumble round 2' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.
This review was written by Tom Downey © Absolute PlayStation
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