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Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2

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PlayStation 2

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www.nintendo.com – Nintendo 64:
    Art thou prepared for conflict?

    If so, then strap on your over-stuffed gloves and get ready for another trip to Midway's outrageous world where pugilistic pummelers rule the ring. The competition's stiffer, the multiplayer action is more intense, but the attitude is just the same.

    Like the first Ready 2 Rumble, the heart and soul of R2R2 is the Championship Mode. In this grueling test of strength and stamina, you take a boxer from the shadows of obscurity to the limelight of a championship title fight. This is accomplished by competing in prize fights and building your boxer's stats in a series of entertaining training modes.

    You get to determine your boxer's training schedule on a day-to-day basis, which adds variety and realism to the game. The actual bouts are far from a boxing simulation, though, a fact that's obvious as you watch your fighter taunt the competition and throw wild punches in the ring.

    Veterans of the Ready 2 Rumble series will find the road to the championship to be much more intense this time around, because the computer-controlled competitors are faster, smarter and less willing to take a fall than in the original N64 game.

    To unlock new faces like Johnny "Bad" Blood (sheepherder turned contender) and Joey T. (a former hitman from Italy), you'll have to become king of the ring by working your way up the championship ladder. Awesome hidden boxers like Michael Jackson, Shaquille O'Neal and others make the journey more than worthwhile.

    Ready 2 Rumble 2 won't teach you a darn thing about the intricate skills of real-world boxing, but it delivers hours of over-the-top action that's both humorous and challenging. Although the characters and voice samples are outrageous and light-hearted, the game mechanics and play control are well designed and tight as a welterweight's pecs. If you're dying to see big Mama Tua sucker punch Afro Thunder below the belt, what are you waiting for?

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (59238) on Aug 17, 2005.

www.nintendo.com - Game Boy Advance:
    Midway has proven itself to be a heavyweight when it comes to arcade-style sports games, with heavy-hitting titles like NFL Blitz and NBA Showtime proving that it can walk the walk as well as talk the talk. Now Midway is bringing its popular Ready 2 Rumble franchise to Game Boy Advance, complete with a 3D rotating ring and 11 boxers bursting with attitude.

    If you're familiar with the Nintendo 64 version of this game, you'll probably be surprised to see that the Game Boy Advance graphics come very close to the sharp visuals found in the N64 version. The music isn't a vast improvement over what we've heard on Game Boy Color, but crystal-clear voice samples from Michael Buffer sound fantastic.

    Ready 2 Rumble Boxing Round 2 features three modes of play:

    Arcade -- Pick your boxer and enter the ring for instant gratification.

    Championship -- This is the most rewarding mode of play. This mode lets you take a boxer from complete obscurity to the top of the world. Between bouts you can train your boxer by playing creative gym-based mini-games, or you can spend some of your prize money on expensive vitamins and mass-building amino acids. Making it to the top takes dedication, determination, and thumbs of steel!

    Survival -- In this mode, you must face one boxer after another with no break in between. Since you never get an energy refill, it's wise to use one of your beefy boxers from the Championship mode. It takes a lot of training to endure a beating like you'll find in Survival.

    Once you get down to business in the ring, you'll find that Ready 2 Rumble is the polar opposite of a boxing sim. The game features insane punch combos and ultra-flashy knock-out blows. Each time you hit your opponent, you build up your "RUMBLE" meter. When the meter is maxed out, you can unleash a flurry of punches which will leave your opponent seeing stars.

    While the action can feel a bit repetitive at times, we were happy to see that Ready 2 Rumble didn't mutate into a button-masher in its hand-held form. If you don't block and time your punches correctly, you'll find yourself flat on your back.

    The Game Boy Advance version of Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 captures most of the over-the-top action found in the N64 version, and the training mini-games help to add a little variety to the gameplay. From Mama Tua's 400 pounds of fury to Afro Thunder's funky taunts, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 lives up to its rep for absurd arcade action.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66094) on Feb 02, 2005.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2:

    The King of the Ring is Back!

  • 23 Boxers - Afro Thunder and company return with 13 all new characters including five special celebrity characters!

  • New Rumble Modes - Save up your power for a Knock-Em-Out-of-the-Ring Punch!

  • Party Modes - New Tournament and Team Battle Modes for head-to-head competition for you and all your friends.

  • New Mini-Games - Increase your strength, speed and agility by training with rumble pads, jump rope, speed bag and more.

  • Improved Single Player AI - Smarter, Harder and Faster!

  • Includes - famed boxing announcer Michael "Let's Get Ready to Rumble!" Buffer.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69555) on Nov 19, 2002.