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This game makes no false pretenses about what you get. And for what it does, it’s pretty good. Run out and buy a copy today... um, for your friend. Yeah that’s it. It’s for a friend of yours...
If you think this review is using gratuitous shots of scantily clad females posing as wrestlers then you’ve not only summed up this review but Rumbles Roses as well. That’s not to say this latest wrestling opus from Konami is devoid of substance. Surprisingly enough, there is a very substantial wrestling game lurking beneath the mud-coated cleavage. It just might take you a few matches to find it.
On the bright side, the catfight and wrestling is generally enjoyable, if for a short time, and the graphic engine is absolutely gorgeous. With each wrestler consisting of over 10,000 polygons, they put the grapplers of Smackdown to shame, and the ring entrances are some of the best I have ever seen, true WWE quality. Too bad there are only three true wrestling venues to fight in, in addition to the Mud Match setting. And speaking of the Mud Match, is it me, or does the mud seem a little too thin? I thought mud was supposed to stick on skin, not drip off like water? Rumble Roses is best suited as a rental. It's not a bad wrestling game by any means, there just really isn't enough to warrant replay value.
If you’re not a fan of the female form, displayed with equal parts taste and shamelessness, lower this score by a point. Otherwise, dig in and enjoy the fanservice, and the neat gameplay and atmosphere that the game tosses in to go with it. This game gets its score due to its melding of concept and execution. There is still much room for improvement, but what is there still manages to be fun and keep one’s attention for hours on end.
The day before I got Rumble Roses, I hurt my wrist. Oh, get your mind out of the gutter, I was lifting boxes. Still, this had to be some kind of omen, though I'm not entirely sure what it was supposed to mean. However, it did serve to remind me that, oh yeah, I hear there's supposed to be an actual game underneath all the sexy girl-groping. With that in mind, the part of me that's a game reviewer feels a need to critique the game based on its technical merits rather than its sex appeal.
Rumble Roses is a fascinating and highly amusing wrestling game that will surely become a guilty pleasure for those wrestling fans that prefer their grapplers more curvy than muscular. Despite the fact that the story in the game’s Story mode isn’t exactly deep, it’s the wrestling action and uniqueness of each wrestler that will win fighting fans over.
If Rumble Roses were a bad game it would be a lot more difficult to accept its zany concept. But that's how Roses might surprise you. Because unlike Tecmo's Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (another lighthearted skinfest that I felt was seriously under-realized), there's an obvious diversity between characters. Anesthesia plays completely different from Aigle, and Lady X and Evil Rose are about as different as you can get. Though some of the ladies do share a few similar moves here and there, it's a great feeling to be able to choose whichever character you want to get a different experience.
Die bloße Zurschaustellung geballten Sex-Appeals verbunden mit nahezu sämtlichen vorstellbaren Fetischen dürfte eigentlich jeden heterosexuellen männlichen Spieler mit Glücksgefühlen erfüllen. Machen wir uns nichts vor: Der Anblick dieser schwitzenden Babes dürfte der Hauptgrund sein, sich mit den Wrestlerinnen zu beschäftigen. Spielerisch werden Kenner der Smackdown-Serie zwar eher durch den Schwierigkeitsgrad denn durch ein umfangreiches Bewegungsarsenal gefordert, doch unter dem Strich hat jede Figur genügend Moves im Repertoire, um hin und wieder sogar für eine Überraschung zu sorgen. Dass die Grafik abseits der Figuren eher schwach und die Soundkulisse eher unfreiwillig komisch als überzeugend ist, nimmt man genau so hin wie die hanebüchenen Geschichten, die erzählt werden. Was bleibt, ist ein ungewöhnlicher Wrestling-Titel, der für ein Spielchen zwischendurch immer wieder gut ist und den Testosteron-Spiegel gewaltig nach oben schraubt.
People are bound to be offended by the subject matter here, and to them I say, "Don't play it." Or better yet, maybe you should; for, while Rumble Roses arguably exploits (fictional) females, it also heralds them as powerful and dominating individuals. They're not just pets to be used up and passed around like a lot of WWE valets, but they're the whole damn show -- and an entertaining show it is. With more match types and features, this game could go from niche pick to mainstream darling.
All in all, Rumble Roses is better than one might expect it to be, and perhaps not as thorough as one might have hoped. It's certainly more than just a gimmick, and does offer some surprisingly solid, over-the-top -- and often quite funny -- gameplay. It's perhaps a smirking technical joke that the gorgeously-rendered CPU wrestlers can be made to fight each other, for those who literally "like to watch." If you're a healthy male gamer and anything other than a hardcore fighting game elitist, Rumble Roses is fun for a while; having plausible excuses prepared for when the real females enter the room is up to you.
Rumble Roses makes its intentions pretty clear right up front. Not much is left to doubt by the music video style opening of scantily clad beauties strutting across the screen to a raspy female voice belting out a rockin' cover of David Lee Roth's Yankee Rose. If a dance pad were connected, this might easily be mistaken for the first exotic dancing videogame. It's a conventional wrestling game, though, one co-developed by the developer Yukes (fresh off of the WWE series). A wrestling game that happens to feature total girl-on-girl action, including mud matches.
All told, Rumble Roses is a one trick pony--a no-frills wrestling game that tries to compensate for its lack of modes and options by providing all-out titillation. If that's what you're looking for, then, by all means, rush out and buy this game. You won't be disappointed. Just don't expect a rich experience underneath the jiggling flesh.
There are better wrestling games out there on the PS2 if you happen to be a fan of the genre, and there are much better beat-em-ups in general too, with Rumble Roses being a wrestling game at heart (or cheap softcore pornography at heart, depending on how you look at it) means you cannot expect the blistering pace of say the Dead or Alive series in your bouts, but then again this will not be a problem for fans of the wrestling genre itself but will be for casual players of beat-em-ups who like the action to come with a bit of pace.
Yes, this game contains ludicrous amounts of jiggling breasts and enjoys flaunting its very unique content just to get your attention. Get over it: this is the internet, after all. What Konami have created here is an arcade wrestling game featuring unrealistically proportioned women, bad acting and remarkably entertaining fights. Considering this is coming from the same people who’ve brought us such classics over the years as the Contra, Castlevania and Metal Gear series, Rumble Roses sticks out like a sore thumb, but just loves the attention it gets.
If you had to compare Rumble Roses to anything at all, it would basically be the gaming equivalent to one of those naked lady novelty pens you buy at gas stations as a dumb gag gift. There are certainly ways to make a game titillating without pushing it totally over the line, but Rumble Roses doesn't seem to be aware of this. Plus, when you factor in the unlikable story mode and the fact that it will only take you a few matches to pretty much see everything the game has to offer, it becomes readily apparent that Rumble Roses simply doesn't come together as a particularly appealing product. It's a shame too, because the wrestling and graphical engines the game employs are both decent, but there are just too many aggravating things in the game to have to sift through before you can even begin to truly appreciate either the actual wrestling or the graphics. If nothing else, Rumble Roses is proof that you can make a mechanically sound game, yet still miss the mark.
"Rumble Roses" pode ser considerado ofensivo para o público feminino. Mas atrás da máscara machista existe um jogo competente e acessível de luta-livre. Fãs do estilo tradicional de luta à lá "Street Fighter" podem ficar decepcionados com essa mecânica às avessas. Se o conceito de luta de mulheres agrada, "Rumble Roses" é a pedida certa para os donos de PlayStation 2, mas se você quer apenas um bom jogo de luta, existem opções melhores no console.
Like most gimmicky-games, the biggest problem with Rumble Roses is, after a few hours of playing, you've seen it all. Each fighter only has a few cut scenes, funny comments and special moves, and after two or three fights you've seen most of them. Rumble Roses is a good game with good graphics draped over a B-movie plot and cheesy voice acting. Unless you can see yourself spending weeks upon weeks laughing over bitmaps in bikinis, I'd recommend renting Rumble Roses first and making sure you don't tire of it quickly. That is, unless you're in a fraternity, then I'd buy it and super glue it into my PS2.
I guess you know already know whether you want this game from the screenshots, and if you close your eyes and take it on playability alone, there are certainly worse wrestling games out there.
Rumble Roses feels like a missed opportunity - given its bombastic presentation and blasè attitude it's disappointing to find it devoid of any real charm or wit. It also feels like a step backwards for Yuke's - instead of building on the successes of the Smackdown series of games, they've created a cut-down, simple and restrained game, lacking in any real depth to make it a worthwhile contender for anyone's hard earned cash. One for newcomers and adolescents, perhaps, but it's unlikely to hold your attention for longer than a few days.
Everyone else here was reviewing a "sexy game" so, I figured this one would be mine. (Don't want to be left out of the all the hits that come rolling in whenever someone mentions "game girl cleavage".) Unfortunately for Konami, this doesn't seem to have the legs that the Cheesecake Factory does. There's cheesecake here, there's just not anything else. I think if they revamped this to fix the graphics, and plug in a deeper fighting interface with gauges and such to facilitate playability from the masses, they could pimp this out to be a rival to the Dead or Alive series. Sadly, in its current state, not even two jiggly girls mud wrestling is enough to warrant a purchase.
Rumble Roses aurait pu être un bon jeu. Vraiment, je le pense. S'il avait plus pensé avec sa tête plutôt qu'avec sa ... enfin, vous voyez, il n'aurait certainement pas oublié d'inclure des modes de jeu supplémentaires et de doter ses filles de plus de techniques de combat. En l'état, on reste sur sa faim.
Like the very first Resident Evil, Rumble Roses is filled with lovably cheesy dialog that made me laugh out loud. Repeatedly. Every time I played. The difference between the two is that Resident Evil wasn't a derivative work of a stale genre. Aside from pointing and laughing, there's nothing fun about Rumble Roses.