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70 (UK) (Aug 05, 2005)
The difficulty, of course, is that unless you're prepared to sit through the occasionally-mind-numbing cut-scenes, it's just a boxing game full of characters with obscure Japanese names. The translation of the story mode seems to have lost some of the humour we're told the manga holds dear; instead, it's really basic language and the Rocky-esque sentiments seem a mite dull, while any humour, like Takamura's seemingly dramatic assertion that he'd kill himself if it was he who lost to Ippo, feels accidental at best. We have a feeling anybody who isn't patient enough to sit through the story is going to be put off by the idea of having to learn it all by feel, too, and might be better suited by EA's Fight Night series, which seems to be coming on leaps and bounds. VB2's no featherweight then, whatever Ippo's boxing class, but it's certainly an acquired taste that proves satisfying if you give it time to beef up.
Thunderbolt Games (Jan 10, 2007)
Considering that this game is running for only ten dollars new, you’ll find that Victorious Boxers 2 is well worth the price. It’s got a vast roster of characters, each with their own signature attacks. The technical aspects of boxing remain prevalent throughout the extensive gameplay modes, ensuring that you’ll have to do better than just random button mashing. However, the tedious cutscenes and overall lacking presentation might make a few gamers shake their heads in disdain. Fans of boxing games shouldn’t pass this up; it may not be as pretty as Fight Night Round 3, but this game has got the right stuff where it counts.
A reasonable boxing title that just arrived too late - slightly dated mechanics, graphical problems and those lengthy cutscenes really hold things back, but fans of the anime and manga should be able to derive some enjoyment, especially at only $29.95.
45 (Sep 27, 2005)
Deux ans après la sortie de Victorious Boxers, l'équipe de développement nous ressort une suite tout aussi perfectible en prétextant le quinzième anniversaire de la série. Le jeu n'a pas évolué et souffre toujours des mêmes gros défauts : l'absence totale d'ambiance et de rythme, la réalisation obsolète et le gameplay trop approximatif. Espérons que les fans de la série ne se jetteront pas aveuglément sur ce nouvel opus.
Times Online (Aug 06, 2005)
This game does have one cute twist, in that you can choose a Story option in which you take on the role of a young Japanese boxer and watch lengthy anime sequences in between your bouts. Sadly, even with the fast-forward button held down, these scenes move far too slowly, much like the boxers around the ring. There are some satisfying hits to land when you finally get to fight, but this game lacks serious punch.