Originally Posted by Tenkaipalm
The game is bad.
Punches magically go right through fighters. The step modifier breaks the game (it's the Prizefighter version of the haymaker). This is the magic combo: Right Trigger+right bumper+B for the step body punch, then as soon as it lands, throw 3 straight rights.
Oh, I love this one: Cpu throws a wide-ass step hook, I see it coming and throw a perfectly-timed lead uppercut to straight right. They land, but his punch hits me anyway and does more damage than my counter- in fact, I go stumbling across the ring. Jab=useless. Guys will just walk right through it. The straight right is just as fast and more effective. Punch avoidance is LOL. The lean/dodge mechanic is worse than any other game that uses it. Fighters move around the ring like they're wallowing in ****. The punches don't "track". You can spam body punches with ease. The CPU just forgets to block them.
Oh, this was a good one- I'm fighting this guy, and he starts galloping in place. I hit him, he just stands there. I continue to rain blows, he stands there and takes it. I knock him out. This has happened 3 times in my career mode.
Another time, I knocked a guy down, he didn't make the 10 count... ref let the fight continue!
Really though, if the movement was better, and the punch detection was decent, I'd like this game a lot more, but it would still be bad.
Things it does well:
Career mode is better than FNR3's. But barely. 1:30 long rounds at the beginning of your pro career? Really? Where are the rankings? Why can't I sign different Trainer/cutmen to contracts? Why are there no cutmen? Why are there no CUTS? Why are there only four stat areas?
The training is fun and well done.
There is an actual Ref in the ring.
Ring intros are done correctly.
There are two commentators.
Knowing when to attack and when to defend is important.
There are actual stoppages.
The roster is a fight fan's roster, though the fighters look kinda wonky...
Anyway, when will boxing game devs understand that we don't want "special" super powerful punches and hyper energy modes.
I really wanted to like this game, but... it's going back to gamestop after I finish career mode. I'll stick to Japanese games to get my boxing fix