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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game is about competitive fighting, and the goal is to beat your opponent to a pulp. Characters often taunt one another.
Violence & Scariness
The object of the game is to beat the heck out of your opponent via a variety of traditional and not-so-traditional boxing punches. Most of the action in highly cartoonish and rather exaggerated, as when an uppercut knocks a fighter couple of yards up off the mat. Faces get badly bruised, but there is no blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple of the female boxers are buxom and wear low-cut tops.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game takes the sport of boxing to cartoonish extremes, allowing players to land incredibly powerful blows that lift opponents several feet into the air, but that it stops short of any gore or blood (all we see are bruises). Its stylized presentation, goofy dialogue, and light soundtrack composed of inoffensive rock and hip hop tracks suggest that it's targeted at young teenagers. Fittingly, there isn't any overt sexuality, profanity, drugs, or alcohol in the game. But it is a game all about fighting.
Is It Any Good?
Despite having whet our appetites with the excellent boxing mini-game in Wii Sports, which demonstrated how much fun it could be to pick up the Wii remote and nunchuk and pretend they were a pair of boxing gloves, surprisingly few good boxing games have been made for the Wii. Facebreaker K.O. Party is one of the better ones, but it, too, lacks the sort of single-player depth necessary to draw in most fighting fans (not to mention the fact that the game's cartoonish, almost juvenile aesthetic will likely turn off serious boxing buffs).
Still, it should prove good fun for teenage audiences looking to kill some time with their friends. Indeed, the multi-player modes are where the game shines brightest. T.K.O. mode lets up to four friends select three fighters each and battle it out in an elimination-style competition. Punch-o-Matic, on the other hand, is an instant gratification party mode that selects random fighters, arenas, power-ups, and special punches for quick one-off bouts. It's good times for small get-togethers.
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