A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Despite the sexy ring girls, the game doesn't promote negative stereotypes.
Positive Role Models
If you are interested in what it would be like to be a boxer, this game presents boxers in a realistic manner.
Ease of Play
The game is quite easy to pick up by putting most of the focus on the controller's intuitive-to-use dual analog sticks.
Violence & Scariness
This is a boxing game, so yes, there is violence. The realistic-looking characters face off in the ring and exchange blows, usually resulting in a little blood, bruising, and flying sweat. Knockout punches are replayed in slow motion with crunching sound effects, flexing muscles under the skin, and rippling of the face.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The "ring girls" who strut around the canvas holding round info are usually bikini-clad and audience members whistle or dish cat calls.
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Some lyrics refer to drugs and/or violence, usually in gang slang like "pop a cap," "crack hoes" or "homies get popped."
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Products & Purchases
Some familiar brands can be seen in the game, such as Everlast, but it's not out of place or excessive.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a boxing game that looks ultra realistic. Along with violence that is part of violence and bit of blood, this boxing sim contains scantily-dressed women and some off-color lyrics in a few of ths rap/hip-hop songs.
Is It Any Good?
But great graphics doesn't necessarily mean a good video game. Oh sure, matching up the nearly 50 boxing greats -- such as Muhammad Ali versus Iron Mike Tyson in a fantasy bout -- is a blast to watch, but the game feels great, too. The controls are intuitive and responsive, so it's easy to pick up and perform jabs, uppercuts, hooks as well as a host of defensive maneuvers. Stockier brawlers, like Tyson, will attempt weave inside and deliver punishing hooks to an opponent's head and torso, while taller fighters, like Ali, will use their massive reach to jab while staying out of range of an opponent’s swings. The only thing more fun than sharpening your skills in the various single-player games, including a beefy career mode, is the multiplayer options pitting two boxers on the same TV or over the Internet.
Online interaction: You can chat over a headset microphone while playing online. As with other games, this means inappropriate language might be heard from another player.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.