In 1999 Sega released the Critically acclaimed boxing party game Ready 2 Rumble Boxing. Featuring mascot boxer "Afro Thunder" it was praised for its wacky, but competitive take on the Boxing genre. In 2000 Sega knew this series needed a followup, and so they brought forth Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2. Lets take a look.
Story- In the game's story campaign, you play as one of the boxers of your choosing in a hope to climb yourself up into boxing stardome. As you win fights, you slowly upgrade your arenas and training facilities until you become the champion of the world.
Gameplay - The game features a large plethora of boxers to take command of in combat. The arcade mode has you climbing through the rankings up until you take on the insanely difficult champion Rumbleman (Who is actually the Referee all hulked out). The story mode is mostly the same, but with added training minigames in between matches to boost your boxer's stats.
Ready 2 Rumble 2 matches a great middle ground between competitive fighter, and party game. While every move can be easily performed through button taps, there are various combos for each fighter which can chew through opponents hp gauges. For maximum wackiness there is a "Rumble meter" which is built up by taunting or dealing hits. Once activated your boxer can become supercharged, allowing your fighter to deal massive damage for while its active.
Graphics- The Graphics look pretty good. The boxers look kind of blocky by todays standards, but they all manage to look visually distinct (Which is a necessity for a party game). The game also provides many different camera angles which can give the game a new feel (Though I prefer to stick with the normal camera).
Sound Design- Its pretty mediocre to be honest. Nothing truly stands out aside from the classic "Lets get rrready to ruumbllllllleee" before every match.
Longevity - Ready 2 Rumble 2 is full of different characters and unlockables. You'll have to play through the arcade mode many times to unlock every character (Such as President Clinton and Michael Jackson). As well, beating the story mode with a specific character unlocks a brand new outfit for each one.
Ready 2 Rumble: Round 2 will certainly scratch the itch for those that want a party fighting game on Dreamcast. Not only full of multiplayer fun, but enough single player content to make you want to come back for more.
- 1 Player
- Published by Sega
- Sega Dreamcast