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Ready 2 Rumble Boxing

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Released: 1999

Genre: Beat-’em-up

Format reviewed: Dreamcast

Publisher: Midway

Developer: Midway

Submitted by: James Holian

The game has two modes, an Arcade mode and a Championship mode. The Arcade mode is most fun when played against another opponent. The 2-player game will give the player more opportunities to taunt, set up for a combo, and go all out. The Championship mode is for the die-hard player who likes to beat even opponent in the game working their way through the ranks . This is where Ready 2 Rumble really shines. The gameplay is very reminiscent of the Punch-Out on the NES, and it is just as fun. Since this is a arcade boxing game, it's not too deep, yet it still offers a mode where you can fight for money, for the title, or even train your boxer in the gym for a price. The Championship mode adds enough depth to keep you playing for a while. The multiplayer mode will keep most players coming back for more, even after they've beaten the Championship mode.

Ready 2 Rumble's graphics are some of the best on the Dreamcast. The special effects caused by the Rumble Fury causes a tiny bit of slowdown, but it doesn't ruin the game experience.

The control scheme is really quite simple. You have high-left/right punch buttons, low-left/right punch buttons, and the two triggers are used for low and high blocking. The only thing wrong with the controls are that the game is sometimes slow to react, and that can leave your character open to attacks from your opponent.

You can also rotate the camera to which ever view you feel most comfortable with. There's even an option to have the camera circle around the ring as you fight. You shouldn't have any problems getting a good view of the fight. Also, Ready 2 Rumble features a training program that can allow you to strengthen your boxers. There are weight-lifting programs, vitamin programs and much more! Of course, you need money for that, which you get by successfully thrashing your opponents. Really this is the perfect after pub game to play with a few mates. Another Dreamcast game I always return to.