Excerpt: We already have a review of FaceBreaker (not a very flattering one by Andy), but the Wii version offers enough differences to make it worthwhile to write about again. For the uninitiated, FaceBreaker is a cartoon style boxing game very much in the vein of Ready 2 Rumble Boxing, where the character selection consists of a host of comical types and where the boxing is completely OTT. Mechanically all the pieces are in place to make for a reasonably strategic offering.
Conclusion: We can almost forgive it all, but not quite. For someone who absolutely must have a new fighting game at his next Wii get-together with friends, sure, FaceBreaker K.O. Party is the way to go, and it's only 40 bucks. But for anyone looking to fight a friend for hours at a time (on one console, of course; the Wii version did lose online capabilities), or to enjoy a robust and reasonably challenging single-player mode, this just isn't comparable to something from, say, the...
Humorous boxing game is loaded with cartoon violence.
Common Sense Media
6 April 2009
Summary: 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.
Excerpt: Fight Night Round 3 stands as my all-time favorite boxing game while Mike Tyson's Punch-Out comes in at a close second. So when I found out the makers of Fight Night were working on an arcade style boxer, which was drawing comparisons to Midway’s Ready 2 Rumble for the long departed Dreamcast, I was excited. Having recently played and reviewed FaceBreaker for the Xbox 360, I was left a little underwhelmed. It had great promise, but the execution ultimately disappointed.
Excerpt: Since the inception of the Wii and its motion control scheme, many have been attempting to adapt the platform to emulating real life sports and games. While Wii Sports did a good job at exemplifying the potentials of motion controlled mini games including the popular boxing game, the latest boxing outing on Wii from EA Freestyle ignores the potentials of the Wii control system and instead plays out as an arcade style party game filled with chaotic button mashing and a...
Excerpt: Never take for granted, or underestimate a person’s partiality to beating someone up and leaving a fist shaped indentation on their forehead. Yes: even those casual gamers that you’ve mollycoddled and pampered with a stream of fluffy, feel-good games for the family, Nintendo. Even ol’ Mrs. [insert second name] wouldn’t mind getting into a scrap with her granddaughter from time-to-time. And why not?
Excerpt: Facebreaker is one of the better Wii games when it comes to visual presentation but rather weak in actual gameplay. Read on to find out if you will like the game anyway. Haybreaker, Facebreaker... Gameplay As most of you guys probably didn’t read a lot of previews for the game, the question is: what does Facebreaker play like? Well, let me try to explain. You control the game with the Wii Remote + Nunchuk combo.
Conclusion: All in all FaceBreaker K.O Party is a decent Wii boxing game. Its definitely not up to standards with the Fight Night series, but it also doesn’t strive to be. It is a pretty fun arcade style game that brings people together to play. The graphics are solid and the controls really work well with the simplicity of the game.