Excerpt: I’m guessing that the Revolution of the title is in regards to the controls, as the newest Ready 2 Rumble isn’t too far removed from other titles in the series. It still involves cartoon boxers slugging it out in a more over the top manner than what you’d see in real life. I’m not a boxing fan, but I’m guessing that a powerful punch has never sent an opponent flying up towards the rafters, lets face it, even Ivan Drago couldn’t do that. With the recent FaceBreaker K.O.
Conclusion: Concept: Take a franchise that hasn't been around for nine years and crush any goodwill left in fans
Graphics: The art sets up racial stereotypes done by that caricature artist from the mall
Sound: The voice acting knocks those caricatures out of the park
Entertainment: See above
Conclusion: At this point it's stating the obvious, but we'll come right out with it: don't buy this game. It's not worth your time, much less your $30. If you're a Wii owner who really wants a boxing challenge beyond that of Wii Sports, there's nothing to do but wait.
Horrible controls + stereotyping = one big sucker punch.
Common Sense Media
12 August 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this boxing game is an update of an old Midway game. While the game is supposed to be a satire with funny extreme caricatures of famous people from the music, acting, and sports industries, some of the portrayals could be interpreted as offensive stereotypes instead. It has poor controls, so players may become frustrated and discouraged.
Excerpt: Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear oh dear. Ready 2 Rumble Revolution is the worst Wii game to pop through the VideoGamer.com HQ letterbox in recent memory. It's a cartoon boxing game with the worst controls ever seen in a cartoon boxing game. And it single-handedly destroys the memory of the fun Dreamcast original. The motion sensing controls, like in so many other third-party Wii games, are utterly unresponsive.
Summary: Ready 2 Rumble Revolution is exactly what you'd expect - super deformed characters running the gamut of comedic stereotypes, over-the-top super punches, and the ring announcing of Michael Buffer. A new character creator is a welcome addition to the aging formula. Boxing is definitely a niche that needs filling on the Wii, so it's unfortunate that the game's controls completely miss the mark.
Summary: There was just something downright fun about playing the original Ready to Rumble. I’m not sure whether it was the pick-up-and-play arcade-style controls or the over-the-top cast of characters that filled out the roster. I am sure, however, that the latest entry in the series, Ready 2 Rumble Revolution , has neither.