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FaceBreaker


11:2410/09/2008Posted by David ScammellNo Comments

When SEGA launched the Dreamcast in 1999, there was one game that kept our attention once the novelty of a certain 3D hedgehog and our favourite arcade-cum-console rally racer eventually wore off. Featuring a certain afro-endowed boxer and an inflated sumo wrestler, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing was the pinnacle of arcade boxing. Fast forward almost an entire decade and there are surprisingly few titles willing to fight it for its place. But who better to step up to the plate than EA Sports?

Well, you would think that at least. But in spite of any pre-conceptions you may have of FaceBreaker’s comedic intentions, the actual game is about as much fun as going three rounds in the ring with Mike Tyson. It’s fun in the sense that it’s filled with larger than life caricaturised characters (yes, including Peter Moore), neon-coloured arenas and action shots of boxers flying through the air after being on the receiving end of a particularly powerful blow, but the game itself is the complete antithesis of what most people would class as entertainment.

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