My name is Anthony Payton and I’m here to talk about another classic video game Ready 2 Rumble Boxing. Ready 2 Rumble was released in 1999 for the PlayStation, Dreamcast, and Nintendo 64 by Midway. This game is to the Nintendo classic Punch-Out by having colorful characters to play with and against.
In my opinion, Ready 2 Rumble has one of the best intros for a game ever. The FMV looks great for the PlayStation. The production and the catchy hook is addicting and will get stuck in your head forever. As I previously stated, Ready 2 Rumble has colorful characters such as Afro Thunder, Damien Black, and Nat Daddy. The graphics for this game was pretty decent for its time. In this game, they include the legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer for the announcer and included his trademark phrase “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!!”. The music for the game is fantastic with the score surrounding mid-tempo hip-hop. My favorite is the credit outro after you win the game.
The gameplay is fun but can get boring after a while. There are two game modes: Arcade and Championship mode. In Arcade mode, you fight up in the rankings for the championship against one of the bosses. There are three rounds in each fight and the first fight to knock down their opponent three times in the fight wins. Each character in the game has their own set of secret moves and combos. Also, in the game, there is a RUMBLE meter that you can fill up. You fill this meter up by delivering hard punches. Once you can fill it up, you can unleash a hard-hitting combo to get a knockdown. Championship mode is a career mode in the game where you pick a character, train them, and push them up in the rankings. There are fun mini-games to train your character to increase your attributes.
Ready 2 Rumble Boxing is a fun arcade game. While it’s dated, it was a great game and created a series with a better sequel and a horrible third installment that I won’t recommend to anyone.