Players: 1 to 4 Player Game | Release Date: 03/28/06 | Genre: Wrestling
Konami’s Rumble Roses game is a title that knows exactly what it is and what it isn’t. The first game featured a lot of babes, not much clothing and just a hint of gameplay. This was a bit disappointing because the game could have actually been a lot of fun had they focused just a little bit more on the gameplay. Then again, blatant sexuality must sell because recently Rumble Roses XX has hit retail shelves. Does this one succeed where the first game failed?
The answer is both yes and no. Rumble Roses XX is definitely an improvement over the first. The gameplay, based off the popular Smackdown engine, has been amped up a bit. This makes it more fun to play and the game seems a little more balanced than before. While this is fine and dandy, ultimately the game is still very repetitive and the gameplay could have used a few more tweaks. However, it was nice to see the developers taking steps in the right direction. RR XX is actually a pretty fun game.
Basically, you can strike (punch, kick, etc) or grapple your opponent in the ring. The X button strikes while Y goes for the grapple. Which move you perform from a grapple depends on which direction you press on the left joystick while hitting the Y button. As you damage your opponent, your special meter rises and once it reaches full, you can use a devastating move to put your opponent down for the count. Each lady has an arsenal of special moves she can perform. The most basic of which is called a Killer Move, from there we have the Lethal Move, Super Lethal Move, the H-Move and in a tag team match, the XX Move. The key to victory lies in pummeling your opponent until your special meter is ready to go and then unleashing one of the brutal attacks on the unsuspecting hottie.
There are a few different types of matches to participate in. In the normal wrestling ring, you can do a standard 1 on 1 match up, a tag team match, 3 way royale, 4 way royale, handicap matches and a few special matches. These special matches include the Pure Humiliation Match where victory can only be obtained by forcing an opponent to submit using your character’s H-Move; the Street Fight which plays more like a fighting game than a wrestling title; and finally the Queen’s Match. The Queen’s Match plays just like a normal match, but you can set some pretty funny stakes on the match. Before the match up starts you can select what the loser must do from a set of options. You can for instance, make them do a sexy pose, make them put sun tan lotion on your girl, tickle them, or one of my favorites, push the losing girl into a swimming pool. That’s some quality stuff.
From the visual front, the game looks…well, the girls look amazing. The best part about more powerful gaming hardware is that devs can make hotter chicks. Yeah, that’s right, I said it. Anyway, aside from the dazzling razzmatazz of the ladies, the graphics aren’t too great. The environments and textures around the various arenas are not too impressive. Then again, I don’t know about you, but I’m generally not really looking at the backgrounds in the game. The developers used the processing power where it matters most.
The audio in the game is a sort of mixed bag as well. Mixed like a cheap can of nuts though, most of them suck, but there are a few good bits to be found. The ring announcer is horrible, absolutely horrible. Who thought that was a good idea, who? Damn it, someone better take responsibility for that fiasco. The announcer is too over the top and obnoxious; not in a funny way, but more of an “I want to take a sledge hammer to my television” sort of way. The music is ok, some is good, and some isn’t. However since the game supports custom soundtracks, it’s pretty much your fault if the crappy music stays in game. Character voice over work is passable.
One of the cooler things about this game is the number of unlockable items to be found. I’ve logged some serious time in and out of the ring this past week and still have a very small percentage of secrets unlocked. As you win matches, you’ll gain points that you can spend at the shop to buy a variety of things. You can buy new modes to explore, such as the photo shoot mode, new costumes for your girl or even new humiliation techniques to raise the stakes in a Queen’s Match. There are a lot of extras to be discovered if you’re willing to put in the time required to obtain them. If you’re into gamer points (cough, Kaleb, cough) buying all the items in the shop will net you a cool 250, although the time you put into it will be substantial.
At the end of the day, Rumble Roses XX stands well enough its own. The babes are all there and when a girl enters her humiliated state, the game cuts to a shot of her that puts your mind smack in the gutter…if it weren’t there already. Rumble Roses XX is filthy…and I love it. The game is a light-hearted affair that most would probably find to be a guilty pleasure. Personally, I’ll take this over Smackdown any day because the gameplay is largely the same, only RR ditches the big, sweaty guys for some hot hot heat. The title is surprisingly fun to play and I can honestly say I’m looking forward to seeing RR XXX in action; things could get really spicy with that one. As for this one, you may want to rent it first, but it’s not a bad purchase if you’re looking for something fun that you can just sit down and play without thinking too much about what you’re doing.