We all remember when Tecmo came out about a year ago with a game called Dead or Alive Extreme Beach Volleyball, which was nothing more then a pervert’s dream, giving you a bunch of girls in bikinis, walking around pools and playing little mini games, and oh yah a little bit of volleyball. Well now Konami has taken a similar sort of step, but this time instead of the sand of sandy volleyball courts, onto the wrestling mats, in Rumble Roses for the PS2. Does this game provide a great wrestling experience or is this one that just attempts to use sex to sell the game? Read our review to find out.
For those of you who haven’t heard about Konami’s Rumble Roses, well this is a wrestling game that only involves women wrestlers. From there Konami combined this idea with the solid Smackdown engine, to attempt to create a game that not only had great wrestling but also lot of sex appeal. But would this combination create a winning formula?
While playing this game I started to feel like there were a lot of things in this game that really did not need to be in there, and a lot of other things that were missing in the game. To start off with all the wrestlers who have different names usually referring to a bunch of teenage guys fantasies. So you have the school teacher, the nurse, crazy ninja lady, and the cowgirl. All of these characters to be quite honest remind me of the DOA series where they wear the least amount of clothes.
Probably one of the most disappointing problems found in Rumble Roses is the amount of match types, which equal a whopping total of two. You have your regular versus match and the mud match. That’s about it. What’s really sad about this is there are really no huge differences between the mud match and the regular ring match. The gameplay mechanics handles the same between both match types. The only honest difference between the two match types are the rings which one includes a fake looking mud ring (discussed later), and the other looks like a pretty standard wrestling ring.
Besides the exhibition mode you also have the story mode, which I must say is just laughably bad. I mean you have the nurse character, who is supposed to be evil and is creating a cyborg wrestler, and it’s just a bunch of insane ideas that really don’t make all that much sense at all. And the storyline progresses into one of the worst stories I have had the privilege of playing this year, with some of the worst cut scenes. To put it plainly the game doesn’t seem to even want to try and make this game seem to be more of a joke then anything.
And then we have the Gallery, which seriously makes me wonder what is happening in this country. Basically the gallery mode is for the perverts of the perverts who want to check out all of the characters in the game. Basically what the mode does is gives you the controls of the camera and allows you to watch the character stretch out and just stand around keeping herself occupied. This mode is just downright ridiculous and should not have made its way into the game. With all of this being said it is somewhat disappointing that all of these pretty poor game modes and backed up by solid gameplay mechanics. The game is run on the Smackdown engine, which means the game plays pretty well. Everything in the game runs pretty well, and the actually wrestling in this game is actually quite good. For those who have played the Smackdown series before the game pretty much handles in the exact same manner.
So to put this all together you have a game with solid gameplay mechanics but a lousy set of modes, and a very poorly put together story mode. What this boils down to is a game that really feels like it’s attempting to sell more titles with its girls then its gameplay.
Now of course this may be the most important section for a lot of you readers who may be wondering how the character models compare to those of DOA. So how do they compare? Almost there.
The character models that are found in Rumble Roses are extremely heavy on the level of detail, which makes for some crazy outfits and just a lot of different variations in the type of girls you will be wrestling with. The girls do show off a lot of the PS2’s power by giving gamers some of the most detailed characters ever to hit the console. Now are they better then the DOA girls? No, but they do come in a close second as they really do look quite good. With that being said not everything is all great in the visuals because there are some clipping issues to be found in the game but not a lot of them, just enough to make a minor annoyance out them.
Overall the graphics of Rumble Roses are really quite good, giving plenty of detail, and quite a few different styles at that. The game also runs at a very smooth rate, which makes for a very good looking game.
The thing about Rumble Roses is that it attempts to do two things at once, which is bringing a heavy amount of sex appeal into the game and then make a solid wrestling game out of it, and what ends up happening is that it really doesn’t make into a very good game. Rumble Roses has the idea that would probably sell millions had they spent less time making the disgraceful gallery mode, and putting more time and effort into making more modes to choose from, and a better story mode. This game in my eyes just isn’t fun, it doesn’t have the makings for an enjoyable game, it may start out as a funny game, but it ends up actually being pretty lame.
So the game has great graphics, but it doesn’t have the modes to back it up. The story mode is ridiculous and the gallery mode just had no reason to be in this game. The game does have some decent wrestling sequences but for the most part this game is just to into the sex appeal and not enough into the actually game itself. I would have to say this game is nothing more then a rental, with very limited replay value you really won’t need to keep this game in your PS2.
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