hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Review: Real Boxing

2:00 PM on 09.24.2013 // Chris Carter
  @DtoidChris

It ain't about how hard you hit

I've always been a pretty big fan of boxing games. No, I'm not just talking about Punch-Out!! (who doesn't like Punch-Out!!?), but series like Knockout Kings, which later became Fight Night. Although I became disinterested with boxing over the years (as did the rest of the world), I always enjoyed the technical aspect of the sport, and creating characters from Rocky films to fight each other never got old.

But it's been quite a while since we've had a good boxing game truly break out, and now it's Real Boxing's turn on the PlayStation Vita.

Real Boxing (Android, iOS, Vita [reviewed])
Developer: Vivid Games
Publisher: Vivid Games
Released: September 18, 2013
MSRP: $9.99

Real Boxing puts you in the shoes of a regular old schmuck ready to make his way to the top. Although you can't fully create a boxer from the ground up, you can take a base fighter and customize your hairstyle, outfit, and a few other extras. At first you won't be able to do much however, as most of your options require cash money, but I'm pleased to say that all mentions of in-app purchasing (microtransactions) have been removed from the mobile versions, so that in-game cash actually equates to playing.

Since this is a bite-sized mobile-centric title, you don't have a whole lot of options at your fingertips once you're in the thick of things -- you can go for quick matches, play a short campaign mode, play training minigames, or play multiplayer, and that's about it. The game's career mode isn't particularly well balanced either, as it starts off incredibly simplistic in nature then quickly ramps up to the point where you may need to grind for stats in training mode.

But despite an uneven campaign, at its core, Real Boxing is a pretty solid simulation. This isn't an arcade-y slug-fest like Punch-Out!!, since fights are a bit slower-paced and technical. Hooks, jabs, and uppercuts are your main source of punishment, as is the ability to block, dodge, and clinch for a breather. While all the actual punches are easily pulled off, the dodge button can be abused in a fairly sleazy manner given that it doesn't deplete your stamina meter, which can be a problem when playing online.

You can enact these maneuvers in a multitude of ways, such as the touch screen, the analog sticks, face buttons, or any combination thereof. While using the touch screen does work just fine, I ended up opting for the dual analog scheme, which felt perfect. In fact, all of the control schemes work wonderfully, which is a testament to the game's design. Unreal Engine 3 does a great job of deciphering the blows and making them look substantial, even if it doesn't go the extra mile like a fully-fledged console game would.

But despite the solid core of Real Boxing's gameplay, unless you're planning on fighting your friends consistently, the experience can get pretty boring pretty quickly. There are no major stylized "title bouts" with recognizable licensed boxers, nor are their particularly interesting fighters on offer here from Vivid Games -- in other words, there are no Mr. Sandmans, and no Sonny Listons to get excited about. Instead, you're literally getting plain old boxing in a very vanilla presentation.

Your statline (stamina, speed, strength) will determine your avatar's skill, and you can engage in fairly menial mini-games to raise them. But training becomes decidedly plain after a few rounds of exercises, which doesn't really motivate you to raise them. You'll also start seeing some grating design choices over time, like the similarity between the fighters, and the fact that the announcer says the same few lines of dialog over and over.

Vivid Games has done an honorable job of porting a microtransaction-filled mobile game over to the PlayStation Vita, but the port has arrived on the PSN with some of the same flaws present in the original. If you're a huge fan of boxing games and have been itching for something to fill that void, Real Boxing may do it for you -- otherwise, just keep waiting.



THE VERDICT

6.5

Real Boxing - Reviewed by Chris Carter
Amicable - A presentable but unmemorable time. Focusing on the bright spots helps, and I appreciate the effort, but I won't be playing this repeatedly.

See more reviews or the Destructoid score guide.

Chris Carter, Reviews Director
 Follow Blog + disclosure DtoidChris Tips
Chris (Magnalon) has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff! -----------... more   |   staff directory



 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Add your impressions

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

Script avatarScript
Watching Twin Peaks for the first time. Just yooou... aaaand IIII...
Perro avatarPerro
So the 3DS Dragon Quest VII remake is coming to mobile in Japan, so there's a chance that version will get ported over here. Not ideal but if we get it at all I'll be happy!
The Travisionist avatarThe Travisionist
I'm just waiting for "Mad Max: U Mad, Bro?"
gajknight avatargajknight
Put down the deposit for my new car, will probably be able to pick it up on the weekend. Insurance is pretty good too, sub £1000 which is excellent. Kinda. My mum tried to reverse in 5th gear. She drives an automatic. What a noob. :P
Bardley avatarBardley
We are Diamond Dogs.
IDrawOnTape avatarIDrawOnTape
I get to work to stock and STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STREET DATE SEPT 4 OMG STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STREET DATE SEPT 4 STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS WHY ISN'T IT SEPT 4?
Cosmonstropolis avatarCosmonstropolis
Still waiting by the mailbox. Tranq'd a jogger and stuffed them into a locker just for fun. I keep throwing rocks to get the attention of the neighbors and then hiding in tall grass. They look noticeably upset. Probably because I kept them up all night.
ChillyBilly avatarChillyBilly
Metal Gear or Mad Max? The choice is obvious. [IMG]http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b321/Felth/obvious%20choice.jpg~original[/IMG]
Jiraya avatarJiraya
Quickpostmortem My wife´s dog died yesterday . Rest in peace Diamond Dog . [img]http://i.imgur.com/uVT3HlF.jpg[/img] Here's to you, Malu Rest forever here in our hearts The last and final moment is yours That agony is your triumph
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
Xbone journey continues! I thought I would like Dead Rising 3 well enough as a huge fan of 1/2, but I must say I find it's emphasis on hard drama laughable and the game fundamentally disingenuine. Guess I'm moving on to Forza Horizon 2.
TheDefenestrator avatarTheDefenestrator
I dig the feature in Until Dawn where, if you have the Playstation camera, it will record you briefly during jump scares for you to watch later. It's a really neat use of an underused peripheral. Too bad I'm dead inside and never react to them.
Shinta avatarShinta
[img]http://i.imgur.com/oZ7CQJa.jpg[/img]
nanashi avatarnanashi
Fallout Shelter: Impossible to Learn, Easy to Master.
Mike Wallace avatarMike Wallace
Not saying this is the case, but Kojima has gone on record as being a huge Mad Max: Fury Road fan. Konami decided to release MGSV on the same day as Mad Max TVG. They're trying piss on Kojima's lawn, man.
ooktar avatarooktar
Downloading Phantom Pain. ETA, 16 hours. Just in time for lunch tomorrow.
Mr Knives avatarMr Knives
OH WOW. Talk about a complete about face. After slogging through the horrid beginning and slow ass swap sequence this game picked up exponentially. So far, I'm enjoying the hell out of it now. All if forgiven. Thank you based Kojima.
Rad Party God avatarRad Party God
Oh, joyful night. [youtube]https://youtu.be/6EfhAFA2yFE[/youtube]
techsupport avatartechsupport
After a summer of on-and-off casual play, I've finally reached lv. 34 in Destiny :')
nanashi avatarnanashi
also Fallout Shelter just made me utter this: "I have to get these pregnancies done.." life is trivial in this game!
Mr Knives avatarMr Knives
Let it be known that Metal Gear 2 for MXS has aged horribly and is no fun to play. In the midst of a MGS marathon, looks like I'm skipping ahead to MGS.
more quickposts


Contest!


destructoid's previous coverage:
Real Boxing


View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:



Please contact Crave Online, thanks!



Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -