Like London buses, after an excruciatingly long wait, boxing games look to be arriving en masse.
In Nintendo’s rather sudden Direct Mini on 26 August, another new boxing game was announced: this time, coming from the Rocky movie franchise.
Set for release next year, Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions showcased nothing but gameplay in the Direct Mini, impressing in doing so.
Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions to bring arcade action
Created by Survios in collaboration with MGM, Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions will be the second title in the Creed gaming series from the duo, following the VR release Creed: Rise to Glory.
Although announced via the Nintendo Direct Mini, Big Rumble Boxing will launch on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch in Spring 2021.
As you can see in the trailer below, from the 5:35 timestamp, the game will feature all of the most famous characters from the Rocky movie franchise, from Rocky Balboa to Adonis Creed.
Based on the footage shown in the presentation above, the development team looks to have toed the line well between speedy arcade action and the motions of a boxing match, featuring several different punching types, blocking, and evasive manoeuvres.
As detailed by the developers, the game will feature an arcade mode – in which you engage in new storylines and unlock rewards – a local versus mode, training montage mini-games, and a full training mode to build-up your boxer.
In all boxing games, the controls are vital. Big Rumble Boxing is said to offer intuitive controls so that anyone can play. However, it also features hard-hitting boxing mechanics that’ll prove to be easy to pick up but challenging to master.
Survios CEO Seth Gerson says: “Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions will answer consumer demand for intense boxing games on traditional platforms while breaking new ground in game development.”
It’s not too long until PC and console gamers will have the chance to play as Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa, Ivan Drago, and Clubber Lang in what looks to be an exciting addition to the suddenly teeming pool of boxing video games.
Big Rumble Boxing further expanding the emerging boxing game scene
The boxing-loving community of gamers has bemoaned EA Sports’ decision to drop their Fight Night series for nearly a decade, but now the sport looks to be making a comeback in video gaming – just as it has tremendously in the ring.
In the triple-A department, eSports Boxing Club looks the most promising of the titles that we know are in development.
At the virtual WBC Annual Convention, developers Steel City Interactive showcased some of the impressive graphics in action with some gameplay footage, confirmed a considerable roster of licensed boxers, and unveiled that the game’s plans for its online and single-player modes.
Better still, eSports Boxing Club is lined-up for an early access PC release at the end of this year and then a Q1 or Q2 release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The other potential triple-A boxing game out there is Round4Round Boxing, being developed by Falcon Interactive and Wicked Witch.
Round4Round hasn’t been very communicative throughout the development process. Still, they showed signs of life in July, posting pictures of the arenas and welcoming former heavyweight champion Joseph Parker to the roster.
What boxing video games can you play in 2020?
The boxing video game scene has been sparse for a long time, at least in terms of top-quality releases. However, there are a few games available that let you lace-up the gloves and go to war.
Fight Night Champion, 2011 (Xbox One, EA Play)
The natural place to start here is with Fight Night Champion, and you don’t even need to dust off your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 to play EA’s last boxing title.
Not only is it available through the Xbox One family of consoles, through their superb backwards compatibility program, but you can also get Fight Night Champion and the other Fight Night titles through EA Play (formerly EA Access).
The licensed roster is strong, and the mechanics hold up fairly well despite it launching nearly ten years ago, but it may take a bit of time to adjust to the 2011 graphics if you haven’t got the nostalgia from its original release to glide you through.
Boxing Champs, 2019 (Switch, PC)
There are, as you would assume, many little boxing games on Steam that vary in quality a great deal, but there is a gem amongst them – which is also available on the Nintendo Switch.
Created by Raz Games, Boxing Champs offers both an enjoyable and challenging experience. It’s a pretty comprehensive game for developers who mostly create mobile games for kids.
The controls are exactly what you’d want (at least, on the Switch) from a top-down, indie arcade boxing game, with the ability to control three punch types from either hand as well as the option to block and move.
There’s certainly a degree of skill to the game, which makes the bouts all the more interesting. Along with a two-player versus mode and a boxer creator suite, Boxing Champs has an addictive single-player campaign.
You start with a 0-0 record and a few points to add to your six attributes, and as you win, you climb the rankings and get more points to add to your fighter.
Climbing the rankings gives you the option of better opponents and, eventually, the four champions, but if you step too high before you’re ready, you’ll be punished with a loss – as will your foes when you defeat them.
Virtual reality boxing titles
On the other hand, if you’d like a more active and immersive boxing game experience, there are two highly-rated VR boxing games available.
You can get the first title in the now-series of Creed games, with Creed: Rise to Glory on the PSVR or through Steam. Or, there’s The Thrill of the Fight for the Oculus Quest, HTC Vive, and Valve Index.
So, along with the seasoned final Fight Night, the punchy indie game, and the two VR titles, we could soon have two modern triple-A boxing games and a fast-paced arcade boxing game in the form of Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions.
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