JVC’s sequel to Victory Boxing 2 enters the ring already occupied with competition such as Ready 2 Rumble and Electronic Arts’ Knockout Kings 2000. So how does it square up to these illustrious opponents? Like one or two of the fighters herein, it goes off like a bull at a red rag. The in-game menus are easily navigable, whether you want a quick slug-fest, or you fancy creating and training your own boxer. Nothing too complicated, just like fighting in real life, right? And Victory Boxing Challenger is all the better for it.
Don’t let the absence of authentic boxers put you off. No matter what your name is, taking control of one of these wiry-framed pugilists or a tub of lard in silk shorts is about as good as it gets with a boxing simulation. There are multiple viewing angles and a variety of environments to fight in, but if you choose to go for a career in the sport of kings, the first environment you’ll need is the gymnasium. Gym training is essential to your performance, so make sure that the points you accumulate when sparring are well-spent. It’s a simulation in the truest sense of the word too, because if you blow all your points on your man’s speed, then his strength is going to suffer, and vice-versa. You’ll need to be aware of how much energy your fighter is expending too, because there is always a chance that he may run out of steam, and be caught with a sucker punch, especially against a computer opponent. The AI is second to none.
Graphically smooth and with gameplay that will appeal to even the most casual boxing fan, Victory Boxing Challenger will knock your socks off.