Rumble Roses XX
I sometimes like to think that the world of gaming is growing up. With the technological advances of the past few years and the push of videogames into the mainstream culture, it seems as if being a gamer might be a socially accepted activity, largely thanks to the player base that has grown up with the times.
But then I play a game like Rumble Roses XX and I suddenly remember who the core demographic is: dudes who like boobs.
Rumble Roses XX is all about sexual excess, but unlike so many other similar titles, Rumble Roses XX is at least self aware of the fact. From the campy and cliched characters that likely suffer from tremendous back pain to some of the ridiculous gameplay formats that would make more than a few feminists' blood boil, Rumble Roses XX can be somewhat entertaining just because it doesn't take itself so seriously. And, honestly, there's a part of me that can casually enjoy that aspect of the game. Sure, I like to think I'm a forward thinker that's above such petty pursuits, but really, watching two scantily clad ladies dish out the pain to each other is kinda entertaining.
But then there's the other side of me that sees the game for what it really is: a flimsy wrestling game that covers up its shortcoming with said sexual excess. See, there comes a certain point in the game where the parlor tricks the developers threw in to mask the game's flaws become completely transparent. You suddenly notice the tremendous lack of depth and the stiff fighting engine that usually reverts to cheap button-mashing tactics -- because once you take away all the T&A, what you're left with is a shoddy wrestling game that was built on something completely superficial.
But, if nothing else, at least Rumble Roses XX is easy on the eyes. Though they are formed out of latest technology, the lovely ladies of Rumble Roses XX are quite striking, even if the physics of certain body parts are completely unrealistic. It's not the best the looking 360 title, but it is a huge step up above from last generation's Rumble Roses.
Even so, Rumble Roses XX, simply put, is a shallow, hyper-sexualized wrestling game that makes up its lack of finesse with an absurd amount of flash. It might be worth a rent to ogle the ladies, but beyond that, avoid it completely.