Sports tend to grow in popularity and boxing is no different. Up until the 2010s, boxing enjoyed a bevy of high profile fighters and fighters. Of course, they had video games to accompany the popularity, with titles like Knockout Kings, Fight Night, and Ready 2 Rumble.
These days the releases have dried up, although there are some gems to be found. If you’re a fan with a PSVR kit, there are a number of titles to choose from. Traditional controls still have a notable release or two to pick up for their box fix.
6/6 punch club
Punch Club offers a twist on the typical formula as it’s more about being a manager than being in the ring. You guide an aspiring fighter by making sure he eats right, exercises, and builds relationships. These things will improve your stats, which will help you dominate any opponents you come across.
The matches are more about the prefight than the fights themselves. They assign abilities to the fighter that best suit the opponent. After that, you start the fight and watch your training pay off or, if you’ve slacked off, watch your fighter get injured. Taking control out of your hands might not be for everyone, and training can feel like a drudgery when you’re not locked into the system.
5/6 Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
While not a full boxing title, it features an arcade boxing game. Think of it as a more modern Wii Sports. You take control of a fighter while watching your meter and dishing out haymakers, jabs, and super punches. It’s not the only game in the pack. So if you ever want to move on, you can move on to the next game.
The simplified control scheme means virtually anyone can get their hands on it, making it perfect for family gatherings or keeping the kids busy. The mechanics are easy to understand, even for those who still refer to every game system as “Nintendo”. While the graphics leave something to be desired, they more than make up for it in the fun department.
4/6 Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions
Creed Champions pits fan favorites from every corner of the Rocky universe against one another. For example, you can pit son against father by pitting the Creeds against each other. It’s an arcade fighter that will get you started with cool moves in minutes, so you don’t have to worry about spending an hour mastering the controls.
This is both a blessing and a curse, because while it’s fun to grab a controller and mash buttons for some damage, it’s not much more than that. Still, knocking down your friend will feel satisfying, even if it is You only play a handful of games at a time.
3/6 Pato box
If you’ve ever needed a punch-out replacement, look no further. It uses a graphical style popularized by Mad World while taking notes from the Wii version of Punch-Out. You’ll need to watch enemies closely to find a pattern, then use that to trip them up.
However, Pato Box doesn’t just have you in the ring. You’ll take these skills with you everywhere, from the streets to the kitchen. No really – there is a boss who will fight you with soup and kitchen utensils. It may take a few times to beat some people, but once you get the timing, it’s a good time.
2/6 knockout league
If you’ve played Ready 2 Rumble before, then you’ve come to the right place. Knockout League is a VR fighter with a colorful cast of characters that will provide both banter and knockdowns. It also packs a splash of punch-out, as you need to look for patterns to dodge opponents effectively.
The main problem is that you don’t need much technique to beat up people. You can just punch away and if necessary dodge to hit many of the fighters. While this can provide a good workout, it may not be appealing to some people. However, when you encounter an opponent who challenges you and you end up ringing his bell, it’s so satisfying.
1/6 Creed: rise to fame
If you’ve ever thought about getting yourself a VR system, Rise to Glory is practically a must-try. It’s closer to a sim boxer than an arcade game, but still retains enough of both to keep casual gamers and enthusiasts entertained. It’s deeper than many other VR boxing titles where you can punch to your heart’s content. Thanks to an endurance mechanic, your fighter can be gassed, causing your VR peripherals to lose track of your real-life movement. So you need to weigh and balance your attacks and moves to be most effective.
There’s a lot less pattern play here, as opponents adapt to your shots to counter them. This will keep you on your toes as you may throw a misguided haymaker that will leave you wide open.
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