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  • Summary: To the fighters in Black & Bruised, boxing is no game; it's a matter of survival. Nineteen outrageous characters fight their way through grueling slugfests to win the pot or settle a score. You'll play through their intertwining stories as they battle each other in 21 different arenas. During each match, you can earn power-ups such as Armor, AutoSlip, Vamp, or Fire Damage to give your fighter a competitive advantage over your opponent. Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. 80
    With plenty of gameplay modes, secret fighters, and varied styles, there’s a good chunk of replay value here.
  2. If boxing's your thing, you'll most likely dig it; and at least it's a new direction for the tired sport. Just don't expect the next "Punch Out." [Mar 2003, p.85]
  3. Don’t be fooled by the charming graphics. There is a fairly complex boxing model and elaborate combo system that requires timing, reflexes, and intuition if you ever hope to complete this lengthy and comprehensive boxing game.
  4. On one hand the characters and art endear you towards it, but when it comes down to it, the fighting is just too shallow to recommend this over any other boxing game out there.
  5. A fun arcade-style boxing game that casual gamers will find entertaining for awhile.
  6. The sound and music aren't awful but are definitely below average.
  7. 33
    For all their visual individuality, the 14 fighters play exactly the same. [Apr 2003, p.42]

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