Black & Bruised GameCube


Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
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  1. 80
    With plenty of gameplay modes, secret fighters, and varied styles, there’s a good chunk of replay value here.
  2. If you enjoy arcade style boxing games where simplicity is a major priority then Black & Bruised is definitely for you. It's certainly enjoyable and the characters that populate the game look wonderful and ooze personality.
  3. Game Informer
    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]
  4. Nintendo Power
    Boxer's Life mode follows a story line with scenes that clue you in to the weakness of your next opponent - a cool feature for a fun game. [Mar 2003, p.136]
  5. 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.
  6. Although entertaining enough initially, it becomes repetitive rather quickly and once the story lines are finished, the bulk of the game’s appeal will be too.
  7. Play Magazine
    While each individual boxer's signature music is entirely in tune with their caricature, the stage music is mostly limp and repetitive, a strange turn of events in an otherwise nicely polished game. [Mar 2003, p.50]
  8. Cheat Code Central
    The game will have you mashing buttons but it somehow feels right within the context... It's fun without being too cute.
  9. Certainly some nice eye candy, but under the surface is a pretty boring, simplistic boxer.
  10. While the game has a bunch of play modes and a lot of cool things to learn, the ultimate experience of the game is one of a button masher.
  11. 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.
  12. 68
    But while there may be an uneven touch to it, the various game modes and a well-executed cel-shading technique save it from being a dud.
  13. A fun arcade-style boxing game that casual gamers will find entertaining for awhile.
  14. 61
    The gameplay is strongly rooted in quick and shallow action, and won't hook you beyond the various story and tournament modes that were wisely included.
  15. The sound and music aren't awful but are definitely below average.
  16. 60
    Feels shallow and uninspired. As a result, button mashing will get players farther than it probably should.
  17. There is not enough here to really make this a great or even a good 2-player game, unless just beating each other senseless for no reason is your thing, but the single player modes are plenty and have some longevity to them.
  18. GMR Magazine
    Bruised offers a motley band of pugilists (a pry Irishman, a fat convict, etc.) and the opportunity to win every brawl by randomly jamming on buttons. [Apr 2003, p.72]
  19. While the game is visually stunning, the gameplay and sound really bring Black & Bruised down for the count.
  20. GameNow
    For all their visual individuality, the 14 fighters play exactly the same. [Apr 2003, p.42]
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  1. Jan 28, 2015
    The gameplay leans too much to flat party gameplay: enjoyable for a little while, but I did not get much gratification after playing for a bitThe gameplay leans too much to flat party gameplay: enjoyable for a little while, but I did not get much gratification after playing for a bit of time. Full Review »