Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. With nothing beyond the gameplay to support it, and weak gameplay at that, I can’t recommend Black & Bruised.
  2. All the young pretender could do was look prettier, and show off his facial damage. No contest. He got a damn good beasting that day, and every day there after.
  3. The control system is well thought out with each button throwing a particular punch, but forget any tactical or statistical considerations before entering the ring.
  4. Control is also woefully imprecise, to the point where combos can seem time-delayed a second or more.
  5. The real problem is the gameplay itself. Stiff, unresponsive, and devoid of any real skill or purpose, a typical session of B&B quickly degenerates into a contest as to who can tap the buttons before the other guy. [Mar 2003, p.42]

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