Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
Buy On
  1. 90
    It proves that you don’t need hyper detailed, synapse-sizzling graphics to deliver a great game when ingenuity and solid mechanics will do.
  2. It’s fair to say that Victorious Boxing will develop fine stick control more than simply being male ever could and, as in life, the rewards are vast, with expert wagglers able to move and fall into a lean-accentuated strike all in one, ahem, fluid motion.
  3. 86
    A surprisingly deep and compelling boxing game, despite its overall minimalist approach to design, sound, and presentation.
  4. No one has ever really captured the feel of this sweet science as precisely as Victorious Boxers has.
  5. VB may fall short in terms of graphics and options, but the bread-and-butter of any game, the gameplay, is outstanding. You won't find a better, more enjoyable boxing game than this.
  6. What makes the game fun is its ease of control...It's light years above "Ready 2 Rumble" and "Knockout Kings."
  7. Game Informer
    78
    A refreshing break from the norm. [Feb 2002, p.85]
  8. A fairly entertaining game. If boxing games are your thing, then you should check it out.
  9. It’s the control that sets Victorious Boxers apart from "Knockout Kings" and "Ready to Rumble" – it’s nearly perfect.
  10. They score major points on style, definition, and realism in movement. But points get taken away for the sparse look and sound effects.
  11. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    This is the best "pure" boxing you'll find on the PS2. [Dec 2001, p.170]
  12. Although the play mechanics are very solid and intuitive, the controls get in the way to the point that it affects the gameplay. With another control scheme, this game would've been recommended a bit higher.
  13. Next Generation Magazine
    60
    While manga-style characters may not substitute for the real-world boxers in "Knockout Kings," this game does a better job capturing the speed and drama of the sport. [Dec 2001, p.108]
  14. Shoddy control and awful collision detection only worsen what could have been a decent game otherwise.
  15. The lackluster gameplay combined with mediocre graphics and poor sound make it a title worth staying far away from.

Awards & Rankings

#74 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. ChamalR.
    Mar 16, 2007
    9
    I picked this game up 5 years after it came out and was still impressed. Great boxing game, and the mechanics are about as realistic as I I picked this game up 5 years after it came out and was still impressed. Great boxing game, and the mechanics are about as realistic as I think you can get on a controller. The graphics could of have been better and I would have liked it if there were voice overs. Despite all that, me and my friends played this a lot and one of my friends even went and found one of his own. Great game and lots of fun, highly recommended. Full Review »
  2. Tomi
    May 7, 2004
    10
    This game is absolutely one of the best fighting games I´ve ever played.
  3. MickyP.
    Dec 17, 2003
    2
    This game is pure banana. After a few fights you have a boxing match with a bear in the woods. It's difficult to control and has poor This game is pure banana. After a few fights you have a boxing match with a bear in the woods. It's difficult to control and has poor graphics/sound. I'd much rather play Barry McGuigans boxing on the zx spectrum. It's s**t. Full Review »