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  • Summary: Created by the same team that developed Fight Night Round 3, FaceBreaker offers irreverent fun, immersive gameplay and eye-popping stylized graphics. In this in-your-face, arcade world full of ego-wielding characters, each boxer comes to life with unique attributes and distinct personal style, including Romeo, a Latin lover known for his pelvic thrusts, and Molotov, an oversized Russian demolitions expert with a penchant for fighting dirty. Add a little personal motivation to your fight by uploading a photo of your face to create a realistic likeness using Photo Game Face, and go toe-to-toe with a real-life friend or foe. Laugh out loud as you pummel your opponent with a barrage of blows to the face and watch in satisfaction as your progress is illustrated by real-time facial deformation. With haymakers, face shots and body blows, wait for the right moment to drop a super punch to make your presence known. Taunt your adversaries and flaunt your talent, by tying one hand behind your back to add ultimate humiliation to your bout. In FaceBreaker, it just feels good to rearrange your opponent's face. [Electronic Arts] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 37
  2. Negative: 15 out of 37
  1. It has charisma and it’s quite fun. Despite the arcade style, its combat mechanic is very technical and rewarding, although the difficulty could be more balanced. One final word for the character creator, that allows for the most bizarre creations. [Sept 2008]
  2. While there’s a new Fight Night down the pipes, EA is shining the spotlight on Facebreaker, their latest title in a new line of ‘EA Freestyle’ sports games. It’s a solid brawler that’s easy to get in to, but ultimately it’s only as well-known as it is because of its budget – not its quality.
  3. It may look harmless enough, but that colorful candy shell - which, admittedly, is delightfully goofy - disguises the ashen heart of a hardcore fighting game that, while occasionally quite frustrating, offers a satisfying challenge and an unexpectedly deep and demanding combat system. [Oct 2008, p.84]
  4. It has a lot going for it, from its superb visuals and style to the rather excellent character creation tool, but the button-mashing gameplay and easy exploits ruin all the good work.
  5. There's some fun to be had with friends, but none without them. [Oct 2008, p.72]
  6. As a production this is definitely a slick piece of work. The graphics look good and there is a generally good sense of humour and atmosphere in the game. Unfortunately, the actual boxing mechanics of the game doesn't work well at all. It's not broken per se, it's just simple to the point where you know the game inside and out after only a couple of matches.
  7. It’s annoying, frustrating, and those hand cramps are all for naught. I was actually surprised to see that a game as brutally simple and dreadfully mundane as Facebreaker dared to have an online component.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Feb 3, 2013
    The game is good, but far from amazing. The graphics and sound are excellent, and the game is well polished. The mission structure works well, the controls are excellent, but the combat is simple and it's pretty hard. So you're best advised to play with a friend. There's tons of content as well. Expand
  2. Oct 7, 2011
    Mindless fun and playable for a while, but no storyline and short replay value brings it low.
    The graphics are also nice but the enemy
    difficulty is unbalanced.
    All and all a game which will entertain for a while but thereafter becomes repetitive.
  3. Jan 19, 2013
    Its the silly gameplay and customization that you will love. Other than that I have very little to compliment... Still worth a look. Just a fairly average fighter. Expand
  4. HarshCritic
    Feb 20, 2009
    Not enough characters and incredibly frustrating controls. If you're looking for a good boxing game wait for the remake of Punch Out.
  5. Dec 11, 2013
    Horrible controls, frustrating game play and a stupidly hard difficulty curve to say the least. If you're a boxing fan do not buy this game because as fair as boxing goes this isn't it. All in all a terrible gaming experience and a waste of money and that's saying something considering I got the game second hand for £4. Expand