Real Boxing PlayStation Vita

Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Sep 4, 2013
    80
    It may not be anything ground-breaking but I feel the title should be regarded as one of the Vita’s best games yet. With vastly improved visuals, animations and control schemes over the mobile version, Real Boxing on the Vita is surely the best version of the game to get.
  2. Sep 4, 2013
    80
    From the boxers’ entrances to the lowered house lights, Vivid Games has done a great job of making Real Boxing feel as authentic as possible. Fans of the sport and simulated fighting aficionados alike will get a lot out of this offering, and with a multiplayer mode bringing even more to the ring, this is a knockout port.
  3. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Oct 1, 2013
    76
    Not the most original title for a game, but do not let that fool you. This boxing game already appeared on iOS devices with a cheaper price tag, but the Vita version looks much sharper. Too bad the touch screen controls are a bit of a letdown. [October 2013 p.94]
  4. Sep 30, 2013
    75
    Nonetheless, it's still a fun, well-made game that will meet the needs of any boxing enthusiasts who are in the mood for a little on-the-go pugilism.
  5. 75
    From the ‘no pain, no gain’ training mini-games to the upgradable boxer who forges a career by slowly skilling-up in various attributes, the influence of early boxing simulations can be seen all over Vivid Games’ Real Boxing.
  6. Oct 16, 2013
    74
    Real Boxing has a lot of the core fundamentals in place. It has customizable fighters, training mini-games, a career mode and competent multiplayer online matches. Unfortunately, the whole thing is marred by simplistic controls, cheesy animation and computer opponents that don't put up much of a fight. The groundwork is done, but Real Boxing comes up short of the KO!
  7. Games Master UK
    Oct 19, 2013
    73
    Manages to be suitably addictive. [Dec 2013, p.67]
  8. Sep 25, 2013
    72
    For some quick bouts on the go, Real Boxing does an admirable job of capturing the sport and presenting it to the player in an accessible and satisfying way.
  9. Oct 5, 2013
    70
    Even with its shortcomings Vivid Games has done an admirable job of bringing a somewhat fairly authentic feel to a boxing game for the PS Vita. Sure, it has a few issues but it has enough going for it that most gamers and fans of the sport will like it.
  10. Sep 11, 2013
    70
    It isn’t a perfect encapsulation of the sport, but it is the best one to have appeared on any handheld in recent memory, and one which makes fine use of the Unreal Engine to generate some high-fidelity looks on the Vita’s OLED screen.
  11. Sep 10, 2013
    70
    A realistic simulation of the sport that offers up an enjoyable boxing experience, and is only let down by lacklustre training modes and touchscreen controls.
  12. Sep 29, 2013
    65
    It’s casual in that it’s a fighting game that doesn’t require the memorization of combos.
  13. Sep 25, 2013
    65
    Without the online multiplayer to sustain the title outside of its short lived single player campaign, there just isn’t that much game here and even though it’s priced well at a modest $9.99, I feel it’s a title for the hardcore boxing game fans that have been waiting for a dose of action on the go and nobody else.
  14. Sep 24, 2013
    65
    If you're a huge fan of boxing games and have been itching for something to fill that void, Real Boxing may do it for you -- otherwise, just keep waiting.
  15. Oct 23, 2013
    60
    Real Boxing is decent if you don't mind predictable boxing, a shallow creation system, inconsistent controls and an abandoned online community.
  16. Sep 11, 2013
    60
    At a couple of quid less we’d suggest that most people think about giving it a punt (or, indeed, a jab?) but for now this will probably remain in the quite small ‘passionate about boxing, owns a Vita’ niche.
  17. Oct 2, 2013
    50
    Real Boxing’s biggest sin is that it’s just too boring. In fact, it’s not even that real. The game isn’t actually simulationist at all. It’s far more arcade-y than anything else. It’s a lot like a fighting game, except each character has the exact same moveset with slight differences to their strength and HP. This combined with the lack of game modes and customization options, makes the game fall short of other Vita titles.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 30, 2013
    7
    This game was a great surprise on Vita.

    I loved how much depth they managed to squeeze into such a simple premise. Each fight seems like a
    This game was a great surprise on Vita.

    I loved how much depth they managed to squeeze into such a simple premise. Each fight seems like a puzzle that requires good timing, skill and a lot of strategy.

    The graphics won't blow you away, but are great for what the game is (a small indie game). I won't give it a 8 because it could be cheaper for what it is, or more polished for how much it cost (maybe with more game modes or trophies).

    Anyhow, this game took me off guard and surprised me for the amount of fun it offered. I've completed the career mode twice now. I still have one trophy to collect, so I guess I'll be revisiting it every now and then.
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  2. Jul 24, 2014
    5
    A disappointing game let down by bad AI and a lack of speed / fluidity.

    As you progress in career mode it feels like the computer cheats
    A disappointing game let down by bad AI and a lack of speed / fluidity.

    As you progress in career mode it feels like the computer cheats rather than the difficulty increasing. You can work hard blocking and jabbing only to have your hard earned gain wiped out inexplicably by shots from your opponent that appeared to be blocked.

    The game feels sluggish. Even with 100% speed your jabs and combinations are slow apart from once in a blue moon when they inexplicably speed up for a couple of hits. I can throw faster punch combinations than these professional boxers!
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