EA Sports is known
for their realistic sporting games from boxing to soccer and the
like, however this time they decide to throw something different
into mix and create an unrealistic boxing game that focuses on
larger than life characters and good old fashioned "fighting" fun.
In its essence, the title is reminiscent of those fighting games
such as Tekken and Soul Calibur with its over the top fighting and
unrealistic moves that actually makes the title so endearing.
Although the game does feel like a button smasher at times, there is
actually quite a few tactics and fighting skills that you can
implore. There are a variety of different attacks that you can perform
from various punches to some great throws but what sets the title
apart from other games in the genre is the "Breaker" attack that are
special maneuvers which can only be used once your meter begins to
fill, however the more in your meter, the more powerful your
"Breaker" attack becomes.
Once you have
defeated your opponent three
times which can sometimes be frustratingly challenging, you win the
match and if you fail at this task, the game moves into a sudden
death style that is almost a free for all attack.
On the XBox 360,
the controllers for Face Breaker are quite intuitive and although
some special maneuvers need certain key button combination, most
gamers will have no difficulty in picking up the controller and
fighting. The AI of the title is rather strong at times, however by
targeting on their weaknesses, you can generally figure out a
solution to defeating them and if that fails, good old fashioned
button smashing sometimes pays off.
With a variety of different gaming modes that include a great
campaign mode which allows you to fight your way up the ranks or for
those wanting to fight online, the game supports XBox Live which is
actually slightly more fun than the single-player mode as you can
challenge others from around the world.
For XBox Live users with a
camera, they can take a picture of themselves and attach this to a
boxer which is quite entertaining and does offer for a variety of
different designs. This option also allows you to download a variety
of different "skins" for your boxers via the downloadable
Graphically, although the title is quite cartoony in style is quite
impressive on the XBox 360 with some great texture details and
animations. The characters facial animation features all the bruises
and damage that they inflict or receive. The background
environments, although a little sparse at times still assists in
immersing you into the world of Face Breaker.
Sound wise, the title
contains a Hip Hop sounding musical score which matches the genre
perfect and there are a variety of different "boxing" sound effects
that go hand-in-hand with the gameplay.
Although it may not be the most original fighting game on the
market, it's still a sturdy fighting game that is set in the world
of boxing and contains enough "oomf" to keep you entertained from
start to finish. Multiplayer and online is where the title does
shine, however the single-player gaming modes are almost as equally