Boxing video games have been popular with gamers for a long time, even before the 2020s. Metacritic has given them all the same rating. Game users give them a score, but the Meta Score, which takes into account at least four critics’ reviews, is the most important thing. There are many different ways to play these games, so everyone will be able to find a boxing game they like.
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There are a lot of different games because each one has a different set-up and different goals, which makes them unique. Those who want to stay fit do so while those who want to have fun do not, which is why their scores are so high. These are some of the best boxing games you can play, whether you want to watch a real match or practise your uppercut.
1. Fitness Boxing (Score: 66)
Metacritic gave the game a score of 66. It came out in 2019 for the Nintendo Switch. You can listen to Lady Gaga and Pitbull while you box your way to a better body.
People can train for ten to 40 minutes every day, but there aren’t many features and the joysticks don’t always work.
2. Don King Boxing (71)
If you have an Xbox 360, you can play this version of a game called Don King Presents: Prizefighter, which was made for it. Unlike other games that use cartoon-like animation or imaginary opponents, this game wants to make you feel like you’re watching or playing in a live match or even taking part in one yourself.
Boxing and simulation games can both be played with the DS stylus pen, so this game is both.
3. Real Steel World Robot Boxing (73)
In 2011, there was a movie called “Real Steel,” which was about robot boxers. Even though it didn’t make enough money to make a sequel, the mobile game was very popular.
For the most part, this game is about fighting. It’s also a story set in a dark, futuristic world. Because it’s a video game, it has some of the lore that is usually found in RPGs. It also has multiplayer and tournament play features.
4. Rocky (Score: 74)
Back in 2002, Rocky came out for the GameCube. It can also be played on PlayStation 2 and iOS devices. You will play Rocky Balboa in this boxing game, where your combos will decide how well you do.
There are a lot of people who say that it is too easy to win, because a single button can make you win in every round. This is why it got a Metacritic score of 74.
5. Hajime No Ippo: The Fighting
Because this game was never released outside of Japan, we can’t put this game at the top of the list. Hajime No Ippo: The Fighting is still worth talking about.
Even though there have been more than a dozen licenced Hajime No Ippo games, only three of them have been released outside of Japan. The most recent was Hajime No Ippo: Revolution, which was released for the Nintendo Wii in 2007.
Hajime No Ippo: The Fighting is a typical anime or manga adaptation. It shows the big fights from some of the most important story arcs in the series, as well as a Best Match mode that lets you change the canon outcome of fights to see new things.
The story mode is like Punch-Out, with each new boxer having new abilities that require different game plans to deal with, making the game more interesting. This isn’t the first time Punch-Out or its history will be talked about. Perhaps Ippo should come back. Boxing games are coming back, and anime adaptations are getting bigger.
6. Pato Box
That line about Punch-history Out’s wasn’t a joke at all. When you open Pato Box, you’ll see that it looks a lot like Nintendo’s previous games. There are more duck heads, dark organisations, and an eye-catching graphical style. Pato Box is a game that will be talked about for a long time. It has an open world that looks and feels like Punch-Out.
Primo, better known by his stage name Patobox, is both a world champion boxer and a half human, half duck hybrid. You play him. After defending the championship, Pato learns of a dark conspiracy that wants to take him down. You’ll have to go out and fight the evil movement’s henchmen, and you’ll also have to learn the truth about your own dark secrets. If you like Punch-Out but want a crazy story on top, Pato Box is the game for you. It’s silly, but that’s what makes it so great.
7. Knockout League
Because it sounds like a fighting game spin-off of Rocket League, Knockout League looks like it could be fun. It’s actually a VR boxing game, though. It looks like boxing game developers have figured out that tracking your movements in real time tends to make the most satisfying games. It also gives you a little bit of a workout while you’re at it. Two birds, one stone, and everything else.
The game Knockout League is a lot more fun than other VR boxing games. Instead of just regular boxers, you’re fighting pirates, a huge octopus, and a lot of people who can fire uppercuts. So even if you just want to run some drills and work up a sweat, you can do that, which is a good thing.
It’s also a surefire way to make your VR headset smell bad, but that’s not the point of this story.
8. Rocky Legends
There has to be at least one boxing game based on the Rocky movies. There are actually a lot of them to choose from. 2002’s Rocky was a good retelling of the first five movies. It followed Rocky as he took on Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, Drago, and that jerk Tommy Gunn who took Rocky’s kids’ room. It was also a good movie. It doesn’t matter what you think about Rocky V. That line is still very funny.
Anyway, Rocky Legends was a follow-up and a more powerful version of that game. In the career mode, you could play Balboa’s story, but you could also play as Creed, Lang, and Drago in mostly canonical retellings of their rise to the top of the boxing world.
As for Drago’s career mode, it changes the outcome of Drago vs. Rocky so that Ivan wins and is given a medal from the Soviet Union. I say that’s mostly true. Rocky Legends was a great all-around game. It had a long career mode, a lot of versus games, and gameplay that was a mix of arcade and simulation.