Friday, May 29, 2009

Ready 2 Rumble on Wii

Do you like boxing in video games? Have you ever done boxing on Nintendo's Wii? If not, we have a game you should check out.

Ready 2 Rumble
(Wii) is a fun, invigorating game that is best described as an extremely buffed-up Wii Sports boxing. There are multiple moves, such as the uppercut, hook, jab, etc. There are also heavy versions of all the punches too, which makes it fun to really smash the opponent.

The characters can range from funny to seriously tough.

There are some real people-- Shaun White, Jon Travolta-- while there are some not real people that you create in championship mode. In championship mode you create your own boxer, but that guy starts out as the worst boxer possible-- 1/100 strength, 1/100 punch speed, 1/100 agility, etc.

You build up your strength in training activities-- hit the mitt, speed bag, medicine ball, jump rope, and others. The only downside to this championship mode is that many of the training levels do not read your movements with the Wii remote, and it is extremely tough to build up that level. Also, if you already have something built up, let's say 98/100 strength, if you do something like jump rope that is very difficult, it lowers your strength, so you have to do a strength exercise again.

Also, beating the Gym level and the next cage are both fairly easy, but when you get to the next round, the game suddenly gets very tough.

That being said, multi-player is fun, because the other person, assuming they know how to play, should be better than a breeze or really tough match like the sporadic playing in championship mode. It is fun and sometimes even a brief workout to play someone else, especially if you're playing in an advanced arena, for then you have roaring fans and spouts of fire next to you when you walk out of the entrance gate.

Overall, Ready 2 Rumble has an enjoyable multi-player boxing, but in the single player modes, it seems the game-makers just tried too hard.

RATING (10 being the best): 5.7/10

Keep in mind: Older teens (and those looking for more challenging boxing than that found in Wii Sports) might like the precision required by the various punches, but younger kids will likely become frustrated. Our rating is based on that notion. Modify it for your kids' preferences.


Here's a video trailer. Check it:


Special thanks to Romeo Corsi and the folks at RocketXL for giving us a review copy of the game.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Clothes for Teens - PKTR #49

Abercrombie & Fitch.  What kind of reaction do you have when you read that name?  Something pleasant or a bit of a shudder?

We have some fairly strong opinions about the company and teen clothing generally.  Download this week's show to hear them.  

The PKTR hosts will also tell you about their new microphone, called the Snowball.  What do you think?  Might take a few adjustments before its full potential is realized...

We couldn't do a show this week without briefly mentioning the H1N1 flu virus, so if you're sick of hearing about it, just move to about 15 minutes into the show to bypass the discussion.  

That hand sanitizer that smells like freshly baked cookies?  Here you go.  You're welcome.

Ready 2 Rumble?  We tell you our initial impressions of the Wii game by the same name and will have a review coming soon!!

We're also eagerly anticipating the upcoming release (May 19) of EA Sports Active and tell you a little about it on the show.

Then, it's on to a discussion of road rallies and puzzle hunts.  Do you know what they are?  Do you have any great resources to share?  We'd appreciate it!

But enough of the idle chit chat...we have so much to say about clothing for teens and kids.  Do you buy Abercrombie clothes?  Do you proudly carry around their shopping bags?  If not, which stores do your kids prefer?  Has the Abercrombie craze jumped the shark?  Passed its prime?  Faded into oblivion?  

How about Hollister?  

Somehow, to the PKTR hosts, the folks at Hollister seem to get it right while the A&F staff are caught up in ego and pretense (despite their connection).

Finally, we wrap up the show with our favorite (for this week) iPhone/iPod Touch apps (including a brief mention of Twitter).  Here's the photo our happy tween host created with ColorSplash:

Thanks for listening!!