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video game review Video Game Review: Contender Publisher: Sony
Category: Sports, Boxing
Platform: PS1
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: January 1999

Overall Rating: 0.5 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
½ Star out of 4

Sony jumps into the boxing ring with Contender. The game looks good but plays poorly. Don't let the graphics fool you. The controls are in 2D. Unlike Capcom fighters, the 2D control in a 3D landscape just doesn't work here. Furthermore, the controls for applied punches -- that's what the book calls them -- are not intuitive. You can't even move and punch at the same time. How did a mistake like that go unnoticed? Other weaknesses include long load times and no number-of-rounds option. On the plus side, a trainer is helpful in developing your talent, and you can adjust the strength of your CPU opponent. Maybe we're being harsh, but Contender just doesn't have any lasting appeal. It's good for a few punches, but not even a few minutes.

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