Rumble Roses XX

When bad girls start wrestling, everybody wants to be the referee

Here's everything you need to know about Rumble Roses XX, in rough order of importance: tits, ass, the ability to customize both, and tag-team wrestling action by the makers of the WWE Smackdown games. It's a short list, sure, but as the screens demonstrate, itdelivers theseassets in volume.

XX (like the original Rumble Roses) is an all-girl pro-wrestling game that pushes the boundaries of wrestlesploitation so far that it makes Dead or Alive look like a church bake sale. It's notlimited tothebouncy T%26A you 'd expect whenchicks in hotpants and S%26M gear grapple in the ring, either. There are extended, writhing entrance scenes, decidedly pervy move sets (including sweaty, panty-revealing"humiliation" moves) and girls clad only in insubstantial wisps of fabric that suggest bikini tops and thongs. There's also a new create-a-wrestler mode, which gives you free rein to customize your wrestler's measurements or deck her out in fetishy outfits.

It's over-the-top as all hell and suggestive to a point just shy of softcore porn, but it's all in fun, says producer Akari Uchida. "We're basically making fun of Dead or Alive," he said at Konami's Gamer's Day event, where we got to spend some hands-on time (yeah, yeah, go ahead and giggle) with the game. We can say with authority that the whole thing is even more absurdly exploitive than it looks, but sexy gimmicks aside, there seems to be a remarkably well-developed wrestling game under it all.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.
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