Rumble Roses XX

Rumble Roses XX

Rumble Roses XX

Sex sells. Average wrestling games don't.

Right. This really is a wrestling game, although there are a couple of things - or to be more precise two huge wobbly things - that might convince you otherwise. Rumble Roses XX plays like a version of SmackDown from a few years ago. You strike, you grapple, you throw, fill up your special gauge and you sort of mince around the ring in awkward circles trying to get a good grip.

Only the key thing here is, you also spend a lot of time trying to get a good look. The girls are the stars. It's a game for men who don't mind getting caught watching the midnight freeview and if you have no shame, it's quite arousing. The costumes range from sexy schoolgirl options to string-based bikinis, and you're even encouraged to rotate the camera around manually when in a hold to get a better look at such things as bottoms, legs, tummies and cleavages. This is made by voyeurs, for voyeurs.

The girls are lovely, but the rest of RRXX doesn't look much like an Xbox 360 game should. Clearly the developers spent a lot of time getting the girls' bits and pieces in order and we thank them very much for doing that, the problem is the rest of it - the backgrounds, arenas and suchlike are pretty awful. You get low-res spectators and lumps of scenery popping into view, and terrible 2D surrounds behind everything.

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Rumble Roses XX demo

Also PDZ maps, Oblivion patch.

Konami and Microsoft have released a playable demo of Rumble Roses XX, available now through Xbox Live Marketplace. The demo weighs in at 854.31MB and apparently allows you to battle people over Xbox Live too - although we're still waiting for the blummin' thing to download, so let us know if that's not the case eh?