The sheer lack of fighting games on the Switch, let alone games representing boxing specifically, certainly opens the door to opportunity for developers determined to give it a shot. While Real Boxing 2 does a decent job of getting some of the basics down, delivering the jabs, wraps, and uppercuts you’d expect in a boxer (complete with a little room for flair as well) it also struggles a bit in some key areas, keeping it from being a go-to game even with a lack of competition in the space. The main issue, overall, is that everything feels unpolished and rough. The controls take some getting used to, especially since they generally feel overly complicated using both joysticks as well as some face buttons to deliver punches, but it is easy for this to end up feeling muddled when you’re in the thick of things. The mini games for training to get your fighter into better shape are also a bit of a mess, with one stand-out issue being indicators for buttons you’re supposed to quickly press using different colors at times, some of which makes them hard to read against the background of the environment. If you’re hard up for a boxer, with some effort you’ll probably get some enjoyment from it, but be warned it doesn’t feel like a real contender.
Justin Nation, Score: