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FACEBREAKER is a bastardised version of boxing. This high-action, easily learned game is made for the casual  gamer who just wants a bit of instant gratification. Unfortunately, what seems like fun to begin with turns  into a tap-athon as you bashbuttons, hoping to tap faster than your mate and break their face. The arcade  controls are accompanied by slick cartoony graphics which look cool, but unfortunately you never feel totally in control when playing. The problem is that it’s almost too fast. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the single player mode  more than playing against a friend. Figuring out your opponents’ weakness and trying to hold out until an   opportunity arose was quite satisfying. The boxer creation mode was also impressive – I created a whole    cast of new characters (from Chuck Norris to Charlize Theron)from photos I grabbed off the Internet. Thesecharacters can then be uploaded to share with the world. FaceBreaker isn’t a bad game, but it’s too shallow to  get a good mark.

Genre: Fighting From: Electronic Arts
Classification: PG - Contains Mild Violence

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