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Bloom off the Rumble Rose?

Ken Weeks

When Rumble Roses XX was released to catcalls months ago, I defended the game from snooty reviewers who were suddenly too respectable to admit  playing with digital Barbie dolls can be fun -- especially when they're dressed in thongs and beating the crap out of each other. But after re-visiting the game via the demo on XBLM, I'm starting to wonder if the bloom is off the rose. Sure, the passable wrestling gameplay and "photo shoots" still hold a certain amount of Japanese perv appeal, but no amount of T&A is worth wading through the awful menus. Note to Konami: next time, more bouncy balls, less text.

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