For those of us, that is, those of you, who think, “This is all great, but why have the girls fight?” You’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover the Gallery mode. The gallery mode takes you “behind-the-scenes” or, more to the point, into the locker room where you’ll get to watch the girls warm up for their next match by exercising... in their skimpy outfits... with a controllable camera... that can zoom. You control the angle, from a low angle up-skirt to a high angled down-blouse and anything in between. It also appears that the models are designed separately from the models of the clothes, because at just the right angle, you can see out of the top of a girl’s shirt when looking up from beneath her skirt. Or so I hear.
The only complaint I would have in the way of graphics is the occasional clipping problem -- where hair will cross through an arm or one opponent will grab “through” another -- both in gameplay and in the pre-rendered CGI. I am more tolerant of the in-game stuff, since the appearance may be flawed, but the gameplay is not affected. However, the CGI is something that could have been painstakingly adjusted until it was perfect. Even if the clipping issues were not fixed, a careful choice of camera angles could have easily avoided this being a visible problem. And, with Rumble Roses being a game so heavily dependent on appearances, this seems somewhat inexcusable.
The music consists of original compositions, with each wrestler having her own theme music. The themes have a decidedly Asian feel to them, but seem to match the characters well and add to the “Professional Wrestling” feel of the game.
The voices are also nicely done, reinforcing the characters’ personas. The script of the Story Mode is a bit lame, in a “B Film meets Soap Opera meets Porno Film meets Jerry Springer Show” sort of way. Some of the dialog in Rumble Roses will make Resident Evil look like Shakespearean theater. All the same, the porno-like dialog is not necessarily out of place, given the skimpiness of the costumes and the sexually suggestive holds and moves. When these girls say “You’re going down!” they mean it.