I gave the game a 3 purely because I like the characters and the animations. For an EA game, I thought it was pretty original.
I knew it was a button masher game. However, some of the counter moves had nothing to do with it. they were very difficult to execute in the heat of the battle and that made it very frustrating.
The characters move too slow. They have a dash move which requires you flicking the joystick back or forward. Everytime I did that I shaked my controller and did a punch. Once I got to Molotov, who has a big lunging move you can't block, I got really messed up. I could not jump forward to close distance, I could not jump backwards.
Countering requires flicking the remote or nunchuku back and holding it there. In the heat of the battle, anytime I did this was a mistake. Too bad too because I knew how to counter and throw down a crazy combo. Since I couldn't do it on purpose most of the time, I couldn't launch this attack as a primary one.
I wish these crossover games would start including the wii controllers. I like the wii but I really wish I didn't have to deal with their awkward, UNCHANGABLE settings. I would GLADLY buy a controller if it meant that I can use it on games like this.
This game is horribly disappointing when you are expecting Punchout..and you get a lame crossover between a fighting game and a boxing game. Lame because you should be able to jump in a fighting game and the motion for punching should be one to one, not wildly shaking the remotes up and down. Horrible play control, lousy characters, and unremarkable music tracks.