I totally agree with the review. NOT a gold-worthy title. Good, but not great. And after renting and playing for a tad, not worthy of purchase at $60. IMO.
I guess this all depends on how you play. For me, the multiplayer is a blast. Because of this I am more than glad to pay $60 for it. That said I would like to see some very specific improvements next year. As KD had mentioned, I would love to see the career mode fleshed out. Add a ranking system in. Make me spend money to actually hire my trainer (for example 1 year contracts), I should have to hire my manager and cut man. Your crew would have different stats. They could even go further and if they want to do in game advertising....... let me take on sponsors to make extra cash for paying for training equipment etc. I would also love to see more elaborate entrances for the boxers, things like coming out through the crowd, hood over my head, lights flashing etc. You could also add a "scouting" portion to the pre fight. Your manager could go over with you tactics while your gloves are being taped up... perhaps depending ont he manager you could gain an adrenaline boost for the beginning of the fight due to the speach he gave you in the locker room.
I love the game, but yes there is a ton of room for improvement. I hope that the next installment will be next gen in more than just graphics.
Oh and I absolutely love the camera and no HUD system. It makes it much more immersive not fighting with a camera and not having all sorts of meters on screen.