STAFF REVIEW of Knockout Kings 2002 (Xbox)

Monday, August 5, 2002.
by mattgame

Knockout Kings 2002 Box art I go through so much grief that I need a relief. This game with it's furious, fast, and damaging punches provides the exact outlet I need. I love punching Joe Frazier until he !&%$@#* near does a backwards somersault out of the ring. I whupped Roberto Duran so bad that he cried out "MOMMY, I'M SLEEPY" and then went on to curl up in the fetal position as he lay twitching on the canvas. This game is better than the last and although it needs work Snooda Booda says it's a keeper.

The gameplay takes some getting used to. The movement of the fighter is awkward. The speed of the punching is faster than realistic and the inability to dodge is frustrating. The blocking mechanism is a tad off too. I find myself able to block every punch but the controls don't cooperate. However, it is fun. Muhammad Ali is ridiculous!!! He can jab at the speed of sound!! Just take your time to get used to it. I also thought the career mode was decent except that the points system is stingy as hell!! I liked the old game which was more liberal when it came to this. I also thought that more of the top boxers and different weight classes should be included. Otherwise, the gameplay can become addictive, especially when you win!!

The game looks way better on the 'box than on the PS2. The boxers glisten from the sweat thats created when one is running for their life. You can see the muscle tone in all of the boxers even the obese few. My only complaint that some times you can see where the punch didn't actually connect. Even this is a marked improvement from all of the phantom punches on the PS2.

The punch sound effects are great. Especially during the replay when the rapid punch replay really sounds off! I wish the boxers sounded off from the punch. You know a little scream, a grunt, a high pitched squeal. However, the sound is pretty good.

Let the boxers sound off more, change the point system and work on the controls. I HOLLA!!!!!

Overall: 8.0 / 10
Gameplay: 8.0 / 10
Visuals: 8.0 / 10
Sound: 9.0 / 10


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