STAFF REVIEW of Mike Tyson Heavyweight Boxing (Xbox)

Wednesday, September 4, 2002.
by l Maximus l

Mike Tyson Heavyweight Boxing Box art Mike Tyson?s Heavy Weight Boxing is basically Tyson taking on the world. There are numerous different modes of fighting (speed boxing, exhibition matches, title fights, two-player mode), including a career mode where you create your own boxer (you can even spar with Tyson to sharpen your skills!). I always like being able to build up my character in career mode. This game is a little different in this category because you have to first win fights and then purchase stat points with your winnings. One thing I didn?t like was the lack of choice in character selection, however. It was cool to be able to mutate your character, though. Check it out and you?ll see what I mean.

The gameplay is extremely fast. If you like flying fists coming from every which direction and beating your opponent to a pulp, then you?ll love this game. For me, it was much too fast. Call me crazy, but, I atleast like to see who is hitting who!! I like boxing games that actually move like real boxers. In this game, you can?t push off your opponent, back away or block very easily, so it becomes a button tapping game. I do like the combos, however, there is no way for your opponent to try and block due to the fact that the game goes into a "combo mode".

Controlling the game can be confusing at first. There are numerous different punches, blocks and dodges. I like the fact that you can charge up certain punches (uppercuts, crosses and hooks). It makes destroying your opponent that much more fun. Once you get the controls down the button tapping factor is also diminished slightly...again, just slightly.

The game's visuals are choppy and much too fast. When the fists are flying, it is impossible to tell who is hitting who, as I mentioned before. I also didn?t like the fact that the announcer doesn?t move his mouth when he is speaking. In this game, the little things such as this really hurt the visuals on this game.

On a more positive note, one huge perk is the ring card girls. Watch the girl walk around in-between rounds and you?ll be standing at attention before the next punch is thrown!!! In addition, when boxers get hit in the face, they bruise and get cuts. This is pretty sweet and it?s cool to watch the side of your opponents face turn purple as you continue to pummel him. However, I wish you could get a close up of it sometime during the fight. The game doesn?t have a zoom button and during rounds it doesn?t show anything. If that was added, it would be a plus.

The sound on this game is pretty mediocre and certainly doesn't qualify for helping this game gain more points. The audience, in my opinion, sound pretty good. There are a lot of different people saying different things insofar as not really noticing if there are repeats. But, the problems occur when the lips don't move as the announcer talks and the punches sound more like the boxer's are hitting bubble wrap. However, when a boxer is conducting a combo, it has some nice sounds as well as the offensive boxer providing the sounds of gasps and struggle as his fist meets the chin of his opponent.

I strongly recommend slowing the game down a tad....okay, a lot! Atleast bring it to more of a realistic speed. Also, try to avoid making games that are button mashers...instead allow the boxers to spar while having the ability to free roam the ring.

Overall: 5.0 / 10
Gameplay: 7.0 / 10
Visuals: 5.0 / 10
Sound: 5.0 / 10


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