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Knockout Kings 2001 – Second Opinion

On paper, I'm sure Black Ops and Electronic Arts thought they had a winner. Their new game would only have Ready 2 Rumble: Round 2 to contend with, and it would be featured on the powerful, and (relatively) new PlayStation 2. But as other PlayStation 2 developers have done, Black Ops rushed the game to get it onto store shelves, and the results are disappointing.

Knockout Kings 2001 – Review

A zombie-like vacant look plagues all the boxers faces. Outside of several trademark punches and gestures for only a few select boxers, all the rest of the boxers move identically to one another to the point where it looks ridiculous when boxers appear to mime one another.

Knockout Kings 2001 – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Animated Violence, Mild Language 

Knockout Kings 2001

Game Description: Question: Who's a better fighter, Lennox Lewis or Joe Frazier? Answer: you. With Knockout Kings 2001, you can choose a champion from a long list of past and present greats--all with near-photo-realistic faces and signature moves. The game also includes today's top female boxers, including Mia St. John and Lucia Rijker, as well as in-game strategy from seasoned trainers and commentary from boxing experts Al Bernstein, Teddy Atlas, and Max Kellerman.

Knockout Kings 2000 (PlayStation) – Second Opinion

I agree with Chi here, in fact there isn't much I can find to disagree with. The legendary boxers are represented here much more faithfully than in the N64 version and the extras on the disc (boxer bios and 'classic fights') are pretty slick and are welcome additions. As Chi mentioned, this version is much more of a simulation and those of you who read my N64 review will know that the lack of this feature was mostly responsible for my low overall rating.

Knockout Kings 2000 (PlayStation) – Review

KK2000 plays like a no-nonsense, yet full-featured interpretation of boxing. If you've ever seen it in the ring, you can probably do it in the game (with the exception of having some idiot parachuting into the ring and, thankfully, the patented Tyson-ear chomp).

Knockout Kings 2000 (PlayStation) – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Animated Violence 

Knockout Kings 2000 (Nintendo 64) – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Animated Violence

Knockout Kings 2000 (Nintendo 64) – Review

Knockout Kings 2000 lacked damn near every-thing I saw in those legendary fights with the exception of the fighters themselves. The feel of vicious punches was missing, the characters moved too slowly, and none of the fighters distinguished themselves. Whatever was in the game to add realism was negated by the over-the-top arcade elements. The only true representative from the boxing world was Mills Lane (how sad is that?).

Knockout Kings 2000 (Nintendo 64)

Game Description: Go the distance with boxing's biggest names. EA Sports undisputed world champion boxing game makes its debut on the N64. Featuring power up KO punches, hidden moves and arcade action, Knockout Kings 2000 delivers over the top boxing action. From a no holds barred Slugfest match to a championship bout in Career mode, Knockout Kings 2000 puts you in the ring like never before. Slug it out as or against some of the greatest boxers of all time, including current champions Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya and legendary ring superstars Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammad Ali. Fight as one of these champions or quickly create your own boxer to take on anyone in any mode. Lace 'em up and get it on.

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