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Get ready for another round with hard hitting jabs and uppercuts, EA is back with another installment of Knockout Kings.
Excuse this review for being late. I am the new sports guy and Zero Tolerance wants to make sure you guys have what you guys deserve. If you are a fan of the Knockout Kings series get ready for a whole new game. I’m guessing the guys at EA sports are trying to revive this franchise because this new addition to the Knockout Kings lineup has to be the best yet, and its available for the X-box and PS2.
Many of you die-hard fans are going to be a little disappointed; the game is no longer fully simulation. EA sports have taken a hint and decided to basically start from the ground up. They decided to use a new game engine and used a similar approach ala Victorious Boxers. While you will be able to move freely in the ring you will not loose sight of your opponent, unlike VB. The controls have been changed to make you feel like you are really in the ring. They are a little awkward at first but with a few rounds under your belt you will be fine.
The modes have stayed pretty true to the series. The major change is in the Career mode. EA did away with training. After a win you receive points to boost up your boxer. Also in Career, EA did away with the ranking type of system, now they have a pyramid. As you would probably guess, yes, the best bad ass is at the top according to the weight class. As you beat a couple of contenders at the bottom more open up for you to pummel into a bloody pulp. Ok so you can’t really do that, but you get the point. The two player exhibition mode is great, nothing like beating the crap out of you friend without really hurting him, well I just pretend its really him.
Knockout Kings 2002 is also eye candy to the video gamer. I don’t think they left out any details. First of all the boxers in this game resemble their counter parts to the hairs on their chiny chin chin and their chest to. Even the shorts they wear are identical to what they wear in real life. Once you get in the ring you will notice even more of the great detail as to what makes this game look and feel so great. Get hit one way your jaw goes the other way. Get beat up, your controller starts vibrating just like your muscle would, letting you know your ass needs to take a breather or you are going down for the count. Box a couple of rounds and you will notice that your boxer is starting you get shiny. Its not a glitch its sweat, yes sweat. As you boxer starts to fatigue you will finally notice it. All the other visual stuff is customary to the Knockout Kings series. The face shows your pain, spit and blood flies out of the mouth when hit hard, and blood actually drips from cuts not drastically but it does.
Knockout Kings also has decent commentary. Not to drone, the announcer tries to keep you excited. I will warn you it is a little repetitive. The music is decent also. Its basically usual EA sports music, some rap and the rest a little dance.
If you like boxing this is definitely a game you will have to take a look at. If you don’t like boxing but like fighting this is definitely a game you have to take a look at. All I am saying is take a look at this game you might like it.
GameDiscovery.com : Playstation 2 : Knockout Kings 2002 Review : Sport