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Knockout Kings 2002

Knockout Kings 2002 by Electronic Arts Knockout Kings 2002
by Electronic Arts

Platform: Xbox
ESRB Rating: Teen
ASIN: B00005V6BF

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Features:
• All-new game engine puts real-time response at your fingertips
• Motion-capture technology for realistic boxing action
• Play as any of 21 current and historical greats
• Boxers include Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and Sugar Ray Leonard
• Or create your own fighter, train hard to learn new skills, and climb the ranks

Amazon.com Product Description: Step inside the ring and prepare to face off against some of the best fighters in history. From the stinging blow of an Ali uppercut to the brutal accuracy of a Lennox Lewis jab to the face, Knockout Kings 2002 is boxing action at its most intense. Train your way out of the dingy gyms and rank amateur status, climb the rankings ladder, and reach for the title belt against the best of the best. An all-new game engine puts real-time boxing response at your fingertips. You can play as any of 21 current and historical greats, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Sugar Ray Leonard, Felix Trinidad, and many others. Ten different venues allow you to fight for the championship belt in a variety of settings. You can also create your own fighter, train hard to learn new skills, and climb the ranks to earn a shot at the title.

Customer Reviews:
Get a PS/Xbox controller converter, June 29, 2002
Reviewer: handsolo from seattle, wa usa
Do yourself a favor. Get a converter to allow you to play this game with a PS controller. When I fist played KOK 2002 with the X-box controller I thought it [disappointed]. With the converter, using the PS controller it's like a whole different game and its a blast to play. With the PS controller, blocking is easy, and throwing punches to the body (slight movement of left stick) is a snap. Don't give up on this game, it's really one of the only fun Xbox titles available.

NOT GOOD, June 20, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from United States
This game for some reason was made completely revolving around the boxer Felix Trinidad (by the way he is a boxer I like the least). I cannot believe that under CPU vs. CPU Felix Trinidad is going to beat every other boxer in this game including Sugar Ray Robinson, who was the best Middleweight boxer EVER! Don't get me wrong, I did play this game and it always appears that after knocking down Felix Trinidad once he right away knocks you down twice before you realize the third time you are on the canvas. By then you have lost the fight. You just know this game is completely unrealistic when under CPU vs. CPU Felix Trinidad defeats Mohammud Ali, who is a Heavyweight, with a knockout. Realistically speaking, Trinidad could never defeat Ali even on his worse day. But I guess this is only a game. Oh! And have I forgotten to mention that it is very difficult to throw body punches in this game? Or that when in the ring there is no particular style to each fighter. It is nothing but an all out brawl to see who punches the hardest. Oh! and how easy it is for Felix Trinidad to throw those hard punches to knock you down, but it takes FOREVER to knock him down right! Let's face it folks! This game has no satisfaction for the avid game player, but for a first time player it will prove fun for a while then gets boring. It is too easy for the avid gamer and too hard for a beginner. Two extreme results does not make a game worth playing. Nuff said.

Easy to beat, May 28, 2002
Reviewer: S P Brady from Rehoboth Beach, DE United States
Renting this title for two days will give you all the play you'll ever get from this easy boxing game. The use of the secret punch and an alternating block will get you all the way up to and defeating Ali on your first attempt. Once he's defeated it's pure novelty. Like another Electronic Arts game I have Simpsons Road Rage, the voice overs are all too repetitive. Hearing the same two commentators repeating their 'Shtick" with long island accents gets very obnoxious in about 10 minutes

That's two strikes against Electronic Arts and I'll have to say this was the last purchase from that shallow game coding company.

this game rocks, May 12, 2002
Reviewer: matt from LosAngeles,CA USA
this is the best game i have ever played

ALI is BACK!!, May 5, 2002
Reviewer: Fawaz Al-Sayer from Kuwait
EA Sports touted the star power of their Knockout Kings franchise when it came out for the original PlayStation a few years back, but you more or less had to take their word for it when it came to the likenesses of Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya. That's not the case in Knockout Kings 2002 on the Xbox. Muahammad Ali, Felix Trenidad and Bernard Hopkins are easily recognizable thanks to the excellent face modeling. In fact, the franchise has made such a graphical leap on the Xbox that it barely looks related to KK2001 that came out last year for the PS2.

While the graphics and animation are quick to impress, Knockout Kings 2002 is a flat out fun boxing title that blurs the line between arcade and sim action. We'll get to more on that later, but just know that there's plenty of that polish and shine that Electronic Arts is known for and it brings everything together very nicely in KK2002.

The Features:
-Choose from boxing greats Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Roberto Duran, and more.
-All new game engine allows for quick, responsive controls.
-Multiplayer tournaments for up to eight players.
-Select from 10 real-world boxing venues like Wembley Stadium and Ceasar's Palace.
-Taunt your opponents in the ring.
-New hip-hop soundtrack featuring LL Cool J.

Ouch!, April 28, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Des Moines, IA United States
My fingers hurt badly after playing this game for about 30 minutes. The game and graphics are cool I guess, but it just got kinda old for me pretty fast. I played the game for about three days after I bought it and haven't touched it since. Haven't played Mike Tyson yet. Hoping it's better than this.

Dreadful, April 23, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from New York, New York United States
This game is dreadful. The gameplay is poor, the replays don't even look like you're hitting the guys and then there's the annoying manager repeating himself after every fight. Glad I just rented this game....don't buy it.

It's all perspective, April 8, 2002
Reviewer: Mark Collins from Plano, TX United States
...it's far from a true boxing sim, but you can throw body shots (I've found knocking people out with constant barages of body shots is far more rewarding, as they lay on the ground in a fetile position and seem to not want to get up).

It's pretty interesting taking a Sugar Ray Robinson up against Evander Holyfield and Lenox Lewis, and beating the crap out of the much heavier and stronger fighters.

That's good for action buffs, bad for fighting sim affeciandos. So, if you enjoy simple game play (but at least take the time to learn how to throw body shots and block), and cool graphics while you beat up on well known boxers, you're going to love this game.

If you like it realistic, and get bummed out over folks like Rocky Marciano not being included (that is rather lame, since he was certainly one of the greatest), and light weights being able to hold their own with heavy weights, you should take a pass on this game.

It's all perspective, April 8, 2002
Reviewer: Mark Collins from Plano, TX United States
I'm an avid gaming fan, but rarely write reviews. After reading the negative reviews (especially the one from King Jaded), I felt I needed to set the record straight on Knock out Kings 2002.

Yes, it's far from a true boxing sim, but you can throw body shots (I've found knocking people out with constant barages of body shots is far more rewarding, as they lay on the ground in a fetile position and seem to not want to get up).

It's pretty interesting taking a Sugar Ray Robinson up against Evander Holyfield and Lenox Lewis, and beating [up] of the much heavier and stronger fighters.

That's good for action buffs, bad for fighting sim affeciandos. So, if you enjoy simple game play (but at least take the time to learn how to throw body shots and block), and cool graphics while you beat up on well known boxers, you're going to love this game.

If you like it realistic, and get bummed out over folks like Rocky Marciano not being included (that is rather [bad], since he was certainly one of the greatest), and light weights being able to hold their own with heavy weights, you should take a pass on this game.

This isn't boxing, March 31, 2002
Reviewer: Nick Ivey from Twentynine Palms, California United States
If you like your games to be atleast close to real boxing then stay away from this game. All the "boxers" do is come straight ahead and throw punch after punch after punch. There's no strategy or boxing to this game, it reminds me of the slugfest mode in the original. If you try to move from side to side (which is very awkward by the way) your opponent is sure to land atleast three good hooks on you. I used to love the Knockout Kings series but this game has ruined it. Luckily I didn't buy this game, but the four dollars I spent to rent it still isn't worth it. The one good thing about it is the graphics, they are awesome.


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