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EA games Rated= TAmazon.com While it never quite achieves Muhammad Ali-like greatness, Knockout Kings 2000 is nonetheless an excellent boxing game for both the enthusiast and the casual gamer. Fifty boxing legends from the past and present are featured in this EA Sports title, along with world-famous arenas and TV-style coverage. In addition to being able to set up your own fights in the standard exhibition mode, you can play out nine of the greatest boxing matches in history in the game's classic mode. And for those interested in less realism and more pugilism, slugfest mode offers over-the-top, arcade-style boxing. The real crowd pleaser here is Knockout Kings 2000's career mode. Choosing from a wide variety of options, you get to create your own custom boxer, who can fight his way to the top in career mode or participate in exhibition and slugfest matches. Before career fights, customized boxers can be improved by training, or playing various mini-games. (A memory card is required to save custom boxer data.) What robs Knockout Kings 2000 of the championship belt is its unbalanced 3-D graphics. The boxers look great and move fluidly, but everything else appears flat and unfinished. Thankfully, fast game speed and responsive controls clamp down on the sightseeing, which is one sure-fire way to end up KO'd. --Joe HonPros:Can create your own custom boxerFeatures realistic and arcade-style boxingFast game speed and responsive controlsOptional 1-button mode for those who don't want to memorize controlsCons:Except for the boxers, graphics aren't very pretty Product description Get it On with the GREATEST, real boxers real boxing action past and present champions acrcade style nmode, enhanced career mode the best fights Review While the original Knockout Kings had the luxury of being the first boxing title released in a long while, and there was little or nothing to compare it with, Knockout Kings 2000 doesn't have that luxury. Since the first Knockout Kings, we've seen boxing games both good and bad. Most were bad, but a few displayed incredible control, something the first Knockout Kings lacked, giving a hint as to what a boxing game could be like. Control and gameplay are, of course, areas that EA Sports has tried to improve on, and it has done so in Knockout Kings 2000. It's improved the graphics as well. One thing Knockout Kings 2000 surely has going for it is the incredible lineup of real-life boxers from the past and present, such as Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Rocky Marciano, Evander Holyfield, Roberto Duran, and of course, the greatest, Muhammad Ali. You can play as or against any of these great fighters, either against the computer or a second player. The game features several modes of play, such as career, exhibition, slugfest, and classic fights. Knockout Kings 2000 plays a little faster than the first game. The lag time between the animations for the punches isn't nearly as bad as before. And since the ring movement has been tweaked a bit to let your fighter move more freely around the ring, the game feels and plays better as a whole. The improved ring movement lets you work the angles a little bit - you can actually step to the side of your opponent when he comes in, avoid his punch, and then fire back a counterpunch. The game's control scheme, while slightly improved since the original game, still obviously lacks a good simulation configuration. It's set up basically like last year's - you've got a jab, an uppercut, a right cross, and a hook. There's no custom-configuration option, which leaves you stuck with inadequate button configurations, though EA Sports did add a nice, easy way to throw combinations, body shots, and some new defensive moves as well. All the new moves and better animation don't hide the fact that the AI and overall behavior of the computer-controlled fighters are still about the same. You can walk through the first ten opponents, and then it gets a little bit harder, forcing you to stick wi
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