HBO Boxing Preview
Signing a multi-year license, Acclaim will be the one publishing their boxing title, HBO Boxing. Frankly I'm surprised that the license wasn't taken before, and I also think that the game should be named HBO Boxing After Dark, after the show which airs on the channel. HBO Boxing will be a simulation game that will be competing with games like Knockout Kings 2001 and Mike Tyson Boxing. HBO Boxing is currently being developed Osiris Studios, they aren't very known but let's see if what they can give us can get them some recognition in the console game industry.
Acclaim will try to re-create the whole atmosphere of the real thing. The backgrounds will have real life HBO designs, and the ring will have some nicely detailed boxers dukin' it out. The crowds are very pleasing to look at, but I don't care, I think crowds in boxing games take away from the main focus of visuals, and that is character detail. You know when you play a boxing game, you don't look at the crowd and say how nice it looks. No! If you do that you'll be knocked out, I think Osiris should just darken the backgrounds and simply put all the detail from that area into the boxer detail (that's just my theory). At the game's current stage, all boxers look very in-depth, notice how the faces look so real, and the body structure is right on the money. This title is right up there with KOK 2000.
Boasting over 30 Boxers as well as two female boxers Mia St. John and Bridgett Riley, HBO Boxing will surely be a heavy hitter in terms of gameplay. Thus far this is currently the list of boxers that have made the cut in the game, there is a slight chance that Acclaim may add a few extra but that is very slim:Monte Barrett
Sugar Ray Robinson
Mia St. John
Marvelous Marvin Hagler
Modes include, a one or two player exhibition fight, tournament, quickbout, a career mode that takes you through many of HBO's boxing events, such as Boxing After Dark. Options include the ability to create your very own boxer. On top of all that commentary will be provided by Larry Merchant, Jim Lampley, and Harold Lederman. HBO Boxing is set for a Fall 2000 release, to ease your wait ever so slightly check out the screens.