Lately, boxing games have been flip flopping all over consoles. Just recently we saw Acclaim's atrocious first attempt at a boxing game which was HBO Boxing. The game had nothing to be talked about, the visuals were sloppy and the gameplay was a turtle. It's pretty obvious that EA's Knockout Kings franchise is the best and most talked about boxing series on game consoles, that is why along with Madden, Live, FIFA, NHL, Nascar and Tiger Woods, Knockout Kings 2001 is making its way onto the Playstation2, and the final result should be marvelous, read the full preview on KOK2001.
Oh man oh man is Black Ops doing a wonderful job by creating what may be the most realistic athletic visuals to date. These boxers look superbly real, and those nay-sayers out there who have nothing but negative things to say about the PS2, should really look at the screenshots and shut-up. The boxers look outrageously good, everything from facial hair to body hair is there on the boxers, which gives them an even more realistic look. The body detail is frigin' awesome, if I hadn't known any better, I could have sworn that the visuals were CGs, but they are actually real-time, and look amazing. The boxers look so real that you'd think the developer was using some sort of state of the art device that motion picture movies use, my gosh, all of the boxers look exactly like their real life counterparts, and it is very likely that you will be able to identify them all. From what I've seen so far the game moves fast, the animations are perfect, the boxers move as fluidly as they would in real life, and that's just something extremely pleasing to me.
The gameplay should keep faithful to the original PSOne games, but you never know, so we may get a treat of both Arcade and Simulation action. There should be well over 40 boxers including Lenox Lewis, Evander Hollyfield, Sugar Shane Mosley, Oscar de la Hoya, and of course the greatest of all Muhammad Ali. Now instead of pulling off combos that need timing to be executed, instead you can just create your combo on the fly by hitting the buttons in any order you wish, a bit like Killer Instinct for Super Nintendo, basically there is no real path to follow in order to pull off a combo. Mills Lane and Richard Steel should make referee appearances, and there are quite a variety of arenas to battle in, of course including Nevada's very own MGM Grand. A deeper Create-a-boxer option has also been put in, along with a new soundtrack for ring entrances and menu music. The 'haymaker' punches are critical hits which can deliver the coup-de-grace to your opponent and give you a little victory. As it's supposed to be, each boxer has his/her own finishing move, and thanks to the PS2, those finishing moves have been motion-captured to be used on PS2 hardware, and should look better than ever. The Career mode is the real deal, here you will fight your way up to the ranks with a boxer, its pretty much your season and what will suck your social life up. At the moment KOK 2001 is scheduled to be released this February 2001, which is a mere two months away, and Knockout Kings 2001 should be here before you know it.