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  • Summary: All the egomaniacal, violent splendor of heavyweight boxing comes to the PlayStation 2 in Knockout Kings 2001 by EA Sports. This title employs EA's new CyberScan technology, which allows the boxers faces to be accurately reproduced in full polygonal glory. In addition to the graphical overhaul, the game features new modes of play and simplified control. Choose your champion from a stable of boxing's greatest, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, and Lennox Lewis. A new career mode allows you to play through several weight classes and to box at famous arenas all around the world. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. 100
    It is without a doubt the best sim-style boxing game on the PS2, and it makes "Ready 2 Rumble 2" look even sillier. But if you're expecting or are looking for a Rumble type game, steer clear of this title.
  2. Absolutely outstanding, but there's still room for improvement.
  3. The game is virtually a carbon copy of the PSX version. However, the AI and control was tweaked just a wee bit in the positive direction.
  4. 80
    Touches gloves and starts swinging with terrific controls and deep, exciting gameplay. It's too bad that the lackluster graphics and sounds prevent it from becoming a truly memorable champion.
  5. A no-nonsense boxing sim, which means that if you're dog-tired, you may have to go an entire round without throwing a punch just to get your wind back. This may seem ho-hum to "Street Fighter EX 3" fans, but for the hardcore boxing crowd, this degree of realism is the next best thing to a title unification bout.
  6. The graphics in this game are awe-inspiring, breathtaking, and at times you might find yourself ducking to avoid a punch from the onscreen opponent you're trying to defeat.
  7. Knockout Kings 2001 is more of a hitting simulation than a boxing simulation, which is a complete turnoff for die-hard boxing fans who want realism.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. SteveH.
    Mar 17, 2006
    the most realistic of all the knockout kings games. includes a good-sized roster of fighters too. other than the loading times, not too much to complain about. to give an example of how realistic it is, recently played the game with mosley vs. vargas. the fight was stopped due to a cut on vargas! just like the real fight! Expand
  2. RonnieP.
    Mar 22, 2002
    It's fun, but it's still far from perfection.