Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 10 out of 13
Buy On
  1. An arcadey boxing game that doesn’t measure-up to Midway’s years-old "Ready 2 Rumble Round 2."
  2. The game is a mess from the opening bell to the K.O. punch. As for differences between the two versions, nothing was touched up for the Xbox version, and both games are virtually identical.
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Trying to master the game's unintuitive control system (with 12 different types of punches) was making my head spin, until I realized that mashing buttons and "circle strafing" my foe produced great results most of the time.
  4. netjak
    The "big" draw, aside from the fun cheating Mike Tyson parts, is the damage textures applied to the face and the little blood spurts, and sweat coming off your boxers face after he takes a punch...Once you take so many hits your boxer will go from bruised, to cut, to Face Critical! Whoopty-doo. One feature doesn't make your entire game, Codemasters.
  5. PSM Magazine
    A collection of terribly constructed animations, horribly limited replay, and a create-a-boxer mode that's shallower than it first seems. [Sept 2002, p.31]
  6. 26
    An all around mess of a game, Mike Tyson Heavyweight Boxing is officially one of (if not THE) worst examples of digital boxing we've ever seen.
  7. Quite possibly one of the most confused games and most definitely one of the worst games to be released so far in 2002.
  8. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    There are many flaws. The fighters move as if wearing cinder-block shoes. [July 2002, p.101]
  9. An absolutely listless piece of software, which fails on almost every level to convey the action of its subject sport. If the big man himself sees this, he’s liable to bite the Darling brothers’ ears off.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. W.W.
    Dec 24, 2007
    This game is a load of rubbish - if you want a boxing game buy fight night.
  2. KimÖ.
    Jul 19, 2003
    Fun...(about 1 hour)This game SUCKS!!!