Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Visually the game is competent, but having seen the PS2 version, we were disappointed to discover that this Xbox port looks nigh on identical.
  2. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    68
    Facial animations and motion-captured movement create eerily lifelike boxers. You can even see real-time reflections in the sweat on the boxers' backs – creepy. [Apr 2002, p.143]
  3. A good game, but in a world where only "great" games are worthy of taking your money, "good" just isn't good enough.
  4. Xbox Nation Magazine
    60
    Brawls eschew any sort of skill and are won by the pugilist who lands the most punches in the least amount of time. [Summer 2002, p.92]
  5. netjak
    59
    One of the biggest downfalls of Knockout Kings is the mundane and boring audio track.
  6. The game becomes nothing more than a button masher.
  7. 50
    If they wanted to make a realistic and fun boxer then they’ve fallen short. I’m not sure which they were shooting for. And that’s the problem.
  8. The lack of modes is also surprising given the EA SPORTS name and the company's previous pugilistic pursuits, with one of the most basic career modes found in a boxing game and limited create player options.

Awards & Rankings

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#86 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2002
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. JeffA.
    Mar 26, 2003
    9
    This is an excellent choice if your looking for a fun Xbox boxing game. There is no competition.
  2. JesseS.
    Jan 8, 2003
    10
    This is the funnest boxing game since punchout and victorious boxers. The collision detection on KO replays is a little off sometimes but for This is the funnest boxing game since punchout and victorious boxers. The collision detection on KO replays is a little off sometimes but for me thats easily overlooked. This game is an absolute riot with 2 people once you get the hang of it. My bro in law (a librarian) loves it so you will too. Full Review »
  3. J.C.
    Jul 15, 2002
    10
    This is the game that got me to buy an Xbox! Knowlege of boxing helps. The jab for instance is under powered in some fighters but is still a This is the game that got me to buy an Xbox! Knowlege of boxing helps. The jab for instance is under powered in some fighters but is still a neccesity for a winning combo punch. Also, each fighter has one 'speciality' type shot that truly match the skills of the real fighter. Full Review »