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PlayStation 2Playstation Illustrated
Knockout Kings 2002 is no Mike Tyson's Punchout, but it is a superbly thought out game that undeniably captures the spirit of boxing, and all that Muhammad Ali did for the sport. It mixes many greats of past and present to bring a refreshing mix to the otherwise dull boxing console table. It may be a turn off for all the Street Fighters out there, but a little patience goes a long way to making this game loveable. Granted, some smoothed down load times, mixed with a little more customization on the boxers, and I'd be a super happy man, but I am pleased with what I have. And what I have is a fine, fine game.
With Knockout Kings 2002, I found that I was remarkably addicted, but also frustrated with the defensive scheme. The single-player mode is enticing, and the two-player mode is relentlessly addictive. It's hard to go for just one fight with a friend. A single bout turns into five, then turns to 10, and it's pretty much a night by the time you look at your watch. If you buy this, I strongly recommend planning out a whole free day with no other obligations. I also loved the simple Create-A-Player mode (in Career mode), and the point system to build your boxer is very rewarding.
Knockout Kings 2002 is a lot of fun and it looks amazing. It’s as simple as that. The one major complaint I can come up with is the roster of fighters. Most of the big names are still in the game, but it seems like we’re missing a few of the beloved legendary fighters from KK2001 on PS2. Other than that, this game delivers a fun experience that will have you perspiring more than you want.
XboxGame Informer Magazine
Yes! Knockout Kings for the Xbox shows a marked improvement over the Playstation 2 version, with buffed-up character models, faster action and more responsive analog-stick control. Everything else, from the cool fighter-create functions to the awesome custom tournaments, remains the same. This game flat-out rules, and any fighting fan owes it to himself to step into the ring with Knockout Kings. Sorry PS2 owners, but I have to score this round to Xbox.
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
If your curious to whether or not this game will stay in your PS2 for extended periods of times, be assured that Knockout Kings is absolutely addicting for anyone looking to play an action-packed title. I had a blast with KOK and the fun shouldn't stop with you. The tournament and career mode will keep players busy for weeks and allows for multiple character play. If you beat the game with Muhammad Ali it's just as exciting to return and make a go with say Sugar Ray Robinson or Oscar De La Hoya. I recommend any fan of boxing to play this title and experience an exciting thrill firsthand. I figured this game to be rather enjoyable, but never expected EA to pack as many features in as they have with Knockout Kings 2002.
Knockout Kings 2002 for the Xbox is the latest, and with major graphical and gameplay renovations the folks at EA claim the greatest, boxing game to date. While Knockout Kings has always been a favorite of hard-core boxing fans, it has yet to hold the attention of the casual gamer. However, this could change with the latest version on the Xbox.
Aus Knockout Kings 2002 hätte ein absoluter Top-Hit werden können: Die Spielgeschwindigkeit stimmt und die Grafik ist blitzsauber und hochdetailliert. Auch die zahlreichen Offensiv-Möglichkeiten wissen zu gefallen und sind immer wieder Kern für spannende Gefechte - vor allem, wenn man ein paar Freunde zu Gast hat. Das unnötig komplizierte Verteidigen und Blocken raubt jedoch ein wenig von der anfänglichen Freude. Und trotzdem: der Schritt von EA Richtung Arcade-Boxen tut Knockout Kings 2002 sichtlich gut. Das bisher beste Box-Spiel auf der PS2 - Schönheitsfehler inklusive.
Abgesehen von kosmetischen Feinheiten gleichen sich die PS2- und Xbox-Versionen von Knockout Kings 2002 wie ein Ei dem anderen. Was die magere Anzahl an Spielmodi und die komplizierte Defensiv-Steuerung betrifft, hätte man sich zwar über Veränderungen gefreut, das ansonsten äußerst flotte und intuitive Gameplay sowie die makellose Präsentation sind jedoch auch auf der Xbox über jeden Zweifel erhaben. Vor allem die Turniere mit bis zu acht menschlichen Teilnehmern sind ein unschlagbarer Spielspaßgarant. Doch auch Solisten können angesichts der überzeugenden KI-Routinen und individuellen Kampfstile der zahlreichen realen und fiktiven Boxprofis bedenkenlos in den Ring steigen. Zwar ist selbst der mit Rollenspiel-Elementen angereicherte Karriere-Modus nicht besonders umfang- und abwechslungsreich, aber die Motivation stimmt im Großen und Ganzen auch hier, weshalb Boxfans nicht nur aus Mangel an Alternativen zugreifen sollten.
XboxDigital Press - Classic Video Games
While purists may not like the slugfest style of gameplay, casual fans will love it. Throwing 600 punches in 5 rounds may not be realistic, but it sure as hell is fun. Busting up Butterbean with a right cross 3 times in a row and making him bleed is worth the price of admission alone. The final verdict on this one is simple: If you liked last years game but wanted a massively overhauled graphics engine, more punches, more fighters, and better sounds for this year, EA has done you well. Didn't like last years game? Then you won't like this one either.
In the end, Knockout Kings 2002 is a great boxing game. It's not a simulation in the sense that it gives you the ability to do everything in the ring that real fighters do, like clinching, but it's a simulation in the sense that the game simply delivers a terrific interpretation of the sport of boxing. You can use finesse and box your opponent if you want, as well as go toe-to-toe--and the game's damage and stamina system rewards you for doing either well. The game looks great, plays very well, and offers enough of a challenge to last a while, which adds up to make Knockout Kings 2002 a game that's a must-own for any fighting fan.
In the end, Knockout Kings 2002 is a great boxing game. It's not a simulation in the sense that it gives you the ability to do everything in the ring that real fighters do, like clinching, but it's a simulation in the sense that the game simply delivers a terrific interpretation of the sport of boxing. You can use finesse and box your opponent if you want, as well as go toe-to-toe--and the game's damage and stamina system rewards you for doing either well. The game looks great, plays very well, and offers enough of a challenge to last a while, which adds up to make Knockout Kings 2002 a must-own for any fighting fan.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Knockout Kings 2002's revamped fighting engine improves over the plodding feel of last year's version, and the inclusion of Felix Trinidad and a few campy fantasy fighters adds some entertainment value to the mix. However, I was disappointed that the in-depth training mode was taken out. Still, Knockout Kings remains the console champ.
Knockout Kings 2002 certainly has its share of flaws, but it's still the best thing out there. Black Ops has created an outstanding engine that's full of potential. Hopefully the developers will make next year's version less arcade-like and implement more simulation aspects that take advantage of the fine engine. Like Rocky did in Rocky III, EA has totally changed its game to become the champ. Unlike the Rocky movies, I fully expect Knockout Kings to get even better next year
Knockout Kings 2002 features an all new game engine with the fastest, most intense boxing action in the series. Lace on the gloves and experience first-hand the thrills of boxing's biggest moments, most devastating combinations, improved mobility, dazzling footwork, crushing blows and the best looking boxers ever.
KO Kings change de formule et semble bien décidé à séduire un plus vaste public. De la simulation assez radicale on passe au grand spectacle façon arcade avec un titre qui semble totalement repensé ou presque. Cap sur l'action rythmée et intense alors que ceci se fait un peu au détriment de la technique même si les combats restent palpitants.
A solid boxing game. Several flaws in gameplay bring the rating down, but overall it was very well done.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
The major problem with real-life boxing is that it seldom lives up to the hype. The highest-touted fights end up lasting a few scant minutes, champions are afraid to take on real competition, and controversy and sour grapes abound. I feel the same way about Knockout Kings. It's not bad, but is this really supposed to be the best boxing in video games?
KO Kings change de formule et semble bien décidé à séduire un plus vaste public. De la simulation assez radicale on passe au grand spectacle façon arcade avec un titre qui semble totalement repensé ou presque. Cap sur l'action rythmée et intense même si ceci se fait un peu au détriment de la technique même si les combats restent palpitants.
Overall we would say Knockout Kings 2002 is probably the best of the series, with still a great deal of room for improvement. The game never feels like a boxing sim but still feels more in-depth than a typical arcade-style boxing romp. One thing we can confirm is that the game is extremely fun to play, especially against a friend. The one-player mode gives plenty of challenge too as the AI is sound enough to provide a decent gameplay challenge. The game allows you to adopt your own boxing style without falling prey to using just one technique to win every bout. A good game, but one that obviously could have benefitted from a bit more playtesting before release.
PlayStation 2GamePro (US)
This year's Knockout Kings has been totally redone, complete with a new fight engine. Moving, swaying, and ducking are all done by using the analog stick'a unique way to control your brute. Knockout Kings does have sharper graphics than before, and quick commentary quips mixed with roaring fans during a brawl sound great. With a complex control setup, Knockout Kings 2002 can be frustrating even before the first round ends. You should first weigh in this boxer as a renter to see if you're fully fit for this challenging class.
Although this may not be much of a compliment, Knockout Kings 2002 is the best boxing game I've played on a next-gen console. Die-hard boxing fans will enjoy it. I definitely recommend it as a rental, or maybe even a purchase. Everyone else should pursue with extreme caution. KK 2002 is a good game, but in a world where only "great" games are worthy of taking your money, "good" just isn't good enough.
On a visual standpoint, the 3D character models are flawlessly done. Hoping for a step up from the PS2 version; both are nearly identical. I appreciated the dynamically changes that took place during the matches. Facial expressions were effected by the games events, and if your guy took a beating; you could really see the damage that was done. Visuals also play a vital role in the game, by actually reading the expressions and demeanor of your opponent. Watching where they look, whether they look fatigued or are foaming at the mouth; all of these factor into winning a bout. The physics are near perfect, with fluid animation and hit contact. Landing a crushing blow will cause a chain-reaction that would be seen if you really did hit someone.
The series has been reduced to a fighting game and no longer feels like boxing, despite the stellar lineup of professional fighters in three weight classes. Knockout Kings 2001 is a better title than this year's version and you can pick up that one used or on the discount rack
KO Kings 2002 introduces one very interesting concept - the option to play without health meters. Instead, the Xbox or PS2 controller will vibrate to simulate your boxer's heart rate. The quicker it vibrates, the more trouble you're in. This is a nice idea for two-player games as you don't really know what shape your opponent is in, though he does.
PlayStation 2Game Revolution
Which is a total shame, because KO Kings 2002 looks so good. I don't know why this series can't get it together, but it really needs more work. Though you'll have some fun with this as a rental, do not make it a permanent addition to your library. Instead, go drop some coin on a Punch Out machine and relive the glory days, when boxers were green and bulls were bald.