Knockout Kings 2000 - PlayStation

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Also for: N64
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Sport: Boxing
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Black Ops Entertainment Soft. Co.: Electronic Arts
Publishers: Electronic Arts (GB/US/JP)
Released: 16 Feb 2000 (GB)
Unknown (US/JP)
Ratings: 11+
Accessories: Dual Shock JoyPad, Analogue JoyPad, Memory Card

Summary

The ever-reliable EA Sports' follow-up to Knockout Kings 99 is just the quality item you would expect it to be. A game that's very pretty to look at and uncomplicated to navigate and play. But, fact is, it's a boxing title, and how exciting can that really be? Despite being chock full of nifty modes and features, the honest answer has to be 'not very'.

On the face of it, KK2K has an awful lot going for it. Fifty of the greatest boxers from history right up until the present day, whom you can mix and match, so it's possible to pitch Lennox Lewis against, say, Barry McGuigan, for those who never pick on someone their own size. McGuigan also provides commentary along with the redoubtable Harry Carpenter.There's also an option to replay some of the legendary fights from the past, such as Ali and Fraziers' 'Rumble In The Jungle'.

An interesting feature is the chance to create your own boxer, go into career mode and perfect your technique in some of the worlds' finest gyms. Give your man a wiry frame and a 'tache! Go on! The kind of face an opponent would really want to punch.

Fight venues range from the sumptuous - Caesar's Palace, to the ludicrous - a meat-packers union. There's plenty here to keep the hardcore boxing nut happy, but it's one for fans of the genre rather than the casual browser.