Summary: First of all, I'll try to keep this review short and simple. I own 2 boxing games for the xbox. Fight Night 2004 and Knockout Kings 2002. Fight Night 2004 has slightly better gtaphics and seems to be a "deeper" game, but Knockout Kings 2002 is funner and more playable. In Fight Night 2004, your fighter almost seems to be anchored down....which makes an aggressive attack almost impossible. In Knockout Kings 2002, you can move more freely about the ring..
Summary: I was happy to see some new faces in the game (Klitschko Bros) but like others have stated, it is not strategic and lacks the "boxing" of Knockout Kings 2001. It is true to say that every fight is like a slugfest and the one that can hit the buttons the fastest wins. I hope they release a new Knockout Kings and return to the 2001 formula.
Summary: This has pretty much all the champs, Ali, Frazier, Leonard, Lewis, and Holyfield, among others. The graphics, sound, play controls are all well put together. I especially like the blood and bruise feature you can give to a boxer after your player has given him a particularly brutal beating. I've sat down with friends a couple of hours at a time betting on matches we have with each other.
Summary: The game has good graphics and fight sequences. The boxer's facial features and expressions when they get hit is realistic as well, which is one of the reasons why I like this game. Some of its problems is that Muhammad Ali is too strong and too fast. I was able to beat him, but it took a while to figure out his style. In fact, so much attention and skill is given to Ali that one would think the game should be called Muhammad Ali boxing rather than KK 2002.
Summary: No one can call this a boxing sim with a a straight face. It's a arcade button mashers nightmare of the worst kind. How can EA, who is KNOW for making great sports title drop the ball (no pun) on KK2. First off, EA needs to put as much time & effort on it's boxing games like it does with it's other sports titles. For those who think this is a boxing sim, let me point some things out. Real boxers don't throw 160 punches a round.
Summary: The game is most definately the best boxing game of all time, but that doesn't say much. The game needs more boxers to choose from, I mean how can you make a boxing game and exclude Roy Jones Jr., Mike Tyson or George Foreman! Nothing (bad) about this game, dont get me wrong, it just needs improvement, hopefully 2003 will be better.
Summary: I purchased this game a few days ago and now getting the hang of it. I like the graphics, they are pretty good and I think you'll enjoy that part of it. As far as the action is concerned, your fingers will kill you playing this game! It is almost impossible to defend yourself so your best defense is a good offense! Using the left joystick the way you are supposed to in order to defend yourself is very awkward.
Summary: I bought this game a few days ago because my pirated copy of knockout kings 2001 was malfunctioning. I liked KK2001 a lot and didn't think twice about buying the 2002 version. To my surprise the game went backwards, the graphics are not better, the punches have no reality in them, the control layout is terrible. EA ... me on this one! I'll stick to pirated copies of EA's games in the future.