Put up your dukes fight the greatest

Game Room


Take all of the great boxers and aspects of boxing, put them into a video game and presto, you've got Electronic Arts "Knockout Kings 2001" ($40) for the Sony PlayStation.

This game has it all: fantasy matchups with Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Oscar de la Hoya and other legends.

Or go to "career" mode, create a boxer, fight up the ladder and become the light-, middle- or heavyweight champion of the world. Up to two players can play at once.

Throw hooks, jabs, crosses, uppercuts and many other combos and signature moves. There is also a Slugfest mode where anything goes - throw elbows, kidney shots and even low blows. Go head-to-head in two-player mode; test out those created characters against a friend's character.

Or play in exhibition and try out that character against great fighters such as David Tua and even older favorites such as Joe Louis and Jack Dempsey. Female boxers also make an appearance.

The stadiums include Caesar's Palace, the Thunderbox and even the Roman Colosseum. The music for the characters' entrances is mostly hip-hop, a decent soundtrack by not-so-famous artists.

The game is recommended for ages 13 and up because of the animated violence.

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