Challenge Me. I challenge anyone to find a better boxing game since Mike Tyson’s Punch Out was released for the NES back in the day. Oh man has this game got it all. Every boxer you can think of, well, except maybe Tyson. You know an ear-biting special move would be kind of cool. Anyway. What makes this game so great is that it’s easy to pick up and play with a simple control system and for those die-hard fans a bit of realism with accurate joystick controls to pinpoint that hook and jab just where you want it. Career mode is the way to go which starts you as a rookie working your way to title champion. You’ll progress while going through some mini-game like training sessions build your fighter’s attributes, eventually getting your shot at the title. You can also play single fights with a friend and even go online and challenge the best. Of all the versions out there the Xbox 360 looks the best. With the face distortion effects after a hard punch, it’s so realistic it hurts to watch. Don’t miss out on this one. No matter what system you own it’s a must have!
Overall, I enjoy this game a lot. I have a 15 - 0 welterweight boxer and i've finally gotten to my million $ fight.
Compared to Round 2 though, this version feels lacking in the presentation. The crowd looks horrible, they've removed the ring girl and entrance music options (overall the music has like 10 tracks... why did any developers ever use the ripped music off of the harddrive???).
On the upside, the ragdoll effect after a KO looks much better, like the boxer's body actually has some weight to it.
Also, the Boxing, the meat of the game, is much more balanced. No longer can you rip off 10 Haymaker Hooks and just demolish an opponent. Also the new stances and styles add a lot to make it feel like "this is how I would want to fight".