Knockout Kings 2001 for the original PlayStation came out last year and was not quite as good as its predecessor. Now Knockout Kings 2001 is making its PlayStation 2 debut. And I must say, it follows the rest of the EA Sport PS2 line up for being absolutely incredible
KK 2001 is a vast improvement over the PS1 edition. As well as it should be. The best fighters you have ever seen in any boxing game to date. The detail is solid. The only thing they missed was facial expressions. The rings are cool, but the audience is still a bit flat. The game also suffers from a touch of lag. You can see the game freeze for probably a quarter of a second when a knock out is performed. No biggie, I know. I also felt there was to much loading in KK2001.
Loading entrances, loading the fight, loading when a round ends and loading to start the fight again. This gets old real quick.
The announcer is much improved on PS2. Expert commentary from Al Bernstein, Teddy Atlas, and Max Kellerman. We hear fighters’ stats and commentary during and before the fight.
KK2001 features an outstanding soundtrack from Dilated Peoples, Tony Touch and more.
Control is better as well. Quicker reaction time spells KO for your opponent and less stress for you. Knockout Kings 2001 for PS2 has all the features of the original. Like the addition of Women boxers, a deeper career mode, minus the lame WWF like create-a-fighter feature, and returning referees Mills Lane and Richard Steele.
Knockout Kings 2001 is the only boxing game to pit the greatest of all time with the current greats, but it does it better on the PlayStation 2. As well it should, and it does. So all is right in the world.
PUBLISHER: EA SPORTS
MUSIC & SOUND: 8
FUN & REPLAY: 6