Mike Tyson's Boxing


Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 5

Sound: 7

Gameplay: 8

Overall: 7


Let's get it out of the way right now. You can't bite anyones ear off in this game. No, not even with a code. Now, for the two of you who might still be interested, the actual boxing part of the game isn'tt half bad.

While this is by no means the classic that Nintendo's Punch-Out is, it takes a much more sim-like approach to boxing. While some may find it slow moving, it's one of the most realistic boxing experiences available. Simply tapping buttons won't get you anywhere. Timing is the key. Holding down the punch buttons charges the punch before letting it go. Dodging and weaving is a necessity in this game. Without mastering these basic skills, you won't make it very far.

The game offers a career mode which is a little boring, but nonetheless engaging. The game goes by in weekly intervals, each offering training options or a choice of who you want to fight next. Knowing when and how much to train is extremely important, especially before a big fight. Tyson offers his advice as you progress and recommends a course of action.

The graphics look decent, if not slightly out of proportion. The legs of the fighters are small when compared to the main body. The crowd is virtually non-existent and no referee is present in the ring at any time, severely hurting the atmosphere. This is not exactly a showcase for the Playstation.

The sounds are nothing spectacular, but they help the player know when a knockout punch has been landed. The soundtrack is average and is pretty standard stuff that Tyson fans should expect from a game featuring his gold toothed smile.

While many will shy away and head for more familiar and greener pastures such as Knockout Kings, these very same people will be missing out on one of the better boxing games on the system. Pick it up for a quick rental and give a it a shot. And again, no, you can not bite anyone's ear off. Honestly.


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Last updated: Friday, October 07, 2005 09:33 PM