Prince Naseem Boxing on the PlayStation, is an excellent game, and you may not think it , but is totally different to Knockout kings. innit! Flashy ring entries, enthusiastic commentators and crowds cheering in the background make your surroundings feel more life-like than in other recent boxing releases. Naz doing the obligatory front flip over the ropes and his funky little dance moves makes for a stunning introduction to the game and even in this virtual boxing ring it’s clear from the offset that Naz is going to outshine the opposition.
From someone who doesn't normally like boxing games, I found this to be very good and rather addictive. I was lucky enough to win a copy of the game from an Internet competition. There are various types of mode that you can play in, Vrs, World Champ but I think the best one is the Career Option. Firstly you choose your desired weight and are given a choice of boxers to pick from. Then it is a case of picking the right training and practising in the sparing ring before taking on opponents and trying to become the best fighter in the world at your chosen weight. This game has all the thrills of a beat um up and the stratigical element of a managerial sim. Well worth a look at.
In the words of Codemasters, the publishers, Prince Naseem Boxing has evolved from a "boxing themed beat-'em-up" into a "fully featured boxing simulation" and a moments glance at the menu screen leaves you in no doubt that the game given to its namesake has been training hard and has returned with more than a few tricks hidden in its gloves. Yep, there's absolutely no confusion at all that this title is going for the real experience of boxing simulations in the grand tradition of the great Knockout Kings 2000 which essentially means that it has absolutely naff-all to do with jokey titles such as Ready 2 Rumble and games of that ilk. So fight fans, let's warm-up and work out and put the Featherweight northern star to the test. There are four distinct games contained within Prince Naseem which gives you the feeling a substantial amount of planning and a real enthusiasm has been put in by the developers to give this title a good reputation. Most players will probably start with Practice Mode to get themselves into the swing of things and learn how to control their fists like a pro in Naz's own personal gym where you get plenty of feedback and make a surprisingly large amount of progress with the complex controls in quite a short period of time. So what's it like then? Well on the whole this game is the proverbial contender which may just rival the all-titles winning Knockout Kings 2000 on the same format (If you haven't played that, I suggest you do) which has blown away all-comers since mid '98. The great thing about Knockout Kings 2000 was that it was one of the only boxing sims that strived and strained to come as close as possible to getting it on with a champ and for a large part it succeeded. With Prince Naseem too, one can see strong evidence that the prime mover has been realism of gameplay. Every available button on the controller has been used to simulate the various moves, punches, fe
ints, dodges, sways, jabs and blocks (these are thankfully automatic) that a real fighter would utilize in the ring.
No, i know its not frank bruno, but still! this is a very good game for all intents and purposes. the graphics are clean and run smoothly, there is little pop up. there is a large choice of options. the two player is fast and action packed. jamie theakston beat the prince at it on the priory. so why, do you ask yourself, is it still a sh*t game? because its naseem! i dont need any other reason, hes a complete tit!!! but other than that, its a very good game!
This is a boxing simulation game featuring Prince Naseem Hamed and developed and published by Codemasters. Featuring 90 boxers with thre distinctly different modes of play, Prince Naseem Boxing should be released in the UK on 3 November 2000.