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Arcade Games Reviews (7 games items)
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I'm not really into sports, much less boxing. But I occasionally enjoy boxing movies - Rocky, Raging Bull, Million Dollar Baby, Ali and the like. Despite sports being my favorite past-time activity throughout my childhood - I'm talking hockey, basketball, football and cricket - I never cared much for them from my teenage era to now. Laziness and movies may have contributed a hand to my shying away from sports.
In Heavyweight Boxing, you get a roster of 10 characters, with 9 being fictional. So it was of no surprise when the titular boxer was in the number 1 spot. Those who eagerly watch boxing or have just about an inkling of what the sport is, know that it's intense, brutal, weak-falls-strong-wins, no-holds-barred punch and kick routine. But this being a 1992 release, pretty much everything is tame and restricted, but surprisingly enough offers solid gameplay... but just for a few minutes.
Repetition is not the cause here. It's the lack of strategy and the realization of the fact that the boxer with the most punches wins at the end. You get your basic hooks, jabs, punches, crosses and uppercuts. OK, OK, I had to look the terms up! You can block, but it lasts for about a second, so you need to get the timing correct. Unlike other boxing and wrestling games, in here you don't move by holding down the directional button to wherever you want to move. You have to repeatedly keep tapping it. I liked that, it have a tiny little boost of challenge and strategy.
The graphics in this game are OK, but you can make out the details. Like for example, when any boxer gets too many hits, his eye or cheeks get swelled up and you can see purple spots and red circles around the eyes. It may not be much but in a rather primitive game like this, these details stand out as impressive. You character has a speed and power bar that depletes by your movements and punches. The more lower it gets, the more groggy and slow your boxer becomes. It's not really noticeable but you will start to feel it after a couple of seconds, a minute probably.
Speaking of which, you get 3 minutes for every round. I don't exactly know how many rounds can this game hold; I only played it 3 times and every time I won/lose at the 2nd round. At the end of each bout, a very leggy blond appears on the ring, giving updates. In my opinion, the second best redeeming feature from the game. The first is the ubiquitous wolf-whistling from the audience!
When I played it for the first time, I picked Tommy Hammer (pictured) and fought Eddie Montague (also pictured). Despite giving the best I could, Eddie knocked me out in the second round. From the second time onwards I picked the G.O.A.T himself and whooped Eddie's sorry ass. Man, in his christmas green knickers and gloves that look like elf mittens, Ali was the dominating force in the ring. 145 punches, as opposed to Eddie's mere 25 punches.
In conclusion, Heavyweight Boxing is an OK game, good for some old fashioned, non-flexible experience. Don't expect to put hours and hours into this game, because frankly it doesn't ask for any. Hell, 3 minutes and you're just about done!
7 months, 3 weeks ago