James Buster Douglas Knock Out Boxing

a game by Taito

Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis

Genres: Fighting Games, Sports

See also: Boxing Games

"Ladies and Gentlemen -- Welcome to Caesar's Palace! In the red corner, weighing in at 195 1/2 lbs., the heavyweight champion of the world, James 'Buster' Douglas!" Well, so what if Buster Douglas no longer holds the title. He beat Tyson once, and now it's your turn to take control of the ring and determine the fate of the champ's prize belt. Who knows, maybe you'll even help Buster win his title back.

This first boxing game for the Sega Genesis puts you in the ring as Buster Douglas or one of four other up-and-coming boxers out to claim the title. If you're an arcade fan you'll discover that, more than just Buster's face looks familiar in this game. Based on Final Blow of coin-op fame, Knockout Boxing features the same toe-to-toe boxing action that made Final Blow a contender in the arcades. You get all the excitement of being in the ring, without packing all the cuts and bruises of the real thing!

A Ringside Seat

Your perspective on the action is from a side-view ringside seat. The boxers themselves are some of the largest characters you've ever seen on a video screen -- unfortunately bigger is not always better. Your boxers are big but they can only move forward and backward in a line. A little less size and a little more mobility would have been a good trade off.

Climb into the ring against the computer or go head-to-head against one of your friends. The computer has three difficulty levels, so you can practice your moves against easy opponents before you take on the really mean boxers. The game is best as a two player contest; the arcade-style fighting makes for knockout action. If you don't feel like getting pummeled you can always take a ringside seat. Just select Spectator Mode, grab your favorite refreshments, sit back, and enjoy the bout.

The Blow by Blow

Once your bout begins it follows standard boxing guidelines. Each round is 1:30 long. Pick the number of rounds (1-12) you want to fight. You win the bout by scoring а КО (knock your opponent to the mat for a ten count), a TKO (knock your opponent down three times), or a Decision (both challengers survive to the end of the bout and the ref picks the victor).

Both you and your opponent have a damage bar. When either of you connects it saps energy from the other's bar. The damage bar increases if you dodge blows. If the meter reaches zero, you're in danger of getting knocked out.

You'll need some fancy footwork and smooth moves to take down your opponent. You can jab, throw fast or slow straight punches, or toss hooks and uppercuts. Although, once again, your boxer can only move back and forth and crouch to dodge blows. Even though he packs different punches you often feel more like a "rock 'em, sock 'em robot" than a real fighter.

ProTip: A good boxing strategy is to lead with a bunch of Jabs to the lace. When you find that they're connecting and driving your opponent back, go with the straight punch. Drive him to the ropes and beat him there!

Come out swinging when the bell rings. On offense choose your punches wisely. One misplaced shot can leave you wide open for a knockout punch from your opponent. Use the high jab to keep your opponent off guard and set him up for your devastating right punch. He may block it a few times, but if you keep at him one will surely land.

You've also got your knockout punch. This is delivered a lot slower than your other punches but if you land it, it's bedtime or your opponent. You can throw this punch high or low and from both sides, but use it wisely. It takes a long time to deliver, and it can leave you wide open for a counter punch if you don't connect.

Knockout punches ere a sure thing in the championship rounds. It you score you'll knock your opponent down with one or two punches. They're less effective in the challenge rounds.

A good defense is also key. You've got to raise and lower your guard according to your opponent's style. Remember, a tough shot to the gut can take just as much out of you as a blow to the face. If you're low on energy, jump back and take a break. You can even move into the "bear hug" position with your opponent so that you're too close for either of you to land a punch -- a great way to take a breather.

A Tough Lineup of Challengers

Choose your favorite boxer from a list of five really mean characters. Once you make your choice you face a bout with each of the other boxers. Defeat all four and you're the champ. But the fighting doesn't stop there. Once you're the champ the other four boxers will challenge you once again to try and take your title away.

Each boxer has definite fighting styles, weaknesses, and strengths. The biggest, but not necessarily the baddest, is Buster. At age 29 he's still in his boxing prime, and he's tough to knock down. Keep a strong lookout for his crossing knockout blow -- it'll really knock you off your feet.

Next on the lineup is Dynamite Joe. He's a tough competitor and quick on his feet. The veteran of the lineup is Fernando Gomez. He doesn't have the bulk of the first two, but his experience gives him confidence to throw his punches. If you're looking for someone with some bulk to throw around, take a look at King Jason. He's the fastest one in the crowd -- always dancing and moving around the ring.

King Jason is a coward. He moves a lot but mostly towards his corner. With a couple of big punches you can drive him into the ropes and finish him there -- be aggressive.

Last, but certainly not least, comes Kim Nang. He's by far the feistiest boxer in the group. He'll come right up to your face and punch your lights out if you're not careful.

Kim Nang is really nasty. He's the most aggressive fighter out there. When you're fighting Him make sure you keep him away from you by using quick jabs -- keep him an arm's distance away from you at all times.

If you succeed in besting all four boxers and surviving their second assault at your title, you face the toughest bout of all -- Iron Head.

Iron head is tough, but he can be beaten. Use your defensive moves against him -- his punches really hurt. It's very hard to hurt him since he regenerates his health quickly. Use big punches when you can -- it's about all that works, keep him away from your face with quick jabs followed by straight punches.

A Split Decision

James "Buster" Douglas Knock-Out Boxing may not be the strongest contender to ever climb into the Genesis ring, but the arcade-style action packs it with enough punch to satisfy Genesis fans hungry for some sparring. And, hey, they just called it "Knockout" Boxing -- they didn't say who got knocked out!

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After James Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson he headed over to Sega of America and scored big once again! He joins the Sega team by putting his name to, what else, a boxing title! The game features arcade-style (in fact, it looks just like Final Blow) boxing action. You go head-to-head with other boxers from a side view. The graphics are great (really big sprites), and the sound is good. You'll almost feel like you're in the ring, but fortunately you won't feel the pain when you get KO'd!

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