Muhammad Ali Heavyweight Boxing

a game by Electronic Arts, THQ, High Score Productions, and Park Place Productions

Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis

Genres: Fighting Games, Sports

Befitting its first-class, superstar endorsement, Virgin presents a boxing simulation worthy of the name, Muhammad Ali Heavyweight Boxing. Awesome graphics and animation, responsive controls, and heavyweight options make this sports game a bona fide champ!

Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee

Muhammad Ali packs a punch for all the senses. Impressive digitized movie-reel clips of Ali and a vector-filled aerial flyby of the boxing tournament start off the visual fireworks. A first in Genesis video game boxing, Ali presents full-size figures that move 360 degrees around the entire boxing ring! Unlike other boxing games that simulate movement around the ring via side-scrolling action, this game allows both fighters to move wherever they wish within the entire boxing ' ring. The boxing is viewed from a third-person camera angle that freely rotates around the ring for the best shot of the action.

ProTip: Jam your opponent into a corner or against the ropes to prevent him from slipping awav from your two-fisted attacks.

The characters are all well-rendered and smoothly animated. They fight and move like real boxers. Heads snap back from hammering jabs, and torsos reel from smashing uppercuts and thundering body shots.

An array of authentic digitized punches, grunts, and crowd noises increase the sense of realism. Every punch and hit has a specific sound, which signals when you've done some real damage! Even the crowd participates in the proceedings. Poor boxing, too many clinches, and running from your opponent merits a cascade of jeers and catcalls.

It may be lame, but back off from your opponent to rejuvenate dangerously low Power and Speed bars.

Muhammad Ali offers several game options: fight an exhibition against the computer, enter tournament play for the championship belt, or play head-to-head against pugilistic pals. Choose from 10 ranked boxers and select from 1 to 15 rounds, 1- to 5-minute rounds, number of TKO's, and even how high the ref counts per knockdown. For tournaments, a password feature enables you to continue at your discretion. Additionally, Ali features two control options. Arcade offers continual wham-bam-slam-jam fighting action. Simulation produces a more realistic pace and tighter control of your boxer. A Speed and Power bar monitors the status of each boxer.

  • Nudge your player into a knocked down boxer as soon he gets up, and immediately start punching him before he can regain his senses.
  • Your opponent is ripe for a knockout whenever his power bar reaches below 20%.
  • Use combinations of jabs, punches, and uppercuts for ultimate success.
  • After you win the championship belt and the screen reads "Game Over", press Start. Select Muhammad Ali and you'll find yourself facing off against Muhammad himself!

Video TKO!

The computer is not a very challenging opponent. Although, it's very difficult for the #10 ranked boxer to win the championship by defeating #1 Ali. However, the main appeal is the game's excellent two-player, competitive interface. Muhammad Ali's beautiful graphics, realistic sound effects, responsive controls, and gallery of game options make it the premiere home video boxing game! Just like Ali, this game deserves to be called "The Greatest!"

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Muhammad Ali Heavyweight Boxing Downloads

Sega Genesis Muhammad Ali Heavyweight Boxing download
  • Manufacturer: Virgin Games
  • Machine: Genesis

Virgin Games is developing Muhammed Ali Knockout Boxing for the Genesis! It features a whole slew of fighters to take on the best opponents! You can even train your boxer to bring up his stamina, power and speed! Look for more of this fantastic title in a later issue of EGM!

reggie posted a review

Put Up Your Dukes!

"I am the greatest", proclaims Muhammad Ali. He may be right! Muhammad Ali's Heavyweight Boxing by Virgin is sure to knockout the competition!

First of all, you can select options such as number of rounds, time per round, number of players and tournament or exhibition modes. Then, you are able to select your method of control. These include either simulation, or arcade-style controls.

In addition to all of this, you have a choice of over a half dozen different boxers from which to use. Each boxer has his own personal background, strengths and weaknesses.

As far as the game play goes, this cart is a boxing fan's dream! The graphics are top-notch and include some incredible rotation like you have never seen on the Genesis! Even the sounds are great!

For a boxing cart that will be sure to score a KO, look for Muhammad Ali's Heavyweight Boxing. Maybe you can "float like a butterfly!"

reggie posted a review
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