Foes of Ali
Sting like a bee! Twenty-one camera angles, folks! From blimp view to punch camera, every angle is covered. The first 3-D, texture-mapped boxing game is here, and it looks sweet. There are ten fighters to choose from, including Ali, and three different modes of play: exhibition, career and historical. On top of this, you'll hear color commentary and a myriad of sounds from the rowdy crowd. Full-motion video of classic fights rounds out the hottest boxing disk ever. One really cool feature that EA has included is double- or blurred vision, for when you're taking a pounding at the hands of beasts like Spinks.
Now that it looks like Tyson won't be getting any more game deals (unless a big demand for prison-yard boxing springs up), we've got no one to fall back on but the Greatest of All Time.
Boxing games have come and gone, some good, but most unmemorable. Electronic Arts has proved its prowess once again with the development of the undisputed world champion of boxing games. In the world of 16-bit, boxing was confined to a 2-D space, now, with the advent of 32-bit, developers can explore the possibilities of bashing opponents in a 3-D realm.
Foes of AH is solid. You can choose to play as one of nine fighters whom Ali faced off against during his stellar career, or you can put on the legend's gloves yourself. Key features that make this a realistic fight sim are its advanced artificial intelligence, (maybe smarter than Ali himself!) textured-mapped polygons, and animation created using motion-capture. This, along with the 21 (yes, 21) camera angles, makes this the most in-depth and sophisticated of all boxing games.
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This new 3DO title is more than a game; it's an interactive history lesson in boxing.
Who better to teach that lesson than heavyweight great Muhammad Ali?
"Foes of Ali" refers to his toughest opponents: Sonny Liston, Floyd Patterson and Henry Cooper, to name a few.
The game's Al emulates each opponent's unique fighting style. Winning a bout takes more than fast fingers; it requires a strategic analysis of your foe's strengths and weaknesses. In addition, Ali himself offers tips on how to defeat opponents.
Multiple camera angles, motion-captured video and digitized crowd sounds bolster the game's live-on-TV realism.
In the behind-the-gloves view, the player's "vision" gets blurry or red when the boxer takes a sharp blow to the head.
The world's most famous boxer is about to step into the 3DO ring with a heavyweight lineup of features. The Career, Historical, and Exhibition modes pit you against nine of Ali's famous opponents, or you can take on a friend in two-player competition.
Multiple camera angles will re-create the feel of a TV boxing broadcast. The brave who choose to fight from the first-person perspective will face blurred vision, double vision, and "seeing red" as their injuries pile up. Authentic crowd noises and motion-capture graphics should complete the ringside atmosphere.
Ugh! EA Sports makes "The Greatest" one of the lamest boxing games.
With Exhibition, Career, and Tournament modes, the game lets you assume the role of Muhammad Ali or any of his nine real-life contenders, including Smokin'
Joe Frazier and Leon Spinks. The poor punching control and bland-rings, however, will have you screaming for Greatest Heavyweights for the Genesis.
Although you get 21 views, you'll wish the effort spent on cinematography was used to brush up the lifeless polygonal sprites. Fortunately, the blood is realistic. The ring sounds are a little better than average, but where are Ali's witticisms?
Unless you must box on the 3DO, leave Ali in the box.