I've always enjoyed playing boxing video games. I've been playing them since I was old enough to hold a controller. Speaking of boxing video games, do you want to know what the best boxing games of all time are?
Since I'm a self proclaimed expert on this topic here are the top 10 boxing video games of all time:
10. Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing, Sega Genesis, 1992 -This game makes the list because back in the day it was a pretty cool game. I liked the fact that you could create your own boxer and customize his appearance. You could even choose the color of his gear. The object of the game was to train your boxer and then fight your way through 28 opponents until you got to Evander Holyfield.
9. Ready to Rumble Boxing: Round 2, N64, 2000 - This second installment of the series is by far one of the best boxing games ever made. You could choose from two different playing modes: Arcade mode and Championship mode. I liked the Championship mode. You had to train your guy, build up your gym, and try to earn money by winning fights. Arcade mode was just good old fashioned fun where you could just brawl without having to do all the training.
8. Fight Night Champion, PS3, 2011 - The graphics on this bad boy are probably the best I've ever seen when it comes to boxing video games. I also love the revamped control scheme. It's a little difficult at first to master but after a few hours it does become quite a bit easier. This is one of those games that actually get better the more you play it.
7. Fight Night 2004, Xbox, 2004 - This game is obviously a little older but it is still an awesome game. I played this thing until I thought my fingers were going to fall off. I loved it. The 20 year career mode with six different weight classes is the best thing about this game. That and the punching control. Again, this is one of those games that is a bit difficult to master at first but once you figure it out it becomes all kinds of fun.
6. Fight Night Round 3, Xbox 360, 2006 - This installment of the Fight Night series is basically the same as the other ones. However, the graphics and the play control are improved as well as the AI. I also like how you can train your boxer to fight in his own unique style. Or you can opt to train him to fight like Ali, De La Hoya, or any other superstar on the game. Fight Night 3 also features Joe Frazier, Bernard Hopkins, and Roy Jones Jr.
5. Victorious Boxers: Ippo's Road to Glory, PS2, 2001 -This unique boxing video game is actually based on a comic book. I never read it but I did enjoy this game. You could play with 40 different characters each with their own unique way of fighting. You could also win performance points based on how well you did during your bout. With each win your character gets stronger and learns more moves. This was one of the coolest boxing games I ever played. If I had it today I'd still play it.
4. Knockout Kings 2001, PS2, 2001 -This game had everything you could want in a boxing game and more. You could choose between 40 past and present (at the time) champions. There were several different game modes you could pick from including a pretty in depth career mode. You could also get this game on Playstation but I never played it on that. I had the PS2 by then. All in all Knockout Kings was a great game and if you never played it you totally missed out.
3. Fight Night Round 4, PS3, 2009 - This is the best game in the Fight Night series by far. The game play is off the charts and the graphics are visually stunning. Another thing I really like about this game is the realism of it. It's the best boxing sim out there. Everything down to your boxer's footwork can affect the outcome of a match. Another feature that I really dig is the option to pit the games superstars against each other to see who is the true champion. If you've never played a boxing video game before I strongly urge you to make this one your first.
2. Punch Out!!, Wii, 2009 - This boxing game is a must own. Anybody can play it. Even if you've never played a boxing game in your life. If you have the Wii Balance Board this game becomes even more challenging. You actually have to bob and weave during the fight. If the combo of exercise and video games doesn't appeal to you, you can always flip the Wii controllers sideways and play it old school Nintendo style.
1. Mike Tyson's Punch- Out!!, NES, 1987 - Of course this is the best boxing game of all time. Was there ever any doubt? This game is too cool. Even to this day. Yeah, I know that it's quite primitive compared to the games out today but whatever. It's iconic. I was like 11 or 12 when this game came out and all I wanted to do was stay home from school and play it.
Dylan Davis has been playing sports video games since he was old enough to hold a controller. He's logged countless hours gaming and is always in the know when it comes to sports video games. Trust him, he's a professional.
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