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Visually, the arenas look nice and the footage of King and Co. during the career mode is especially well done. Unfortunately, the fighter’s themselves don’t really stand out and there are some pretty noticeable problems with collision detection. HBO’s Jim Lampley and Emmanuel Stewart provide the play-by-play and analysis, but it’s rather bland and repetitive, as is the instruction you and your opponents receive in your corners between rounds.
While it has some issues (like overpowered specialty punches and too many knockdowns), “Prizefighter” is a very solid boxing game. If you’re a “Fight Night” fan, you may want to rent before you buy because it is so vastly different from EA’s game. But with a little patience, there’s plenty of enjoyment to be had from “Prizefighter.” It may not be a knockout, but it certainly holds its own.