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Though banned from the sport in Las Vegas due to misconduct, Mike Tyson lends his name and likeness to Codemasters' second boxing title featuring the former heavyweight champion. Four modes of play are initially offered, including Belt Mode, Speed Boxing, Exhibition Mode, and Two Player. Additional modes, boxers, equipment, combos, and signature punches can be earned by completing different challenges while in the ring.
Belt Mode is structured in the same manner as a boxer's career, with players fighting opponents to win various championship belts. Defeating a boxer in Belt Mode unlocks him for play in the other modes. Speed Boxing has players going for the quickest knockout; if the opponent should hit the canvas within the predetermined time limit, players can unlock a series of upgrades for their boxers. Exhibition Mode has players boxing for cash against any of the available fighters, while Two Player functions as the game's multiplayer event.
Players can also create their own boxers from the ground-up as they look to build a champion worthy of the Heavyweight World Circuit. Body type, tattoos, hairstyle, face, trunks, gloves, and more can be selected from a menu screen before moving on to the skills section. Here players can use money earned from Exhibition fights to purchase attributes in the areas of guard, stamina, fitness, chin, jab power, and more. Signature punches and combos from other boxers can also be acquired after defeating them.
Along with Tyson, players can go toe-to-toe with Larry Holmes, Tim Witherspoon, Paolo Vidoz, David Tua, Frans Botha, Hasim Rahman, Kirk Johnson, Chris Byrd, Malik Scott, Audley Harrison, Oleg Maskaev, Danell Nicholson, Michael Grant, and Dominick Guinn. Each pro boxer's signature fighting style has been re-created for this 3D title. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide