4-D Boxing leaves behind any pretences of being a pure arcade game based on boxing, and aims to recreate the sport in full detail. The graphics engine allows for multiple camera angles and viewpoints, and considerably detailed visuals. These required more advanced hardware than was common at the time, but a stick-figure mode was included as a compromise. The moves on offer include all the uppercuts and hooks of a real fight, and the players are designed to move realistically to implement them.
You progress through the game by taking on a succession of increasingly difficult fighters, and get to train your boxer in between. Advanced action replays are included as well, so you can review all that happened.
4D Sports Boxing is not a very pretty game (actually more along the lines of ugly) but it gets under your skin somehow. It's because of some fun and interesting features. First of all, you can create your boxer. This can be fun, as they look so horrible; you can get a kick just out of creating a short fat boxer with pink underpants.
Still, if you want to play this game seriously, your boxer's characteristics will be very important during the later stages of the game. Another fun feature is that you can improve your boxer's abilities after each match. The point of the game is to become the champion. This will not be easy. First of all, you are on a tight schedule, and secondly, "The Champ" will be very hard to beat, even if your boxer is maxed-out in every respect.
The fight itself also provides lots of fun. There are many different punches and combinations of punches that deal different kinds of damage affecting, for example, health or stamina. You can mock your opponent in many different ways if you feel like showing superiority, or you can perform somersaults and just celebrate while your opponent is knocked out on the ground. Yes, yes, it seems a bit cruel, but let's face it, it adds fun and charm to the game.
Now you're probably wondering why a mark of 4? Well, first of all I just can't ignore the fact that the boxers in this game are simply unbelievably ugly, and secondly, the time limit you have to reach the No.1 position is just too short so you can't allow yourself to have fun with weaker boxers, but are forced to march straight to the top. Well, I guess that's how it is in the real boxing world.
Still, an excellent game if you feel like beating the living daylights out of your friend or computer and celebrating afterwards, both on screen and in real life.
This game was made in 1991 but not a single boxing game has ever even come close to it's perfection and entertaining gameplay!. 4D Boxing is probably the best boxing game ever made and one of the best sports games in general! You will start of as a rookie boxer with a great future. Player creation is quiet easy - give him a name, set some minor things such as height, weight (this determines the category of your boxer), the hand he uses the most (right or left), colors of his shirt and shorts and things like that. After the boxer is created he will be placed on the last, 51st place on the ranking list. You will get an option to fight 3 fighters that are in front of you and start your career. Before each match you will get some training and raise your stats until you become strong enough and ranked enough to challenge the Champ himself. After you beat him the game is complete and you win. This might sound easy but it isn't. I played this game for ages over and over again and never could beat the ace. I finally made it after some time but it took me a lot of training and hard work to achieve that. Even after I completed the game I still played it since it really is fantastic. The graphics in the game are something special. The view is isometric, and everything is drawn in polygons. You can view the game from a normal third person view, from the first person view, lined third person view and even through the eyes of your opponent! Something that I've never seen before or after this game. 4D Boxing is the game that will keep you glued to your chair for a long time. It is very entertaining and you will always come back asking for more. You just have to play this one! Note: Be careful - after about 40 matches, your fighter starts getting old. You must be fast!
I know - this one looks weird at first - fighting polygons... Yeah, but it's the best boxing-sim I ever played. The controls are very good, the strengths of your boxer show effect. It's important to train him (or her) right. The various computer-played opponents act different. The motivation is high to play on and on. I played the whole career of my boxer on one day, I fought almost 50 fights and brought him up to Rank 7 - he got too old then and so his career was over. He was almost unbeatable - perfect in all attributes. Too sad that he never got the chance to fight against the champion... Well, there will be a next career. The game is highly configurable and you can even fight in 1st person-view.
A great game where you can see the effort of the programmers to build in as much realistic elements as possible while providing a maximum of fun. I just discovered this game, but I am sure it will stay on my harddisk for years.
Arguably THE best action-oriented boxing game ever made for the PC, 4-D Boxing is a revolutionary sports title from Distinctive Software that does to the boxing genre what Stunts does for racing. Trixter in his review at MobyGames says it all about this game:
"No other PC game has captured the feel of boxing as well as 4-D Boxing.
The 3D engine in 4-D Boxing was not a gimmick; at the time, it truly was a whole new way to simulate boxing in a computer game. The camera wasn't fixed--you could play through the eyes of your boxer, from ringside, from a fixed isometric view, overhead, whatever. You could even play through the eyes of your opponent. It's a real trip to stare yourself in the face as you beat "yourself" up. The moves were rotoscoped fairly well, leading to life-like movements, swings, hooks, and uppercuts.
Dialing down the detail to a ludicrously low level (stick figures without heads) was the game's idea of "running acceptably on an 8088". I had a 386, so I was fine, but it made playing the game against a friend difficult if your friend had a slow machine. The price we pay for innovation... While most of the moves looked realistic, jabs were oddly unrealistic. It was rediculously easy (although quite fun) to beat the computer in the first ten or so matches by swinging non-stop roundhouse right and left hooks to the face. (And disturbingly satisfying to hear each punch land. :-)
The Bottom Line:
4-D Boxing had a feel that no other computer boxing game has captured since, even 8 years after it's release. While there have been a few console boxing games that come close (including one for 3DO that was heavily influenced by 4-D Boxing), nothing satisfies the need to box like 4-D Boxing. And it runs great on modern machines, so try to pick up a copy."
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