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K-1 World Grand Prix
  opened by paleface at 03:30:21 08/24/03  
  last modified by paleface at 23:43:50 02/21/04  
  paleface [sys=PS2; cat=Sports; loc=NA]
Good production by Konami, the sound and graphics effectively convey the feeling of two big guys in the ring punching and kicking away at each other, and the blur effects from combos and stunning blows add a nice touch.
The fighters handle distinctively and executing their power moves is a cinch, though I still haven't really managed to put that together with blocking. Knockouts are dramatic, it's just a shame that you can't save the replays or something. The damage system keeps you on your toes as a flurry of well-aimed blows could take you down no matter what kind of shape you're in overall--for instance I (Mirco) knocked out a guy (Le Banner) with just two punches straight to the jaw, a 12 second match. Neat.
A good number of modes, with unusual stuff like training up a fighter (haven't tried this yet) or re-enacting certain famous rounds in K-1 history. You can unlock footage of each of the twenty or so real-life fighters, and that's good stuff. All in all I'm quite pleased with it, my only small complaint so far is that you have to jump through a large number of little intermission scenes and load screens before getting into the fight itself.

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