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News for all the sports video game heads out there, the PS3/Xbox 360 demo for UFC Undisputed drops today at 5pm. I’m personally looking toward to playing Fight Night Round 4 a little more, but I’m definitely gonna download this demo later on today. The gameplay looks a little mechanical compared to fight night, but I’m not gonna hold it against them. Below you can check out a video of how the game looks in action.
In other news…. MTV interviewed Mike Tyson about his new documentary and managed to slip in a few questions about video games. Surprisingly, he revealed he’s only played “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out” once in his life, and he’s more of an action/first person shooter game fan.
Yesterday I got the chance to check out the Tyson documentary that I’ve written about here numerous times in the past. I’ll get into a review shortly, but first check out this short segment in which Mike talks about getting into his opponents head, and his relationship with Robin Givens.
Mike’s stance on his marriage to Ms. Givens is one of the few things in this documentary that really shocked me. The public perception has always been that she was a gold digger, and she and her mother used Mike for money and exposure. Whether or not thats true is up for debate (not really), but Mike Tyson doesn’t harbor any bad feelings about her whatsoever. He admits to cheating, but says he never emotionally or physically abused her and doesn’t know why she did what she did. In the end he chalks the entire experience up to “being two stupid kids who were too young to be married”.
If you’re a hardcore sports/boxing fan, then you’ll probably rate this documentary in the 9 out of 10 range. On the flip side, if you’re a casual observer and just like to watch how crazy Mike Tyson is then I don’t think you’ll find this as enjoyable (6.5 out of 10).
One of the best parts of the film is getting into his head and finding out why he behaves the way he does, and what caused him flip out at times. In a very general sense you’ll learn all about how Mike Tyson’s thought process works (flipping out in public, being overly aggressive, biting Evander Holyfield). But one of the drawbacks is the lack of detail he goes into as far as individual fights, which is something hardcore fight fans would love to see. His commentary on the fights with Trevor Berbick, Evander Holyfield, and Buster Douglas was damned good… but this entire documentary was only an hour and twenty six minutes long which leaves ample time for more analysis.
I don’t want to write much more because i’ll probably end up giving away details you want to see for yourself, but I definitely recommend the flick.
I know it seems unreal that one of the greatest boxers of all-time has never been a playable character in a video game, but it’s true. Mike Tyson’s “Punch Out” is one of the best video games ever but we were only able to control Little Mac, not the champ himself.
Between Tyson’s prison stints, drug problems, ear biting, and all-around ability to scare away any corporate entity…. game fans have been robbed of a chance to play as him in boxing games. All that changes in just a few months when Fight Night Round 4 hits shelves and I can’t wait. Everyone loves to have the classic debate “Who would win if Muhammad Ali fought Mike Tyson”, and now you can sit at the TV with your homies and make it happen. (for the record, a Kevin Rooney-trained 1987 Tyson would kill Muhammad Ali).
For those who played Fight Night 3, that ridiculous parry system has been toned down significantly and the mechanics of the game have been reworked from scratch. The career mode has been ungraded significantly and I’ve heard word that this game possesses some of the most amazing graphics that we’ve seen on next gen systems.
In the vid below you’ll see Tyson doing a little bit of promo.
I heard alot about James Toback’s Mike Tyson documentary last year when it premiered overseas at the Cannes Film Festival, and patiently awaited for it to make it’s way here to the states. Eight months later, Its playing at the Sundace Film Festival this weekend and will probably hit theaters later this year since it was recently purchased by Sony Pictures.
In the clip below, you’ll see Tyson getting choked up as he discusses the moment where he decided to give up his life as a street thug and give boxing a try.