Players learn the life story of each boxer and how winning will benefit them. Characters are differentiated not only by their look but by their individual personalities, which are enhanced by the games advanced AI system. More than 30 unique and detailed facial animations convey the boxers mood and reaction to landed punches. Additional game features include five modes of play (training, single, championship, survival, and two-player), a choice of first-person or close-up third-person camera viewpoints, and boxers life mode, which offers full-motion video updates to reflect the impact of the fights outcome on the characters life. Special effects include stars, perspiration, particle effects, and explosions that indicate the effectiveness of a particular punch.