Conclusion: Finish with the option to inflict pain online to friends and random contenders and you’re looking at the most definitely Fight Night yet. Even if you’re not a fan of boxing, punching each other in the face appeals to the majority of gamers. What EA has done is capture the sport perfectly, fleshing it out to near perfection. It’s a game you’ll keep coming back to again and again. A remarkable achievement.
Conclusion: While there aren't enormous amounts of new modes or gimmicks to make Fight Night Champion bigger than Fight Night Round 4, EA did a great job in improving the gameplay. They've delivered a tougher, more accurate boxing experience that will test the fortitude of its players. With an interesting Champion Mode and a deep Legacy Mode, gamers will find a lot to enjoy here, if they can work through some frustrations and difficulty.
Summary: With sharp graphics, easy to learn controls, and realistic gameplay, Fight Night Champion delivers a knockout blow to the competition. Unfortunately, it is a little lacking beyond the stellar Champion Mode.
Pros: The compelling narrative, The sharp, brutal graphics, The revamped control scheme
Cons: The near-worthless Legacy Mode, The lack of things to do outside of Champion Mode, The boring training mini-games
Excerpt: You can't keep a good fighter down, and the Fight Night series has proven itself time and time again. Following up on the successful, game-changing Round 4, Fight Night Champion steps up with confidence. With major tweaks to its analog punching system and a dramatic Hollywood-style story, it's clear that this sequel has set some goals. Does it come out swinging?
Summary: The Fight Night franchise brings high expectations with every release, and Champion exemplifies how sports sequels should be done. Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, it rounds out its edges -- it changes without changing. Its additions and improvements are precisely why it's the best boxing game we've played yet.
Pros: Champion Mode's clever match variables, Simplified controls mean faster fights, Easy to pull off crushing, satisfying combos
Cons: Champion Mode's atrocious final boss, Disappointing multiplayer suite
Conclusion: Improving vastly upon Fight Night Round 3’s compartmentalized battles while retaining it’s sequel’s silky-smooth animation, Champion is (fittingly) a triumph. The future possibilities of narrative gaming only could excite us more.