Conclusion: Fight Night Round 3 shows that there’s still life in the system that started the Xbox craze. EA has proven that they still believe in the original Xbox, as Fight Night Round 3 is a solid, full-featured title that is worth the money. If you can afford an Xbox 360 and a HDTV, then by all means, check out the crazy good-looking version of this game.
Conclusion: If you loved Round 2 or are simply a fighting game fan, Fight Night Round 3 is an absolutely amazing game that needs to be played. The gameplay is incredibly balanced and deep this year and the overall experience is undeniably satisfying. As great as Round 2 is, Round 3 is better in pretty much every way.
Excerpt: It's been a while since I've seen a multiplatform game so obviously designed with one console in mind. I'll give you a hint: It's white, it makes a whole lot of noise when it's running, and it's in a severe need of an update to its backwards compatibility list. I'll give you a moment to figure that one out.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: This is just Fight Night Round 2, with better looking boxers (if such a thing is possible). The nip/tuck goes beyond the graphics, albeit not by a huge margin, but the overall presentation shows that time concessions have had to be made in other areas. The inevitable follow-up - not including the imminent PS3 version which is likely to only be incremental again - could do with being a more cohesive whole, taking away what rough edges remain and further...
Excerpt: I own all three Fight Nights and they almost seem to digress. I loved the first one, but I hated the announcer, so having a fairly sophisticated announcer in the Round 2 was a welcomed change.