Excerpt: Fight Night, a franchise rich in history and the virtual sport of kings has come a long from its early roots. Fight Night round 3 is probably considered the greatest version of this franchise with its one button punch control as well as using the analogue stick and famed for its fluid fighting system, beautiful graphics as well as being easy to gain a quick 1000 achievement points.
Excerpt: I've got a love-hate relationship with boxing games. Over the last twenty-plus years I've gotten my hands on almost every single one of them - from the Atari 2600's Boxing on to Mike Tyson's Punch-Out! , to the often-frustrating efforts in the 16-bit era, and on to EA Sports' flagship series, Fight Night .
Excerpt: Nearly every veteran Xbox 360 gamer remembers the moment they first laid eyes on Fight Night Round 3 in early 2006. It’s our version of the “Where were you when astronauts landed on the moon?” memory. The fledgling next-generation console hadn’t even begun teething yet, but here was this boxing game — a boxing game! — that emphatically raised the bar for what the future could look like.
Pros: + Great controls and control options., + Amazing presentation; we’re not sure we ever saw a hint of clipping.
Cons: - More iterative than Round 3 and Round 4; climax of Champion mode is anti-fun; ref sometimes obscures the camera., ? Do Butterbean’s moobs really have to jiggle so realistically? Eww!
Conclusion: Fight Night Champion is a triumphant return for EA Sports stalwart boxing franchise that still has one of the best simulated fighting systems around as well as some great visuals. Champion Mode is a surprisingly involving new addition that actually makes you care about what happens to its protagonist, as he embarks upon his Rocky-esque journey. Ultimately then, Fight Night Champion is still the undisputed king of the ring.
Summary: EA Sports' blood, sweat and brawls smash-hit series steps once more into the ring this month sporting a slick graphical overhaul, control tweaks and a bizarrely engrossing, yet horribly clichéd single player storyline. Gone is the convoluted punch system from previous entries that required thumb-straining analogue stick motions and Street Fighter half-circles.
Conclusion: Whilst Legacy mode is a bit of a drag, this game is all about Champion mode. The story of Andre Bishop is compelling and enjoyable. Can this deliver a knockout punch? Yes, I think it can. Not just that - it's FUN. This review took twice as long as it should because I was having fun playing it!. But please EA, can we have more story and less Legacy next time!!
Excerpt: Another notch in the franchise, but can it deliver a knockout blow for the genre? I like boxing. I am not what you would call a fan, but I do like to watch it if it is on the telly. I also rather link boxing games, both arcade ones (Punchout!, Rocky) and the more simulation like ones – such as the Fight Night franchise. Fight Night has been around for quite some time. It started life in as Foes of Ali in 1995 on the ill fated 3DO.
Pros: Champion mode is great to play. Looks amazing. Full Spectrum Punch control is brilliant