Excerpt: While EA's Madden franchise may have suffered from being the only NFL game around, the same can not be said for the Fight Night series. The 3rd iteration of the successful boxing series may not do a whole lot new, but what it does, it does very well. The control scheme is largely unchanged from the previous games: The left stick moves your boxer and, through the use of the left trigger, can also be used to bob, duck and weave, while the right stick controls your punches...
Excerpt: Ever since the introduction of Microsoft’s new console some have questions as to its true “next-gen” qualities. While the games may not knock your socks off in the visuals department you can recall that neither did Dynasty Warriors 2 for the PS2 launch. My point is that the launch titles are usually there to simply fill the genre requirement and have something to tide you over till the truly big game hits shelves.
Conclusion: Fight Night Round 3 should be considered the first real sports game to grace the Xbox 360. EA’s other efforts were fine in areas, but it Fight Night Round 3 is the most complete next-gen sports game of the whole lot. Sure, it could use some light speed work in areas, and maybe even a heavy bag workout or two in order to separate it further from its predecessors, but this one’s still a champ.
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: In the audio front, Fight Night Round 3 features
amazing sound effects that could only come from
a live boxing match. You’ll hear cartilage
popping and tendons snapping as the weight of
your punch come across your opponent’s pretty
face. The music is good while it lasts, and it
is mostly made of hip hop soundtracks. The
commentary, on the other hand, is a bit
monotonous. The action scripts are being
repeated way too much!
Conclusion: If you really want to box try FNR3. with a little practice you can even bob, duck, and weave your way aroung your opponents punches to deliver counters almost at will. the strenght and stamina bars are nice. I liked playing with them off so you have to kinda feel yourway during the fight.
Excerpt: Developer – EA Chicago Publisher - Electronic Arts Features: Genre: Sports Console: Xbox 360 Multiplayer: 1-2 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround HDTV Support: HDTV 1080i Fight Night Round 3 for the Xbox 360 is truly the new undisputed king of boxing video games. EA Sports next instalment of the Fight Night Series is truly a knockout from every sense of the word. Once you step in the ring you will be blown away by the how good the game looks and how real everything appears to be.