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Fight Night 2004 (PS2)

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      06.02.2011 17:02
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      This was the fist in the greatest boxing genre, narrowly misses out on 4 stars

      When I had played boxing games in the past hey had all been woefully short of something that I would consider a good try at recreating the sport. They have either been too difficult to play (to recreate all the diffirent punches when you wantedthem to be thrown) or they were just aiming to be just plain silly, like rady to rumble.

      Playability-
      But in this game EA Sports had cracked it. Firstly the gameply is masively improved. The fact that they utilise each button in a different way, like doing the hydoken sweep across the middle joystick to simultae ahaymaker. is really good, I simple tap foward with the same stick is just your jab.You can parry too, but make sure you time it right or you`ll endup opening yourself up to a counter punch. this means that its easy to string combos together anf throw punches you meant to throw.

      Arcade style-
      in this game , you can can fight an exhibition fight as one of the great like ali, sugar ray leanord or ernie shavers. The graphics are wonderfully rendered expecially when you consider that it is just the PS2. And as each one of these games progressed in the series the rendering became better and better.

      Career mode-
      Or yu can fight tournament, wich is the career mode in other games. You rise up through the ranks firstly fighting a few bouts as an amateur and then going pro. Whats great about this mode is that you can render your fighter to look like you or anyone else.With physical attribute, then you get to choose you style, orthodox, southpaw, big and powerful or light and swift etc. Each fight you win you get exp points through more and more training and these can be allocated to different attributes, like power, speed, stamina

      Realism:-
      If you fight and you throw a low punch, or rabbit punch, elbow or even headbut you`ll be warnd and can have points deducted or even disqualified. You can also attend the EA Sports shop and buy new gear, boots, gloves etc. They help you somewhat in improving the physical attributes mentioned above.

      Great even spots, and theme tunes round this off as a complete package

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      01.04.2010 11:06
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      Not a bad boxing game but not as good as knockout kings

      I actually obtained this game through winning a competition in the kellogs frosties and was really excited about this win because I had played the excellent knock out songs and envisaged a game with a similar control system and of course souped up graphics.

      The game has 2 main modes of play, you can either fight an exhibition match or alternatively you can compete in the tournaments. There are six divisions in which you can compete in and obviously this will depend on your weight division but the likes of lennonx lewis, evander holyfield, ali and roy jones are included.

      If you wish to compete in the tournaments you can utilise create a boxer mode, which gives the opportunity to customise your own boxer, from his complexion, to his race, to his hair colour, to his weight. Once you have decided upon a look for the boxer you are provided with a number of attribute points to begin with. As is standard fare with customisation on sports games, it is your decision as to where you allocate these attribute points to, but you have to careful since you are quite limited at first.

      You can though enter the gym and it is here where will you learn new combination punches to test out on a punch bag, from which you can unbalance your opponent, put him on the back foot and ideally if you get the opportunity to, deal a swift and decisive blow to your opponent. Also though you can work on a variety of gym equipment in order to improve all aspects of conditioning including your strength, speed stamina etc.

      You can as I have often done push the ethics of the sport to it's boundaries by gaining the upper hand on your opponent by landing a number of low blows, before you get your final warning. This includes head butting, kidney punches and rabbit punches. While this is technically cheating, it's good to have these level of realism within the game.

      The game utilises what it has dubbed the total control system and essentially what this means is that you can now use the analogue stick to give you 360 degree movement. The idea of this is that movement and punch control is now more intuitive and in terms of response time, I have no gripes with this system.

      Difficulty wise the opponents get quicker, more reactive and more deadly with their punches as you progress. There is a good difficulty curve and with some practice some of the more cunning options can be put on their backs but it requires a little more of a strategy rather than simply button bushing.

      The game has done a very good job of rendering the famous boxers as they are instantly recognisable and they have sampled their voices to, bringing back to life some of the fallen legends of the game. The graphics are crisp and bright and you can use to either fight people in third person or in third person, this is obviously a preference issue but i prefer the third person angle as I get to view the tussle of both fighters.

      There are certainly plenty of move sets to learn and the action can either be very intense or move of a chess game where each fighter is cautious which adds a sense of authenticity to the game, it is not without it's problems.

      I can't get quite used to being forced into using the analogue stick for the moves and while some people may find this appealing, I find the system quite awkward and if the movement isn't precise, the combination will not be pulled off. It can get quite frustrating in this respect and is not the knockout blow to the competition I expected.

      It is though quite an enjoyable game but seems to lack the overall fun factor of the knockout kings series but since I won it, I have little room to genuinely complain

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      14.08.2009 23:22
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      Still one of the best boxing games of all time

      This for me is the daddy of boxing games, take control of a wide range of boxers from history, you could be Lennox Lewis or Ali, you can be Sugar Ray Leonard or Marvellous Marvin Hagler, its satisfying being any of these, but you can also create your own fighter either in your own image or to fit the weight you want to fight in.

      Graphics: At the time I bought this, I thought the graphics were wicked, i'm still impressed now looking back at them as they really do look good, you can really see when a punch lands the impact on your opponents face. The fighters move fairly freely although that obviously depends somewhat on their size also. The fighters look realistic, the punches look good and when one connects the sickening crunch is both very realistic and very satisfying.

      Options: Create a fight against an opponent of your choice, fight a classic fight, so you could be Foreman against Ali or Hagler v Leonard in some classic encounters, you can also create a career, where you choose or create a fighter, train them and guide them from the low thirties to number one in the world, on the way you can buy improvements in gloves, clothing and tattoos, but use the training to develop strength, agility and stamina, these training games are great to understand the dynamics of attack and defence and really help you in learning moves and what to do also.

      Sound: There is a wide range of thumping bass heavy rap tunes to hype you up before a fight, the sound in general is good too with the punches and impacts being particularly realistic.

      Gameplay: This is the key, the gameplay is awesome, although after a while you can work out exactly how to lay out lower ranked fighters, you have to work hard and train hard to compete with the top fighters and it feels really rewarding winning a gruelling 12 round fight.

      Some fights you'll win with a well placed punch to an area where your opponent is weak other fights require your patience to wear your opponent down over a number of rounds, I really like the fact its not a quick fix and you have to sometimes do long fights to win, the strategy and tension of being low on energy and having to work your defence and jab are exhilarating when you pull a massive punch out to destroy your opponent.

      Overall I love this game, its well designed, the fights look great and if you practice and learn you really get totally drawn into a fight thinking about your defence, your guard, your fatigue levels and punching power, its a really great game which is utterly involving and worth your time and money.

      The game is £16.88 on Amazon now and is still a really good game, this is the last Fight Night I played so i'm not sure how it compares to the games on the new generation consoles but I bet its the same apart from a few tweaks and some newer boxers.

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      15.03.2006 00:58
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      A definite buy, great boxing game

      This boxing is addictive and a great game to play which you will enjoy. This beats any other boxing games out there at the moment. The graphics are quite good and the best of all is the controls.

      Normally when you play boxing games, you have only the four buttons to throw punches but with this game you can actually throw your own punches from any angle using the analogue stick.

      The game is quite easy to play due to the new controls. There are wide ranges of boxers to choose from from different weight divisions but I would like to see in the future EA put in more boxers in the game. Only a few new boxers have been added to the game. The career mode is great and you will play non stop until you become the champion.

      The only realistic thing about this game is in the career mode, when you get over the age of 30 you skills and power start to decrease. You also can heal your cuts and bruises yourself through out the fight. The EA sports shop also provides you with new equipment and signature moves from the well known fighters in the game.

      If you like RnB music then you will like the music provided in this game as there a lot played throughout the game.

      Overall, this games is a must buy even if you are a boxing fan or not. Remember that this is not like the other boxing games you have played as in this game the controls are more enjoyable and makes it easier to knock out opponents.

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        20.01.2006 21:49
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        New disigned controls and tilte that was knockout kings seires before, great gameplay. Almost real.

        Game Info

        Genre = Sport/Boxing
        Developer = E.A Sports
        Publisher = Electronic Arts
        Players = 1-2 players
        Age = 16+

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        Fight Night is the new name for the Knockout Kings, the series was great the the new title is because of the top graphics but mainly because of the new way of fighting which is using the analogues to throw punches.


        GRAPHICS:The graphics are great with very nice detail not only with the faces and body's of the boxers but also with the sweating and bleeding from the face and nose. With some nice shoots you can see blood spay out across the air. Using the manual action replay is excellent and lets you see the damage you have done or the damage you have taken if losing. The entry scenes are very cool too, you can have doves let lose when you enter, fireworks, fireballs as you go into the ring and much more. The only let down with the graphics is the crowd which is in 2D, they do move about and action different if you winning. But to improve the crowd, it would of taken it away from the boxers (that would 't be good), so this don't fully matter as the boxers (don't mean his shorts by the way, lol) is watch you be looking at mostly. The lady's also feature at the begging of rounds with the card of the round your on. Which they look pretty nice, not as detailed as the boxers but good graphics. You can also have them on your entry scene. The likeness of the boxers are stop on which include Roy Jones Jr, Muhammad Ali, Lennox Lewis and others.


        SOUND/MUSIC: Sound of punches are nice and sound real, that makes you feel "that got to hurt", even replay makes it sound better. you also got the crowd shouting out for some action, to knock them down, so that adds to the atmosphere as it would be very dull with out them. The Music is very good, some excellent tracks/songs, so even popular ones you know. This music also be added to your character entry clip.


        CONTROLS:
        The controls is what new here, the right analog, needs to be move in a direction the throw a button with ut pressing any other button. Straights and dabs are done by by pushing it up to one of the corners, hooks are done by pushing it the the side then around to the top and so on. (Find this to difficult or just different you can still use the buttons the fight. Block you also has full control over by pressing holding R1 you can bob, weave and lean using the right still. The shoulder buttons are then lets for illegal blow/punch, signature move, taunts and L1 to do body shoots. With the controls set like this you have total control of your boxer.

        One more thing the mention is when knockdown you must align the image of the referee that's counting up so they met and you have clear vision. This can be turned off so the computer does it automatic for you which you don't see but i found it allot better this way.


        GAMEPLAY: Gameplay is stunning, with great control you can doge punches which will lower your opponents stamina and leave him weak and slow for you to throw a counter punch that can knock some don in one punch(which feels great). The same goes for you though throwing punches loses stamina, but blocks and dodged ones will lose you more. Stamina just regain but the maximum will go down. So going crazy don't work, you need to do it all, block lean, counter attack and take breathers. Although you can play as well know boxers, the career mode with a create a boxer is the most fun. There's many characters you can make, small, tall, fat, slim, no hair, big hair, lots. Most of the shorts, shoes are already there, you just need to money, but the entry clips items must be unlocks first, there's laser show, special moves, taunts, music, tattoos, confetti, dancers and many more. After you chosen an opponent, before for the fight you get to do training which changes each time, There's 4 in all, all different, there's a combo dummy, a heavy bag, sparing partner and one with your coach that helps with what to hit and when. Depending on how good you do on them you are given points that can be spend on stats like power, speed, health, stamina and more.(8 in all)


        REPLAY VALUE: Fans of boxer may wish there were more legends but there are some great ones. There's loads to unlock (will take mouths to unlock all), there's many you can make on create a boxer, playing on a harder difficulty is also fun and adds replay value. Few things they could add in(possible in one of the next Fight night) is a table with the top scores from the training plus have a option on main screen to practice at the training would be good and customable shorts, shoes like partners, colors and text plus a create a tattoo with color of course as the ones in the game are all black.

        I've played the next fight night and i prefer this one and as its now cheap i would say its a must get.
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        SCORE

        Graphics - 9/10
        Sound/Music - 9/10
        Controls - 9/10
        Gameplay - 10/10
        Replay Value - 8/10

        FINAL RATING - 9.0/10

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          10.10.2005 02:15
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          A great bash em up game

          This really is the best boxing game around.
          This game has a vast choice of contests and the more practise you get, the more chance you have of winning.
          Play Now mode.
          choose play now and get ready for a 12 round battle, you get to choose from 6 different weights and a variety of boxers in each. Then choose again for player 2 or against the computer, a good idea is to practise on the little guys !!
          Then you can choose one of 3 venues. You can unlock more of these in the Career mode as you progress.

          Game Screen
          This displays your Health meter-which shows the damage your fighter can take before he gets knocked down.

          Energy Meter
          This shows your energy level, the higher the energy the stronger your punches.

          Round counter/clock is shown in the top of the screen.

          Knockdowns
          If you get knocked down then to pick yourself up you have to align the blurred image of the ref or set the game to auto recover(much easier)

          End of Fight
          If the fight goes the distance then the score cards are added up to decide the winner.

          Penalties/stoppages
          Watch the low blows and other cheap shots such as headbutting, if the ref spots you he'll dock you points and if you keep doing it he will disqualify you.

          Offence.
          Try to block your opponents shots and counter punch as these blows do more damage, remember not to throw too many as your energy levels will drop.

          Career Mode
          This is where the real test begins, here you start at the bottom and work your way up the rankings at the same time improving your boxer and earning money, if you are good enough you may get a shot at the title.
          Also in this mode you get to choose who you fight, schedule your fight and then you get the training option, here you can win more points to improve your fighter even more or simply choose auto train, but this doesnt improve him as much.
          There are 8 areas in which to boost your boxer
          power-agility-speed-stamina-chin-body-heart and guts.

          The game can be played on different levels and should give great pleasure and a whole lot of fun, especially when you see your opponents legs buckle as he heads for the canvas.
          The replays alone will make you laugh and look out for the special punches to do some real damage.

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