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Three years after EA Sports last boxing release, Fight Night Round 4 hit the shops in June 2009. With Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali on the cover, you're expecting it to be good, and it is. EA Sports listened to their fans and have substantially expanded the number of licensed boxers to 48. You are also able to use the buttons instead of the analog stick to throw punches, as many (including myself) got horrible blisters after playing Fight Night Round 3 for hours on end. The online mode is vastly improved from the previous outing, and the amazing graphics - coupled with the game engine - really make you feel like it's you throwing and taking the punches in the ring. The only negatives I can find lie in the single player mode - I'm OK playing with my mates, but the legacy mode is too complicated for my liking and I use Fight Night Round 3 for playing out my boxing career, but nonetheless this is a must have.
I had waited for this game for years and as the release date approached I began to get nervous. Was this game going to live up to my high expectations? After reading a few reviews the doubts began to disappear as good ratings were being given by most people. Once I got this game home all of the remaining doubts were quickly shot down. The game was what I expected and more. The new controls although not dissimilar to the previous versions took time to master but you could see the benefit of learning how to control your boxer. Gone are the days of swinging haymakers from Round 1 and gaining quick KO's this game is just like the real sport and at times like a game of chess. If your opponent is holding a high guard then you needed to target the body to bring the guard down. You needed to be thinking two moves ahead and always working towards a KO. Just like real life you do still get the flash knockdowns but most of the times these have to be earned. There is a wide variety of boxers available across the many different weights Modern Day legends like Manny Pacquiao meet legends such as Muhammad Ali. Obviously this would be a ridiculous fight due to the weight difference but the option for it to happen is there. There are a few legends missing like Floyd Mayweather Junior and a few good but not great boxers missing like Wladimir Klitschko. If you have an internet connection to your console this can be easily resolved as you are able to download these boxers from the website. These are versions that other gamers have created and surprisingly are very good and most importantly are free to download. As well as creating real fighters you can expect to find all kinds of fictional characters to download that are worthwhile playing as for comedy value.
The career mode is also bang on. In the tried and tested fashion you create your boxer and then try and guide him to a world title. The usual training mini games are here and are enjoyable as you are always trying to beat your previous best. You can also create rivalries between your boxer and another which keeps things interesting. The icing on the cake comes with the ability to create a pound for pound legend. You are able to take your boxer through the weight divisions to emulate your heroes. This is a masterstroke from EA.
As much as I love the game there a couple of small issues that I would class as negative. The first one is very minor and only applies to the PS3 version. On the X-Box you can import music from your personal collection for your created boxers ring entrance but on the PS3 you can only choose tracks that are already on the game. A small issue but for me there is nothing like seeing your champ walk to the ring to Buffalo Soldier! My only other gripe is that the computer opponents are made of sterner stuff than you. Basically when you get knocked down you need to use your analogue sticks to get up again, this is not easy initially but quite rightly gets harder the more you get knocked down. I accept this but my issue is the computer opponent seems to be able to get up numerous times a fight. My record for getting up is 3 times yet the opponent does at least 3 in most fights. Not a major problem as you then just put them down again but it can get you annoyed when you need to put someone down over 4 times in order for them to stay down.
I will sign off my review with a positive. The online gaming is brilliant. You choose a boxer and take on anyone from around the world. It is true that you meet some real animals in this arena and if you are not prepared to go to war you will be eating canvas as soon as you are connected. Some of the players out there are really that good. The best part of online is that you can take your created boxer online and try to win the world title for his weight. I have not got anywhere near this yet but imagine that there would be nothing like being crowned the Heavyweight World Champion, even if it is just on a computer game.
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I got this game for Christmas and couldn't come off it for days, it's very good. If you don't take boxing games to serious and like a good 'punch up' you will enjoy this. You will lose your first few games against the CPU but this is purely due to the fact that you are learning the ropes. Once you get into it you will be looking for the power punches to really knock your foe out, which I must say is an awesome feeling. The replays are also brilliant when you knock the other guy out and go slow mo. For the price of this game it is worth adding to your collection. The only fault of this game can be that if you are always lookng for the KO you will lost stamina, therefore need to be slightly tacticle. The career mode is very good and you can build your player up with training etc. There are also optional extras on the ps store online, you can download a basic kit for free but to add extra boxers to the game this will cost around £3 for around 3-4 extra boxers. One of them is Vladimir Klitscko.
Fight Night is a successful EA sports franchise on PS3 and Xbox360 allowing sofa pugilists to vie for the World titles through thumb dexterity rather than true physical power. This is the fourth instalment in the series as you might have guessed and visually it is easily the best of the lot.
The game has around 48 licensed fighters from many ages meaning you can fight as Manny Paquaio and take on greats like Roberto Duran or Ali, the boxers look like their real life counterparts and their boxing styles have been specially created to match the true star. The fighting style and graphics are a clear upgrade on the previous title.
The game does have some real tactical improvements with taller rangier fighters fighting on the outside and smaller bulkier fighters, wanting to fight on the inside and get as close in to their opponent as possible.
The Legacy mode where you can develop a fighter and take him to world titles at multiple weights is great in theory but I found after winning titles at two weights the game tails off and you just fight the same people over and over again.
You can train your fighter with a series of tests in the gym which improve strength, dexterity and stamina, do you want a hard fighting 12 rounder or an explosive puncher, how you train in the gym allied to your own skills as a fighter will decide this.
The controls are fairly easy to use and with the joystick you'll be jabbing, uppercutting and bolo punching your opponents before you know it. You can gain improvements to your fighter with sponsorship and clothing additions as well as haircuts and tattoos.
The game music is heavy hip hop which works well as you hope to move up you need music to push you further.
Online you can download more recent fighters like David Haye and this is a real improvement as it allows you to stay current, fighting the game is fun but online play is better as you can move up online divisions and really see how your skill and effort are paying off against real fighters.
I think overall this game is a slight improvement on Fight Night Round 3 but the legacy mode glitch lets it down, however it is becoming more and more serious about the boxing, improving the control system and fight dynamics as well as tactics.
When you punch or get punched the graphics are fantastic, it looks real from every angle and the presentation can't be faulted, although the commentary can become grating after a while. Its still the best boxing game out there but next time I hope to see more real improvements to Fight Night 5 rather than a few simple tweaks.
The game is available for £15.99 on Amazon.
Fight Night Round 4 is the fourth instalment of EA Sports boxing Franchise and follows up 2006's Fight Night Round 3. It contains 48 boxers and a whole host of different modes.
The first things you notice about this game are the visuals. The graphics look everything you would expect of a next generation console, slick, smart and oh so very life like. The attention to detail here is amazing from mouth guards flying out of your mouth to beads of sweat going flying all over the shop as a fist makes contact. I have yet to see these bettered in another sports game, let alone another boxing game.
Controls pretty much follow on from previous instalments. The right analogue stick controls your fighter's arms and rotating these in certain ways pulls off certain different punches. You can also button mash if you want as you can also use the face buttons to punch for those of us who find the analogue stick tricky. To be fair though you will be using the stick to pull off all kinds of moves in no time, though don't be fooled as this game will take a lot of hours to master. I also find using the analogue stick for endless hours brings up blisters on my thumb as I get so engaged in the action and trying to do things at speed my thumb slips and creates a lot of friction.
Blister inducing game modes include, Legacy Mode, which is the main mode of the game. You can create your own boxer or pick a real life boxer and take them through a career as you rise through the ranks and aim to unify the division. You pick challengers and move up the ranks like a normal boxer in an aim to win the belt. You train, get better equipment and win yearly awards now. The training here gets real tedious real fast but it's a good mode and aside from getting a belt in a weight class or two you should aspire to be an all time great and to do this you have to hit certain achievements in the game, like win 50 fights, have so many fans etc which is a nice little addition.
You also have the standard exhibition mode and there is online play. Get in the ring and bash away, button mashers beware though as there are skilled ring technicians aplenty online to deal you some tactical damage. It's a steep online learning curve that will see you kissing some canvas more than once.
Fighters that come with the game range from active stars of today to the legends of the past. Do as the box says and pit Tyson against Ali or Tyson against Holyfield. We also see a long awaited first appearance from undefeated Super Middle Weight Legend Joe Calzaghe. Sadly there is no Floyd Mayweather but there are a host of other stars including Barrera, Cotto, Gatti, Hatton, Jones Jr, Mosely, Pacquiao and Pavlik.
There is also downloadable content if you want it including new fighters, gyms and equipment. Just watch out however, as not all of these are free. Some will cost you money but you can still pick up some decent DLC without spending any money.
If you are a gamer who enjoys collecting trophies and wants to platinum this game forget it. There are a lot of trophies that will provide you no challenge but online you must win belts at three different weights and there are only three online belts. Your chances of getting a shot at one are next to zero let alone winning one but don't let that put you off this game.
Overall as boxing games go I think this one sits on top of the pile. Its everything you want visually has some good if not a tad repetitive commentary, a nice array of boxers and a lot of downloadable content to keep you going. The game mechanics are good and knocking out friends and family in the ring just doesn't get any better. If you want a boxing game then look no further as it leaves it competitors staring at the ceiling.
After the highly succesful Fight Night Round 3, Fight Night Round 4 had a lot to live up to and, for me, it exceeded expectations. The graphics are amazing; with every punch you see beads of sweat fly off your opponents face and the contols are muc improved from Fight Night Round 3 due to the clever use of the right analogue stick. To perform a jab you simply push the right analogue stick forward but to perform more complex punches like hooks or upercuts there is a certain technique you have to follow. The game is very easy to pick up and is great fun if you have friends round. Online gameplay is great as well, you play opponents either in a ranked or unranked match; it you play them in a ranked match you get placed into a table with a rank and you can try to improve thi rank by winning matches. Legacy mode is a good offline mode whereyou start in a small training gym and work you're way up to the number 1 heavyweight. The only down side is that the game has poor longevity and can get quite repetitive after a while, however I would reommend this game whether you are a boxing fan or not.
Fight Night 4 is truly a visual masterpiece! To date its the only game which truly utilises the Playstion 3 hardware to create by far and away the best graphics I have seen on a video game. The attention to detail is breath taking with the character physics being as close to recreating the pugilistic arts as possible.
Like any great game the controls are easy to pick up but take a age to master. This is complemented with a computer AI that not only becomes more difficult as you work your way up the boxing ladder but also presents against opposition with varying styles!
One other positive I must mention is the commentary, its responsive to whats going on, original and only gets repetitive after hours of combat.
As for negatives the game can become a little repetitive on solo mode as there is only so many times you can exceed the accolades bestowed on the greats like ali and tyson. This is nicely offset though by both mutliplayer and online functions
Overall if you have any interest in boxing it is worth the price
So you love your PS3 and you love your boxing? You loved Fight Night Round 3? Why spend money getting the newest offering then?
Fight Night Round 4 is a game which has taken what we were offered in it's little brother Fight Night Round 3 and then beaten it to a pulp with the step up quite amazing.
The game offers quite fantastic graphics that run smoothly yet remain sharp and lifelike and truly shows off the ability of the console and its high definition capabilities.
The control system has been overhauled for this years offering and now takes a true amount of skill to be able to master this game with there no longer being the ability to just button hit thanks to the improvements made and the fact that the control of punches is in the hands of the right control stick of your joypad.
The game is once again adorned with the great names of boxing past and present including such excellent names as Muhammed Ali, Ricky Hatton, Mike Tyson and many more across all of the weight ranges.
The physics of the game once again allow for realistic fighter damage, cuts and bruising with the corner once again having the ability to heal your boxer either through allowing automatic corner work or you taking the lead and healing your fighter yourself through following the instructions offered.
The game is simply put a stunning game with excellent control system, amazing graphics and offers great playability aswell as re-playability.
- Amazing graphics
- Excellent control system
- Fantastic gameplay
- Fantastic roster of boxers
- Great venues brilliantly re-created
- Great multi-player mode
- Excellent realism
- Realistic damage, cuts and bruises and also corner repairs at end of each round
- Will take time to perfect the control system on this game
This is a simply fantastic game and I would highly recommend it to all who love their boxing.