Product Type: Electronic Arts PS3 games
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Fight Night Round 4 (PS3)
Member Name: huggy2009
Fight Night Round 4 (PS3)
Advantages: Great graphics, better dynamics and gameplay
Disadvantages: Not a huge improvement on Round 3
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.
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