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The Fight represents a good opportunity to make use of the Playstation Move, but is it a knockout or a wild swing 'n'miss? Read on.
The game puts you in the shoes (or gloves) of a prison based fighter, after a fairly routine character creator you are taken through the tutorial. Most punches are thrown by making a simulated movement with your arm, the Move controller does a good job of sensing speed and direction for the most. Foot movement by your character is done by holding a certain button and tilting your Move controller in the required direction. In this game, you are not to move your actual feet as this throws out the position mapping of your character causing your arm positions and punches to be off target...annoying? Yes, but workable.
Once past the tutorial, the game follows a pretty set path. You have a number of locations with a pyramid line up of fights, each increasing in difficulty. Some opponents hit harder, some take a hit better, however this is not done well. You never really feel the need to change your approach to any fight even if they are big hitters or fast punchers. Most fights can be one by just throwing more punches, landing them of course, but technique seems irrelevant at times.
In between fights you can do a handful of boxing style training games such as speed bag, heavy bag and sparring. Each allows you to gain points which can in turn be used to improve any of your attributes. This seems fun at first but once you realise how to achieve maximum points (which isn't difficult) it feels more of a chore.
You can also customise your character with items unlocked from fights but this offers nothing new to the genre.
The fighting itself is reasonably well simulated, punches made by yourself will translate, for the most accurately into the game. There is however a lack of reach/depth where your punches will not reach or over-reach meaning you hit clean air or club with your inner arms. This is bearable but sometimes robs you of what you were sure was a killer combo. As stated, you cannot move your actual feet whilst fighting as the positioning of the controller to the camera is thrown out. If this does happen (and it will now and again) it makes it difficult to block and land blows and ruins the fun of the combat.
Calibration of the controller takes place between each bout or training exercise, which is nothing more than a slight annoyance.
Physically, expect to work up a sweat after 2 fights. The game will ascertain your BMI and give you calorie burnt states after each fight. This seems a little gimmicky and a woeful attempt and matching some of the Wii games focussed on fitness.
Overall, the combat is fun bar a handful of annoyances, however once you have fought 10 or so fights, it becomes a little same same with nothing much more to offer.
My advice, rent it first and but if you like it. Otherwise wait for it to come out at a sub £20.000 price to avoid feeling you lost out. Get Fight Night instead!
This games is available for the PS3 and the move controller is required. Two move controllers are best used to enhance gaming experience however if you dont have two then this can be used with a move controller and an original wireless controller.
It takes a long time to get going on this game as alot of calibration is needed to begin with. There are various steps that you need to go through before you can play a game ( I say game more like a fitness workout). The steps including calibrating head, arms, arms movements and standing away from the camera to ensure nothing else is in sight that can set of the sensor.
Once you get through to this stage there are different people that can challenge fights with, from an easy person to alot harder person at different scenaries.
You box with the controllers and everytime you beat someone you gain medals as well as enhancements to yourself. i.e. you can purchase new tatoos, pair new jeans as well as improving smamina and make relevant repairs to your body so you can fight better.
The more fights you win the more things you can have access to as just mentioned.
This is a one player game and not a family game. Be careful if young children around while playing this as it is quite a violent game with lots of shouting and bad language.
I found I got bored of this very quickly. However if you are often a workout you will find yourself sweating just after one game. It does get you tired very quickly and mine and my partners arms were killing the next day.
Just another note that after each fight you have to recalibrate the controllers which is a bit annoying but doesnt take long to do.