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      06.02.2011 18:09
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      Still a great game...I think your better off buying fight night round 2 though

      This could have been it , the pinnacle of the boxing genre. But they fluffed it, why, one simple thing, but unfrtunately one of the most important things. Dont get me wrong , this game builds upon the other fight night games and adds in some extra`s.

      Graphics:
      The rendering is fantastic as youd expect on the xbox 360. Al the greats like ali, suger ray leanard and even joe calzaghe, ricky hattons (greats?) etc are all there. And as an extra you get the sweat and the blood flying off, its very lifelike. Even the bruises, the cuts look realistic in the floodlights.

      Modes:
      As per usual you can choose tournament or exhibition (or arcade). In arcade ou can pick most weight divisions, and most great fighter from the 1950`s onwards and just great straight into a big fight. The career mode is where you can either take a great fighter from history and use that fighter as a tmeplate and move in a different career. Or a most do you build your own fighter. SO you can render your fighter with physical characterisitcs like brown hair, blue eyes, a big forehead or big chin, you can be stocky or wiry...it really is detailed. You also get to pick your skillset, your speed, strength , agility and stamina all come into play Then you pick your stance Orthodox or southpaw, and then your style within that (a new feature, like a lazy left arm dropped to get a quick jab). Once this is done you start off in the amateur leagues, typically you fight 10 fights here with a head guard on, then move to the pro`s. As you proceed through the ranks, you are challenged by fighters and you challenge, you go on to training camp where depending on your success here you can up your stats on stamina say and go into the fight thinking youve improved.

      Gameplay:
      This is the problem, like all the other games it is very thought out how to throw punches and the joystick is very responsive. But unlike the PS2 the xbox controller makes it harder for you to throw some of the more complex punches like haymakers, I just couldnt do them as and when I wanted ! Other then that you have the same great post round cutmen, bruisemen, corner speak....you get great stats and great commentary which is bespoke to your fighter. also think the best part is bit where you almost knock someone out, the view is reducd and you have to get that flush punch through to their head or body to take them to the canvas, if you leave it too long, they revive and you are back to standard fighting rather then them on the defensive. If you are in this situation and get knocked out your objective is to move two orbs into two circles within the 10 secs. Each knock down that occurs makes this process harder and harder.

      You also get warning and disqalification for rabbit punches or headbuts. The crowd even boo you ! And if you decide to go into a fight all gins blazing you wont last past the 6th round. Your stamina wains, you become slower, your punches are less powerful and you become more susceptable to knockdowns. In this way the gameplay is very realisitic, you ave to play the long game sometimes and time your combo or your just wasting precious energy. Alternatively if your lucky you can get a round 1/2 knockout with a cleverly placed haymaker.

      Extras:
      All the big venues are here- madison sq gardens, staples centre, the viceroy- i like this one it reminds me of circus tavern in essex ! You still get to spend your winnings on sports gear fomr the EA shop, like new gloves, new boots and this time you get sponsorship too. You can spend your cash on entrance gimmicks like exclusive songs, dancing girls and fireworks to demoralise your opponant.

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      16.04.2010 17:27
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      Not quite a knockout game!

      I managed to find this at Game the other day for £3.99 in the Second hand section and having played it on PS2 thought it would be worth a try as Fight Night Round 4 is still to expensive. I've found the game to be decent enough although if i'm honest its a 3 out of 5'er for me as its easy to get complacent and just coast through the game after a while which affects its longevity.

      Whats going on:

      Well Fight Night Round 3 is part of Electronic Arts successful boxing franchise, you can play the game as one of the fight worlds legends or create your own boxer and build a career from Amateur to multiple weight World Champion.

      What Can you Do:

      You can fight classic fights like Ali v Frazier or Ward v Gatti as either fighter and try to change the course of history or create a career and fight to the World Championship at your chosen weight, there are various skill levels and shops where you can customise how your fighter looks, what they wear and even how they taunt their opponent in the ring.

      Graphics:

      These are good, fighters look realistic my virtual Manny Paquaio looks like the real thing which is cool, the punches look and sound authentic so overall these are a big plus. The music through the game is filled with bass and adrenaline too and commentary is fun (although gets a tad repetitive eventually!).

      Gameplay:

      You can train your fighter up to become stronger, faster and fitter, this is ok but it does rely on you doing things once between fights and is a tad one dimensional, the fights themselves are fun but you can (like me) get to become World Champion through a series of favoured punch combinations without having any real skills in defence (Although I guess some would say that hasn't stopped quite a few real World Champs!!).

      The gameplay is fun but you can begin to know exactly how to kill off oponents and it loses appeal.

      Overall its a great game for the price I paid and is still available everywhere, its well worth playing.

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        30.10.2009 16:50
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        Excellent game to play at cheap price

        I was not expecting this game to be as good as it was and being one the first games out on the PS3 thought that it was a great game.

        The graphics in this game were amazing, you can see all the likeness of the boxers and you will instantly recognise the most famous of the lot. The game has some nice slow motion moments before knock outs etc where you see a spay of spit everywhere which graphically looks good, and changes as well depending on how and where you hit them.

        The game itself plays really well the fighting system at first seems really complicated with you have to hold down shoulder buttons while you use the control sticks to throw punches but this turns out to tbe the best part of the game once you master it. You feel much more in the game with you have to move the stick in different directions and stuff to pull off different punches. The games difficulty can increase a lot if you play it enough and the game also has multiplayer which is awesome fun to play with your mates.

        The career mose is better than expected with training mini games which are challenging and also build up your character's traits and attributes. Making you have to chose which aspects of your boxer you want to train up and the career mode has a nice long lasting playthrough. It's not something you will be able to finish in a day. Which a good.

        Overall i liked the game and it is really fun to watch as you knock out some scummy boxer you never heard of and even better when you get around to being good enough to beat Ali.

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        08.07.2009 17:47

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        excellent game, but round 4 is out now...

        Fight night round 3 was my first introduction to the fight night series, and after the initial (deep) confusion of what I was doing with the analogue sticks, I found it to be a very enjoyable game. The control system is quite strange at first, but when you get used to it you can really unleash some devastating combos, and having a match up with friends of the same level is brilliant fun and can lead to some epic battles. I wouldn't recommend facing up against someone of a very different ability on the game though, as it is not the kind of game where button bashing will get you anywhere.

        The career mode is a brilliant aspect, with the training games enjoyable and the constant battle to keep your perfect fight record alive. I would say though that the real brilliance of the game is in the versus mode, and I personally am eagerly anticipating getting my hands on round 4 for some xbox live action.

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        01.07.2009 22:21
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        Best boxing game by far

        Fight Night Round 4 promised massive improvements from Round 3, but unlike a lot of EA's sequels this wasn't going to be graphical changes, it was going to be the game engine itself that would be changed to make each punch unique in how it lands, the effect it has and the force it lands with.

        This was, according to EA, the closest thing to actual boxing you could get on a console, this was going to be about thinking yourself to a win and not just throwing wild punches.

        On first play, compared to Fight night 3 this is a step back, you find yourself standing on the spot throwing 200 punches a round, but happily as you go through the much improved single player game it becomes obvious that those tactics won't get you far for long.

        The new blocking system relies on perfecting timing to throw counter punches, throw too many punches and you get so weak you wont be standing for long. The better you get at the game the more it feels like the real thing. Playing as Tyson and getting in close throwing wild hooks to the body followed by a swift uppercut has never felt so good as it does here.

        The graphics are fantastic, better than even FN3, in the replays you can see muscles flex in your characters back as they throw punches, your opponent grimace as he takes that punch square on the nose.

        A lot has been changed on this game, and everything for the better. The system in between rounds, how you get up after a knock down, the blocking, the punching. If you like boxing you will love this game.

        The fact you can download other people's created boxers is brilliant, also you can upload a photo to the EA web site and use that as your face in the game meaning you can put yourself, you mother or even Borat into the game. This feature means you can add in all the boxers missing from the game and import them into your one player game.

        There are a few downsides, xbox live is very little fun with strangers at the moment due to a fault with stamina that means you usually end up in a slugfest until you win or lose. Though I am sure this will be resolved via a patch soon.

        All in all a brilliant effort by EA and a huge step forward.

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        01.07.2009 14:19
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        One of the best boxing games to ever hit the 360!

        Fight Night Round 3

        Format: Xbox 360
        Genre: Sports

        --- So what's it all about? ---
        Fight Night Round 3 was one of the early titles for the Xbox 360 having been released back in February 2006. It follows on from Fight Night Round 2 which was arguably one of the best boxing simulations of it's time when it was released on the Xbox and PS2.

        The game is a boxing simulation where you can take control of a large selection of well known champion boxers or as always you have the option to create your own boxer according to your preferences.

        There is an exhibition mode which let you choose your fighter, opponent, and venue for a quick match. You choose any of the boxers to fight one another, regardless of weight class, which allows for some very unfair fights indeed! There is a career mode where you train your fighter and climb to the top by winning fights and gaining popularity. Finally there is the ESPN Classic mode which lets you recreate a lot of the biggest fights in boxing history.

        A nice thing about Fight Night Round 3 is the introduction of online play via Xbox Live where you can now fight your friends online no matter where they are!

        --- Gameplay ---
        Fight Night Round 3 is very easy to control thanks to the continued use of "Total Punch Control." This is an ingenious control system where you use different combinations of analogue stick movements to either throw punches or dodge and weave rather than simply mashing buttons. At first I found this method of control a little difficult to pick up, however after a little while I settled in and found it a very comfortable way to play. Veterans of previous Fight Night games will feel right at home with the controls.

        The in game fights are awesome to either watch or play as it looks and feels very realistic. I particularly like the knock outs where the camera on the replay slows right down taking you from 3rd person to a 1st person view and zooms in on the face of your opponent as you land that crippling blow. Watching the spit and blood fly along with the force of the knock out blow ripple through the other guys face always left me with a very satisfied grin on my face!

        One of the downsides of the game is unfortuantely the career mode compared to the previous offerings. In Fight Night Round 3 you gain popularity as you win fights. Once your popularity gauge is full, you qualify for a special contract fights or a title fight. The main drawback I found was that there was no rank structure telling you where you are in comparison to other boxers. I like to know what rank I am so I have some idea how many fights I will need before a championship shot and try to plan for it.

        The overall effect of removing the rank structure is that there aren't any goals or progress indicators other than your popularity meter. I ended up feeling like I was playing a lot of exhibition matches strung together rather than fighting my way up the ranks to become champ!

        --- Graphics ---
        The biggest thing going for Fight Night Round 3 is definitely the graphics. When I first played this game over 2 years ago I could not believe how detailed and realistic the boxers looked. Even by today's standards the graphics are good and really help to absorb you into the game.

        Boxers receive life like damage such as cuts and bruises and as the fight draws on you begin to sweat profusely which begins to bead down you face and body in a very realistic way.

        Unfortunately there is a limited number of venues where the fights take place and the crowd appear fake thanks to the over use of copied animations simply coloured differently. Overall though the graphics are superb with accurate modelling, excellent use of lighting and some really nice camera work.

        --- Sound ---
        The sounds are what you would expect. The punches sound realistic and the cometary of the fight was believable and not repetitive. There was also good use of ambient crowd noise which elevates once you land successful combos or a good knock out punch.

        --- Value ---
        I really enjoyed this game even though the career mode seemed somewhat pointless at times. I had a lot of good nights playing it with friends either on or off line. Also this is one of the only games where I managed to easily get the maximum 1000 Xbox gamer points for those of you that love G!

        I must have got at least a solid months play out of Fight Night Round 3 which considering you can pick it up now for as little as £8 I think it's a steal. Also, Fight Night Round 4 was released on the 26/06/09 and for those of you who want to wait for the price to come down on the newer release, this may be a cheap alternative.

        --- Overall ---
        This is a fun, easy to control and graphically superb boxing games, one of the best I've played so far. Even though it's over 2 years old I still play it even today! For as little as £8 it is worth a try.

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          13.06.2009 12:58

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          best fighting game I have ever played

          I love this game! I honestly think I have played it more in terms of man hours than any other. To begin with I like the fighter controls which are innovative and also intuitive once one has got used to them. Both analogue sticks are used together, along with the bumpers (triggers) and buttons to lean the boxer 360 degrees and block left or right / high or low, and to punch left or right / high or low. This means that you have very good overall control of your boxer. By accurately predicting where your opponent will punch and blocking it you can set up your boxer for a haymaker punch which if landed will give your boxer an adrenaline rush and increased power and speed for a time. Overall the game is addictive and satisfying...you never stop getting better! The online aspect is all I ever play and great fun against friends or strangers. I have not yet got the new version, if it is anything like as good as this then it will be amazing! Graphics are great too,especially in HD.

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          12.06.2009 17:57
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          gooood fun

          Fight night round 3 is a game in a series (Fight night, Fight night Round 2) and there is a newer version out(Fight night round 4) this game is mainly controlled by the RS but I always use A
          (haymaker) This game is priced up as £5-£15 and is good value for money.

          The graphics on this game are also quite good, the scenery is pretty cool even though the main setting is in the ring, and this is good because they can focus a lot on the scenery, the characters are quite cool, and like all boxing games Ricky Hatton looks quite silly!

          The game play is really good, I love the way that you go into K.O moment, where when you get really beaten up you go into slow motion type thing where you have a chance to redeem yourself. My favourite part of the game play is the fact that the referee stops the game if you beat your opponent up too badly.

          The sound quality is pretty sweet, but the referees voice sounds the same every time (Boring!) the sound effects are really good, the sound of the bone-crunching when you knock someone down! The best part of the sound is probably the backing music!

          The controls are really simple, RS is all the punches (move in different directions) LS in to move round the ring A is finishing punch and B is dirty move, The button I most use is LT which is to swerve (this really annoys the opponent because he can't punch me.

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            24.01.2009 16:49
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            If you can get it for under £10 you could do far worse.

            I bought this recently looking for a good 2 player game for when the boys come round, now in platinum range it only cost a tenner so I couldn't really go wrong.

            As a boxing game it's pretty good, there is a huge range of real life fighters and the graphics are spectacularly realistic with cuts and bruises amassing on the faces of your opponents as you pummel with uppercuts and jabs.

            Unfortunately that's all there really is to this game. There is a ridiculous amount of advertising in this game, almost to the point of it being intrusive. The single player campaign and achievement are also very easy to complete - I got through the game and 1000GPs in about 6 hours by basically landing haymaker after haymaker onto my opponents, rarely did I see a second round. To tell you the truth I got really bored with the game, no skill is required.

            I've had more fun with the Rocky or Ready 2 Rumble games, I find simulator type games rather uninteresting, slow and frustrating.

            For the price I paid I'd still recommend for having a bash with your mates, still better than FIFA :)

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            06.09.2008 13:06
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            Overall an all time great classic game with some clout.

            This is in all honesty an absolute must for the boxing or not so boxing fans as this game will fight its way to the top of the rankings everytime no matter what stands in its way.
            Have you ever wanted to be heavy weight champ of the world?
            of course you do so now is your chance to earn and fight your way to this glorious belt in one of EA Sports greatest boxing games yet, Fight Night Round 3.
            Glorious detailed graphics that pound away with every punch you throw or with every punch you receive that still astonishes me even now, and it does leave you everytime wanting to go back for a rematch with some of boxings most cockiest opponents if you fail to beat them first time over.
            The addiction factor i can safely say is with this game and you will lose but return with passion and aggression without any doubts.
            GAME PLAY:
            I must admit it does take you a long while to discover all the buttons that decide what punches you throw, and there is a long list in the instructions manual which will take you ages to learn but if your like myself trying out all the buttons in combat first hand is always the best way to learn, and this for me is what makes this game an all time classic.
            It does again portray in this game some of the best and glorius boxers of all time so beating them up is always an exciting and somewhat happy feeling, so your never left without fighting an opponent you dont know or havent heard of, and is is nice at times to woop muhammed alis ass to make you feel on top of the world ( in a gaming sense anyway ).
            The only fault i would say about the game, well its not really a fault but i have to say for me personally it can get frustrating after a while especially when your in carrer mode and you lose a fight to someone you just know you should not have lost to and the addiction to get revenge starts to sink in, but believe me allthough you will be chucking your controller at the wall ( and then having to buy a new one again durr) in shear frustration at losing a fight the addiction to this game will have you on the edge of your seat and wanting to be the greatest champ of all time before you get to old and retire into the hall of fame.

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              22.08.2008 02:06

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              Like it.

              Fight night round three is-a boxing simulation game for the Xbox 360 console.

              In this game you can take your favourite boxer into the ring and fight against your rivals and opponents.

              The way you control the punches is rather unique, with one analogue stick you can control your boxers fists, with the other you can control your body movement. Controlling punches feels natural and fun, you feel more connected to the game than if you were just mashing buttons.

              The graphics in this game are probably some of the best you will see on the Xbox 360 system, every punch leaves bruises and cuts on your opponents face and body. When you are about to land a very devastating blow, the game slows down and zooms right in allowing you to see the blow with excruciating detail.

              You can get this game for around 10 to £15.00 which make it a must buy as it is extremely good.

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              15.08.2008 11:13

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              Well worth a look, but isnt gonna live up to halo, COD, gears etc.

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              Fight night is a very nticing game. Its one of those games that fills the time between big titles. Don't get me wrong i think the game is excellent, due to its stunning graphics, and attention to detail, such as sweat flying of your boxer in the event of being hit (which will happen... alot)

              A major perk of this game is that you can entirely cuztomize your player, shaping every feature of him.

              There is only so much boxing you want to do, so FN3 fills time with interesting mini "training" games where you improve your boxers stats.

              I must admit there is only so much you can play FN without turning suicidal, and i found that towards the end of the game i was playing merely for achievements which dont amount to many, and tend to be only for completing stages in the game.

              The game is very social, good for when you have a couple of mates round and well worth a look. Plus you dont need to be a boxing fan to enjoy this game.

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              best boxing game ever !!!

              fight night round 3 , altough it is now and old game is still a classic , brilliant game with some of the greatest boxers , cuts and bruising looks very realisitc and damage is also very realistic and its the graphics of the game that makes the game so great oldschool classic and will never stop playing this game no matter how old it gets i recomend any one who does not already have it to invest in one of the best xbox 360 games ever , the controls are quite hard to learn compared to outher games but this is to give you more of a expericnce , when a haymaker or right hook is layed or a opentent is out off health it goes into a slow motion mode where one more punch will put the openent down , the only way out of this is to dodge every hit or take a grapple could go on for ages but honestly best boxing game i have ever played

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                03.06.2008 17:08
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                The best looking boxing game ever and it plays pretty darn well too.

                While the 360 has plenty of sports games on the market, it really depends what kind of sports you're looking for. There are plenty of Football games, whether it is Pro Evolution or FIFA, a decent amount of golfing simulators (mostly Tiger Woods) and other sports like American Football and Tennis. But, along with Rugby and Cricket, Boxing games don't make a whole lot of appearances on Microsoft's console. So, it's good then that the boxing games that do appear on the 360 are great ones, at least if Fight Night Round 3 is any indication. With excellent boxing gameplay, stunning graphics, intuitive controls and great multiplayer, Round 3 is a winner.

                -(The Controls)-
                The Fight Night series has built its name on its unique analog control system, and Round 3 continues to improve it. You move with left analog stick and perform moves with the right analog stick. How this works is you move the analog stick in a motion to perform a move, and the motion sort of resembles the move. You can perform straights by moving the analog stick forward, perform hooks by moving the analog stick to a side, then moving it in a circular motion upwards, and many more. There are some complicated moves, like haymakers and stun punches, but as you play you'll get comfortable with it. Fight Night veterans will be able to jump right in, but newbies may need to try and get accustomed to it. It's a unique and exciting control scheme, but if you don't like it you can change it to one of six control schemes to suit you. The rest of the moves like blocking and dodging are mapped to the face buttons, bumpers and triggers. A tutorial shows you how to play Fight Night, so it's not too daunting.

                -(The Gameplay)-
                After you drop your jaw at the amazing graphics, you realise you aren't watching a movie and need to play this. Yet, Fight Night Round 3 also succeeds in the gameplay area too. The basic core gameplay of previous games is still here-you use the right analog stick to perform moves like jabs, haymakers (which aren't nearly as unfair as Round 2) and hooks. You must mix up your moves and not mash on the A button to perform your boxers signature moves otherwise you'll be countered and blocked a lot. You need to block to, which you can do by using your hands, leaning away and simply moving away from the punches. The HUD is removed from this Fight Night, though you can put it back on. If you leave it off, you can tell how you're doing by the way boxers are acting. If weak, they will breathe heavily and throw sluggish shots. This is very realistic, as is most of Round 3. Mixing defense with offence is what will help you succeed in Fight Night Round 3, but you can also use a couple of other tricks too. Matches can be a bit sluggish at times, where you just can't hit the fool dodging your punches, but it doesn't happen too much.

                There are a couple of moves called 'Impact Punches' which are new to the series. Flash KO is when you can immediately put your opponent into the KO phase which during the phase means you can send them to the canvas of the ring, with the right punch. Usually you'd have to weaken them first, but using this move puts them straight into the KO phase. It's worth the risk of getting hit, as this is leaves you defenceless for a bit. But pull it off and the match could end quickly. The other Impact punch is Stun Punch. When this is connected, the opponent goes on the defensive, using his hands as protection. After it will only take one big punch to send them to the ground. Your opponent could counter with this move too, so watch out. The returning stun punch is the 'EA Sports Haymaker' which will instantly shift the momentum on your side after connection. These moves won't be used often though, as you'll rarely have chance to use these because of the challenging analog stick command.

                There are also a couple of illegal moves too, like head butts and Clinching, but using these too much is a bad idea as it's embarrassing losing by Disqualification. You'll probably get away with it the first time, but if you keep using it then don't expect to win. Besides, opponents will probably counter it as it hurts still. You can also pull off a taunt, but these are useless as it doesn't affect anything. A real boxer would get angry being taunted, but in FNR3 they just keep doing their thing. It's a shame, and the A.I. as a whole isn't the best. Sometimes, they'll punch at a place you were blocking before, and the main issue is that their strategies never differ usually. They'll mainly block, punch, block, dodge and punch and it gets predictable. They're a bit like punching bags, though make mistakes and you'll suffer.

                Maybe that's why the career mode in FNR3 is so weak. You first must choose between creating your own boxer using the robust create-a-champ option, or use one of the real-life boxers in the game, including Muhammad Ali, Roy Jones Jr. and Sugar Ray Leonard. Either way, you then must apply around 100 points worth of stats to your character in what ever area you choose. Then you can sign a contract into one of many fights of your choice. You then train by selecting a trainer (which could cost up to $50.000) and then selecting one of four training sessions. You can do weightlifting, punch bag, dummy punching and sparring. The first three add more stats onto specific areas. After that you then fight. And then you repeat that until you've won the belt in your weight class. There's no storyline, meaning there's no spice to the action. It's just fight after fight, with the occasional moment where you get assaulted in the weigh in.

                That comes in the form of rivalries, which is a new thing to the series. And it doesn't work very well. Basically, you'll come across a boxer whom you've defeated that has some 'bad blood' with you. You then fight him again and the commentator will say 'these guys really don't like each other' or 'these guys want to kill each other'. That's really the extent of it, and the assaults in the weigh in last a few seconds and don't add much except to delay the next fight. You can't help but feel that choices would have helped, like conversation trees or something like that. Instead, they're mere annoyances, and the fights play like they would normally so it doesn't have much of an affect on the match.

                As you win matches in career, your popularity goes up. Once the meter is filled, you fight in a match sponsored by a company like Dodge or on a special event like Pay-Per-View. The weird thing is that one of the sponsors, EA Sports, will have a fight before you fill your popularity up that much. It basically means EA Sports could come up twice, as well as the other sponsors. Like I said, they don't affect gameplay much-just trying to spice up the action. After you win a title belt at the beginning, you don't get anyone challenging you for it, as if you don't own it. Its things like this that really detract from the career mode, and as such, is a weak spot. Thankfully, you'll probably continue just because the actually fights are great.

                The create-a-champ mode is pretty robust. You can change a lot of things, from skin colour to facial hair to height and weight to even their nose size. It's very robust, though because it's a boxing game you can't really change their clothes, per se, as they don't wear jeans and tank tops while fighting. You can buy some different trunks and other clothes they wear during boxing matches in the career mode, using money you earned by winning. Like the WWE games, you can create some funny creations like a giant headed boxer or a guy with a massive nose or a guy with a small head and big arms. There are also some different boxing styles to assign to them, which go from an overall style to how they block and punch. You can select styles to suit how you play, and can change them anytime during the career mode, which is a plus.

                There are some other modes you can choose from. The 'Play Now' mode lets you create a match, letting you choose which corner to fight in and how you are going to fight with. The 'ESPN Classic' mode lets you take part in some of the biggest bouts in boxing history, from Ali vs. Frazier to Gatti vs. Ward. This is quite a fun mode, especially if you know your boxing history. You can choose rivalries from your career mode too, using even you created wrestler in these situations. There are some issues, like the fact that fights don't take place in authentic arenas for the time the real fight took place in, but overall it's a decent diversion. Shame the A.I. wasn't slightly better in the single player modes, though it's not brain dead.

                That's why FNR3's best asset is its multiplayer. Whether you play it with a friend on one console or over Xbox Live with a complete stranger, matches really pick up in these modes. You can change quite a few match options, and there are several stat-tracking features, as well as leader boards. Obviously, you're not going to have four people in the game playing against each other because, well, it's boxing but it doesn't need to. Another two-player only sports game was Rockstar's Table Tennis which had a perfect camera because it was two people and one table, removing split-screen. FNR3 does this too, which means you don't have to look at a smaller screen, which makes it enjoyable. There's some minor lag at the beginning of games, but as a whole the multiplayer is quality.

                FNR3 is rated 16+ for violence. I'd be inclined to agree here-the moments where the game shows the replay of your knocking a guy to the floor is rather gruesome. You hear the sounds of their face crunching, you see their faces squash up, blood goes flying out of the boxer's mouth and it's just not a pretty sight. That said, there isn't much else to offend here so if you can handle that then there isn't too much offending in FNR3. Swear words in the rap songs are censored, and it's not like you see heads flying off. The gameplay is also easy to adapt to, making it great for parties.

                -(The Graphics)-
                Graphically, Fight Night Round 3 is the best looking boxing game ever. It benefits from the 360's hardware capabilities and creates an almost photorealistic look, let down by minor glitches like clipping. While the frame rate isn't 60 frames per seconds like the PS2 and Xbox versions, it doesn't need to be. The character models look incredible. Their bodies glisten with sweat as the match goes on, their faces deform as you hit it, as well as your face, their clothes dangle as if they're not glued to the boxer's body and their animation is perfect which flows from move to move. The game has perfect lighting, and you can actually see the dust as it flies through the light. The environments aren't as detailed, but it's not a massive issue. There are plenty of crowd members cheering, though they look a bit blocky. The frame rate is 100% smooth, and the little issues like clipping don't hurt the game too much.

                -(The Sound)-
                The sound is also of high quality, though not as good as the graphics. The best thing is the effects, especially during replays after knocking someone down to the canvas. As you watch the replay, you cringe at the sound of your boxing glove breaking some teeth. It sounds so real and so forceful that you can't help but shiver in disgust. The other effects, like the different sounds of punching when using different moves, and the crash of when you take someone to the canvas, really help build realism. Unfortunately, the rest of the sound is a bit average. The commentary from Joe Tessitore isn't as bad as, say, the commentary found in Smackdown vs. Raw 2008, but hearing him compare the Philly shell defense to a Philly Cheesestake three matches in a row gets annoying. The soundtrack is also weak, composing of a small, and I mean small, selection of Rap tunes which not only alienates anyone not into rap, but also gets repetitive. It does suit the tone of the game, though.

                -(The Replay Value)-
                Fight Night Round 3 suffers a bit here. The main career mode lasts until you retire, but you'll probably quit after about six hours because it's not too engaging. The other modes of play, like ESPN classic, are fun for a while but not too engaging either. You'll still play though, because of the excellent fighting system in Fight Night. One area that really disappoints is the achievements. There are only eight (which is even less than King Kong's achievements) and you could earn a good 6 of them in an hour. You unlock achievements by completing special fights in the career mode, whether it's a sponsored fight by Dodge, EA Sports or Burger King. Once you win that, you earn 100-150 gamer points until you eventually get the full 1000 gamer points. It's disappointing to say the least. The area that could keep you busy for weeks is the awesome multiplayer, whether it's on one system or over Xbox Live.

                -(The Score)-
                Controls=10
                Gameplay=9
                Graphics=9
                Sound=8
                Replay Value=7
                Overall Score=8.6

                -(The Ending Comments)-
                Fight Night Round 3 is a superb boxing game. It may feel a bit sluggish at times, but all the boxing matches you'll fight in will be enjoyable. The excellent gameplay still shines, despite a weak career mode. As you deliver a Haymaker to take someone to the ground, the slow-motion replay will send chills down your spine as you hear and see their faces squishing, which is a sight that some people could puke over. This is thanks to the incredible graphics, which consistently make your jaw drop, despite some issues. It's a shame there isn't more to go around, with a brief single player, very little extra modes and poor achievements. The multiplayer will keep you busy though. It's a lot like Rockstar's Table Tennis-it focuses on the gameplay rather than delivering lots of gameplay modes or fancy stories and provides a fantastic sports experience. Unless you're not into sport or boxing, then you should give Fight Night Round 3 a go.

                -(The Extra Info)-
                This was published by EA Sports and developed by EA Chicago.
                This was released on March 10th, 2006 and is also on PS2, PS3, PSP and Xbox.
                This is available from Amazon for £16.99 (Classics Version).

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                  I have played fight night round three many a time and i think its a great game and its totally addictive ! Its graphics are just simply amazing as every little detail is put into the game ! Secondly the game is really easy to play as i have a little cousin who is 9 and can sometimes beat me . Thirdly the multiplayer and xbox live is totally awsome !
                  There are also some bad things about the game aswell . Firstly there arent that many boxers to choose from . Secondly the types of punches and moves you can do on your opponent are very limited . This gets repetitive and boring after a while .
                  Overall i would try and get this game but not brand new . I would get it second hand or a cheaper price as its not worth £45 and its worth about £20 .

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