Fight Night Round 3 Review
Knock Out !
Boxing is fun right? Getting knocked out isn’t so EA decided to give us the best of both worlds with a fine boxing video game
Normally I’m not a fan of fighting games as the mindless button bashing bores and frustrates me, but fortunately FNR3 is far from a mindless button basher. You have two options for controlling the game using the shape buttons to throw punches or using the analogue sticks which give you more control but requires more skill.
Once in the ring you are constantly required to think about how to outbox your opponent and work him down so you can land a knock out punch. Going crazy and throwing random punches will just tire your boxer out and mean he can’t get up as easily.
When you do end up on the floor you have to guide two circles into the middle with the analogue stick to get back up in 10 seconds or you loose and this part alone leads to some of the most frantic and tense gameplay.
Whilst progressing through your career you get to play mini games to train your boxer and practice throwing the punches correctly. You also get to choose what fights you want to enter and some fights bring in more money than others which you can spend on new attire.
Graphically the game is stunning the sweat running down the fighters is unbelievable and you can see the faces deforming and dripping with blood as you hit your opponent. The rings aren’t up to the same standard but are acceptable as are the crowds.
The sounds also add to the amazing experience you hear your nose crunching as your opponent lands a big punch and the selection of music tracks available also fit in nicely.
Online is really where this game is most fun, nothing beats trying to outwit your friends in the ring and grabbing them desperately as you try to avoid the knock out punch. Unfortunately although it supports voice comms I found the quality to be inconsistent and just acceptable at the best of times.
Overall this is a solid fighting game that really requires you to think and the amazing sounds and graphics really help draw you in and make you feel like your really there.
By Aaron Kalair