Fight Night Round 3 was released in 2006 for the PSP, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox and Xbox 360. The title became the best boxing game yet with its realistic and authentic approach to the spot. Unfortunately, the critical success did not translate well financially. Electronic Arts Chicago, the team behind Fight Night Round 3, was shut down due to the lack of profitability.
After a three year absent, Electronic Arts is reviving the series for another round. This time, Fight Night Round 4 is being developed by Electronic Arts Canada. Can the sequel maintain its quality despite the change of developers? Find out in this hands-on preview of Fight Night Round 4 for the Playstation 3.
In the brand new legacy mode of Fight Night Round 4, you play as an unknown fighter you have to fight his way to become a boxing legend.
Without a doubt, Fight Night Round 4 is the most realistic looking boxing game to date. Historic boxers and venues are rendered beautifully. The small details, such as the muscle flexing and blood dripping, also separate this game from others.
Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas are the commentary team that will be calling the virtual matches in Fight Night Round 4. The game will also feature a soundtrack that includes Ring the Bell by Trell.
Fight Night Round 4 is all about the boxers. The game includes 48 names from the past and present. The impressive roster includes Manny Pacquiao, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Ray Leonard, Roy Jones Jr., Shane Mosely and more. Furthermore, you could also edit your own boxer and even put your own face into Fight Night Round 4.
The sequel is also bringing back the Total Punch Control, a feature introduced in Fight Night Round 2. Punching is done via the right analog stick with the shoulder buttons used to change your stature.
Fight Night Round 4 features a new physics system that makes the virtual experience even more immersive. You can expect the punches to react realistically in addition to several other movements. Without a doubt, Fight Night Round 4 is the most visceral boxing game around.
Here is the default control setup for Fight Night Round 4:
Left Analog: move boxer
Right Analog: use total punch control
L1: modify lean
L2: switch stance
R1: modify haymaker
R2: modify block
Circle: use illegal blow
X: use signature punch
In addition to the Legacy mode, you can battle with other players online in order to earn and retain the championship belt.
Fight Night Round 4 is already shaping up to be the best boxing game ever. Make sure you don’t miss this potential classic when it launches in late June for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.