Fight Night Round 3 Review
Fight Night might be into Round 3 now, but this is the series’ debut on the PlayStation 3. The prior versions of the game have done an excellent job of capturing the strategy aspect of boxing, rewarding smart fighters while making it very difficult for the button mashers to succeed. With a history like that it would seem a foregone conclusion that Fight Night Round 3 would be an excellent game on a next-gen console. However EA has been bringing their other sports franchises to next-gen machines with vastly improved graphics but stripped-down gameplay. Does Fight Night suffer the same fate? Let’s climb into the ring and find out.
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Speaking of controls, Fight Night Round 3 will let you choose from a number of control schemes, but the coolest by far is the total punch control system. This control scheme uses the right stick to control your punches with the motion used on the stick mimicking that of the punch. For example, a left jab is performed by a quick move of the stick left and up while to throw a right uppercut you bring the stick down and then rotate it to the right as you push it back up. It works great and is a far more intuitive and engaging system than button pressing.
The whole Fight Night experience is further enhanced by some spectacular graphics. Fight Night Round 3 may just be the best looking sports game yet available for the PS3. It’s not just that the fighters look great and feature very realistic movements, it’s that you can see the impact of every punch. Hard punches will send sweat (and sometimes blood) spraying through the air, you’ll see flesh ripple away from the point of impact, and the fighters’ eyes will convey the pain of the punch. Particularly painful hits will result in a slow motion close-up that will really let you see what happens when leather meets flesh.