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This review is from: Fight Night Round 3 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
This game has to be one of the best games I have ever played. I am not usually a fan of sports games but this game takes me beyond any sports game I've played before.
Let's start with the graphics. They are unbelievably real (the second best so far on 360 after Ghost Recon). The facial graphics are fantastic as well as the graphics of the crowd and objects (Muhammad Ali looks exactly like the real one!). Also, the human physics are excellent and the characters move realistically. Very occasionally however, a boxer's hand will punch through his opponents head (literally).
Next, the gameplay. This is also brilliant; with controls being fairly easy to get used to. However, some punches require similar movements of the analogue sticks and you can often throw a punch that you don't mean to.
The sound. Fantastic! You can hear the crunch of every punch, the cracking of bone, the thudding of your opponent's body hitting the canvas. The soundtracks and music are also great (mostly rap) but I suppose that depends on your your musical taste. The commentators are good and are only very occasionally repetitive. My only other concern is the crowd. On the default setting the crowd are not nearly loud enough but this can be solved by pressing start in the middle of the fight, going to settings and turning the crowd volume to full.
Lastly, Lifespan and variety. The variety in this game is quite good for a boxing game as you can have multi-player fights, you can customize boxers and design your own boxers. You have the career mode where you can remake a legend e.g. Ali and you can make your own boxer and take him through all of the weight classes. As you take your boxer through his career there are trophies to win and competitions to win. To complete the game I think it would take you about a week of solid playing to complete all of the weights but the game could occupy you for weeks before you wanted another game.
Overall, I would say that this game has to be one of the top 5 games on 360 so far. Others being COD 2, Ghost Recon AW, Proj Gotham and Perfect Dark.