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3.0 out of 5 stars Improvement in every way bar the actual gameplay, 13 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Fight Night Champion (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
In many ways this game is an improvement on FNR4 but in my opinion the gameplay has gone way down hill. Fight Night round 4 had the perfect fight engine, its onw flaw being the counter punch window thing which was a bit ott and silly. Other then that in my opinion it was perfect. Styles, height, weight, technique, it all mattered and effected gameplay. You could box from range, brawl in close, fight basically as you chose. You could make your boxer elusive or a face first slugger or a mixture of both.
For some reason in Fight Night champion they have completely changed the whole fight engine. Gone is the realistic fluid feel and the boxers now feel, heavy and slow. Where FNR4 felt realistic and accurate to real life FNC feels arcadedy and unreal. Every thing good about FNR4's feel is gone. Every fight now turns out the same. The boxers punch too fast with too much accuracy making every fight a drag out brawl with unrealistic hooks and swings that are thrown constantly with no loss of stamina for either boxer. There is no point trying to box or be elusive because the blocking is now ineffective (punches just get through) and the AI wont let you (even on amatuer). Every fight is a huge brawl with both boxers trading haymakers until one of you (usually the opponent) goes down suddenly. So for me this is a massive step back from FNR4 in terms of gameplay which was realistic and where every fight was different and where styles and strategy actually mattered.

Having said all that the champion mode and its story is a nice new addition and is very fun. The legacy mode has also been improved (though not enough). All in all the game is fun, though unfortianately now some what repetative and it is still worth buying. I suspect though that true boxing fans may not want to throw away FNR4 just yet.

To update my review the patch that EA have released has dramtically improved the gameplay and the fights now feel more realistic in that they are no longer just brawls every time. However we shouldn't have had to wait for the patch and the game is VERY buggy even after the patch.
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Initial post: 16 Mar 2011, 13:08:29 GMT
N. Thompson says:
I think you have it wrong. Once you get to a decent standard at the game you can box a lot better than you could in FNR4. Most of your negative points can be dismissed. Honestly, once you adapt to the new game, the old FNR4 looks and feels very dated.
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