Fight Night Round 3THE GOOD: Brilliant graphics Fun 2 player mode
THE BAD: Career mode is too easy Not enough boxers
SUMMARY: First of all, sorry for the oh-so-unoriginal title. Now to the review. I had never played a boxing game before this one, and in all honesty I never had much interest in boxing until Ricky Hatton's fight with Floyd Mayweather. Following that fight, I decided to have a look at this game and after reading the reviews for it and seeing it available online for just £18, I decided to give it a go. As soon as you load up the game, the first thing you notice is the realism of the boxers. Ricky Hatton looks just as ugly as he does it real life, and you can see the blood pouring out of the fighters eyes after they are cut. Another thing you notice is some of the boxers that are missing- in particular, Floyd Mayweather and Mike Tyson. But you can fix this by using "Create a Champ". The right analogue stick is used for "Total Punch Control", which is used to land lethal combinations on your opponent. And when a boxer has taken too much punishment, he will lose his accuracy, power and speed- after that it is only a matter of time before he is knocked out. When you are down on the canvas, you have to move both analogue sticks towards the centre of the screen to get back up. The first couple of times you should be able to get back on your feet, but the more you get knocked down the tougher it is to move them towards the centre. There are 3 main modes to the game- ESPN classics, Career Mode, and Play Now. Play Now allows you to match up any 2 of the games fighters, regardless of their weightclass, meaning you can pit a featherweight up against the mighty Muhammed Ali. You can also have a hard hits fight, which also allows any 2 fighters to step into the ring, but this is a 15 round bout, with the round ending when one of the fighters is knocked down, with whoever had knocked down there opponent the most at the end of the fight being declared the winner. ESPN Classics lets you replay one of boxing's great rivalries, such Ali V Frazier and Hopkins V Taylor. The final type of game play is Career Mode, and during this mode of gameplay you create a boxer, and try to take him from the amateur level to the very top of the sport. You can customise your fighters appearance, skill, boxing style, weight class, nickname- anything you wish, or you can use "Rebuild a Legend", which allows you to use a classic boxer in career mode. But the problem with career mode seems to be the lack of serious competition. I am not that great at this game, but of my 25 fights 23 have ended in a victory by KO, with most fights lasting just a couple of rounds before your opponent gives in, even on "Hard" difficulty. Although most of your fights will be against randomly generated boxers, you occasionally have the option to fight a real life boxer, whose skill level is toned down to around the standard of your boxer. These fights usually have lucrative financial awards, were the cash earned can be used to hire a better coach to increase the stats of your boxer, either by playing the training mini games or by using auto train, which gives you half of the available increase points. At the start of the game you are assigned a rival, who you will face several times throughout your career. One of the highlights of this game is its multiplayer mode- although I am yet yo try it online, I have played it on multiplayer and there is nothing more satisfying than knocking down you mates. Although this game has its flaws, I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is interested in boxing, and even if your not, it is a very good game.