Review: Fight Night Round 4

ONE CLEAN PUNCH AWAY FROM VICTORY

Developer: EA Canada
Genre: Boxing
Platform(s): PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
Release Date: June 25, 2009
Compatability (PS3): 1350MB Mininum Space | HD 720p / 1080i / 1080p | PlayStation Network Compatible
Compatability (Xbox 360): 24MB Mininum Space | HDTV 720p / 1080i / 1080p | Online Multiplayer 2
Rating: 7.0

The world of gaming isn’t known for its physical attributes, most gamers are stereotyped as fat and lazy or slim and weak. For most, this is the case, but maybe with the release of Fight Night they can feel powered, especially when they beat their muscled neighbor who hasn’t got a clue what a console is. You might have thought that Fight Night wouldn’t go down well with gamers, but with the fourth installment of the series it’s true to say that Fight Night Round 4 is a knockout with gamers.

Countering is more important then ever in Fight Night Round 4 and it is mandatory if you want to win titles. The gameplay mechanic is still the same (beat the hello out of the other fighter and make sure he doesn’t do so). There are few new features like the corner game. If you do well in the ring your trainer collects points to use between rounds to regain health, damage and stamina. You can do this manually or auto which is probably the best one. It’s still very repetitive which is the biggest problem with this game and to be honest that probably won’t change over time.

Countering is really important.

As you start up the game you instantly see how brilliant the graphics are in Fight Night Round 4. The detail of the fighters is very superior, and you can really see the blood and sweat. The lighting is probably the best visually wise because you get a good feeling of being in an actual ring and this helps with the other visual aspects. The crowd is still poor and look very basic, when you do get a knock out the replay has the same impact sound wherever you hit them, whether it is the body or head. Talking of replays, the feature is probably the best you can get in a sports game. Most notable is the option to free roam around the ring.

The controls are one of the main things that have changed and it has split people’s opinions. In my opinion it feels realistic seeing in real life you won’t land the actual punch you intended. You have the dodge and block with the triggers and the face buttons for other moves. New free DLC will include different control options that use the face buttons. It does feel good the controls and you will probably not change them when you begin to play. Legacy Mode is the equivalent to a career mode and actually it is a let down. There are some major problems in this mode. The training is unbelievably boring and sometimes you’ll just have to skip it. There hasn’t been a time when I actually felt excited about something new happening and there isn’t much diversity. It’s just training then fight training then fight and after a short amount of time it gets boring. The legacy rating is alright but it isn’t very original.

The graphics are simply brilliant.

In Fight Night Round 4 you have online capability which like the legacy mode it is a bit boring. The Quick Match is pretty much what it says on the tin and is very boring, it can either be a fight where both of you just keep hitting each other or it can be a match where no one hits because the other one will eventually counter. The World Championship is where you use a custom boxer (usually from Legacy Mode) and put them against other custom created boxers. There are three weight classes (lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight) and everyone’s stats are the same. It’s pretty much Quick Match but with a league table. There is one good thing about online and that is the boxer share. Boxer share is where people put up there own boxers and setting files. There are some pretty good ones from Borat to Barack Obama and from Ghandi to Gollum.

With brilliant visuals and with not so brilliant gameplay, Fight Night Round 4 is kind of a mixed bag. Fight Now is probably the best game mode and is great to have fights with modern and classic fighters. The main problem with the game is the repetitiveness which will never go away. Fight Night Round 4 maybe wasn’t the best game in the series but it got people there boxing fixed for another year.

Reviewed by phillipsmy – September 25, 2009

Graphics
The best thing about Fight Night Round 4 is the graphics. They are amazingly brilliant.
 
Sound
Sound effects are as they should be. Even the commentators sound fine.
 
Fun
One of the best boxing games, but after a while the game becomes repetitive and boring.
 
Final Score

 

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