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9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

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  • Summary: Built from the ground up to deliver all the drama and pageantry of a heavyweight title bout, EA SPORTS FIGHT NIGHT 2004 is the most authentic boxing experience to date, sporting a dramatic new-school attitude, a dynamic new cinematic approach, and revolutionary boxing gameplay. With Total Punch Control, EA SPORTS FIGHT NIGHT 2004 allows gamers to pummel their opponents with surgical precision, controlling both punch location and power to bring the hurt with style and strategy. Plus, an all-new defensive system gives players full body control as they make a run at the title. All-New Total Punch Control: Hammer the competition with this innovative new feature -- the right analog stick becomes an intuitive extension of your fists, giving you total control of every punch. Stick and Move: Use the analog sticks to bob and weave, block punches, and frustrate opponents by shutting down and countering their attacks. Be the Ultimate Fighting Machine: Create a fighter who looks exactly like you in Career Mode, and work your way from amateur to title contender to undisputed champion. Customize Your Ring Entrance: Psych out your opponent, show your personality, and win over the crowd with your hand-chosen music, special effects and entourage. Knock 'em Out Online: Step into the online ring and go toe-to-toe against other top fighters to see how you stack up against the nation's best. [EA Sports] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. 100
    A must have title - no exceptions and no buts. This game features in my all time top ten and has the depth and nuance of play to keep anyone enthralled for some time.
  2. Probably the best boxing game ever to enter the ring of console gaming. It will appeal to both boxing enthusiasts and fighting game fans with its great gameplay and innovative and intuitive control system.
  3. Succeeds in creating a completely new formula for the sweet science. [Apr 2004, p.88]
  4. By far, it's more fun to play against a human player with experience, than to play against the weak A.I. - the one area of the game that was glossed over. [Aug 2004, p.6]
  5. Surprisingly, for a game with such attention to finer details and apparent depth, the commentary gets a little flat and repetitive after awhile, even if it does have (perhaps because of) the EA Sports “attitude”.
  6. Instead of the usual push-button pugilism, throw punches using the analog stick—the direction and speed of the stick determine the swing; the trigger controls handle bobbing, weaving, and blocking.
  7. 60
    The most realistic and polished boxing game that has ever been created. However, at the same time, it doesn't compel me to really appreciate the sport more. While it does force you to learn more about boxing in order to win at high levels.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. BennyG.
    Apr 3, 2004
    10
    this is hands down the best sports game i have ever played! Move over Madden, here comes Fight Night!!! The must buy game of the year!
  2. MuhamadA.
    Feb 17, 2005
    10
    This game is f..king great just think MikeTyson punchout FightNight very fun game!
  3. Gary
    Apr 7, 2004
    10
    Amazing game. Best Boxing game ever and one of the best sports games ever.
  4. JamesD.
    Apr 10, 2004
    10
    Best PS2 game yet! i was up all night playing and kicking butt online. Does anybody know about any fight night leagues? i know i can beat anybody.
  5. DandyDon
    Apr 10, 2004
    10
    Fight Night rules the ring! Best boxing game ever, hands down. Rocky series might as well throw in the towel. Comparing the two games is like comparing Roy Jones in a fight with sylverstor stallone. No Contest!!! Expand
  6. TroelsP.
    Jun 3, 2004
    9
    Nice game.. career mode is fun, but there arent realy other things to do than play career.
  7. BlingoSmith
    Apr 27, 2004
    7
    It's a great boxing game... But at the end of the day it's just that: A boxing game. It doesn't have enough variety or replayability to be worth the 40-50 bucks that it will cost you new. Wait until the people who bought it new get bored (Which is probably right about now, if not a week or two ago), and buy it used. Expand

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