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Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

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  • Summary: Go toe-to-toe with greats such as Ali, De La Hoya, Joe Frazier, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones. Outside of the ring, gamers can establish intense rivalries through pre-fight events putting purpose and passion behind every hit. Three new Impact Punches a la the EA Sports Haymaker keep gamersGo toe-to-toe with greats such as Ali, De La Hoya, Joe Frazier, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones. Outside of the ring, gamers can establish intense rivalries through pre-fight events putting purpose and passion behind every hit. Three new Impact Punches a la the EA Sports Haymaker keep gamers at the edge of their seat as players are only one punch away from the entire dynamic of the fight changing. Land a perfectly timed Flash KO or jump into a quick mid-fight mini-game to land a humiliating knockdown punch. Thrown using EA Sports Fight Night's innovative analog punch system, Impact Punches are high risk and high reward - put down your opponent or get knocked on the canvas. Boxing's Greatest Rivalries - Watch ESPN Classic footage of real-life bouts or re-create the greatest fights from past and present including Arturo Gatti vs. Mickey Ward, Marco Antonio Barrera vs. Eric Morales, and Ali vs. Frasier. Establish intense rivalries of your own by intimidating opponents before the big fight with heated press conferences full of hype, trash talkin', and fights at weigh-ins. Relive the best rivalries of your career in ESPN's Instant Classics! Create a style of your own, then see how you match up against the authentic signature styles from the world's best fighters. Licensed boxers use tactics and strategies that match their real life counterparts. Self Determinant AI adapts its style to match user strengths and to exploit weaknesses. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. A fantastic boxing title that really delivers the action in a realistic way for fight fans, and those discovering the sweet science for the first time on their home console.
  2. A more intelligent, defensive-minded and strategic boxing game than previous Fight Nights. The easier defence system and stance-switching give you more tactical options, while the crazy squelching brain effects make it more of a laugh when you put someone down.
  3. Simply a great game. Even without the supreme visual polish of the 360, this is the uncontested champ.
  4. One round of the next-gen version will make you realize that graphics are a major part of sports games, so I would only recommend the current-gen version if you don’t own a 360.
  5. The most intense, most cinematic boxing game you’ll find on PlayStation 2. Fight Night Round 3 pummels players with an improved in-the-ring experience, pulling the camera closer to ensure that even stoic gamers feel the hardest hits.
  6. It may well be beautiful to look at, but the fighting engine, although improved, is so similar to that of Fight Night Round 2 that series veterans may feel somewhat aggrieved when faced with essentially the same videogame. [Apr 2006, p.112]
  7. It does trip up on the lack of impact that a connect punch delivers, and the obvious inclusion of health/stamina bars, but for gamers not yet tainted by the phenomenal experience of Round 3 on Xbox 360, this won't be something that they'll worry about.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. JesseM.
    Mar 26, 2007
    9
    Best boxing game i ever played, besides the old school knockout for nintendo.
  2. SteveH.
    Mar 17, 2006
    9
    the best game of the fight night series so far. not good enough-sized roster of fighters considering how many knockout kings 2001 had, and the best game of the fight night series so far. not good enough-sized roster of fighters considering how many knockout kings 2001 had, and that was almost 5 years ago! it also lacks in presentation as well. more than one announcer would have been nice. also a more tv-style presentation as well. the gameplay is great. no haymaker-only fights anymore. much more strategy involved. great create-a-player options too. Expand
  3. JoeK.
    Mar 31, 2006
    8
    Great grahics, great fun! The loading freezes up on my PS2 sometimes after a Title Fight, and that is VERY annoying because I have to start Great grahics, great fun! The loading freezes up on my PS2 sometimes after a Title Fight, and that is VERY annoying because I have to start over. Other than that, I think this game is at the top of its, uh... game. I've yet to play a game where you can sutomize the cahracter with such amazing detail. They need to add some world locations to fight at, EA needs snatch the licences of some of the great fighters that aren't in the game, like Butter Bean and Little Mac. Expand
  4. MikeG.
    Mar 30, 2006
    7
    Same game as round 2, but more confusing when it comes to following your career. One online experience is enough to not wanna play ANY online Same game as round 2, but more confusing when it comes to following your career. One online experience is enough to not wanna play ANY online games for a while. Online, created charictors just jab the whole 30 seconds that the fight lasts. Sad thing is that FNR3 had a represntitive on g4 w/kevin saying how good online play would be, fire that man. Never again should we consumers ever buy a EA game without first renting it. Expand
  5. RichH.
    Mar 1, 2006
    5
    Terrible sequel, back to the dark days of EA's barely indistinguishable yearly updates. Offers absolutely nothing new over Fight Night 2.
  6. Michael
    Mar 20, 2006
    4
    Fight Night Round 2 delivered a lot better what 3 copied and badly, buggy graphics, changes to cutman system and lack of actual speed and Fight Night Round 2 delivered a lot better what 3 copied and badly, buggy graphics, changes to cutman system and lack of actual speed and movement fluid to the sport ruined this on PS2 Expand
  7. PhilH.
    Jul 8, 2006
    1
    Having played on the original 2004 version, round 3 is absolutely terrible. The movement is sluggish, every fighter plods like a snail and aHaving played on the original 2004 version, round 3 is absolutely terrible. The movement is sluggish, every fighter plods like a snail and a boxer that is punched does not freeze for a couple of seconds as it does here. DO NOT listen to the favourable reviews elsewhere or purchase this blatant cashin, buy the 2004 version. Expand

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