Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. 80
    Round 3 isn't the huge improvement that Round 2 was compared to Round 1, and the lack of AI and the impoverished career mode is a disappointment. That said, Round 3 is still one hell of an addicting multiplayer game.
  2. Admittedly, most of the improvements and updates found in Round 3 are merely incremental, but they're still enough to warrant stepping into the ring for another bout.
  3. Game Informer
    Round 3 certainly doesn't shirk in the gameplay department one bit, as it has everything Round 2 offered and more. [Mar 2006, p.98]
  4. 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.
  5. The absense of ranking in Career mode is a significant loss in my eyes as the game tends to lose purpose, but the improvements help ease the pain a little.
  6. Congrats to the Fight Night team for putting this together; for the time being, this is as real as video boxing is going to get.
  7. 70
    PS2 online has all of the aforementioned flaws and is an overall nightmarish experience and should be avoided at all costs.
  8. The sound effects are unbelievable in both versions, conveying a sense of impact completely unique to Round 3. Staggering punches don't just look painful, they sound painful.
  9. 90
    It's far more than just a really, really good-looking boxing game; it's a little glimpse into the future, and a remarkably good yardstick for ongoing reference.
  10. This complexity demands your total concentration, resulting in an all-consuming gaming experience. You're gonna lose hours to this game.
  11. games(TM)
    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]
  12. 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.
  13. Edge Magazine
    Plagued by imbalance, the Round 3 career can serve up over 50 bouts before one goes the distance. The new stun punch – a thunderclap of a haymaker – helps to ensure first to third round knockouts for the vast majority of fights. [Apr 2006, p.82]
  14. Even though there isn't a whole lot here that we haven't seen before, if you dig the sport, this purchase should be an obvious choice. And if you have an Xbox 360, well then, all the better.
  15. AceGamez
    A few technical glitches aside, it's a pretty great turn out from EA, and were Fight Night Round 3 to be a boxer itself, it wouldn't win by total knockout, but would definitely go the twelve rounds and come out on top.
  16. Play Magazine
    Fight Night Round 3 takes the sweet science of boxing to bloody new levels, and he results are certainly impressive. [Mar 2006, p.40]
  17. 90
    Simply a great game. Even without the supreme visual polish of the 360, this is the uncontested champ.
  18. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Just better enough than last year's game to warrant a purchase. Just. [Apr 2006, p.79]
  19. 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.
  20. It strikes a good balance between substance and flash, and does an excellent job of capturing the thrill of the fight.
  21. PSM Magazine
    Fight Night Round 3 is the first and foremost an awesome visceral experience, and one that should be enjoyed by fans and non-fans of the sweet science alike. [Apr 2006, p.80]
  22. The visuals are beyond amazing.
  23. Having just paid 40 to 60 dollars for this game, you shouldn't have to be bombarded by advertisements.
  24. Take the great graphics and mix it up with the innovative HUD-less fighting system and solid boxing engine and the result is an excellent boxing game that is at the top of its class.
  25. Fight Night round 3 doesn’t radically change the series but the gameplay is so incredibly solid that the game is still heavily recommended.
  26. An extremely solid gaming experience that should appeal to the old fans whilst proving easily accessible to the new fans like myself.
  27. 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.
  28. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    No massive innovations, but a neat fine-tuning job confirms Fight Night as the uncontested heavyweight champion of boxing games. [Apr 2006, p.94]
  29. A very good boxing game that doesn’t quite score a knockout, but definitely something you would want to watch on pay-per-view.
  30. 90
    The best boxing game in the business keeps getting better.
  31. 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.
  32. PSM2 Magazine UK
    Top notch visuals and subtly tweaked fight mechanics makes this one well-rounded beat-'em-up. [Apr 2006, p.56]

Awards & Rankings

#53 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#62 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42
  1. Mar 6, 2017
    Not only my favorite Fight Night game but probably my favorite boxing game period. Everyone that owns a Playstation 2 should play this game.Not only my favorite Fight Night game but probably my favorite boxing game period. Everyone that owns a Playstation 2 should play this game. High quality. Full Review »
  2. JavierT.
    Aug 9, 2007
    Yeah..this fools right. i bought fight night 2004 and it was the best game. i just bought round 3 last week expecting even more and what i Yeah..this fools right. i bought fight night 2004 and it was the best game. i just bought round 3 last week expecting even more and what i got was very disappointing. ea sports slowed down the gamespeed, im guessing to make defensive easier...well it sucks...and the espn announcer says the same stuff over and over again. they need to get mike tyson in one of these games Full Review »
  3. JesseM.
    Mar 26, 2007
    Best boxing game i ever played, besides the old school knockout for nintendo.