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  • Summary: A new installment in EA Sports' boxing series will enter the ring in early 2011.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. Mar 8, 2011
    100
    The game looks the part, sounds the part, and certainly plays the part. Topped off with a wealth of options that will keep you playing for hours on end, and an addictive online mode, Fight Night is just what the game's subtitle suggest...it's a Champion.
  2. Mar 1, 2011
    91
    EA has taken its time to make another Fight Night game, but it has given a new twist to the game, making it one of the best boxing games ever.
  3. 90
    If you want to feel the emotion and adrenaline of this sport without entering the ring, you will not find better than Fight Night Champion.
  4. Mar 1, 2011
    85
    This fast-paced boxing game improves upon its predecessor in just about every way, and adds an entertaining story mode to boot.
  5. Apr 18, 2011
    80
    Yet again a great boxing game in the series. Boring training routines and irritating load times keep it from the higher grades.
  6. 80
    Fight Night Champion offers an endless stream of entertainment for players that never get tired of 1-2 combos, the smell of used locker rooms and bruises.
  7. Feb 22, 2011
    70
    There's just not quite enough meat on Fight Night Champion's bones to recommend it to owners of previous games, however, and Champion mode itself is little more than a brief diversion you can bash through in an afternoon.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Mar 15, 2011
    10
    I have owned Fight Night Round 3, Round 4, and now Champion. In my opinion, I think Champion is the best fight night in the series as of yet. The Spectrum control is very nice. It allows you to be able to throw combos very quickly but yet, you have to fight smart because you don't want to drain your stamina. The way they changed the blocking is very nice. You don't have to push up or down to block head or body on your own, which is nice because people used to spam your body or head and this would be very stressful. Another words, this is more noob friendly, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Punches can still get through even though your trying to block all day. The online is silking smooth, never disconnected in my 40 online fights. Great buy, go for it! Expand
  2. Jul 14, 2011
    9
    I heard that this game was going to be much darker than Fight Night Round 4, and I thought it wasn't going to be good. But I have to say I love it and I think its the best Fight Night game. Expand
  3. Mar 5, 2011
    9
    Its not perfect, the gaming experience is still based on the previous Fight Night incarnations, but the revamped visuals are enough to elevate this title from mere computer game to breathtaking media product. There is certainly nothing wrong with the Fight Night formula but I get the feeling that they are still missing a key element when recreating the personality of boxing. However my criticisms are very harsh and the new Champion mode has been a long time coming for sure. 91/100 Expand
  4. Mar 22, 2011
    8
    Quite simply the best Fight Night game available. FNR 4 was a good game but not a knockout, well the good news Fight Night Champion delivers an amazing gaming experience. With an updated roster now including David Haye, the Klitchko's, De La Hoya as well as the usual suspects and more FNC has plenty to offer. The main new feature of this Fight Night is Champion mode. Stepping into the boots of Andre Bishop and following his rise to the top, his fall to the bottom and his journey to back to be the best. Its an incredibly well written story, although it may seem a little predictable, it certainly delivers and keeps you playing on. The Legacy mode is same as ever, and that is really the only disappointment of this game not enough has been done to keep this moving along and it can become rather boring and extremely frustrating especially in the gym sessions. Gameplay introduces the Full Spectrum mode which is a fantastic addition allowing you to be more slick and smooth and almost effortless and easy to get to grips with. Blocking is now straightforward holding in the blocking button the AI immediately blocks the area where your being targeted. Graphically its once again very impressive, the slow-mo replays may not be inspiring but they get across how accurate and bone chilling each punch can be. The Online mode is addictive as ever, much improved and with more to do this time round. You can arrange tournaments with friends online to sort out who is the true Champion or you can simply create gyms to train and spar. Expand
  5. Mar 21, 2011
    6
    Wasted opportunity. the Fight model itself has so much potential but its about as realistic as street fighter with none of the consistency or fairness. Far far too easy to wobble an opponent or get wobbled yourself - most legacy fights descend into bar room brawls which is just dull dull dull. Champion mode is fun if a bit cliched but the fight against the Champ himself just highlights all the flaws and inconsistencies in the game itself. Legacy mode is a travesty and is borderline broken. Whoever programmed / designed that part ought to get their marching orders as it was awful on the last game and hasnt got any better. Such a shame as it has the potential to be brilliant but they seemed to have aimed it at 5 years old with attention deficit syndrome rather than anyone who is interested in the sport or even in balanced fighting games. Oh and online is a waste of time. Expand
  6. Sep 24, 2013
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I play this game in career mode all the time and trounce opponents into dust. Yet after a good year of playing the game for some reason I still have difficulty beating Isacc Frost in Champion mode and am not very impressed with the automatic screw-overs that the game throws at you (broken hand, automatic cut). The Isacc Frost NPC is retarded and I wonder why I still play when the game forces you to run like a damn loser around the ring for 7+ rounds. Then the auto-loss to the little brother that absolutely can't be knocked down in the 1st round, you are simply destined to lose. The knockdown mechanic in Champion mode is questionable... since I am absolutely smacking them in the face and body yet they magically go down in the 10th from a weak strait; I am pretty sure this is hard-coded into the fight so they only go down in the later rounds. I'd give Career mode an 8 for fun and realism (cuts are next to impossible for some reason) and a 3 to Champion mode for being full of crap and screwing the play over as an intended mechanic. Expand
  7. ccc
    Nov 4, 2013
    0
    So I got this game on the PlayStation network for 5 bucks. Ice played round 3 and 4 and liked them. I figured I'd give the story mode a shot. The fans itself looks good and plays well, but the story mode is awful! Why? Because I just want to box that's why. To often in fights conditions appear that prevent the player from actually enjoying the such as, an automatic broken right hand, can only punch with the left, an automatic bad cut over my eye, don't get hit there too many times or the fight gets stopped, a paid off ref that will call every body shot you deliver a hit to the opponents privates, right down to the last fight with frost, first two rounds, avoid him, don't matter what you do, he can't be beat, you have to avoid him, after that, it's a mandatory 3 rounds of body blows after that, who knows I gave up after about 20 tries and deleted the game. I want to play and win my way EA. This game sucks and I hope everyone involved in making the choices on how the story mode was going to work is fired and black listed from all gaming companies. What a streaming pile of garbage! Expand

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