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  • Summary: Featuring a re-written gameplay engine, EA Sports Fight Night Round 4 adds a variety of fighting styles and boxer differentiation to authentically emulate the greatest fighters of all time. Pressure your opponent with the brawling inside style of young Mike Tyson, bobbing and weaving to set up powerful hooks and uppercuts. Capitalize on Muhammad Ali's reach, hand speed and fleetness of foot to bewilder your opponent with lightning fast jabs and straights from the outside. For the first time, EA Sports Fight Night Round 4 gives you the opportunity to pit these legendary heavyweights against one another and name a true champ. No fight will be the same with an all-new physics-based animation system that recreates the full spectrum of true-to-life punch impacts, giving boxers a devastating arsenal of punches, blocks and ring movement. The new physics system allows for missed punches, glancing punches, knockout blows and for the first time ever, rough and tumble inside fighting. Fatigue, adrenaline, footwork and timing all come into play as you hammer away at your opponents. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Like many games earning classic status, FNR4 generates repeated standout, jaw-dropping moments, and none of them are pre-scripted. [Aug 2009, p.64]
  2. 91
    Fight Night Round 4 not only matches its predecessor, but improves upon it and has reclaimed it's title as the best boxing game in the world.
  3. A beautiful and bloodthirsty representation of boxing, as well as a superb visual showpiece for either console.
  4. Graphically, the game is stunning, and while there are a few stumbles along the way, nothing truly detracts from the strategic enjoyment one gets from this game. This is a wonderful step-up for the franchise.
  5. 88
    A wonderful boxing game. There are certainly issues to be found in the new Legacy Mode, but it’s much closer to what players want from a career mode. The online offering, while not hugely different from the previous Fight Night, still delivers where it counts.
  6. Boxing has in Fight Night Round 4 an excellent installment, stunning, hard and conscious of its qualities, becoming the best game in its genre, hands down.
  7. Fight Night: Round 4 is definitively the best boxing-game this year. Also it's a bit to easy to come on top, but it's funny and interesting, especially with two players.

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  2. Negative: 8 out of 20
  1. RobinM
    Jul 2, 2009
    This is a great game. It was a bold step to do away with the buttons but the joystick control system, though fiddly to start with, soon becomes easy to use IMO. Now when you play online and meet body spammers or the old haymaker junkies, they are easy to beat. Just stay cool, block, lean and counter punch and then when their stamina is all but gone you can open up and destroy them. When you get to play someone who knows about boxing the fights to be had are awesome. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jun 24, 2009
    This game improoves so much over FNR3. you can now do combos with great speed, career mode is actually a career now you can schedule fights,etc. MUST BUY. Expand
  3. DanielF.
    Jul 2, 2009
    Joe.c & Luke.h you are both retarded and should go away and play button basher games for clueless players. FNR4 is a big step up from FNR3 in every way, face buttons have gone so you now have to learn the game properly as well as understand that boxing isn't about throwing punch punch punch, there's more of a art for and tactics to it, learn the game and you will enjoy it, don't bother and you will underestimate it. If there is a flaw then its online players who pull out of games just as there about to be out for the count, apart from those idiots the online play is lag free. Yes there could have been more done to the game but EA have done a good enough job to warren t people to buy this game. best boxing game ever unless your a button basher, one other thing is you will find unrealistic is the amount of punches you can throw compared to real life, but hay if it went any more realistic it would become a bore. Expand
  4. GavinE
    Jul 25, 2009
    Career mode is lacking immersion, but it will keep you entertained. Because its all punch control through the analogue sticks your accuracy of what punch to throw is pretty random so the training games become impossible to master, consequently you end up autotraining too much to actually be a superstar. If they could add more character to the career it would score higher but as it stands its actually quite boring. The graphics are pretty good though, however blood and cuts are almost non existent. If they could import THQ's UFC damage visuals, it would be tons better in that respect. Ring entry visuals are a big letdown, and something you will skip through after the first look. Soundtracks are good though as with previous versions. Its just a shame their is really no storyline to your career, i think thats the biggest negative that plagues this game. Having said all that, if you enjoyed FN3, still get FN4 because regardless of its let downs its still a decent game in its own right. Expand
  5. AgostinoC
    Jul 17, 2009
    I was pretty excited to get this game and have been playing it religiously in my spare time. I have to admit that most of that play time is due to the fact that I want to justify my purchase, as I quickly found out that the play control is abysmal. Quite often I try to block or dodge but my boxer throws a punch instead leaving me open for a counter-punch. This is frustrating to the point where I almost broke one of my controllers, smashing it on the ground when I had a 12(9)-0 and I lost because the controls were too laggy and inacurate for me to beat the next rank of CPU opponent which had punches much more accurate and quick than I could do even when I was spamming jabs. This game could have been so much more had there been an option for button based punches like "round 3". For some reason I thought there would be one. Had I known this wasn't possible I never would have picked up the game. This is potential flushed down the toilet. I'll still try to beat the game, but in small doses. I have to control my anger by playing no more than 2 matches per session. Expand
  6. Feb 1, 2011
    Very disappointed by the game. As people have said, the control is awful. I would try to block or dodge and it would throw a punch. Punch control sucks as it would always throw a different punch than I was trying to. Because of way it is set up the punches aren't distinguished well enough. The recovery mini-game after getting knocked down is the worst part of the game. The computer does it fine but it is soo finicky and uncontrollable and confusing that I usually couldn't get up after being knocked down in the first round. Also the game makes it so once you start to lose, it's basically over and you can't come back because your stats are down. You also get tired way too fast and it's too easy to grab another person and recover. Worst of all the fight night games, hopefully they improve for the 5th one which I probably won't buy now. Was not worth my 20 dollars. Good character customization. Expand
  7. Mr.Anon
    Jul 8, 2009
    Perfect graphics mean nothing when followed by some of the worst gameplay I have ever seen. Total Punch Control seems cool at first but is a joke. You'll throw a hook instead of an uppercut, a body punch instead of a head punch and a lot of times, you'll throw nothing at all. Fight Night Round 4 improves on some of the issues from FNR3 ( like making haymakers easier, bobbing and weaving and 'auto-aim' for people who like to like to stay in a leaned position ) but then throws out even worse new problems, like having no work-around to TPC, allowing people to punch spam with no penalty to their stamina and parrying punches is MUCH harder. Expand

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