Generally favorable reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
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  1. Feb 25, 2011
    Gets the boxing right and adds a flawed but enjoyable story mode. I've always put a lot of stock in career modes, but Legacy mode here is just downright bad. The mini-games are too tough and get boring fast. The entire concept just seems off.
  2. Mar 1, 2011
    This fast-paced boxing game improves upon its predecessor in just about every way, and adds an entertaining story mode to boot.
  3. Feb 23, 2011
    Some areas shine brighter than others, but the developer's inspired Champion mode is the star feature that must be experienced.
  4. Mar 1, 2011
    No matter what frustrations the game may hold for you, there's no denying this is one pretty package of violence. Fight Night Champion is surely one of the best-looking and best-playing games of its kind.
  5. 84
    Fight Night fans will be coming back again and again for a while. While frustrating at first, the game is ultimately fun.
  6. Mar 8, 2011
    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's a Champion.
  7. Mar 3, 2011
    Fight Night: Champion isn't a perfect boxing game. The addition of the referee is distracting at times, especially since it feels like he wasn't implemented well. Veteran players will lament the fact that their old practices make for a twitchier boxer until they learn the proper control scheme, and the training games aren't exactly exciting. Despite this, there's still plenty to love about the game. The Story mode is engaging, if familiar, and the Legacy mode gives the solo player something to work toward. The online mode performs well, the game still impresses graphically, and the fighting engine feels like a better tweak of what was offered in Fight Night Round 4. Boxing fans, both die-hard and casual, will find plenty to enjoy in this game.
  8. Mar 14, 2011
    Did we really need Fight Night Champion? The answer is a mighty "Yes". EA got a better control scheme and achieved true techical excellence.
  9. Feb 22, 2011
    It's far from a revolution – much of the framework will be familiar to Fight Night fans – but as the best-looking and most technically accomplished game the series has yet produced, this evolution exceeds our expectations, without totally blowing us away.
  10. Feb 23, 2011
    Champion mode is so good, in fact, that the more traditional Legacy mode feels hopelessly archaic and soulless by comparison.
  11. Feb 24, 2011
    Minor niggles aside, Champion stands alone as the most polished and playable boxing simulation ever released, with the new adjustments and additions easily prolonging Fight Night's relatively uncontested reign over the genre.
  12. Mar 1, 2011
    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.
  13. Feb 23, 2011
    Therein lies the paradox of Fight Night Champion: it both points the way forward for sports gaming with a smart, surprising new approach to the genre, and serves to remind us of the tired conventions that make that new direction necessary in the first place.
  14. Mar 6, 2011
    Definitely an improvement over its already incredible lineage. The Champion mode is fantastic, and nearly worth the price of admission on its own. Couple that with the rock-solid gameplay and suite of great online modes, and you have a game that's fit for not only huge boxing fans, but anyone that likes to beat up on their friends a bit.
  15. Feb 23, 2011
    Fight Night Champion isn't going to reverse people's opinions of the shift in gameplay style that started with Round 4. It may help them warm up to things a little by providing more context and a story-driven backdrop, but it's still going to be a divisive decision.
  16. Feb 23, 2011
    The story mode adds an entire new aspect to EA's boxing masterpiece, at the same time polishing the physics simulation and overall gameplay of the career. If you like the sport, it's again a must buy.
  17. Feb 24, 2011
    Champion is a fantastic boxing game that really delivers the sport in a realistic way for fight fans. Additions like the Champion mode makes this iteration shine even more.
  18. games(TM)
    Mar 23, 2011
    As beautiful as it is barbaric, and as technical as the player wants it to be. [Issue#107, p.90]
  19. May 2, 2011
    If you are a hardcore boxing fan and love grinding for stats and money and slowly rising up huge leaderboards then Fight Night Champion is probably the game for you, although from what I can tell, it doesn't really add anything to what you already had in Fight Night 4 other than the whole money thing. Sure, you can square off against 50+ licensed boxers, but for me, the big attraction was the cool story mode with enough blood and F-bombs to force a Mature rating. But even this gritty and realistic boxing story is only good for a few hours of violent fun, making Fight Night Champion a rental for casual boxers and a wait-for-budget-price upgrade for everyone else.
  20. Mar 23, 2011
    As it stands, Fight Night Champion is the best in the series to date for me, making the sweet science all the sweeter.
  21. Feb 25, 2011
    Fight Night Champion is a nice change for the franchise. The Champion Mode is a good idea, but some design problems need to solved for it to be really awesome. The incredible visual aspect and the new control system are perfect to bring Fight Night to the next level.
  22. Feb 23, 2011
    One of the biggest, and most appreciated, changes is the toning down of the training mini-games. In story mode, you hit the bag every great once in a while but you aren't required to lift weights and run laps in twitch-reaction style as you might expect.
  23. Mar 11, 2011
    The best Fight Night game so far. This title is absolutely a must buy because of all the new additions, and the new Champion mode is simply amazing!
  24. Mar 4, 2011
    We are finally beginning to see innovation within sports video games and Fight Night Champion truly is step forward not only for boxing but sports video games in general. It not only proves that stories can be an integral part of a sports video game but can be one of it's best. Fight Night Champion is the best boxing game out and in the conversation of best sports game of this generation.
  25. 85
    Much more evolutionary than revolutionary, but the series remains one of the 360's finest sports sims. [Apr 2011, p.74]
  26. Mar 30, 2011
    Fight Night champion fights the good fight in upholding the tradition that each part is better than its predecessor. It's realistic, atmospheric, spectacular where necessary and exercises an approach on sports that other sport-games only dream of. It's too bad though that EA decided to give players who pay an extra fee an unfair edge over their online competitors.
  27. Apr 28, 2011
    With a great new single-player mode, the addictive and engrossing Legacy gameplay, online Xbox Live matches, the usual collection of boxing's best fighters in history and the further enhancement of great gameplay and boxing physics, Fight Night Champion packs a punch of excellence as an undisputed champion of gaming greatness.
  28. Mar 7, 2011
    The benchmark of boxing games on consoles is setting the bar once more thanks to EA Canada's talent. They didn't transform the franchise completely, proposing instead an even more realistic rendering and a very alluring accessibility. Maybe some hardcore simulation-craving gamers would find some things to argue about (like some shortcomings in terms of gameplay precision, a lack of realism on some specific moves) but it would be a shame not to play this new reference of virtual boxing.
  29. Mar 27, 2011
    Champion mode pulls inspiration from the likes of Rocky and Raging Bull to craft a narrative around the sport that people still find engrossing. It's the perfect path for the series to take and we can only hope the next Fight Night builds on this promise, telling more tales from the world of boxing.
  30. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Mar 14, 2011
    Champion Mode's story makes you care more about the fights. [Apr 2011, p.102]
  31. Mar 14, 2011
    Short of stepping into the ring yourself, Fight Night Champion is the best possible boxing experience you can hope to find.
  32. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 6, 2011
    A lot of boxing stars past and present, great graphics and absolutely brilliant character animation. If there were more extra game modes it could reach even up to a nine. [Mar 2011]
  33. Mar 17, 2011
    Finish with the option to inflict pain online to friends and random contenders and you're looking at the most definitely Fight Night yet.
  34. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Mar 30, 2011
    The 'big' new mode is pointless and instantly forgettable, but the rest of the game is as solid and cocksure as ever. [Issue#70, p.84]
  35. 80
    Fight Night Champion does so many things right. Online multiplayer has been expanded while the new Champion Mode adds some much needed variation and dynamism. In many ways, it accounts for the shortcomings of its predecessor and provides solutions. If it wasn't for the infuriating changes to an otherwise perfect control system, it would be a hard game to fault.
  36. Feb 23, 2011
    Fight Night Champion floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee, times two. A solid knock-out!
  37. Mar 3, 2011
    Instead of routinely releasing another standard annual sports title, EA Canada delivers something completely new with the addition of the surprisingly cinematic Champion Mode.
  38. 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.
  39. Feb 25, 2011
    Fight Night Champion for the Xbox 360 stands as the best installment of the franchise to date.
  40. Mar 12, 2011
    A massive game, highly refined with many modes and a perfectly balanced gameplay and with a very high longevity: undoubtedly the best title in the series and best boxing game out there. Great in singleplayer, addicting in multiplayer.
  41. Mar 18, 2011
    If you don't mind the occasional visual hiccup, Fight Night Champion will please any gamer who loves a good sparring session between fists.
  42. 85
    A generally stunning package in features and presentation. New mechanics work well but stamina and punch power is inconsistent.
  43. Mar 21, 2011
    My previous complaints aside, as a longtime Fight Night fan, I will continue to show up and support every effort this series puts out, but there's a lot of rebuilding that will have to be in-store for whatever they choose to call the sixth game.
  44. Apr 14, 2011
    Boxing may be more of a niche market than it used to be but Fight Night Champion is still a glistening jewel in EA Sport's championship belt.
  45. Mar 7, 2011
    All this doesn't just add up to one hell of a robust videogame package; Fight Night Champion is also the best thing to happen to boxing since 1997.
  46. Mar 16, 2011
    If you missed out on Fight Night Round 4, then EA's latest release with Champion is most certainly the heavyweight contender in the battle for your Xbox 360 disc tray. If you're after more of the same with the Legacy mode, and want some new talent to compete with online, then Champion will no doubt prove a worthy purchase, though if it's purely the entertaining, yet short-lived Champion mode that is of interest for you, then a rental is perhaps best advised.
  47. Mar 9, 2011
    Fight Night Champion may be the best boxing game I've played, but with competition from all sides in this rekindled fighting genre, this franchise is starting to look and feel a little like the sport it represents: increasingly outdated and out of style.
  48. Mar 15, 2011
    The best boxing game of all time. History and legacy modes are great, and technically is really impressive.
  49. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Mar 21, 2011
    Liberal sprinklings of stardust outside the ring complement solid improvements within. [May 2011, p.92]
  50. Mar 21, 2011
    Fight Night Champion is a triumphant return for EA Sports stalwart boxing franchise that still has one of the best simulated fighting systems around as well as some great visuals. Champion Mode is a surprisingly involving new addition that actually makes you care about what happens to its protagonist, as he embarks upon his Rocky-esque journey. Ultimately then, Fight Night Champion is still the undisputed king of the ring.
  51. Feb 25, 2011
    Fight Night fans and fighting game veterans will stand-up and applaud at the stunning visuals and solid mechanics that Fight Night Champion brings to the table.
  52. 80
    EA is still miles ahead of everyone else when it comes to digital boxing, and Fight Night Champion only adds to their lead. There's still room for improvement, though, even if the new Rocky-inspired story mode is a wonderful addition.
  53. Mar 7, 2011
    For fans of Fight Night, everything they know and love about the series is still here, looking and controlling even better. For everyone else, the Champion mode is the game-changer, and it's hard to imagine anyone who is a fan of good storytelling not getting pulled in deep. Clichés or not, Fight Night Champion scores a KO.
  54. Feb 23, 2011
    Make no bones about it, this is Rocky retold in digital form. But however familiar the punches, it's how they are thrown that makes the difference between victory and defeat. Champion executes its game-plan with a skilful touch, weaving the enjoyable yarn around a deep and tactical boxing sim.
  55. 82
    It seems like a seed has been planted for Champion mode and it's exciting to think of where EA can take the franchise in the future. There's definite potential for the development of a story that's on par with what Rockstar Games delivers and even if you don't like watching cut-scenes and playing along with a story, there's enough freshness here to keep fans of previous Fight Night installments satisfied.
  56. Mar 15, 2011
    One of the most complete sports simulations I've played and by far the best in the series. If you're after the quintessential boxing experience, you've found it.
  57. Mar 1, 2011
    The mechanics of the game are such that both newcomers and seasoned veterans should be comfortable in the ring. For the more hardcore player you can manage a fighter in Legacy mode or go online and challenge the world. For the more casual fan they will get a kick out of Champion mode as well challenging their friends to a bout.
  58. May 24, 2011
    Stunning visuals and a great champion mode make Fight Night Champion the best game in the series.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 108 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 108
  2. Negative: 15 out of 108
  1. Mar 20, 2011
    I couldn't be more disappointed in this game. I had very high hopes, considering their last installment was good. All I found was a clone ofI couldn't be more disappointed in this game. I had very high hopes, considering their last installment was good. All I found was a clone of Fight Night 4, including Legacy mode which was a complete debacle, not to mention the horribly difficult training games. Online mode has many exploits and crashes constantly, and in offline mode the game crashes constantly as well. I sold it the same week, on ebay. Full Review »
  2. Oct 10, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. nice and reality cg and good story like rocky the movie but some times i missed up the passion in the game easy to beat me lol wait another squeal from ea titles
    and nice site to review the game
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  3. Mar 4, 2011
    Now i'm not a boxing fan but picked up the last night Fight Night Round 4 when I purchased a new console. I downloaded the demo of ChampionNow i'm not a boxing fan but picked up the last night Fight Night Round 4 when I purchased a new console. I downloaded the demo of Champion and it just felt different. Much more snappy and responsive. I pre-ordered and received Champion a day before release and played it for about 3 hours. I am totally blown away with this release. Everything feels just right. Much quicker response wise and the graphics do feel much more polished. The deformation of the characters are brilliant and with the blood effects included for good measure things are clear cut :). I've not played it online just yet but the concept of Gyms are a welcome edition. I am around 2 hours through the Champion story mode which is a great edition. Maybe not being an avid fight fan helps me enjoy this game more than others who have left a review on meta. Full Review »