Generally favorable reviews - based on 67 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 67
  2. Negative: 0 out of 67
  1. When your opponent leans into that haymaker, it's a bone-crunching delight: Sweat sprays from his head, bloody spittle shoots from his mouthpiece, and his legs turn to Jell-O. Now that's the sweet science.
  2. To put it simply, Fight Night Round 3 kicks our ass. [Apr 2006, p.74]
  3. 94
    Fight Night is a far bigger improvement on Round 2 than Round 2 was on the original. I'd have bought it for the changes in punching and style options alone, much less the vastly improved graphics, sound, and other fringe benefits.
  4. 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.
  5. Fight Night round 3 doesn’t radically change the series but the gameplay is so incredibly solid that the game is still heavily recommended.
  6. Between the supreme visual polish and deep, excellent play, this is the uncontested champ.
  7. 90
    Head-and-shoulders above other EA Sports Xbox 360 launch games, and is the first game in the sports genre to evolve beyond the current generation, and is worth a splurge, even if just for a few hard hits.
  8. 90
    One of the first absolutely must-own titles for Xbox 360. The controls have been greatly improved over last year's game, with much-abused control schemes getting reined in a bit.
  9. Fight Night Round 3 should be considered the first real sports game to grace the Xbox 360. EA’s other efforts were fine in areas, but it Fight Night Round 3 is the most complete next-gen sports game of the whole lot.
  10. 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.
  11. Fight Night Round 3 is an amazing leaps-and-bounds production that puts the excellent Round 2 to shame, if that's even possible.
  12. 90
    Fight Night: Round 3 has graphics that are reminiscent of a Square Enix film, sound that is rich and realistic, and gameplay that is intuitive and painfully addictive.
  13. Overall, despite a few low blows - like the massive quantities of in game ads - FNR3 is a fantastic boxing game and really shines as a next generation gaming experience.
  14. This complexity demands your total concentration, resulting in an all-consuming gaming experience. You're gonna lose hours to this game.
  15. Unless boxing disgusts you, you do have to own this, and I’ll take anyone on in the ring if despite the single player frustrations (if anyone suggests turning down the difficulty I’ll slug them) they can’t see the beauty and polish that has gone into the gameplay.
  16. With online play that is surprisingly smooth and lag free, an offline career mode that is surprisingly fun to play and graphics to die for, Fight Night Round 3 is a superb all-around title.
  17. But if you want a staggering multiplayer fight game that looks better than anything else on Xbox 360, get this.
  18. Boxing games tend to get a bit dry after a while, but I've been playing this non-stop since I got it. I've become at one with my fighter and have really immersed myself in the tactics involved in a boxing match.
  19. Everything is photo realistic and EA have really delivered the goods here, when you see it in motion it looks amazing.
  20. A pretty-looking, competent boxing-simulator. Besides graphics, there are not any other major improvements over Round 2. [May 2006]
  21. Graphically sumptuous, deceptively deep and utterly essential. [Issue#5, p.96]
  22. We look forward to the day when mo-cap boxers move like they do in real-life. [Issue #6]
  23. While the career mode's lack of difficulty is disappointing, those looking for a challenge will still have plenty of that from the well-made online modes. Fight Night Round 3 is most definitely a winner.
  24. 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]
  25. 90
    The best boxing game in the business keeps getting better.
  26. Fight Night Round 3 takes the sweet science of boxing to bloody new levels, and he results are certainly impressive. [Mar 2006, p.40]
  27. Boxers look exactly like their real-life counterparts. Their faces are perfect, and their body styles are equally impressive. While you're taking punches, you'll see the damage done on the boxer's faces, including swelling and blood.
  28. Sure, FNR3 has some small elements such as an abundance of advertising in the arenas and some ever-so-minor clipping issues, but it is really hard to deny the clarity and quality presented in these fights.
  29. Thankfully the talented folks at EA Chicago weren't relying solely on visual beauty to sell this beast; FNR3 plays as good as she looks, but there are some changes from last years FNR2 that might not sit well with fans of last years game.
  30. It, much like Oscar De La Hoya, not only looks really good but also puts up quite a memorable fight well worth your time and money.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 259 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. ChrisP.
    Jun 15, 2007
    One of the best boxing games. Good graphics, good gameplay.
  2. KoolioS.
    Jun 8, 2007
    This is one of my favorite game$. It is awesome the graphics are great!You also can not beat the punch control or the first person part.
  3. Aug 22, 2014
    Of the bunch, this is the only one I played, but I liked it a lot. Made my boxer and commenced to laying waste to the AI on my way toOf the bunch, this is the only one I played, but I liked it a lot. Made my boxer and commenced to laying waste to the AI on my way to obtaining belts in multiple weight classes. I didn't play online or anything because I don't like you and I'd probably get my ass whooped anyway, so I can't comment on that portion of it. If you are into going through people's stuff they don't want anymore while they are watching, you can probably get this for about 25 cents at a garage sale. Full Review »