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  • Summary: Go toe-to-toe with greats such as Ali, De La Hoya, Joe Frazier, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones. Outside of the ring, gamers can establish intense rivalries through pre-fight events putting purpose and passion behind every hit. Three new Impact Punches a la the EA Sports Haymaker keep gamers at the edge of their seat as players are only one punch away from the entire dynamic of the fight changing. Land a perfectly timed Flash KO or jump into a quick mid-fight mini-game to land a humiliating knockdown punch. Thrown using EA Sports Fight Night's innovative analog punch system, Impact Punches are high risk and high reward - put down your opponent or get knocked on the canvas. Boxing's Greatest Rivalries - Watch ESPN Classic footage of real-life bouts or re-create the greatest fights from past and present including Arturo Gatti vs. Mickey Ward, Marco Antonio Barrera vs. Eric Morales, and Ali vs. Frasier. Establish intense rivalries of your own by intimidating opponents before the big fight with heated press conferences full of hype, trash talkin', and fights at weigh-ins. Relive the best rivalries of your career in ESPN's Instant Classics! Create a style of your own, then see how you match up against the authentic signature styles from the world's best fighters. Licensed boxers use tactics and strategies that match their real life counterparts. Self Determinant AI adapts its style to match user strengths and to exploit weaknesses. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 67
  2. Negative: 0 out of 67
  1. To put it simply, Fight Night Round 3 kicks our ass. [Apr 2006, p.74]
  2. 90
    The best boxing game in the business keeps getting better.
  3. This complexity demands your total concentration, resulting in an all-consuming gaming experience. You're gonna lose hours to this game.
  4. The visuals are beyond amazing, doubly so for the Xbox 360 version, and the presentation alone makes this game worth playing, if only to watch a devastating knockout in slow motion. However, the lack of solid A.I. can lead to the game growing boring quickly.
  5. EA could have put in so much more to provide an ultimate boxing experience yet what they have offered is a bare bones fighter that simply looks good and plays well but after extensive play becomes rather underwhelming.
  6. 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]
  7. 60
    Other than the graphics, Fight Night Round 3 does very little to progress the boxing game series over its predecessors. It isn’t a total K.O. but does show that the series will have to work a little bit harder on newer features and glitches the next time around if it’s to avoid becoming stale.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Dec 4, 2012
    Fight Night round 3 is a boxing game developed by EA Chicago and published by
    ea sports, is this one worth picking up? or should you leave it
    in the bargain bin

    Their are only a few game modes some being Career, Fight Now, and ESPN Classics In career mode you fight your way to the big title, train in between and try to
    make it big, fight now is what you would expect it to be you can just go fight
    espn classics, is where you attempt to relive classic boxing matches. From personal experience you will be spending most of your time in the career mode
    for that's where its at. The actual boxing mechanics in this game are impeccable
    you use the right stick to punch and the left stick to move while the face buttons do other things. How it works is you motion the right stick how you want
    to punch, for example if you want to throw a right jab you push the stick up towards the right side, its very deep and rewarding. 9/10 Presentation

    Fight Nigh round 3 looks beautiful even though its close to 6 years old now
    the fighters have great depth and you truly feel like you at a boxing event.
    The music fits well with everything and when you get hit hard, you can tell. The one complaint I have about the presentation is the announcers they don't have very many lines and can get very repetitive but it never gets to
    the point where you want to mute your tv. Other than that though its very nice


    Will you be playing fight night over again? well, I would like to think so I have
    had this game for a long time and I'm still coming back to it, the depth in the
    fighting is something fantastic and the career mode will have you coming back.

    So in short this game is a great buy, if you haven't picked it up you can from
    your local game store for under 5 dollars usually and is most assuredly worth it

    overall rating 8/10 "Great"

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