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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 77
  2. Negative: 0 out of 77
  1. Fight Night Round 4 can honestly claim to be what Mike Tyson once quoted many years ago, "...I'm the best ever, my style's impetuous, my defense is impregnable, I wanna eat his children..." Well, okay, maybe not the last part, but damn if this isn't a great boxing game! If you are a fan, you are doing yourself a disservice not picking up a copy.
  2. Though not earth-shatteringly revolutionary, FNR4’s additions to its Legacy Mode, greater cohesiveness and focus of its controls and enhanced pseudo-realism has made it the definitive boxing experience on both the current-gen consoles.
  3. Fight Night Round 4 looks simply amazing; never has a slow-motion blood-squirting smash to the face looked better in high resolution. Combined with a physics engine that may have no competitor and a control scheme that feels natural and responsive, FNR4 quickly fiddles with perfection, but falls short with some abusing AI and some lackluster career options, though EA Canada’s efforts are definitely in the right direction.
  4. Most realistic sport game to date. From graphics to physics – you can see and feel every punch given or taken. Best game with half-naked men on the market! [June 2009]
  5. Fight Night Round 4 is an aggressive, fast and brutal experience that manages to achieve a videogame as brilliant as the third chapter in the series.
  6. A calculated and intelligent game that favours forethought and tactics over button mashing and impatience. [Aug 2009, p.110]
  7. Try FNR4 if you’re looking for a good boxing game or want to experience the glory of current generation pugilism all over again. It’s worth it. Just don’t venture online with wide eyes and innocence. You’ll be rocked.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27
  1. gregb
    Jun 23, 2009
    The most realistic boxing game out on the market. From this point forward, every fighting game withOUT physics based fighting is automatically bargain bin material! Oh and don't listen to the FN3 whiners about how the controls suck and there's no buttons. The analog stick is a lot easier to remember what kind of punches you want to throw, and is overall just great. Must buy- sports game of the year. Expand
  2. JimG
    Jun 23, 2009
    This game is stupid goodness! I've been waiting forever for round 4 to come out and its pure awesomeness. Nuff said... it could do with some more blood though and maybe a cheat code for biting when Ali headbutts Tyson! The boxers look out of this world amazing - best ever! Expand
  3. helix-
    Jun 30, 2009
    Improving on fight night four in many ways without losing any key points. They've monumentally improved on counter punching, and using it to control the flow of the fight while improving graphics, framerate, and online content. Expand
  4. RodrigoL.
    Jun 29, 2009
    Terrific game. Legacy mode is a little sluggish but is by far the best the series has produced yet. With the ability to choose which existing/created fighters you can include in your legacy you can hypothetically create a continuous timeline of boxing champions. Win the title with Apollo Creed, rank him #1 when you start up a legacy with Rocky Balboa. That is cool. Expand
  5. KurtM.
    Sep 9, 2009
    This is closer to Ready 2 Rumble than the serious boxing game people wanted. It's far too fast, but you can slow it down using sliders in the settings. The training is terrible and you'll end up using auto-train all the time. None of the training techniques are real apart from spar. Getting up after a knock-down is awful too. If you swing past the middle to the other side by mistake you can't get back up no matter what. Apparently they think fighters get up sideways. On any difficulty setting over "Pro", fighters will counter every other jab you punch which makes for a frustrating game. Expand
  6. SuperGaz27
    Jun 30, 2009
    Although the game offers improvements on the combat system and a much better structured multiplayer system, the game doesnt give you anything new. Its basically FN3 but with a slight bit of polish. Lack of variety, combination punching and unlockables which leaves the game feeling a little rushed. Once again EA have led us to believe that they have created a monlith of a game but instead its more like Fight Night Round 3.5 than 4, a great boxing sim it is but fans of beat em ups should steer clear as the lack of depth will begin to show after a few rounds if not 4. Expand
  7. andrewc
    Jul 24, 2009
    Just want to even things out here. Graphics are an improvement. Otherwise, the game is of markedly lower quality than round 3 and, when originality is considered, round 2 also. I didn't think the creators could produce a game more unrealistic to the sport of boxing than it's predecessors. The differences in speed and power for the fighters seems negligible, and movement is constricted. The game is basically two men walking forward flailing their arms wildly with the grace of rock 'em sock 'em robots. Expand

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