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  • Summary: Fight Night Round 2 continues to deliver innovative gameplay via the analog Total Punch Control mechanic, allowing gamers to throw multiple punches, block, bob and weave with complete precision and control. Packing in more fearsome punches, players can now dominate the ring with the all-newFight Night Round 2 continues to deliver innovative gameplay via the analog Total Punch Control mechanic, allowing gamers to throw multiple punches, block, bob and weave with complete precision and control. Packing in more fearsome punches, players can now dominate the ring with the all-new EA SPORTS Haymaker allowing gamers to knock down their opponents with one devastating blow by adding extra power to each punch. Every hit counts in the game with powerful punches inflicting dynamic injuries on opponents, and thus reducing a fighter's ability to defend himself. Players also manage the boxers inside and out of the ring. Utilizing the new EA SPORTS Cutman, gamers can minimize damage on their fighters by helping them heal critical wounds between rounds. The game includes a new and unique create-a-player option, deep training and career mode, as well as online play for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. 100
    Round 2 has the substance to back it up its sense of style. The analog control has been refined to the point where it’s more responsive and more satisfying than mashing buttons and the new facial and body animations bring a level of authenticity to the ring that’s simply never been accomplished before.
  2. 90
    Another big change: You now have the ability to switch weight classes in mid-career, so you can go from heavyweight, to light heavy, and back to heavyweight again to beef up your bank account.
  3. While the core game has not changed that much, the bells and whistles EA has added has really added to the game and made it an even better replication of boxing.
  4. 90
    Imagine last year's innovative gameplay system multiplied by two. Sure the Haymakers need some work, but the clenching, enhanced AI, cutman mini-game, and other additions make up for it.
  5. 85
    Significantly better than its predecessor, but like most EA Sports releases, sequels feel more like baby steps rather than giant leaps.
  6. The most brutally realistic boxing game around.
  7. The most authentic videogame adaptation that we've ever seen... [but t]he Career mode whilst engaging doesn’t sustain your interest for long enough, and like many boxing titles will have all but the most hardened fan switching off long before the belt is won.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. FrankW.
    Feb 28, 2005
    10
    Fight night is the undisputed title holder for best sports game.
  2. CarlS.
    Feb 26, 2005
    10
    Haymaker is devestating. this game is a knockout. the undisputed champ of all sports and fighting games.
  3. KyleS.
    May 9, 2005
    10
    This game is awsome. I love it it is so relistic graphics are excellent.
  4. RobertT.
    Mar 1, 2005
    10
    Just picked this up at EB. This game is so good, I don't see myself sleeping for days. The cutman stuff is an incredible addition for Just picked this up at EB. This game is so good, I don't see myself sleeping for days. The cutman stuff is an incredible addition for this years game. Expand
  5. JakeT.
    Mar 14, 2005
    10
    This game is awesome, these are some of the best graphics for the ps2 i have ever seen! if you like boxing or not you will love this game!!
  6. PaulW.
    Mar 22, 2005
    10
    I love this game. The commentary is much better than last time. Ricky Hatton is on the front cover, which as per the EA Sports curse means he I love this game. The commentary is much better than last time. Ricky Hatton is on the front cover, which as per the EA Sports curse means he will lose in 2005! Bad luck Ric! Expand
  7. TuomasK.
    Jun 11, 2005
    9
    Game is good but there is always room for improvement. Like there is now pre fight intorductions and you cannot knock your opponent out of Game is good but there is always room for improvement. Like there is now pre fight intorductions and you cannot knock your opponent out of the ring., and I mean straight into the floor. And why every knockdown is like that fighter collapses to his death? When you win by KO or TKO the opponent is still standing and crying that he didint win. Where is the logic for that? EA should use rag doll knockdowns like this: If you knockdown your opponent for first few times, he shouldn't drop lifeless into ground. He would stumple or slip or just crawl not fall like a corpse. Other than that the game is great with good control and lasting career mode. I really hope next year corrects those little, but IMPORTANT things. Expand

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