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  • Summary: The sequel to EA Sports' Fight Night 2004 maintains the original's analog control scheme and introduces a variety of new features. Now you have access to even more punches, including a new "haymaker" punch that is just powerful enough to knock down your opponent. Every hit countsThe sequel to EA Sports' Fight Night 2004 maintains the original's analog control scheme and introduces a variety of new features. Now you have access to even more punches, including a new "haymaker" punch that is just powerful enough to knock down your opponent. Every hit counts in this game, as injuries reduce a fighter's ability to defend himself. Your cut man can tend to your injuries in between rounds to help you survive your opponent's devastating punches. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  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. Game Informer
    93
    Another nice addition is the "woozy" camera angles that appear when you or an opponent is nearly knocked down. It's a small touch, but a very dramatic one. [March 2005, p.115]
  3. The game has set a new bar for the genre and it plays so smoothly with some practice.
  4. 90
    The most striking change is in the innovative control scheme--where you use the right analog stick to throw jabs, hooks, and uppercuts--which has now been slightly altered to enable you to fight more like a professional pug in the ring.
  5. This is the best boxing game on any system ever. It is not perfect and has not got the options and scenarios of the "Tiger Woods" series has for golfing, but as a stand-alone game it is very good.
  6. Edge Magazine
    80
    With a superior control system and a raft of incisive upgrades, this year's update is a connoisseur of the boxing arts. [Apr 2005, p.103]
  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: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. MikeL.
    Feb 27, 2005
    10
    Yes! Finally! Xbox live!!! i am gonna whoop your butt!
  2. AndrewS.
    Jan 26, 2006
    10
    The game is crazy. It could have some improvements on career mode, but it is still awesome. Can't wait till round 3 comes out.
  3. SmashD.
    Feb 28, 2005
    10
    The boxers look so real it is crazy. haymaker is devestating. Finally online play for xbox!!! FIght Night Round 2 is a 10!
  4. RamosL.
    Mar 5, 2005
    10
    Best game ever. a must buy!!!
  5. EfeB.
    Mar 15, 2005
    10
    Amazing game. not just as a boxing simulation but as a game in general. the graphics are so realistic, it will make you feel sorry for theAmazing game. not just as a boxing simulation but as a game in general. the graphics are so realistic, it will make you feel sorry for the defeated fella. the pysics system is very good, rag doll effects have weight and look real. although sometimes the bodies on the ground shake around, it looks like the guy is in pain...so it works. the sweat drips from the body, and blood drools down from face, in a way i have never seen before...this is one of those games where you will watch every single replay of a punch, because there is so much to look at. the face of a fella who gets hit wiggles and morphs just like it would in life...amount of detail is incredible. the create a boxer mode is pretty good, similar to "top spin"...meaning you can sculpt your guys facen like clay. some more hair styles would have been cooler but still is pretty amazing. the career mode is deep and realistic, it is also quite hard to become a decent boxer. when i thought my guy was doing good, i would face an even better opponent...forcing me to train my fella...it goes on and on and on...it would have been tiresome if the whole package wasn't this great...i mean, i wanna win every fight, because i want to unlock all the shorts and shoes and accessories...thats the hook. there are plenty, (but not many) fight locations. these locations are realistic, i am happy to say...my favorite is the "rumble in the jungle" copy "clash in the congo". it is modeled after ali versus foreman legendary match in african open air stadium. very, very pretty. my only complaint is a funny one, because it says how great this game is in a way...after playing 5 hours straight, your right tumb will hurt like hell...because pulling them punches aint so easy on the control stick, but rewarding. so, what are you waiting for..gooooo get it brother. Expand
  6. BlueFalcon
    Jul 31, 2005
    8
    PROS: 1)Best sim boxing game ever. 2)Excellent graphics and lighting. 3)Well done knockout replays. 4)Controls are perfect. CONS: 1)Very PROS: 1)Best sim boxing game ever. 2)Excellent graphics and lighting. 3)Well done knockout replays. 4)Controls are perfect. CONS: 1)Very short and sub par soundtrack. 2)The training mini games aren't balanced for difficulty 3)After a knockdown you see the same dirt shoveling animation over and over. 4)The game is a bit too knockout focused - I've never had a round where there wasn't at least 1 knockdown. 5) Haymakers are a great idea but they're not balanced right - too powerful. 6) Eventhough the mechanics feel right, it's still a long ways from being a realistic simulation. Expand
  7. BrianB.
    Mar 2, 2005
    5
    Round 2 benefits from all the positive aspects that the fans and critics have mentioned thus far. Unfortunately, fans of the series that like Round 2 benefits from all the positive aspects that the fans and critics have mentioned thus far. Unfortunately, fans of the series that like to use face buttons instead of the Total Punch Control system will find that they've been shafted. The new haymaker punches and special combinations can only be performed using the analog stick and blocking still requires use of the stick as well. These omissions are likely a deliberate way of bolstering total punch control users Vs button users. It's sad to see game makers adopt this kind of mentality. This, combined with the fact that the new haymakers are somewhat unbalancing and unrealistic make for some serious drawbacks to what otherwise could've been the best and most realistic boxing game ever. Fight Night Round 2 is a great game at its core, but some will find that the experience is ruined by a few poor design choices. Expand

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