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Fight Night Champion has been released on 360 and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"hey kid, the short, gnarled, stereotypical Irish-American boxing coach here. have you never seen a boxing movie? what about any movies at all? no, well then you're gonna be blown away by the originality of the new story mode in Fight Night Champion..."
- Tired Gamer (Fri, 18 Mar 2011)
"Fight Night: Champion improves the previous game by degrees. Night and day however is the introduction of a fighter's story than made me reconsider much of what I thought about the sport..."
- Considered Gamer (Thu, 17 Mar 2011)
Fight Night Champion will provide brutal, gritty boxing, with increased violent realism and a new story mode.
Fight Night Champion continues the series' tradition of realistic boxing, adding a wider diversity of punches and more realistic fighter animations. The over-the-top haymaker is disappearing, although for the first time it will be possible to put more weight behind a punch for a heavier hit.
Fight Night Champion looks to increase realism too, including more believable body damage and deformation. There will also be a range of possible controller configurations, including one utilising directional analogue sticks, aimed at more responsive and intuitive control. A new stamina system will track different muscle groups and punish you for relying too heavily on a single punch.
Perhaps the biggest addition to Fight Night Champion is the Champion mode, a new Hollywood-esque story following the exploits of a boxer named Andre Bishop, in and out of the ring. Champion mode is set to include the likes of prison brawls and bare knuckle fighting.
A demo of Fight Night Champion is already available on XBLA and PSN, including online play for a short time only. The demo features past and current boxing stars Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto.
The full game is coming out on March 4th, 2011 for PS3 and Xbox 360.
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