Fight Night Champion by EA Sports™ Review
- Smooth animations with detailed 3D models and arenas.
- Customizable characters and the ability to 'relive' a Pro's career.
- Local multiplay via Wifi/Bluetooth.
- Relatively intuitive controls.
- Conflicting controls make advanced maneuvers challenging, if not simply unreliable.
- Career mode lacks depth; simply bout after bout with luck-based 'training'.
Fight Night Champion had a chance to feature a true pocket-sized version of its console releases, but the iOS release lacks a lot of depth and fighting can feel more like a random brawl than a calculated fist-fight.
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Where previous games in the Fight Night series by EA Sports had a far more upbeat and glitzy presentation, Champion, the fifth title in the series, is following the movie-based trend of depicting the sport in a 'grittier' fashion. If nothing else it highlights some of the brutal aspects of Boxing without glossing it over with light shows and glitter-cannons, but the iOS release does away with the new story-based 'Champion mode', leaving players with nothing more than a straight boxing simulator.
Yes, it really is a stripped down boxing simulator as matches and training are performed automatically, with the game pushing you in to each subsequent fight as soon as possible. This would be fine, but the controls have a lot to be desired when it comes to representing the sport in a way that isn't simply comical. Smart-gestures allow players to quickly and easily throw punches based on where and in what direction they swipe on the screen; for instance, swiping from right to left on the top of the screen will cause you to throw a a right hook. Unfortunately blocking is performed by touching with two fingers on the top or bottom of the screen, though switching between the two is made difficult by the dodge/weave system that requires two fingers swiping the screen at the same time. It's a confusing mish-mash that continually results in one set of controls getting in the way of another and during all of this you're dancing about the screen thanks to the tilt-based movement system.
If you're willing to put more than a healthy bit of realism aside, the boxing gameplay can be quite fun (albeit heavily favored for aggressive tactics) and the detailed visuals make the experience all the more visceral as you're able to see the damage you're dishing out (and taking) applied in real-time.
Players can either start their own career with a custom character or 'rebuild' the career of several titans of the sport and when punching AI opponents gets tiresome you can jump in to a local network to take on your friends (via Wifi or Bluetooth).
There's almost no denying that Fight Night Champion is a pretty game and if you're willing to go with the flow of its unique take on boxing, it can be a fun game too. 'Champion' is still a decent pick-up for sports fans, but it lacks the depth to remain amusing for very long.
DescriptionNOW BE THE CHAMP ON iPHONE & iPOD TOUCH. Go toe-to-toe with a premium roster of title-holders past and present, and create your own championship legacy in the ring. Experience the true brutality of boxing in the tradition of the highest rated simulation fighting franchise of all time. Featuring innovative gameplay and best-in-class graphic quality, you’re looking at the best boxing game on the App Store. It’s undisputed.
A LEGENDARY LIST OF BOXING GREATS INCLUDES WBA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP DAVID HAYE
Enter the ring with 20 champions like David Haye, as well as heavyweight legends like Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali. Also match skills with the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Roy Jones Jr., Bernard Hopkins and “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya. You can even take on Andre Bishop and Isaac Frost, the main characters from the new Fight Night Champion console storyline.
BUILD A LEGEND IN LEGACY MODE
Start in local tournaments and develop your skills through training and bouts. Become a pro and work your way through the ranks. Take your shot at the title and become the Champ! Then, defend your belt against new rivals. But fight smart in your prime! Your boxer ages after every fight and will eventually need to retire.
FRIENDS BECOME FOES
Make it personal. Measure your skills against your friends in a Multiplayer fight via local Wifi or Bluetooth. Feel the agony of a right hook to your boxer’s jaw or the adrenaline rush as you lay your friend’s boxer out. (Please note: This feature is ONLY compatible with 3rd and 4th generation iPhone and iPod touch devices).
FEEL LIKE YOU’RE IN THE RING
With fluid touch controls, every tap, flick and gesture keeps your boxer ducking, weaving, jabbing, and moving around the ring just like you were there yourself. Featuring full audio commentary from Joe Tessitore, authentic boxer damage graphics and dynamic lighting, you’ll truly feel the knockout thrill of the Sweet Science in every sense.
**ARE YOU RUNNING iOS 4 OR ABOVE? BEFORE YOU DOWNLOAD, MAKE SURE YOU’VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES!**
To get the most out of Fight Night Champion for iPhone & iPod touch, please note the following:
• UPGRADE to the latest version of iOS for smoother gameplay and maximum graphical impact (if you’re running iOS 3.0 or 3.0.1, please download the newest iOS software before getting this game)
• For head-to-head Multiplayer functionality, you MUST HAVE an iPhone 3GS (or above) or an iPod touch 3rd generation (or above) - this feature is not available for 1st and 2nd generation devices
• Because of the game’s advanced quality graphics and sophisticated animation, Fight Night Champion is not compatible with 1st generation devices
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What's New in Version 1.01.22** OPTIMIZE YOUR FIGHT NIGHT CHAMPION EXPERIENCE DOWNLOAD THE NEW UPDATE NOW. We’ve made some behind the scenes adjustments to improve gameplay stability. **
As always, thanks for playing Fight Night Champion on iPhone/iPod touch. Now get ready for the most knockout experience yet!