Fight Night Round 4 has the challenge of improving on the title that helped shaped the generation of gaming ever since the debut of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. EA Canada had to essentially improve on the game that delivered the first HD gaming experience and is taking the responsibility from the dead EA Chicago studio with plenty of chances to make mistakes, or make another hit title. Does Fight Night Round 4 live up to expectations or does it get knocked out?
To start off, taking a look at changes brings us to career mode. The control mechanics have been reshaped by doubling the speed and adding an all-new physics system. They’ve made changes to the career mode, they’ve changed the control mechanics, and they’ve reshaped every move in the game by doubling its speed and adding an all-new physics system. Fight Night Round 4 delivers the best boxing ever seen in a videogame this generation. Once you are in the ring with your own fighter, there is an experience that no other game can provide. Deliver punches while moving around and leaning is essentially incredible. The new physics and scoring system deliver far from many moments that register it as a hit, and make a great experience.
In Fight Night Round 4, the basic strategy revolves around a different approach. Haymakers are now more annoying than they were but everything places a focus in the way you approach fighting and your fighter’s style. Parrying punches is not an option and blocking is now high or low, so guarding left and right quadrants has finally been alleviated as an annoying concern.
The countering system does an incredible job of emulating realistic boxing and there is a great window that works with the camera that allows for a launch with an open area of the body. You will have plenty of chances to evade punches and bring in a totally different counter-opportunity. The incredible camera system follows up very well to the moves and helps strategies come alive. See a boxer uncovering on his left side, and jab an undercut straight from Muhammad Ali. The only issue with counter-punching is that the AI is very difficult. They react too quickly to the moves and there is a lot frustration when it comes to beating them at their own game. Despite this, the countering system works best when fighting against a human opponent as they make logical decisions and predictable ones that aid in the realism of the fight.
Career mode has one annoying aspect that is worth mention. It has no soul. The rivalry system from Fight Night Round 3 has been remedied somewhat. While you no longer are given arbitrary rivals to go up against, there is now no rivalry call-out at all and no special attention paid to your rivals. Instead, you are instantly challenged to a rematch when you have a great fight with someone. It is just too made up and less involved.
Fight Night Round 4 is simply a wonderful and great boxing game. There are issues in career mode such as the random and awful training games outside of sparring and one-hand training while punching a handbag. The online offering, while not hugely different from the previous Fight Night, still delivers with no lag and an additionally great EA online statistics leader board and match-making system. Fight Night Round 4 is a game that anyone who loves boxing should get, but do not be annoyed by the small inconveniences. Fight Night Round 4 will knock you down anytime of the day.