Now, don't get me wrong, but I'm not a really big boxing game fan. The last video game with boxing that I actually enjoyed was Mike Tyson's Punch-Out some twenty years ago (I know, I'm dating myself). The very day I got this game in the mail, I hated it; let me explain. My TV is on the fritz, and all I see are blurry imiages when the print in a game is too small, or too oddly colored. Well, FNR3 totally sucks when it comes to reading anything on the screen (if you have a 10 year old TV like I do). The print is too small, and what's the deal with orange? Don't get me wrong, orange is my second favorite color, but it makes a lousy print color. OK, now that I'm done complaining, let me get to the point. FNR3 is an INCREDIBLE game. The use of the right analog stick for "total punch control" totally rocks. I can almost feel the adrenaline rush right now just thinking about a sweet 4 hit combo to Roy Jones Jr.'s face. You can actually feel the punches as you swing, jab, and roundhouse your opponent. No game I have ever played felt as instinctual or natural (once I got the hang of it). I highly recommend this addictive game.
I was very anxious to play this game, that may have been the reason for some of my disappointment, or maybe it was just the nature of the game.
There isn't much difference between this game and the previous ones, its more like just an update with better graphics if anything. This is more or less a career game to make your own boxer and control, train, and upgrade. The only other real feature is one on one.
The effort they put into the movement of the boxers was great, the graphic end of it is actually pretty good, but then there are things like to many slow motion replays on punches that really aren't that good and it takes away from what you think you saw. (like an NFL replay showing your favorite player actually stepped out of bounds)
A feature that I thought was neat was the ESPN Classic section, there you can control/watch historical battles such as Ali vs. Frazier. I sim. watched this fight and it was like watching a low production event on tv, Ali moves real smooth. :)
I gave this gave a 7 initially and then realized that the peak of the game came in the first hour or 2 of playing and i knocked it down to a 6.
The A.I. in this game is alright, each fake character has his own way of fighting, and the real characters are few and far between each other and not reall a big deal when you get to them.
I retired my Career after 54 fights, and my record was 53-1(DQ-elbow)-0 with 53 KOs Over 40 KOs took place in the first or early second round. And this on the hard level... So yea, not very challengeing, but good if you just like to make a guy unrealistically good in a sport game.
When will there finally be a good breakthrough in Boxing games? When will HBO finally step in and stop letting this debauchery of boxing take place? I hope soon, because I felt like I wasted a rental on this one after the first 2 days.
This game was aright. The replays SUCK, its hard to customize your boxer because everything is so expensive, 300,000 for a pair of gloves? horrible also if you want a better trainer then the wack one they give you, you have to buy a better one for more money but the stupid thing is that you have to pay EVERYTIME you want the trainer. I would think if you pay 25,000 once the trainer is yours. This game wasnt all that, the old school knockout kings is way better.