If you're getting it for achievements don't bother
posted by Neffheadwear (NAPLES, FL) Sep 5, 2012
Member since Jul 2012
Easy achievements sure, but if you lost one special event it will block you from being able to get the achievement again and you'll have to restart career mode all over again to get the achievement. The game itself gets boring after 30 minutes.
Fight Night Round 3 is a decent boxing game. It's a pretty easy with mid-range graphics. The soundtrack features many hit songs which is great but lacks a variety. The songs get as repetitious as the game.
To improve your fighter there is a training feature. There are three types of training...a dummy, a heavy bag and weight lifting. But you can only use it once before each fight.
The achievements are simple to earn. Just play through on career mode.
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STORY - The career mode is pretty linear with a lot of repetition. Obviously this is a boxing game, but it would have been nice to do bit more than just fight and train the whole time. Perhaps a little more variety in the training mini games other than the three you can pick from would have helped but even then you may still want more unless you're a die hard boxing fan. In my weight class I only fought three legends (Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones Jr.) about three times each and after forty plus fights against nearly the same ten opponents, I won't say I was bored but, I was really hoping for someone new to fight that wasn't a randomly generated nobody.
SOUND - In ring sounds are very realistic. When a powerful hit is landed, other people in the room just may turn their heads to see the hurt you're dishing out... or receiving. Aside from decent grunts, all fighters are silent. Some scripted scenes with trash talking could have added a great amount of tension between fights but that feature didn't find its way into the game. Ringside commentary doesn't sound bad but is often behind the action and occasionally inaccurate. As far as music is concerned, I hope you're ready to listen to the same twelve hip hop songs over and over again.
VISUALS - For a launch title, Fight Night Round 3 looks surprisingly good for the most part. Other than a lack of variety in cut scenes and the oddly anorexic ring girl character models, the game delivers a pretty genuine presentation. Replays of knock downs show great detail in facial ripples and blood splatters.
CONTROLS - Possibly the best and worst part of this game is the serious learning curve involved in mastering the controls that use primarily the thumb sticks to throw various punches. Even as I approached my final fight I was still struggling with timing and connecting punches. A great system if you can actually wrap your head around it.