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Fight Night Round 3

Meanwhile everybody knows that the Fight Night series is an enormous hit on each console. In fact it is the ultimate boxing game. Fight Night 3 gets released on the Xbox 360, PS2 and in time on the PS3, but EA luckily didn’t forget the PSP owners. But the biggest question is and stays: “Is this game on PSP as good as on the current and next-gen consoles?”

Fight Night 3 on PSP offers all the features its console brothers have on a smaller screen. But as you know, it’s gameplay that counts.

As in each sports game everything turns around a career, not a story. You start as an amateur and have to build up your career to become pro, and later on champion. There isn’t anything special about it, but this way you can prove to others how good you are. But everything begins with the creation of your own fighter.

This happens in a very extensive create-a-fighter menu. It’s amazing how you can build your own fighter, because you really can change everything to your liking. After you have built your fighter it’s time to begin with the real work. The first fights are extremely easy but they become more difficult as you progress. When your fighter is a professional he has to train hard on his tactics to win a fight while once you’re a Champion you’ll really need to work on your timing as you’ll have to win almost every game once you’ve reached the top. Don’t let this scare you though, as Fight Night Round 3 lets you build your career brick by brick and gives you time to practice and improve yourself.

The controls have been worked out good too but there could still be some improvements. You have to know that the PSP doesn’t have the same possibilities like its PS2-brother, so because of that they had to completely reinvent how the controls would be handled. This was a big challenge as the success of the Fight Night series belongs greatly with the controls so they aren’t bad, but it will take some time to get use to them. Once you’ve gotten the hang of them, you’ll be in for hours of pleasuer and winning battles though.

In this game it’s possible to make haymakers just like on the other consoles. This is a technique that you can use to drop your enemy with 1 powerful punch. But in fact this irritates during combat, it makes the battles very unstable so that the one who makes the most haymakers wins. This gives a lot of gamers the desire of using this technique the whole time so they will not use all the other beautiful and handy boxing skills. And this is the biggest problem that will waste the game pleasure.

The graphics on the PSP are very beautiful. Of course they are not so extremely special and overpowered like on the Xbox 360 but it remains a very goodlooking game that must not be underrated.

Also the KO-screen makes its presence and you get a really good feeling if you see your enemy getting smacked down over and over again on the ground. However, I have to admit that it doesn’t gives you same feeling like on the Xbox 360.

Fight Night Round 3 is a good game that will offer you hours of pleasure and especially the career mode deserves lots of respect. The graphics aren’t amazing but they are good enough for a PSP game. Only the controls ask some time to get used to but once you get the hang of them, they’ll cause little problems. Fight Night Round 3 is a game that deserves respect and it will give lots of players tons of fun.

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