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OK, so you played the original Fight Night: Round 3 on the 360 already, and you figured that after 900 hours of beating the Cheetos out of chumps and champs, you're done, right? Wrong. What you get here is the same game on the PS3—complete with the boring mini-games, the long load times, and the unbelievably addictive boxing action—with one all-important twist: the PS3 version includes a first-person mode. "Get in the Ring" mode puts you into the jockstrap and bads tats of your self-created boxer. Everything you could do in the game's third-person mode you can now do in first-person. Which means when Ali peppers your chin with jabs or Bernard Hopkins digs right hooks into your liver, your living room will magically turn into Madison Square Garden. Minus the beer-piss stench and $17 hot dogs, naturally.
Aside from these nitpicks, Fight Night Round 3 is still a must buy for the PS3 - even if you have another console’s version of it. Yeah, it’s that good, and is the jewel of the EA Sports lineup.
Fight Night round 3 doesn’t radically change the series but the gameplay is so incredibly solid that the game is still heavily recommended. The improved career mode, additional punches, and just added nuances make it well worth recommending. If you’ve already played the game on the Xbox 360, Get in the Ring and Sixaxis functionality aren’t enough to purchase the game again, but for everyone else, this is a must-have.
Fight Night Round 3 is a brilliant boxing simulator that plays just as good as it looks, and with little actual competition to speak of and such well tuned gameplay, this will probably be the best boxing game on the market for quite some time.
All in all, Fight Night Round 3 is a stronger, smarter fighter than it was during its Xbox 360 battle. It's also had nine more months of training, so that's to be expected. Either way, EA Sports does next-gen right, and sets a high benchmark for boxing and fighting games in general. It'll be interesting to see which console comes out on top in their first head-to-head fight. For the sake of those playing it for the first time on PS3, let's hope that contest doesn't occur for at least six more months.
Round 3 is easily one of the PlayStation 3's strongest titles. Never mind the fact that it was one of the 360's strongest titles when it originally came out, there's enough here to warrant at the very least a rental, and, if you don't have a 360, a definitely purchase. I can't hammer home enough the point that though this is very much a sports sim, it's still both accessible and deep enough that neither the casual nor hardcore crowds will be dissuaded. It's easily one of the PS3's strongest titles, and one of those games that you'll be able to bust out for months to come to show off the PS3 -- at least until Round 4 hits. Now stop reading and go check it out.
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EA Sports managed to repack Fight Night Round 3 for the 360 in a brand new box, add some new features, polish a thing here and there and send it to the stores as a PS3 title. Who can blame them when the end result is so good?
As we said in our 360 review, boxing is something of an acquired taste, and as such many gamers may overlook a game like Fight Night Round 3. To miss out on it would be a shame. It's a great showcase of what the PlayStation 3 can do, and it's a much deeper -- and more tactical game -- than you might expect.
Nichts desto Trotz ist Fight Night Round 3 ist ein ausgesprochener Hammertitel, der auch nicht-Fans des Boxsports in seinen Bann ziehen kann, wie bei mir geschehen. Die Grafik ist einfach fantastisch und auch das Gameplay sucht in diesem Genre seinesgleichen. Die Einbindung des Sixaxis –Controllers hätte meiner Meinung einen Tick deutlicher ausfallen dürfen, zumal die unfairen Aktionen auch per Knopfdruck ausführbar sind. Im großen und ganzen aber ein klarer Sieg nach Punkten!
This really is one of the most realistic games we've ever seen, with everything from sweat and blood to celebrity likenesses being totally spot on. You use the right analogue stick to control your punches, and there are no on-screen meters to judge your performance; you have to study your opponent's battered face. The career mode can be a bit samey after a few hours and the training mini-games are rubbish, but this is the best boxing game ever made, basically.
Fortunately, the most important parts of Fight Night Round 3 made it onto the PS3. The great boxing action, high level of tactics in developing your offense and defense, and excellent selection of real-world boxers all come through, and the new first-person camera almost makes up for the toned-down graphics (when compared to the 360 version). This is by far the best boxing game you can get nowadays, so if you're remotely interested in it and looking for a great sports game on the PS3, this is most definitely your game.
In the end, I feel a purchase recommendation is in order for Fight Night Round 3. While I certainly have my complaints, the multiplayer makes most of them a non-issue. Even if you’re not a huge boxing fan, give this one a shot. If you’re new to the series, go ahead and purchase this immediately if you want the best boxing simulation available.
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I can’t count myself as a fan of professional boxing, but I did find Fight Night 3 to be very enjoyable. I liked the challenge of needing to fight smart to win, and found that this made the game far more engaging to me than other fight games. Even if you’re not a fan of fighter games I encourage you to give Fight Night Round 3 a try. You just may find yourself pleasantly surprised that you are enjoying a fight game.
The controls are slick and intuitive and the Total Punch Control creates a realistic union of your controller and on-screen boxer, again, reinforcing the illusion that you aren’t playing a game by simply mashing buttons. The AI is admittedly lacking, making this a game that is best played with friends, either online or off. Either way, Fight Night Round 3 is the best recreation of boxing ever made, and one of the top PS3 sports games in its growing library.
Next Level Gaming
Fight Night Round 3 is by far the second best looking game on the PS3 right behind Resistance. Take the great graphics and mix it up with the innovative HUD-less fighting system and solid boxing engine and the result is an excellent boxing game that is at the top of its class. It’s time to strap on the gloves, and go toe-to-toe with some of the best that boxing has to offer. Let’s hope that next version of Fight Night that EA decides to give us a more solid and structured career mode. EA added enough things to this version of Fight Night for even the 360 owners that own a PS3 should give this game a rent at the most.
Aside from that, there's not much to differentiate the PS3 version of Fight Night Round 3 from its Xbox 360 predecessor. If you've got to choose between one version or the other, it's hard to go wrong, though the PS3's Get in the Ring mode is a tempting bonus. Otherwise, it's pretty much a draw.
Insgesamt macht die PS3-Fassung also nichts viel falscher als ihr 360-Pendant. Aber auch nichts wirklich richtiger - deswegen bleibt die Wertung gleich.
Those of you who have purchased a PlayStation 3 and have enjoyed previous boxing games in the Fight Night series should definitely enjoy Fight Night Round 3. It's the best in the series so far and looks stunning regardless of the display you're gaming on. The ability to now fight from the first person view is certainly a nice addition for the PlayStation 3 version although if you've played the Xbox 360 version of the game then it's not enough to justify repurchasing what is essentially the same game. Boxing fans that haven't played the 360 version should definitely put this down on their wish list.
When it's all said and done, Fight Night Round 3 is still an amazing boxing game, even after all this time. The PlayStation 3 version has the most options, improved visuals and maintains all the things that made this game so great on the 360. If you own any of the other versions of FNR3 (be it on X360, Xbox or PS2), you should probably refrain from buying this one, but if you don't, the PS3 re-release gives you the chance to experience one of the greatest sports games o the last couple of years.
Overall Fight Night Round 3 is a great looking and fun game, which manages to have a deep combat system without over-complicating the controls. The game can get repetitive and has some downsides such as less that perfect A.I., long load times and a lack of variation but if you look past that there is a great boxing sim underneath. People who are in it for the single player experience will be left disappointed after a while, but bring some friends over or go online and you will have a blast.
With the added components it is fair to say that Fight Night Round 3 is an overall better title than its 360 counterpart. The visual enhancements are minor, but the online is more robust and the Get in the Ring gives the game a whole new feel.
Fight Night Round 3 may not have a spotless career, but with such hard hitting graphics and intense Vs. action, we're willing to forgive its foibles and trumpet its unparalleled successes. If you bought a PS3, this game is the reason why. However, if you already own this game on the 360, the PS3 version is only worth a rental for the new first-person perspective. Show your friends, taunt your nephews, ignore your girlfriend - this game has the heart of a champion and is pound for pound one of the best PS3 games around.
Fight Night Round 3 on the PS3 is the best sports game on the system, and if it's your only next-gen console, it's an easy choice to make. If you've already picked up the 360 version, spending another 60 bucks for a new camera angle (albeit a very good one) would be ridiculous, but newcomers should be pleased with the purchase.
EA Sports Fight Night Round 3 Isn't the huge improvement that Round 2 was compared to Round 1, and the lack of AI and the impoverished career mode is a disappointment. It isn't a huge leap over the 360 version released ten months ago either. That said, Round 3 is still one hell of an addicting multiplayer game that provides hours and hours of hardcore boxing fun. The toned-down haymakers, better balancing, and inclusion of various styles makes playing with your buddy an awesome experience, and the mechanics are so good it even makes fighting against the CPU worthwhile in the beginning. It's not to be missed if you have gaming roommates or friends, but it's not to be counted on if you regularly forget what the sun looks like.
There are a lot of great things about Fight Night Round 3. There are a lot of things that hurt the title as well. While the online modes stand out as superb, the career mode can’t be overlooked and ends up being a great deal of fun. The Playstation 3 version adds a first person perspective mode with ‘Get in the Ring’, but hardly utilizes the Sixaxis controller at all. This title is amazing to look at, and the graphical candy will hold you for a while. My suggestion would be to just turn off the sound if you intend to show the game off, and then take your boxing gloves online. If you’ve already got this on the Xbox 360 though, you might want to take a pass – there isn’t enough to warrant the re-purchase.
EA Sports' heavy-hitting franchise doesn't change up its approach for the third time through, but the gameplay remains as tight and enjoyable as it has always been. So while there are no surprises in store, you can expect a great game of boxing, with a fully capable single-player experience backing up a solid online multiplayer game. Most of the changes to the PlayStation 3 version of the game are hardly noticeable, but the new first-person perspective works surprisingly well and will hopefully be a standard option in all subsequent Fight Night releases. Although it doesn't drastically improve on what is already a great game, Fight Night Round 3 for the PlayStation 3 does enough to give it a slight edge, although not quite enough to make it worth another investment if you already own the Xbox 360 version.
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Nobody's stepping up to challenge Fight Night's reign as boxing game champion, and for good reason. While there could have been more to advance the series in its first trip to the Xbox 360, the violent visuals more than make it worth a few rounds for any fight fans. Coupled with the deep gameplay and control, Fight Night Round 3 would be undisputed champion no matter how many challengers it had. Let's just hope it trains harder before the next round.
Wie schon vor 36 Jahren, stehen sich auch 2007 zwei fast ebenbürtige Gegner gegenüber. Doch der Kampf zwischen Playstation3 und Xbox 360 wird nicht an einem Titel festgemacht, sondern erst in den nächsten Monaten endgültig entschieden. Jetzt, hier und heute, gelingt es der Playstation 3 Fassung von Fight Night Round 3 nicht, sich deutlich von der direkten Konkurrenz abzusetzen. Im Detail wird zwar mit schickeren Texturen und einem fesselnden neuen Spielmodus gepunktet, doch kleinere Mängel sorgen für Lücken in der Deckung und lassen am Ende keinen Gewinner zu. So bleibt Fight Night Round 3 ein erstklassiges Sporterlebnis, das sich kein Boxfan entgehen lassen sollte. Wer allerdings das Spektakel schon auf der Xbox 360 genießen konnte, findet hier kaum etwas Bahnbrechendes, um sich beide Versionen zuzulegen.
EA remains on top with another solid entry into the Fight Night series. Even though there isn't a whole lot here that we haven't seen before, if you dig the sport, this purchase should be an obvious one. If you already own the 360 version there's no need to pick this up, but exclusive PS3 players should seriously consider adding it to their collection.
Fight Night Round 3 doesn't quite deliver a knockout punch, but it is far from time to throw in the towel. It's a great title for newcomers to the game, as it does a lot of easing you into the control system and the experience as a whole. However, veterans of the series will probably find themselves getting very frustrated with the create-a-champ and Career modes. Creating your own boxer is a no go because you will end up tearing chunks out of your own hair because of all the glitches, while the Career mode is a bit lifeless because of the predictable AI opponents. If you have plenty of friends or an Internet connection though, most of the frustration disappears and the game can truly exhibit its awesome graphics and its smooth and realistic gameplay. Despite a slightly rushed feel to the single player experience, Fight Night Round 3 is still one of the best multiplayer fighting games around and one that's well worth stepping into the ring with.
These issues notwithstanding, Fight Night Round 3 delivers plenty of thrills online and off. If you've played and grown tired of the Xbox 360 edition, it doesn't offer enough new content to justify a purchase, but if you've never touched this game, you should buy it immediately. Just make sure that it's your friends -- and not you -- spitting blood.
In closing, as we said for the 360 version back in February, Fight Night Round 3 is one of the first absolutely must-own titles for the PS3. While the graphics are undoubtedly amazing and manage to outshine the 360 version, especially in the exclusive first-person mode, it's still got the same problems as the other game, and more. The career mode, while somewhat fun, is a tad unfulfilling to play. PlayStation Network play, like Xbox Live, alternates between smooth gameplay and modem-like lag, and the organization could be a bit better in regard to matchmaking and gameplay styles. Also, the load times are significantly worse than other versions, which is especially noticeable during the training mini-games in career mode. While this Round 3 doesn't completely trample the other versions, it's got enough quality going for it to make it a definite recommendation for new PS3 owners. There are few games on the system right now that can match its fun factor.
Fight Night : Round 3 est le jeu de boxe qu'il vous faut sur PS3. Ca tombe bien, il n'y en a pas d'autre. Au-delà de cette absence de concurrents, le titre d'EA Sports reste un excellent soft, graphiquement somptueux et doté d'une bonne jouabilité. On peut lui reprocher pas mal de petites choses (combats un peu mous, absence de mobilité, coups parfois trop durs à sortir...) mais il est certain que si vous êtes un adepte du noble art, vous n'aurez de cesse de remonter sur le ring pour décrocher la ceinture de champion.
En definitiva, Fight Night Round 3 es una de las apuestas deportivas más interesantes y espectaculares del catálogo principal de PlayStation 3. Cualquier seguidor del deporte tiene en el título un alto grado de realismo, diversión y un espectacular acabado técnico.
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Overall, Fight Night Round 3 for the PS3 is not what we expected but it's not that far from it. Good graphics and sound effects, stable gameplay, a wide range of options, and a pretty good career mode make FNR3 for the PS3 a solid title you may want to include in your library, especially if you love boxing and have friends that you think would enjoy the game as much as you will.
Nine months after the title was first launched on the Xbox 360, EA has re-released Fight Night Round 3 on the PlayStation 3. I'm sad to report that it's almost a near-identical port of the title, even this far after its initial release. Seeing as there are only a few enhancements to the title over the previous version, I've deemed it acceptable to reuse large portions of my previous impressions -- why reinvent the wheel? I'll outline all the additions and updated comments prior to the inclusion of all the original review text, but there will be some tweaks throughout seeing as I'm revisiting the title almost a year later.
Video Game Talk
Nine months after the title was first launched on the Xbox 360, EA has re-released Fight Night Round 3 on the newest graphical behemoth to hit home theaters, the PlayStation 3. I’m sad to report that it’s almost a near identical port of the title, even this far after its initial release. Seeing as there are only a few enhancements to the title over the previous version, I’ve deemed it acceptable to reuse large portions of the previous review – I mean why reinvent the wheel? I’ll outline all the additions and updated comments prior to the inclusion of all the original review text, but there will be some tweaks throughout seeing as I’m revisiting the title almost a year later.
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Fight Night Round 3 is still a good game at heart, but the excessive loading times can be quite off putting. It might come across as a better game to someone who hasn’t played earlier games in the series or the 360 version last year. However, if you played the game last March, you’ll quickly discover all of the old problems, plus new ones that really can’t be offset the new features, regardless of how good they are.
For our criticisms of the title, at 720p it still remains a visual contender that has been ported with some care, but never fully taking advantage of its new host or bringing any worthwhile additions.Â Fight Night Round 3 will provide many hours of enjoyment if you enjoy the art of boxing and pitting yourself against some of the legendary names in the ring. However with this release Gamestyle was hoping to really push the experience to a new level, instead it's merely content to hold its own.