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Jan 15, 2007
Fight Night Round 3 - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
23/3/2007EA GamesEA GamesEA Canada / EA Chicago
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1-2None$119.95
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Check out the detail on the fighters!
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2-player, first person, split screen.

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Check out the sweat on the fighters.
Ever since the earliest video games boxing has been represented on the TV screen. Over the years we have been graced with Boxing (Atari 2600, 1985), 4D Boxing (PC, 1991), TKO Super Championship Boxing (SNES, 1992), Mike Tyson Boxing (PSOne, 2000) and Ready 2 Rumble Boxing (Dreamcast, 1999). Most of those games were admittedly questionable in quality but have always sold in pretty good numbers.

In recent years Electronic Arts has given us the Knockout Kings series of games, and in recent years the Fight Night series which, as the title suggest, is coming up to it's third outing. The game was one of the first demonstrations of the Playstation 3's power when the company showed the game off at the 2005 E3 show in Los Angeles. While it has taken almost 2 more years to be released to retail it looks to be much improved over the already impressive version released on other consoles (PS2, XBox, XBox 360) in February 2006.

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No folks, that's not Jet Li.
As you woudl expect the title includes all the usual game modes including quick fights, and the career mode which will keep you entertained for some time. The developers are also including online gameplay - although given EA's track record of bringing games to PAL territories I'm still not 100% certain it will make it out here - here's hoping. One of the new features with this game is the Impact Punch. This will trigger an all-new Flash KO moment. Similarly the developers have also included an all-new Stun Punch, then find holes in his defense as he struggles to survive.

Of course the list of boxers is also important to those wanting this game and Electronic Arts aren't going to disappoint. The game includes 27 real life boxers (some current, and some legends from the past). Some of the more notable boxers include Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Sugar Ray Leonard, Sugar Ray Robinson, Oscar De La Hoya, Jesus Chavez, Evander Holyfield, Calvin Brock and Floyd Patterson to name a few.

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One of the smaller boxing stadiums.
This Playstation 3 version of Fight Night Round 3 offers up a few enhancements and bonuses for purchasers. The biggest addition is the "Get in the Ring Mode" where gamers are able the ring in a first person perspective to take on the opposition. Impressively as you get hit your vision becomes more and more impared thus replicating what real boxers would experience. This is also an indication of your health during the matches - the blurrier the screen the worse off you are. f you take several hits to one side of your head, and in particular one eye, then that side of the screen will become harder to see out of, making it harder to also see opponents punches heading your way.

With Widescreen TV's becoming standard these days Fight Night Round 3 includes a split screen option for 2-player first person action (as you can see in one of the screenshots at the top of this preview). Electronic Arts are also improving the connectivity with ESPN. With this connectivity you'll alwaysy remain up to date on the latest scores and news with streaming radio, ESPN motion, live ticker updates, and ESPNEWS. The PS3's Sixaxis controllers tilt abilities will also be used in the game to throw some punches during the fights.

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The wonderful first person mode.
Music in the game is pretty impressive with 12 tracks to complement the action in the ring. Some of the tracks include Wanna Know by Obie Trice, The Arrival from Atmosphere, Itz Nothin by Young Roscoe and Never Gonna Get It by Sean Biggs feat. Akon $amp; Topic. Commentary is being provided by Joe Tessatore.

Fight Night Round 3 looks sensational. It's hard to tell from static screenshots but Electronic Arts have been stating that the game is improved visually from the XBox 360 version, and with the addition of first person action it looks like a brilliant title. Expect this to be a launch title.