Fight Night Champion [rating: 5/5]
I finally played my iPhone battery dead and that is one of the only reasons I am putting down my phone to write the review for Fight Night Champion. Fight Night Champion for iPhone is a new offering by EA Sports that is mobile version of the widely popular console game. I have always loved this boxing simulator on console but was unsure on how smooth it would be on my phone, well it’s great! Fight Night Champion continues in the footsteps of its predecessors as being a top boxing game.
Fight Night is a very popular series on the consoles and that is where I had my most experience with the game coming in to this review. I was afraid it would seem like a port when I played it on the iPhone but this game feels like it was designed for the device.
You have the choice of 3 different game modes that provide a wide diversity of game play. Fight Now, Legend Mode and Multiplayer are the 3 game types you have to choose from and each one seems better than the next. Fight now lets you jump right in the action if you should find yourself just wanting to get a quick game in. It allows you to play with fighters like Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and many others. I was very impressed with the list of fighters in this game and this is what I feel makes the Fight Now mode exciting. You aren’t necessarily playing towards a long term goal or against a friend but it’s pretty sweet to play as Muhammad Ali against Mike Tyson.
The next mode is Legacy Mode. This allows you to create a fighter and build him up or to take a former great and rebuild them. The game plays just as the console game but has its own feel and always seems like it was made for the iPhone. From customizing your fighter to selecting a training regiment, you are in control of your career and quest for greatness.
Multiplayer was very intriguing because it allowed for me to take on my wife in a boxing game. It was awesome and she truly enjoyed beating up on me and of course the bragging rights after I let her win. These three very diverse game types give you many options and ways to play this game. The three types work together to give this game awesome replay value.
The controls are very straight forward and I like that because it allows you to use them to the fullest extent. They allow you do everything you do in the console game but make it so that it is not extremely complicated to do on your phone. I found it very easy to learn how to play defense and also to let the haymakers go. Touch gestures are most of the controls in this game except for the movement around the ring by your fighter and that is controlled by the accelerometer. I found these controls to be genius because they allow you to get into the game by moving your phone, and sometimes your entire body when you get into, and your thumbs to have complete control of your fighter. The control mechanism is crucial to a game like this and EA does a great job of giving you everything you need.
This game has a killer presentation and I was constantly wowed by the sights and sounds it displayed. From the different fighters to the different venues the game never got mundane or monotonous. The menus are sharp and to the point and make everything very simple to navigate. The fighting sounds and announcing are awesome and really go a long way in getting you into the action. I had my volume cranked and found myself getting totally immersed in the gameplay. EA’s quality, as usual, is great and they make this game a joy to pick up and play. Again, the visual and audio aspects of this game never make you think it’s a port and that is important for a game that is so wildly popular on consoles. This game has a presentation that is second to none.
- Multiple Game Modes
- Awesome Fighter Line Up
- Great attention to detail
- Sights & Sounds are impressive
- Defensive Moves can be tough
$4.99 (View in iTunes)
Released: Mar 01, 2011
Size: 385 MB
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Seller: Electronic Arts Inc.
© 2011 Electronic Arts Inc. EA, EA SPORTS and the EA SPORTS logo are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. All trademarks are the property of their respective owner.
Rated 12+ for the following:
Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later