FIGHT NIGHT CHAMPION
PS3 (also on Xbox 360)
The first rule of Fight Night is... you do not talk about
Fight Night. So is the second, apparently. Shit, what are we
gonna fly now – erm, write about then?
Oh look! It’s, ummmmmmmm, ‘Fluffy Nuffy Champignon’, that comes from
someplace far away - yes, that’ll do - anyway, we say let’s examine
We’ve never understood pugilism – it just seemed like two meatheads
beating the shit out of each other in a canvas square that’s quite
illogically called a ring. However, FNC has helped us see the
light – being a meathead is fun.
The latest instalment in a long-enduring series, FNC packs
what you’d expect. You can pick a fighter and get down to it
(boppers), including 50+ greats from boxing history like Muhammad
Ali, Mike Tyson, Joe Frazier and George ‘w-e-e-e’ve got a griller
for sale’ Foreman, all of whom you can go the biff with or against,
solo or with a pal (locally or online). The classic
build-a-boxer-and-train-them thing’s also here for patient types.
The big new addition’s a grittily confronting story mode where you
fill the gloves of one Andre Bishop. Basically it’s a
rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches-again boxing flick with interactive
bits. It’s no Raging Bull, but it’s probably better than
The other big new thing is the controls. You can still button flail,
but the right analogue stick is now an alternative. Both have their
charms, and both will render your hand crippled if you play for as
long as we did. Speaking of flailing, button mashers will be
bloodied pulps in no time – learn the moves or buy shares in
FNC looks magnificent and is certainly challenging. It also
beats the shit out of all those Move and Kinect boxing schlumps.
Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!