Fight Night Champion is the fifth title in the series and features an all new cinematic experience and improved visuals, but is it a complete knockout or is it best to just throw in the towel?
The Fight Night series had been great success and if you've played past titles, expect to see some changes in FN Champion. The all new new Champion Mode is story based and is very intriguing. It puts you in the shoes of Andre Bishop who is working his way up to being a Pro. Suddenly you make a bad move which has you thrown in Prison for seven years. Over your prison time you will take on a few fights but Bishop's main goal is getting out and looking for redemption. Theres different set challenges throughout the Champion Mode. For example, not taking to many hits in the eye. Champion Mode is very enjoyable and you will want to play till the end to find out how well Bishop does. The only let down is the length which can take three to four hours to complete. Having said that, theres a lot more on offer which will keep fans of the series playing.
Legacy Mode makes a return and if your new to the series, this is the Career mode to the game. It has you creating your very own boxer to fight your way to the top. When training and winning fights you will earn XP that can be assigned to your boxer which improves the skills. Whilst the game offers some great new changes, Legacy Mode hasn't improved in anyway and can become boring after a while.
The game looks visually impressive and has been largely improved from the previous title. Punching a boxer in the face and knocking him to the ground is extremely satisfying in slow-mo . You can see the detail as the fist imprints into the face. You will notice the detail of the damage with cuts, blood and sweat appearing as you continue to fight. It's never looked so good and this is probably the best your going to get in a Fight Night game.
The controls have also been tweaked. In FN Round 4 you had to swing the analog stick in a certain direction to perform different swings. It not only made your thumb hurt but it also became a struggle to throw certain punches. In FN Champion, swinging punches has never been easier. Simply moving the analog stick quickly will perform punches with ease.
If you've played previous Fight Night titles, Champion is one you must not miss. It's the strongest in the series and the new Champion Mode is a very welcoming addition.
Review By Gareth Smith