Fight Night 3 hits V-day

Romance out, fighting in. EA's next boxing game to connect with retail on February 14 for the PS2, PSP, Xbox, and Xbox 360.

This Valentine's Day, members of the Lonely Hearts Club will be able to do more than watch Julia Roberts movies while eating a tub of ice cream. Electronic Arts has revealed that this year, February 14--commonly known for red roses and cuddly teddy bears--will yield large sweaty men punching each other in the face. Fight Night Round 3 will be released that day on the Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 2, and PSP, according to the game's official Web site.

The third chapter in the Fight Night series is currently in the works at EA's Chicago studios and first burst onto the scene as one of the only interactive tech demos at Sony's E3 press conference. Earlier this week, a demo of the Xbox 360 version was released to the public as a free download via the Xbox Live Marketplace.

In the game, players will groom a fighter and take him up boxing's ladder, or slip into the trunks of famous boxers past and present. A new rivalries system will keep things heated in and out of the ring, and a new emphasis on fighting styles allows fleet-footed featherweights to float like a butterfly and beefy bruisers to sting like a Mack truck. Every version will be online enabled.

Fight Night Round 3 is rated T for Teen and will sell for $39.95, except the Xbox 360 version, which will cost $59.95.

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SLAYERPSP
SLAYERPSP

the 360 demo i played was sweet cant wait. i already preordered it and im getting the psp one as well

evil_dracula
evil_dracula

Im sure that there will be more than just a graphics upgrade for the 360 version. From what I understand development is focusing on this thing pretty heavily. I would expect to see a much more complete online experience using trueskill - not to mention gamerscore points of course. I'd think that the physics architecture will be significantly improved on the 360 as well for more realistic collisiion detection - Plus better damage modeling (blood and sweat!!) Since the 360 development is now more mature, they can't get away with Madden and FIFA-type ports anymore. This game and Burnout Revenge will be EAs chance to show that they can deliver significant additional value to their next-gen titles.. and not just feature-strip and re-paint like they did with the launch titles.

wraithshadow101
wraithshadow101

If Ali can vs tyson in this game, do you think he will bit off Ali's ear?

Yazu13
Yazu13

I remember when I used to play fighting games. I don't really like them anymore, but this one looks pretty good.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

the only good boxing game is mike tyson's punch out for nes.

terrabreak13
terrabreak13

"chrisdojo: the only good boxing game is mike tyson's punch out for nes." What about Ready to Rumble? That was a fun game. But FN3 is a sim rather than a arcade style boxing of Mike Tyson's Punch Out or Ready to Rumble. The FN3 demo had the best character models I've ever seen and even though I'm not into boxing games it's the 1st demo I've played so many times. I'm not an EA fan either but this game looks good.

meischris39
meischris39

59 thats a rip i could buy like a 10% share in atari with that

mrpuggie
mrpuggie

I have to agree. I'm not even into boxing, but all I can play is the new Demo. Its by far the best example of what the 360 truely can do. It seems most of the 360 sports games are really showing us what this thing can do. Just wait till second and 3rd generation 360 games will be like. I will be buying this game in Feb.

-atrox
-atrox

sweet. I'll be picking it up then.

fabulousbm13
fabulousbm13

This game looks incredible i cant wait till it comes out. The demo was amazing

hittin
hittin

Cool, i might check out this game.

forever_blank
forever_blank

Thats what all people deserve on Valentines day. A good smack to the face

ClstlSamurai101
ClstlSamurai101

i wonder hw will the psp controlls feels like meh ill still buy it

chaos_theory_09
chaos_theory_09

I can't wait for this game. Good timing too, I can ease my troubled heart (on valentines day) by beating the crap out of people via fight night round 3! Awesome

danielhripkov
danielhripkov

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bonzoso21
bonzoso21

The demo is a lot of fun, and the upcoming release date is great news, although unexpected...I just recieved a press packet and letter from EA's retail marketing manager that said Fight Night Round 3 wouldn't hit store shelves until November. I thought that date seemed a bit far off, but after playing the demo and seeing the lack of polish, I think the game may need more than another month of development, also.

omarguy01
omarguy01

looks just as good as ps3 demo thing!

lakai2k5
lakai2k5

it best be 20$+ of a game, if you get it for 360.

mikekare79
mikekare79

I just downloaded this. Dude, it's like watching a real fight with a better camera! It's way too much fun. This is a must buy for the 360. This, and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter. (Future Halo 3 Addict)

Optimusv2
Optimusv2

I don't mind the price they gotta make some money right? :D Plus Microsoft already loses like $100+ from every xbox360 sold so they expect xbox live and software sales to even things out and help turn some profits. Also expect them to take a loss from that hd-dvd because I think it's going to be less than $180.

Drudaddy
Drudaddy

ok this is a great game played the demo and loved it, but 60 bucks for the 360 version and 40 bucks for old generation consoles, kinda sounds a bit of robbery there, It would make me feel better if the two had a 10 dollar diff, but 20bucks diff.

fmcuk
fmcuk

It seems that EA doesn't know that the bestseller portable console is not precisely the PSP..... Anyway, from them you can only expect more of the same, but just small differences (almost like Capcom and all its versions of Street Fighter II...)

JoshChambers
JoshChambers

doesnt anyone else see a problem with the ps2, xbox, psp versions going for 39.99 and xbox360 going for 59.99? If the only difference is better graphics then I dont think thats worth 20 bucks.

bwgamer
bwgamer

Cool, but what's with the price tag of $59.95 for the 360! Sure hope this 59 trind doesn't continue for the next generation systems.

redxwarriorxxx
redxwarriorxxx

I can't believe it actually plays as good as it looks.

dru26
dru26

Way to go EA, I can hear my fiancee screamin at me now.

balindos
balindos

Demo was cool I just hope the online is lag free. Either way I will not stop playing this game.

Supermick
Supermick

That 360 demo blew me away. I don't even really like boxing but now I can't wait for the full game.

Optimusv2
Optimusv2

Haha simply amazing news. This is what I'm talking about we'll be able to get some sick next gen boxing action going. How long will it be before the ps3 fanboys raid this topic and start overhyping the ps3 saying the ps3 version will be better. HAH!

niko44
niko44

wow EA is not overpricing this O.O