Simply put, this is the best boxing video game ever, bar none.
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Graphics- I started the game immediately and set up a match using Tyson vs Calzaghe. The first thing you will notice is how beautiful the graphics are. They are absolutely gorgeous. I recommend watching one of the HD trailers online to experience them. Easily the best looking fighting game. Muscles flex, faces are damaged, and knees buckle when punched. The graphics make the game a lot more realistic and seem like a real boxing game. However, I felt that the lighting was a bit too much and made the game seem cartoonish.
Audio- The game features a large soundtrack like most sports games. They are designed to pump you up to play the game. Some of them can get annoying, but largely a good soundtrack. The in game commentary however is extremely annoying. Tessitore does a fine job but Atlas is downright annoying. From his sarcastic comments, his stupid comparisons, you can probably infer that Teddy Atlas is someone that knows nothing about boxing, which isnt true. Bottom line is commentary is average, however very annoying at times.
Boxing gameplay- If you're a hardcore boxing fan, you're going to appreciate how realistic boxing gameplay is. This truly is the sweet science. Counter punches do more damage, a boxer's style and reach matter, and boxer's have their own style of fighting. For example, Ali is going to box while Tyson looks to fight inside. Offense works through the jab. But, the best part is that you can get KO'd at any point in the fight by a well placed counter punch. When caught, you are stunned and about to be Knocked Down. When KD, you can get up by moving the left stick to the middle while the right stick goes up to regain balance. One complaint I have is that many punches dont always count as counter punches which as said before, does extra damage. Also, in upper difficulties, the computer seems to get extra chances to counter, providing a bigger challenge but being cheap at times.
Legacy Mode- FN3's career mode has been bumped up to the new Legacy Mode. You create you're own boxer, give him stats, customize personality, style, and right entraces. The big difference is that you start out as an amateur boxer and a tracker tracks your progress as you go from a prospect to possibly a legend, champion, or even the greatest of all time. You get to schedule your own matches and choose who you want to fight. If you fight the top boxers, you get more popular. Fight no names, youre popularity doesnt increase as much. In addition, there are awards given out to boxers such as Fight of the Year, Round of the year, defensive fighter of the year etc. My biggest problem with Legacy Mode is the annoying training games. These games have no benefit on teaching you to box, but improve stats. While some are easy, some are also difficult. I suggest you look around the internet for tips on these games. I suggest you try them before you actually do them in Legacy Mode because some of them are challenging. Legacy mode is a step above FN3's career but it's more of a hop. It still is just an excuse for you to keep beating people up. I think there should be more about the business of boxing such as hyping up fights with conferences etc. Instead, Legacy mode is just train, fight, rest, schedule another fight and repeat.
Create a boxer/ Download- I'm sure many of you probably want to play as many other boxers not featured in the roster such as JMM or Mayweather. Maybe you may even want to create yourself. With Create a boxer, you can create whomever you want. Another boxer or yourself and edit his/her stats, entrances, style, etc. But, a great feature allows you to take pics of yourself using the Live camera and re create yourself in the game. But, an even better feature is EA Photo game face which lets you take picture of anyone and download his/ her face into the game. Furthermore, you can share these boxers with the rest of Live. You can download boxers created by people to your current roster. For example, you can Download guys like JMM, Floyd, DLH, Hopkins, etc. Or you can download funny guys like Rocky Balboa, the Joker, Barack Obama, Apollo Creed, Chuck Liddell etc. Easily the best feature of FN4. The best part is that most of these boxers are alike their real life counter parts, you just have to find the top rated ones.
Online/ World Championships- FN4's online mode is similar to all other Live games. There are Custom matches and quick matches as well as Ranked and Unranked. In addition, they added a World Championship mode with a unified belt that online players can fight for. Playing online is a vastly different game because you will probably need to use 100+ punches, but it is lag free and still fun.
The Verdict- FN4 is a great improvement to FN3. The graphics are way better. Great animations, gorgeous player models, and realistic damage further immerse you into the game. The boxing gameplay is better than ever putting an emphasis on countering and being KO'd at any point in the game. While the Legacy Mode is a bit dissapointing and boring, it still is a step above in the right direction. The ability to create and download boxers is the best feature. The ability to download and create boxers that arent included in the roster as well as imaginative boxers make the game great.