Fight Night Champion

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
Fight Night Champion Game Poster Image
Realistic pro boxing game with bloody violence, profanity.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This is a professional boxing simulation featuring consenting fighters in a controlled environment, but the focus is on the sport's violent nature. Plus, players witness an out-of-control brawl in the story mode.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players can play as some of boxing's greatest and most respected fighters, such as Muhammad Ali, as well as less positive models like "Iron" Mike Tyson.

Ease of Play

By putting emphasis on the dual analog sticks, EA Sports has made this game easier to play than past boxing games. Plenty of help -- including tutorials and easier difficulty levels -- should make the game accessible even for novice players.

Violence

Fight Night Champions is a realistic boxing game. Players -- acting as one of the fighters -- punch opponents in the face, head, and body with an aim to knock them out. Blood and sweat can be seen flying off opponents when hit. Some dramatic slow-motion sequences and close camera angles accentuate the violence.

Sex

The "ring card" girls aren't wearing much (usually bikinis) and the camera often focuses on their chests or buttocks. Some tattoos depict women in provocative poses.

Language

Strong language -- including the words "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "hell," "damn," and "bitch" -- is present during dialogue sequences in the story mode.

Consumerism

Sports brands including Everlast are present and noticeable. EA Sports logos can be seen around the ring.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fight Night Champion was designed to be a realistic boxing simulation and that it focuses on the sport's violence. Players can punch opponents in the face, head, and body, see their skin ripple and sweat and blood spray. The game's story mode depicts a bloody brawl between a few fighters. Women prance around the ring, often in bikinis, and the camera often zooms in on their cleavage and buttocks. Profanity, including strong four-letter words, is frequently heard, and kids may be exposed to inappropriate language and subject matter from other human players if they play online.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17 year old Written byshadii April 20, 2011
Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom March 9, 2011

This game is NO way, THAT violent.

Common sense say "Not for kids" This is a BOXING game, you'd only buy it if you are used to a bit of violence, they don't exactly bleed much... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old April 11, 2011

This game is fine

Yes there is a little language but no need to get horribly worried about it, this is perfectly fine and your kid is used to a little violence.
Teen, 13 years old Written byfangningsheng April 3, 2011

Awesome boxing sim, strong language and brutal fights though

Fight Night: Champion is an incredible boxing sim. It feels like a real fight whenever you play. The new full spectrum punch control feature is great. It is cha... Continue reading

What's it about?

It's clear EA Sports set out to create the most realistic boxing simulation to date when designing and developing FIGHT NIGHT CHAMPIONS. This fighting game looks and sounds as if you are in the ring with some of the world's greatest boxers from yesterday and today. A tweaked physics-based animation system, high-definition visuals, and a new control scheme called Full Spectrum Punch Control makes controlling your fighter and his in-ring moves easier than in past Fight Night games (including 2009's Fight Night Round 4). The game features many modes for solo and head-to-head play (online and off).

Is it any good?

It's a great experience -- assuming you enjoy fighting games and the sport of boxing. Along with quick modes to jump in and play as or against more than 50 of the world's greatest fighters (including the likes of  Oscar De La Hoya, Evander Holyfield, Muhammad Ali, and Sugar Ray Leonard), you can tackle the single-player story-based "Champion" mode, which follows a fictional boxer as he rises to the top of his game. However, it's at its best when played against a friend beside you or online. With its realistic graphics and animations (EA Sports says every punch was captured fresh for this game, with more than 1000 animations in total), dramatic camera angles, and tight control, Fight Night Champion is the current king of the ring.

Online interaction: This game can be played online against other people. Open communication is supported via headset microphones, which means players could be exposed to inappropriate language and subjects of conversation.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether game violence is more acceptable if it's part of the simulation of a professional sport. Does it matter that the characters depicted are similar to real-world fighters in their consent and adherence to the rules of a legal and recognized athletic association?

  • Families can also discuss the way this game depicts women. Are the developers justified in objectifying the game's female characters? 

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: EA Sports
  • Release date: March 1, 2011
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence

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