A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Strong language -- including the words "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "hell," "damn," and "bitch" -- is present during dialogue sequences in the story mode.
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Products & Purchases
Sports brands including Everlast are present and noticeable. EA Sports logos can be seen around the ring.
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.
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.
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