Fight Night: Round 2

Common Sense Media says

Bloody boxing game delivers hard-hitting fun.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game glamorizes the violent nature of the sport,

Violence

The game is bloodier than real boxing. Bone jarring punches are thrown as players try to knock out their opponent.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Mild, mostly in the form of trash talking between opponents.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game features -- and even glamorizes -- violence. The characters take a beating that is in line with what you might see in a professional boxing match. However, the amount of blood spilled on the mat is a bit excessive.

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What's it about?

This second edition of the Fight Night series offers many updates over the popular original, making the game well worth the nearly $50 price tag. FIGHT NIGHT: ROUND 2 offers several modes, including a tournament mode that gives you an opportunity to choose from top current and former boxing champions like Sugar Ray Leonard, Roy Jones Jr. and Muhammad Ali.

It's the gameplay that makes Fight Night: Round 2 stand out. Players have complete control of the boxers with the Total Punch Control feature, which allows players to move, block, weave, and land precision punches with the click of a button. As with the first version, beginning players will struggle with complex maneuvers, but even first-timers will be able to easily move around the ring and jab at an opponent.

Is it any good?

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One of the most noticeable changes is the addition of a cut-man who will help your boxer deal with critical wounds after each round. The new Haymaker feature allows players to unleash a series of lighting-quick punches that are powerful enough to knock opponents to the canvas. The audio is also enhanced -- instead of a DJ spinning tracks, you'll get a boxing announcer working the mike. The background noise is filled with dynamic crowd noise that includes booing, cheering, and trash- talking.

The graphic violence is the only real concern for parents. Much of this is in line with what you would see in an actual boxing match -- swollen eyes reflect the effect of each blow, which is visually amazing but brutal -- but the blood spilled on the mat is over the top. Overall, Fight Night: Round 2 is a great game for the sports fan who loves to be in control of the action, but its tendency to glamorize violence may make it a bad fit for impressionable teens.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about boxing's appeal. Is it a sport in its purest form -- or does it only promote bloodlust in participants and spectators? Why would the makers of the game make it even bloodier than the real deal? How do you feel when you make your opponent bleed?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2, Xbox
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:March 2, 2005
Genre:Sports
ESRB rating:T for (PlayStation 2, Xbox)

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Kid, 8 years old July 7, 2011
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4
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mature

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old April 18, 2010
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Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
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Kind of the best game in the world

This game is very fun. The Haymaker is a big addition to Fight Night Round 2. There is a little amount of blood when you knock a guy out. Overall, this game is good for a teenager, maybe.

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