Fight Night Round 4

Common Sense Media says

Fighting game pits boxing greats against each other.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Despite the sexy ring girls, the game doesn't promote negative stereotypes.

Positive role models

If you are interested in what it would be like to be a boxer, this game presents boxers in a realistic manner.

Ease of play

The game is quite easy to pick up by putting most of the focus on the controller's intuitive-to-use dual analog sticks.

Violence

This is a boxing game, so yes, there is violence. The realistic-looking characters face off in the ring and exchange blows, usually resulting in a little blood, bruising, and flying sweat. Knockout punches are replayed in slow motion with crunching sound effects, flexing muscles under the skin, and rippling of the face.

Sex

The "ring girls" who strut around the canvas holding round info are usually bikini-clad and audience members whistle or dish cat calls.

 

Language

Some lyrics refer to drugs and/or violence, usually in gang slang like "pop a cap," "crack hoes" or "homies get popped."

Consumerism

Some familiar brands can be seen in the game, such as Everlast, but it's not out of place or excessive.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a boxing game that looks ultra realistic.  Along with violence that is part of violence and bit of blood, this boxing sim contains scantily-dressed women and some off-color lyrics in a few of ths rap/hip-hop songs.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

If you think EA Sports' FIGHT NIGHT ROUND 4 looks good with these posted screen shots, wait until you lay your eyes on the real deal. Creating the best-looking and most realistic professional boxing game was EA Sports' ambitious goal for this sequel, and from what we've seen -- and played -- they're proven themselves as the reigning champs in this genre. The game features an all-new physics-based fighting engine that delivers a different boxing experience each time based on the power and direction of punches, blocks and ring movement (as well on body size and fighting style). For dramatic effect, knockout punches are replayed in slow motion with crunching sound effects, flexing muscles under the skin and rippling of the face.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

But great graphics doesn't necessarily mean a good video game. Oh sure, matching up the nearly 50 boxing greats -- such as Muhammad Ali versus Iron Mike Tyson in a fantasy bout -- is a blast to watch, but the game feels great, too. The controls are intuitive and responsive, so it's easy to pick up and perform jabs, uppercuts, hooks as well as a host of defensive maneuvers. Stockier brawlers, like Tyson, will attempt weave inside and deliver punishing hooks to an opponent's head and torso, while taller fighters, like Ali, will use their massive reach to jab while staying out of range of an opponent’s swings. The only thing more fun than sharpening your skills in the various single-player games, including a beefy career mode, is the multiplayer options pitting two boxers on the same TV or over the Internet.

Online interaction: You can chat over a headset microphone while playing online. As with other games, this means inappropriate language might be heard from another player.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether the game's near photorealistic graphics means the violence is more of a concern than the cartoon-like Punch-Out!! from Nintendo, as the latter lets you "punch" using the motion-sensing controllers. Which ones is "worse"?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:EA Sports
Release date:June 25, 2009
Genre:Fighting
ESRB rating:T for Mild Blood, Mild Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byerik252 May 1, 2010
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boring it is hard to play and it is stupid
Parent of a 17 year old Written bypoopygamefreak July 30, 2009
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Best gamer ever

Love it best game on the market!
Teen, 14 years old Written byshooter guru January 16, 2010
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good for teens.

best fighting game on the market and is so much fun. being able to put the best fighters against one another is amazing, the only thing i might worry about is some of the song lierics.

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