SONY PSP REVIEW: FIGHT NIGHT ROUND 3
The list of fighters includes the most famous names in boxing, such as Oscar De La Hoya, Ray Jones Jr., Muhammad Ali, Bernard Hopkins, Jake LaMotta, and Joe Frazier. You can get into the ring as any of these characters or you can create your own in the Career mode. You can even re-create a famous boxer in this mode but you have to start at the amateur level and work your way through the ranks. You'll earn money as you win fights which you can use to hire trainers to get your boxer in shape to win the next title. The better the trainer the more money you can expect to pay. There are three levels of intensity that you can choose from but choosing the highest level is not necessarily going to result in the prizefighter from hell. You could actually damage your boxer and lose more stats then you started with.

In between rounds the cutman that you hire will initiate a mini-game to clean your fighter up. The game will help to keep the fighter's swelling down on his face so that he can see well enough to carry him through to the next round. The cutman will also tend to wounds such as cuts that may result in bleeding. Too much blood loss and the match can be called.

Other purchases you can make with your money include production for entrances such as music, fireworks and bikini-clad babes. This will actually help boost your boxer's stats as psychological enhancements. You can also purchase equipment such as boots, gloves, mouthguards and foul protectors, the benefits of which should be obvious as they also increase your character's stats.

In the Rival Challenge mode you will be faced with the task of changing the course of history. Placed in the ring as a world-famous boxer, in a world-famous match you will attempt to change the outcome. You don't actually play the entire match but only the part where you have the ability to turn the tide. A similar mode is the My History mode in which you learn the techniques and styles of other boxers and try to best them. Even though this is not a training mode it can be used as one to get you into shape for online competitions since you will be exposed to much more different moves than in the Career mode.

The boxers look great. Their facial features are instantly recognizable. The moves are graceful and as violent as some of the hits can be it's almost a beautiful thing to watch them in slow motion as facial features distort, jaws crack and blood splatters. The music, which is primarily hip-hop, is taken from the console version and suits the genre nicely. Sound effects are surprisingly deep although they are exaggerated and sound like they were taken from a cartoon than an actual boxing match.

It's going to take some time to learn the ropes but there's a deep game with lots of replay value waiting for you when you become one with the control system.

By StewXX
CCC Staff Writer

Rating out of 5
Fight Night Round 3 (PSP)
4.4
Graphics
Looks almost as good as the PS2 version..
3.4
Control
The control system is going to take some getting used to. Expect some lag online.
4.3
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The sound effects may be a little too exaggerated but it always feels good when you're the one making them off your opponent's face.
4.5
Play Value
Numerous modes, online play and two-player offline modes will ensure you get your money's worth out of this game.
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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Review Rating Legend
1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor
2.5 - 2.9 = Average
3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
3.5 - 3.9 = Good
4.0 - 4.4 = Great
4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
5.0 = The Best