Fight Night Champion Coming In 2011

EA Sports' Fight Night Champion

I have got to agree with Senior Vice President Andrew Wilson, when he says:

“The EA SPORTS Fight Night franchise has consistently delivered one of the best sports experiences with each iteration

EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 4 was a genre defining game, and led the way as the industry transitioned to physics-based sports games. EA SPORTS Fight Night Champion will again forge new ground and deliver a sports experience unlike anything seen in the genre to date.”

Champion will have a refined physics-based animation system, similar to what is in Madden and NCAA Football, where the movements are more realistic and feel less like a stock animation. The punching system is also being fully overhauled and replaced by a new “Full Spectrum Punch Control” system. I like the current punch stick, but I am looking forward to seeing what they can bring to the table on this release.

The Fight Night franchise holds a special place in my heart. Since Fight Night Round 2 I’ve been having my hair cut into a faux-hawk, after picking that hair style for my in ring character. The character creation is always deep, allowing you to create very creative or very accurate representations of yourself and other professionals that aren’t released with the game.

Fight Night games are on the short list of sports games that really get my blood pumping. The exhilaration I get from battling for a knockout, for me, rivals that of trying to score a goal in FIFA or NHL. In football, baseball and basketball games I can sit back, relax and win a couple of games with little to no stress. On the other hand in soccer and hockey taking a shot on goal or getting a guy to stumble in boxing and going in for the kill always get me going. Having a shot blocked, or having a dazed opponent hit you with a flurry of punches can bring you down to earth quickly.

Needless to say I’m very excited for this. I’m also happy that EA releases this franchise on a bi-yearly basis. Because of that, I’m always excited for the next one to come down the chute. If it was a yearly franchise, I can easily see it falling into a situation like Tiger Woods PGA Tour, where each year feels like little more than a roster and course update then a new game.

Fight Night Champion is expected to release in 2011 for Xbox 360 ans PS3.

Source: EA Sports

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