It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Fight Night Round 4. From the time I picked up the controller and got the crap knocked out of me, I knew that EA’s next boxing iteration would be something special. And it seemed like a sequel designed to bring the series up to speed with other EA Sports franchises that came after Fight Night Round 3. So it wasn’t a surprise to see an e-mail from EA announcing new downloadable content for Round 4.
The content itself? As Hamlet once said, “Ay, there’s the rub.”
At least, if A: you’re a hardcore Fight Night purist, and B: you’re playing on PS3. Looks like the latter’s coming first. Xbox 360 owners will be happy to know that early next month, Pizza Hut’s footing the bill to sponsor a platform-exclusive alternate version of Sugar Ray Leonard. But that’s the tip of the iceberg. Fans of Round 3 who bemoaned the lack of button-support will get their wish. EA has promised a September update that will enable button-mashers to step into the arena. Good news for some fans and a poison pill for others.
EA’s say on the matter? Here’s the press release quote from senior producer Dean Richards:
TheFeed subsequently contacted a representative at EA for more information and were told, "EA will have more announcements on the DLC in the near future." Does that mean online filtering options for stick players versus button-mashers? The mind boggles.
It’s not all doom and gloom by any means. EA also promises a new training gym, gameplay sliders, and new equipment. Personally, my fingers and toes are crossed for that new training gym to include some better minigames --my sole bone of contention with an otherwise stellar boxing experience.
In the end, EA needs some good filtering options for button-mashers and stick-based boxers online. This could be as game-breaking for online as the Haymaker was in Round 2. I’ve always been of the school of thought that you don’t play pool by throwing the white ball at other balls on the table. That’s what button-boxing represents to me, a gamer who’s been playing Fight Night for a half-decade. On the other hand, with proper handling on EA's part, it could be a happy compromise.
What do you think fight fans?