EA Sports has announced details on two batches of downloadable content for Fight Night Round 4. First up is a premium boxer pack. According to EA's press release:
"Its first downloadable boxer pack for Fight Night Round 4 will be available in late August on Xbox Live and the Playstation Network for 800 Microsoft points and $9.99, respectively. The downloadable boxer pack will include Oscar De La Hoya, Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko, and alternate versions of George Foreman and James Toney."
I'm a huge mark for De La Hoya and Toney. The former is one of my favorite boxers of all time and the latter is, by far, the most skilled overweight athlete I've ever seen. Although Toney was in decent shape when he campaigned at middleweight and super middleweight, the only kind of shape he has been in during the last decade is round. I hope one of the alternate versions of Toney portrays him as the slick and slovenly boxer he has been at cruiserweight and above.
As for the free stuff:
"The free update will include additional trunks, gloves and shorts, as well as a free button control scheme that will allow gamers to use face buttons on the Xbox 360 and PS3 game controllers to throw punches, hooks, uppercuts and haymakers. A new demo featuring the button controls will also be available on Xbox Live and the Playstation Network by early September. The 12 round demo will feature Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali as playable boxers."
Fight Night Round 4 is one of the best games I've played all year and I'm a huge De La Hoya fan, so I'm definitely going to buy the boxer pack. Any of you ladies and gents going to pull the trigger on this one? De La Hoya has been the most popular boxer of the last 20 years -- a hit with fight fans and the mainstream -- but is he enough to carry a $10 download? Also, face-button controls are for chumps.