Fight Night 2004

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Fight Night 2004
Fight Night 2004.jpg
Cover art, featuring boxer Roy Jones Jr
Developer(s)EA Canada and NuFX
Publisher(s)EA Sports
Platform(s)PlayStation 2
Xbox
Release
  • NA: April 5, 2004
  • EU: April 30, 2004
  • JP: August 5, 2004 (PS2)
Genre(s)Sports
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer

Fight Night 2004 is a 2004 boxing video game developed by NuFX, Inc. It features Roy Jones Jr on the cover.[1] It is the successor to EA's previous boxing series, Knockout Kings. Four sequels followed, Fight Night Round 2 in 2005, Fight Night Round 3 in 2006, Fight Night Round 4 in 2009 and Fight Night Champion in 2011. Its chief features are a career mode, in-depth and reasonably realistic fighting and an analog stick-based control scheme dubbed Total Punch Control, which was re-used, with enhancements, in the sequels.

Total Punch Control[edit]

With Total Punch Control, most maneuvers, including punching, leaning and blocking, are performed with the left or right analog sticks, modified by the left or right triggers. For example, with the default controller configuration, moving the right analog stick up and to the left will cause the fighter to throw a straight punch with his left hand, while holding down the right trigger while performing the same movement and then holding R1 will cause the fighter to raise his guard to the left side of his head, ready to attempt a parry.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
PS2Xbox
Edge7/10[2]N/A
EGM8.5/10[3]8.5/10[3]
Eurogamer6/10[4]N/A
Game Informer9/10[5]9/10[5]
GamePro5/5 stars[6]5/5 stars[6]
Game RevolutionB[7]B[7]
GameSpot8.8/10[8]8.7/10[9]
GameSpy4.5/5 stars[10]4/5 stars[11]
GameZone9/10[12]N/A
IGN8.6/10[13]8.4/10[14]
OPM (US)4/5 stars[15]N/A
OXM (US)N/A8.9/10[16]
BBC Sport80%[17]80%[17]
The Village Voice8/10[18]N/A
Aggregate scores
GameRankings85%[19]85%[20]
Metacritic85/100[21]85/100[22]

By July 2006, the PlayStation 2 version of Fight Night 2004 had sold 850,000 copies and earned $36 million in the United States. Next Generation ranked it as the 68th highest-selling game launched for the PlayStation 2, Xbox or GameCube between January 2000 and July 2006 in that country. Combined console sales of Fight Night games released in the 2000s reached 2.5 million units in the United States by July 2006.[23]

Fight Night 2004 received "favorable" reviews on both platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[21][22]

The Village Voice gave the PS2 version a score of eight out of ten and stated that "Taking on generic career-mode opponents can't match fighting friends."[18] BBC Sport gave the game an 80% and said, "The road to the top is a long one and things become repetitive long before you get the chance to glove up against "The Greatest". And training - which is essential to boost your power, stamina and chin - becomes a real chore."[17] Maxim also gave it eight out of ten and said, "Instead of the usual push-button pugilism, throw punches using the analog stick—the direction and speed of the stick determine the swing; the trigger controls handle bobbing, weaving, and blocking."[24] Playboy gave it a score of 75% and said that the game "adds a bit of bob and weave through a control system that allows you to swivel your fighter at the hips."[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ign.com/articles/2003/12/12/ea-sports-announces-fight-night-2004
  2. ^ Edge staff (May 2004). "Fight Night 2004 (PS2)". Edge (136): 107.
  3. ^ a b EGM staff (May 2004). "Fight Night 2004". Electronic Gaming Monthly (178): 87. Archived from the original on June 4, 2004. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  4. ^ Reed, Kristan (May 5, 2004). "Fight Night 2004 (PS2)". Eurogamer. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Helgeson, Matt (April 2004). "Fight Night 2004". Game Informer (132): 88. Archived from the original on February 2, 2008. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Four-Eyed Dragon (May 2004). "Fight Night". GamePro: 84. Archived from the original on March 9, 2005. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Silverman, Ben (April 29, 2004). "Fight Night 2004 Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  8. ^ MacDonald, Ryan (April 5, 2004). "Fight Night 2004 Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  9. ^ MacDonald, Ryan (April 5, 2004). "Fight Night 2004 Review (Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  10. ^ Padilla, Raymond (April 4, 2004). "GameSpy: Fight Night 2004 (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  11. ^ Padilla, Raymond (April 4, 2004). "GameSpy: Fight Night 2004 (Xbox)". GameSpy. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  12. ^ The Bearer (April 14, 2004). "Fight Night 2004 - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 30, 2008. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  13. ^ Dunham, Jeremy (April 2, 2004). "EA Sports Fight Night 2004 (PS2)". IGN. Archived from the original on July 13, 2007. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  14. ^ Dunham, Jeremy (April 2, 2004). "EA Sports Fight Night 2004 (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  15. ^ Varanini, Giancarlo (May 2004). "Fight Night 2004". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 97. Archived from the original on April 26, 2004. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  16. ^ "Fight Night 2004". Official Xbox Magazine: 71. April 2004.
  17. ^ a b c Trickett, Alex (September 24, 2004). "Let's Play: Fight Night 2004". BBC Sport. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  18. ^ a b Catucci, Nick (April 6, 2004). "Greatest Boxing Title Knocks Off Fighters to K.O. Competition". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on November 7, 2014. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  19. ^ "Fight Night 2004 for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  20. ^ "Fight Night 2004 for Xbox". GameRankings. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  21. ^ a b "Fight Night 2004 for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  22. ^ a b "Fight Night 2004 for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  23. ^ Campbell, Colin; Keiser, Joe (July 29, 2006). "The Top 100 Games of the 21st Century". Next Generation. Archived from the original on October 29, 2007.
  24. ^ Porter, Alex (April 5, 2004). "Fight Night 2004". Maxim. Archived from the original on April 1, 2004. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  25. ^ "Fight Night 2004". Playboy: 38. April 2004.

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