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Fight Night Round 2

Platform(s): GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Genre: Sports
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Electronic Arts

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'Fight Night Round 2' (NGC/PS2/Xbox) Knocks its Way to Retail

by Judy on March 1, 2005 @ 7:50 a.m. PST

Fight Night Round 2 continues to deliver innovative gameplay via the analog Total Punch Control mechanic, allowing gamers to throw multiple punches, block, bob and weave with complete precision and control. Packing in more fearsome punches, players can now dominate the ring with the all-new Haymaker allowing gamers to knock down their opponents with one devastating blow by adding extra power to each punch. Every hit counts in the game with powerful punches inflicting dynamic injuries on opponents, and thus reducing a fighter's ability to defend himself. Players will also manage the boxers inside and out of the ring. Utilizing the new Cutman, gamers can minimize damage on their fighters by helping them heal critical wounds between rounds.

Packing in stunning graphics and exciting new gameplay features, players now have the ability to control the power and speed of their punch via the new EA SPORTS Haymaker punch mechanic. Utilizing the innovative analog Total Punch Control feature introduced in last year's hit game, players can now add extra power to each punch for that satisfying one-punch knockout or increase damage on their opponents with each devastating hit. Taking the excitement and intensity of the game to the next round, fighting and boxing fans will truly feel the impact of their punches as they unleash fearsome blows to their opponents.

Also new to the series is a unique create-a-champ option, an extensive career mode and the EA SPORTS Cutman. Instead of the typical non-interactive cut-scene between rounds, players can take control of the corner cutman and use his tools to reduce swelling and damage on their boxer's face. Gamers can also take the match online(a) and duke it out with friends across the country with Xbox Live and PlayStation 2 online. For Nintendo GameCube fans, EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 2 will include the classic boxing title, Super Punch-Out!!.

Developed by EA Chicago, EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 2 is available for PlayStation2, Xbox(R) and the GameCube. The game is rated "T" (Teen) by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $49.99.

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