Monday, February 20, 2006

It's Idiotic, It's Great, It's IGN

I've been looking forward to Fight Night Round 3 on the 360 (comes out tomorrow), so I've been poking around a bit looking for reviews. The IGN review is absolutely classic. Take a look at this excerpt:
All of that aside, the computer AI is what keeps the single-player experience from being fun. There's always the challenge of beating the game, but the computer is so easy to beat, even on hard, that there's no real motivation to play a second career mode except to try a different weight class. Once, our boxer just stood there and didn't throw one punch the whole round, and the computer opponent landed about seven jabs and a hook and missed about 30 punches and caused no significant damage. That's just silly. Speaking of silly, it was no great challenge to knockout heavyweight Muhammad Ali in the fifth round, on hard, with featherweight Manny Pacquiao, even though the Filipino stallion is less than half the size of Ali. Next year we really hope to see the AI and difficulty settings improved.

Now that would seem like a deal-breaker. And here's an excerpt from the concluding paragraph: Fight Night Round 3 is a great sports title, but negligible improvements in the career mode and idiotic computer AI hold the game back from true greatness.

Wow, what a dis--wait a minute. It's got idiotic AI and it's great? My head hurts. But that's just another day at the office for IGN, so they gave it an 8.5. Classic.

And those were certainly not my impressions after playing the demo, and it is IGN, so take what they say with a grain of salt. Or maybe half a grain. I'll have some more for you tomorrow after I spent some time with the full game.

Here's a link to the full review:

After thinking about this review, I started wondering: what if IGN covered the real news? Would we see headlines like this?
Hindenburg In Flames, 36 Dead
Still a great zeppelin, critics say

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