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Fight Night Round 2 - PlayStation 2

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews) 88 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation2
  • All-new Punch Control mechanics for throwing multiple punches - Block, bob and weave with complete precision and control
  • Create and train the ultimate champion by transforming his skills and physique
  • Total control of your boxer with 360-degree sticking and moving - punch and block while dancing around the ring
  • Unleash the power of the Haymaker - a crushing blow that will knock your opponent out, if you can connect

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Platform: PlayStation2
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00075GLU6
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 4.5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 15, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,295 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform: PlayStation2

Product Description

As much as certain events have made gamers a little bitter at EA's business tactics, Fight Night: Round 2 does illustrate what the company is very good at: taking a good thing and making it even better.


As much as certain events have made gamers a little bitter at EA's business tactics, Fight Night: Round 2 does illustrate what the company is very good at: taking a good thing and making it even better.

It's obvious that the developers, while continuing to fine-tune the all-analog gameplay, have placed a focus on creating a more compelling career mode. Largely, they've been very successful. The new create-a-boxer is very comprehensive, allowing you to morph almost every aspect of your pugilist's appearance on the fly. A new type of match mode, available as a standalone option called Hard Hit Mode, makes an appearance on your schedule as special events. In these events, a round doesn't end until someone is knocked down, lending a more brutal, over-the-top feel to the contest. Thankfully, these are optional and, while they can unlock new items in the store, they don't usually count against your ranking. For hardcore fans, you'll be pleased to note that you can now change weight classes mid-career as you age and that each pro's career is made so you're fighting era-appropriate foes.

On the gameplay side, the most important new aspect is the Haymakers – powerful blows that allow you to pre-load a punch for extra impact. Of course, using them is risky, but their power makes them an important tool in winning the belt. Although the initial matches are a bit easier than in last year's, the difficulty stiffened once my rank climbed to the mid-30s. The AI seems a bit savvier, and opponents will grapple when you've got them nearly knocked out to buy for time. I find it a little strange that rival boxers have an almost Jason Vorhees-like ability to rise from the mat, sometimes recovering from as many as four knockdowns in two rounds, but that's a minor quibble.

Another nice addition is the "woozy" camera angles that appear when you or an opponent is nearly knocked down. It's a small touch, but a very dramatic one, just one more of the many little things that EA did right in making Fight Night: Round 2. The sum of these is a game that might just be the best boxing video game to date.

After revolutionizing the genre, EA makes an effort to give boxing fans a more well-rounded experience

Improves on last year's already great visuals – the facial injuries and sweat are eerily real

Great selection of rough n' ready rap, including the reunited Geto Boys (Yay!)

If anything, the all-analog control is even more fluid this time around

A better career mode and more depth make for a better overall game


Rated: 9.25 out of 10
Editor: Matt Helgeson
Issue: March 2005

2nd Opinion:
With my right and left hands (one is "Sorrow," the other "Pity") I have brutalized flesh and shortened the lives of men. This is my career. This is Fight Night Round 2. Footwork, punches, and your defense are now all seamlessly integrated into an irresistibly fluid dance of timely parries and devastating counter-blows. It looks so real you can feel your brain slapping against the inside of your skull. Also more lifelike is the career mode, in which your fighter will actually age, necessitating training and the best equipment. But, nothing makes you feel quite as alive as being in the ring, where sweat and bloody spray are the champagne of victory. Absolutely glorious.

Rated: 9 out of 10
Editor: Matthew Kato

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I loved Fight Night 2004. It was the best boxing game I'd ever played, with a rock-solid control scheme and very good graphics and sounds. The game was easy to learn and highly addictive.

With this direct sequel, several things have been improved over the already great original game. In this title, you take control of one of dozens of boxers or create your own and play exhibition fights, knockout contests, or the career mode. In the latter, you earn money and improve your stats and buy loads of ring gear along the way.

First things first: The career mode, while fun and at a decent length (about 40-90 fights and 20 hours long, depending on your performances), is deeper than the first game though not greatly. For example, this time your character starts in the amateur ranks and moves up to the professionals at either 10 fights or earlier if you choose. Your performance in the ring begins to deteriorate at around 40 years of age, and you can retire anytime while also trying to win the dozen or so trophies available. There's still training in between fights, except this time you choose between the three types and they cover a much broader area of skills so you can truly orient your fighter's abilities how you choose. The training seems much easier this time as well, though they weren't very difficult last time.

But the problem with the career mode is that it still doesn't go much deeper than this. It's interesting and more personally involving (details of your boxer's progress scroll under their portrait during the fight menu), but there's still not too much besides the amount of fights to differentiate it from the "play now" mode.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And In This Corner, the Undisputed Champ! June 7, 2005
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
EA's Fight Night Round 2 does a great job of mixing simulation depth with arcade-style fun. As a result, you can decide how in-depth you want the game to be and play it to your tastes, giving it very broad appeal.

The depth shines most during career mode, where after signing on to an upcoming fight, you get to control your prep both in and out of the ring. For instance, you begin by picking your entourage, from trainer to cutman to even ring girl. Each one will provide different benefits to your performance during the big event, but as any pro knows, they also cut into your take of the prize money. You've got to budget yourself wisely or else you'll end up getting title shot with no money to hire much-needed help. Next, it's on to training, where you select from a menu of mini-games that can boost your attributes for that fight. It's a good idea, but the training itself isn't much fun. Finally, you can equip your fighter with new gear to help boost his abilities even further (and to just look cool) before stepping into the ring. You can even buy skills like new finishing punches, taunts, dances, etc. Of course if you just want to get on to the toe-to-toe action, you can also bypass all of this prep.

Once you're in the ring, you've got an unprecedented amount of control. The left analog stick controls your body movements while the right controls your punches. Many of the more devastating blows are triggered by a series of right-stick movements, i.e. pushing to the right then quickly rolling down and then up for a right-handed haymaker hook. So much was made of this punching scheme by other reviews, but I was completely frustrated by it for the first week or so. Then, just like riding a bike, I suddenly got the timing down and now I love it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This game should be called "Haymaker Boxing" April 2, 2005
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
When I bought the new fight night round 2, I expected an even more realistic boxing experiance. I saw on the cover the new cut scenes, new fighters, better graphics. The problem is that the first fight night was more realistic. You could fight a smart technical fight, use your jab wisely etc.. The new fight night has totally ruined that experiance. The jab is useless.. all you do is try to avoid these huge haymakers that are more powerful than any uppercut. In the game, all they throw are haymaker combinations which are almost impossible to block. The person that gets hit by the most haymakers will win the fight. I'm a huge huge boxing fan but definately not a fan of this game. This game is definately not real boxing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS GAME IS A K.O. June 3, 2005
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Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
im actually above 13.Anyway this game is awesome the graphics are perfect.they got classic players like Muhammad Ali,George Foreman,and some more classic players.They also got alot new school players.The sound is great.The gameplay is awesome.The controls are hard to learn at took me like 1 or 2 hours to get a hang of the controls,but i got used to them.Its (...) its worth it all!I dident like boxing that much but now i love it after i played this game.Its improved alot sense the last fight night game.They got haymaker on this game its were a boxer puts all his power in a punch.When a round is over on this game your boxer probly will look beat up pretty bad so you can heal your boxer a little bit were you can lower the swelling and stop the bleeding.Also when you get knocked down in a fight you have the count to 10 to get back up so you have to stop the dizzyness somehow to get back up it gets more harder every time you get knoced down.The matches can get pretty intense,especially when the two players are about to go down.The story mode is fun you customize your own player and can buy new gear for him when you get the money.But when you get to like the age of 30 or 40 you will just start loosing and your whole career will go downhill and it hurts more when you have some titles and someone beats you and they take over.So BUY this game it rocks you will not regret it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars wrong disk
It was fight night 2oo4, not fight night round 2, but its all good it was only 6 bucks.
Published 8 days ago by felix hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Works great
Published 7 months ago by debbyabel
4.0 out of 5 stars fun
An even better game than fight night 2004. The addition of the cut system and several new characters keeps the game fresh.
Published 19 months ago by Blewie
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Boxing Games
I Love Boxing Games, I Really Think That All Boxing Fans Should Buy This Game For The PS2 Even If You Already Have Other Boxing Games For The PS3 Or The Xbox 360.
Published 24 months ago by Ian Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase.
The game arrived exactly on time. The disk was in perfect condition, no scratches at all. As far as the game itself goes, I purchased it for a 6yr old. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Samsonite
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I'm looking for.
The game is over-rated. There is nothing else to add, but the game stinks. Need a refund. How about it.
Published on March 24, 2013 by CUPFRONT
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid
This is a great game. You can pick it up for a quick fight, but the real fun is in the career mode. You create your own fighter, and start as an amatuer fighter. Read more
Published on December 28, 2010 by Dawg
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best sports games ever made; easily best boxing game
This is one of the best video games I have ever played. As soon as I learned how to play Fight Night 2004, I was very seriously hooked on it, especially as boxing was not... Read more
Published on December 1, 2010 by James J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Um, yeah, this is addicting
Back in January, with a $25 mall gift certificate to burn, I was running out of ideas what to buy, when I stumbled upon a slightly used copy of this game. Read more
Published on March 15, 2007 by Eggplant
4.0 out of 5 stars Fight Night Fun Night
Fun game. This is the only one I have ever bought in the series. From what I heard all the others are whack.
Published on February 20, 2007 by Kamton Woodard
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