Fight Night 2004 – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood, Mild Lyrics, Violence

Parents, if you don't have a problem with the often brutal and bloody sport of boxing, it's unlikely you'd fault Fight Night. However, take note of the abundance of blood, unsportsmanlike behavior of the fighters and the option to "purchase" and dress-up scantily-clad groupies into a player's entourage.

True boxing purists, Fight Night is the real deal through and through. Some may be slightly disappointed with the weaker roster (despite having no relative competition to speak of) and the inability to recreate some of boxing's most memorable rivalries.

Casual fight fans should enjoy the brutal knockouts and the silky smooth controls. Just don't expect any flaming punches or superhero-like transformations.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers should be aware that Fight Night relies heavily on audio cues through out the game and there are no subtitle options. When a fighter is about to be knocked out, the action slows down a few frames and the background audio is drowned out to a near silence. If the player removes on-screen menus to give the game a more organic feel, they won't be able to hear the announcer give the time left in the match. The player also wouldn't be able to hear the referee when being counted out or the corner instructions in-between rounds although the value of this advice is at times questionable.