Fight Night Round 4 was recently released some time last month, and with it’s release, fans were met by disappointment in the absense of button controlled punches. As if to answer the fans, EA is going to be releasing DLC that offers an alternative control scheme, for free.
EA Sports announced that a new gym, new equipment, new gameplay sliders and an alternate version of Sugar Ray Leonard, exclusive to the Xbox 360 version, will also be coming as more downloadable content for Fight Night Round 4. This DLC will be released some time in August. The DLC that will offer face button control for all of Fight Night’s punches, however, will be slated for an early September release, and no doubt MANY will be downloading that for sure. I know I will, the combinations training in Legacy mode kills me because I’m not used to the sensitivity of the analog stick as well as not being able to uppercut properly. This update will be released on both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, for free.
This is great news for many fans, because I know one of the biggest complaints for Fight Night Round 4 was that it made people use the “refined total punch controls”, which forced you to flick the analog stick, for punching. Many don’t like having to play like that, and I can understand why, it took me a while to be able to get used to it. I was moving from Virtua Fighter 5 controls to Fight Night Round 4 controls, heh, that’s quite a difference.
EA further stated that they believed the refined Total Punch Controls are the most intuitive way to throw punches in Fight Night Round 4. He went on to say that they also want fans to have an option in how they play. I believe the Total Punch Controls aren’t so bad, but it just shouldn’t be forced on players. Allowing options for players is a very useful thing, I think. According to Kotaku, who said they recieved further information from EA, the “new gameplay sliders” to be released in August will allow gamers to tweak the following attributes “Counter Punch Window, Boxer Stamina, Punch Accuracy”. Counter Punch Window, wow, I like that.