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    EA brings Fight Night back into the ring with an M-rating, depicting the "violence and brutality that is true to the trade."

    Fight Night Champion To Be EA Sports' First M-Rated Title

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    Edited By BradNicholson

    It's hard to believe that a Fight Night title was rated less than an "M for Mature" before Fight Night Champion, but that's apparently the case. EA Sports has announced (ahead of an official rating from the ESRB) that its forthcoming Fight Night title will break the "T for Teen" barrier by being rated Mature. It will become the first EA Sports title to earn an "M."

    "As the first-ever ‘M' rated EA Sports title, Fight Night Champion showcases the truest graphical representation of the sport, lifestyle, and culture of boxing with authentic and dynamic blood, realistic body damage and deformation, and mature content throughout," the EA Sports website reads. "Experience the violence and brutality that is true to the trade."

    The game's first trailer and some new screens have come out since this rating started getting noticed by the press. The trailer doesn't seem to play up the brutality angle, but one screen in particular has a dazzling amount of both physical deformation and blood. Check it: 
     

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    == TEASER ==As Kotaku notes in its post about this rating that Fight Night Champion will have some company as a Mature-rated sports title since some NFL Blitz games earned M's from the ESRB before. But while these two games will probably represent the extremes of an M-rating (lifelike versus over-the-top violence), it's hard to shake the feeling that some mismatched Fight Night Champion fights might end up straddling the line between ridiculous and simulation. A man can only bleed so much, you know?  
     
      
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    #1  Edited By BradNicholson

    It's hard to believe that a Fight Night title was rated less than an "M for Mature" before Fight Night Champion, but that's apparently the case. EA Sports has announced (ahead of an official rating from the ESRB) that its forthcoming Fight Night title will break the "T for Teen" barrier by being rated Mature. It will become the first EA Sports title to earn an "M."

    "As the first-ever ‘M' rated EA Sports title, Fight Night Champion showcases the truest graphical representation of the sport, lifestyle, and culture of boxing with authentic and dynamic blood, realistic body damage and deformation, and mature content throughout," the EA Sports website reads. "Experience the violence and brutality that is true to the trade."

    The game's first trailer and some new screens have come out since this rating started getting noticed by the press. The trailer doesn't seem to play up the brutality angle, but one screen in particular has a dazzling amount of both physical deformation and blood. Check it: 
     

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    == TEASER ==As Kotaku notes in its post about this rating that Fight Night Champion will have some company as a Mature-rated sports title since some NFL Blitz games earned M's from the ESRB before. But while these two games will probably represent the extremes of an M-rating (lifelike versus over-the-top violence), it's hard to shake the feeling that some mismatched Fight Night Champion fights might end up straddling the line between ridiculous and simulation. A man can only bleed so much, you know?  
     
      
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    #2  Edited By evilbagheadman

    Loves me some Fight Night!

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    #3  Edited By Titl

    Never played any fight night games. this looks kinda cool though.

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    #4  Edited By Speaker4TheDead

    YES!

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    #5  Edited By oneman_nohorse

    This game will have fatalities. I'm calling it. Straight up decapitations and skull crushing shit. FINISH HIM!

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    #6  Edited By theveej

    looks great

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    #7  Edited By Xyber

    Fudge!

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    #8  Edited By csl316

    looks like a boxing movie, this intrigues me

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    #9  Edited By Seppli

    DYNAMIC... Blood?
     
    Dang!

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    #10  Edited By Brendan

    The most I ever got into Fight Night was number 3 back in 2006, and I only played roughly 20% of the career mode.  I always really want to get into these games because they seem so deep, but once it comes down to playing I end up dragging my heels.
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    #11  Edited By UsbCable

    Gerf Yamit! Another game to buy......

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    #12  Edited By Redsox44

    Fight Night Round 3 was amazing. Never got 4 but this looks like a cool step forward in the games.

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    #13  Edited By Robbie_Has_You

    Looks like it has the potential to be the best Fight Night I think. Not just from adding the small things like the dynamic blood, deformation, body damage, and such, but just from looking at the game in general. I seriously can't wait for this. March can't come soon enough. :D

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    #14  Edited By MrGetBonus

    Fight Night Round 3 was pretty awesome, but I was disappointed with Round 4. Hope this doesn't suck.

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    #15  Edited By MadThad0890

    I'm not really into sim boxing games. But I did love ready to rumble on the N64 but those cut scenes make me interested about this.  

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    #16  Edited By fillmoejoe

    Finally I can watch Pacquiao beat down Mayweather with M rated goodness.

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    #17  Edited By Romination

    This blood seems so pointless and forced though. Boxing never gets that bad. Even the Rocky movies never really got that bad. It's just blood dripping everywhere.

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    #18  Edited By Matt_
    @Romination said:
    " This blood seems so pointless and forced though. Boxing never gets that bad. Even the Rocky movies never really got that bad. It's just blood dripping everywhere. "
    I think they're just trying to spice up the brutality to try and compete with the MMA market. Boxing is taking a pounding from MMA. (Pun intended.)
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    #19  Edited By KingPossum

    Looks like they're adding some sort of narrative with the trainer. So there might actually be a story arc for fight night? That'd be a welcome change.

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    #20  Edited By Romination
    @Matt_ said:
    " @Romination said:
    " This blood seems so pointless and forced though. Boxing never gets that bad. Even the Rocky movies never really got that bad. It's just blood dripping everywhere. "
    I think they're just trying to spice up the brutality to try and compete with the MMA market. Boxing is taking a pounding from MMA. (Pun intended.) "
    I don't get it.
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    #21  Edited By Death_Burnout

    Now go put that in your MMA game...where it makes more sense.
     
    This is the kind of feature that would make me go, oh shit yes please! but it looks ridiculous...awesome! for another game maybe, but ridiculous in this context, i'll wait n see.

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    #22  Edited By Stealthoneill

    Love Fight Night, Can't wait!

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    #23  Edited By neckface

    This is the best face punching simulator ever.

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    #24  Edited By jehrco

    NEED FIGHT NIGHT...plz no horrible announcer repetitions.  oh god... 

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    #26  Edited By MikkaQ

    Okay, I guess... that's cool, but reading EA's enthusiasm toward their M rating is making me nervous. Is it going to be like the mid 2000s again, where every normal franchise is all "hardcore'd" up, like they did with Prince of Persia, and Blitz and such?  
     
    Cause that kinda came off as really goofy to me. As long as it's just this game, and not some trend, I'm cool with it. 

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    #27  Edited By digital_sin

    Very very excited about this one.

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    #28  Edited By Skald

    Also, groupies.

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    #29  Edited By bonbolapti

    this is cool, and shouldn't be a surprise. anyone into this series is man enough.

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    #30  Edited By DrPockets000

    SOLD

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    #31  Edited By willylo

    If it's more like Fight Night 3 than 4 I'm all over this.

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    #32  Edited By agentmoo

    So next up will they do accidental death?
     

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    #33  Edited By Razor

    Huzzah, MMA games forces boxing games to have actual blood in them, who did not forsee this shit?
     
    Stop trying to copy MMA, boxing is boring as shit.

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    #34  Edited By Agent47
    @Romination: So I guess you never really boxed or seen a good match before have you?If you ever seen any of Rocky Marciano's fights that guy was swollen all over with blood gushing out of his eye but he pulled through and knocked his opponent down.I think you are just used to the current boxing era.Back in the day with the heavyweights it was absolutely brutal, and I am glad they are representing it in a realistic matter.
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    #35  Edited By Romination
    @Agent47 said:
    " @Romination: So I guess you never really boxed or seen a good match before have you?If you ever seen any of Rocky Marciano's fights that guy was swollen all over with blood gushing out of his eye but he pulled through and knocked his opponent down.I think you are just used to the current boxing era.Back in the day with the heavyweights it was absolutely brutal, and I am glad they are representing it in a realistic matter. "
    That is a good point. I've only seen more modern things. Still seems excessive though.
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    #36  Edited By Sogeman

    You'll be able to fuck people up, but don't even think about calling your career boxer: Assmuncher.

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    #37  Edited By korwin

    So they're making Fight Night play out like a Boxing movie?  That actually sounds kinda interesting to me...

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    I find it kind of nuts that EA would have the sack to take a risk like this, but I suppose the Fight Night franchise appeals to an older audience anyway.

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    #39  Edited By dezvous
    @Razor said:
    " Huzzah, MMA games forces boxing games to have actual blood in them, who did not forsee this shit?  Stop trying to copy MMA, boxing is boring as shit. "
    Wow, I would definitely have to disagree. Boxing is not boring, but some matches are. Just like some MMA matches are boring when you consider how awesome MMA could be and usually isn't. There are so many restrictions in both sports for safety reasons, but boxing in general tends to be a bit more brutal, with the majority of MMA fights ending with a submission hold. In boxing you win by destroying the opponents body and face or a knock out. Sure that can happen in MMA too, but it just tends to happen less often. 
     
    I'm really excited about this new direction for Fight Night.
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    #40  Edited By KingLouis51

    i LOVE the Fight Night games, especially Round 3, and this is EXACTLY the direction EA needed to take it. Combat sports are brutal and lethal, and it's great to see EA take note of that. More blood! Darker themes! Mature content! That's exactly what a boxing simulation now needs. I cannot wait for this one. Mature tones don't work with every kind of game, but for Fight Night it's the perfect fit.

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    #41  Edited By RsistncE

    I'm pretty sure that neither MMA or Boxing appreciate being called "violent and brutal" since they've worked so hard to propagate the lie that they are anything but violent and brutal. But they're sports? Maybe for ex-cons.

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    #42  Edited By tobygw

    I can really see them abusing this M rating.

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    #43  Edited By InFamous91

    That's pretty sweet!

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    #44  Edited By danielkempster

    So EA are using this game's M rating as a selling point? Is is really any wonder that there's still so much stigma against the industry when developers and publishers behave like this? 
     
    Just to clarify, I definitely think blood and body deformation have a relevant role to play in a boxing game. It's just stupid and immature to market those aspects of it as opposed to, say, the actual gameplay.

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    #45  Edited By Djeffers03

    GOOD!

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    #46  Edited By Kyle

    I'm gonna be totally honest. That trailer looks completely rad to me. I think this is a great move for the Fight Night series. I'm way the hell on board with this one.

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    #47  Edited By ArbitraryWater

    I am automatically more interested in Fight Night.

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    #48  Edited By Ed

    I wouldn't be so quick to judge the results of this as being a cheap ploy in implementation, though it may be a cheap ploy in concept.  They could use this as an opportunity to write a  career mode story, and stylize blood, the  in the vain of Raging Bull. That's a movie with over the top blood and mature content that enhances the drama of the story.  
     
    We could get a good riff on the classic boxing story, where a simple man gets caught up in mob corruption, with the solid mechanics of fight night backing it up.  It's possibly a great way to shakeup the series.

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    #49  Edited By RobotHamster

    Looks like it'll be pretty cool, definitely worth checking out.

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    #50  Edited By Bruce
    @dankempster:  
     
    The gameplay in Fight Night has been fine for most of the series, so there's really no need for them to hype up that aspect of it.

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