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When it comes to Sports Games ... lets just say I'm not exactly keen on this genre of gaming. I would actually have to be interested in the sport in the first place before I would consider buying the game on which its based. Out of the massive franchises of sports games out there like Madden and Fifa, I've only ever played two series of sports games. Rugby World Cup and the Fight Night series.
Without giving too much away Champion Mode is a fully scripted story about the rise, fall, and (most importantly) rise again of Andre Bishop. Although the storyline uses cliches from every boxing film ever made, like the old wise Italian American trainer or the evil boxing villain, (think the white version of Mr T and you've nailed it) at the end it surprisingly manages to be quite effective. I think it may be the case because it actually allows you to experience all the best moments of Rocky or The Fighter without getting too ridiculous.
Another great improvement in the game is the the brutal damage your fighter will have to suffer through during each fight. When your boxer is hit you can see the ripples of his skin highlighting the painful punches that your opponent has inflicted on you. Beads of sweat fly everywhere, your face swells up, and if you get cut badly enough the blood will actually leak onto the floor and stay there for the duration of the fight. While damage has always been present in the previous titles, this was the first time I felt like wincing while playing.