This is an interesting topic of conversation, primarily because it seems to split the gaming crowd directly down the middle.
As some of you know, several sports games make full use of the analog control on the Dual Shock 3 (and on past Sony controllers). They basically ignore the face buttons and focus on the analog sticks for any important maneuvers; take Tiger Woods PGA Tour , for example, where you swing by pulling back and pushing forward on the analog. Personally, I've always hated this mechanic, as I've never found it to be as pinpoint accurate as simply pressing a button at the correct time (ala Hot Shots Golf ). The analogs simply aren't as perfectly accurate and in my mind, it doesn't make anything "more realistic." But some people still like it, and this is why EA retains this model for the Fight Night series, and it's going to stay that way for the fourth installment. EA's Brian Hayes addressed this very issue over at IGN's blog ; he said:
"No, there is no such option for face button punching in the final version, but we are investigating providing the option via DLC."
He does say they have a "dedicated team" for downloadable content, which must mean they have a significant amount of content planned. From our point of view, we could really use that face-button control scheme; I personally know several people who just won't buy a Fight Night title because of the analog-only setup. But they love boxing, so if the face-button option showed up, they'd probably buy it. Just do it, EA.
Related Game(s): Fight Night Round 4