Previously, it had been rumored that EA Sports was toying with the idea of offering face-button controls for Fight Night Round 4 via downloadable content.

Well, it ain't a rumor any longer. According to EA's official Fight Night website , a free downloadable update in "early September" will give players the option of using face button controls rather than the default analog mechanic. This is in addition to the first DLC pack – also free – that will drop early next month and feature "a new training gym, new gameplay sliders, as well as a host of new equipment that can be used for outfitting boxers." Said senior producer Dean Richards:

"The depth and variety of new content we have planned this summer is going to make one of the most critically acclaimed games on the market even better. Among the new content in development, our new button control scheme will give fans a choice for how they want to throw punches in the game. We strongly believe that the refined Total Punch Control is the most intuitive way to throw punches in Fight Night Round 4, but we also want fans of the franchise to have an option."

EA is pretty good about catering to the fans, and many have been clamoring for this face button control addition. Although many critics (including ourselves) remain firm in the belief that the default analog system is plenty intuitive enough, some members of the more casual crowd simply want to hit buttons to throw punches. In that respect, we can certainly understand the appeal. We'll let you know when we have exact dates for the first DLC pack and the face-button control update.

Related Game(s): Fight Night Round 4

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crump602
crump602
11 years ago

About damn time!!! Can't stand that new "total punch control". I also think they should take out the low blows system, ppl use it too much online as part of the combo system just to knock u out faster.


Last edited by crump602 on 7/8/2009 1:03:12 PM

Prevent
Prevent
11 years ago

God Bless America!
Im getting this game today

Button Masher
Button Masher
11 years ago

I'm personally a fan of the analog system but I'm all for more people getting in on the action.

556pineapple
556pineapple
11 years ago

Analog's the way to go for me, but if face buttons are your thing, I've got no problem with that. My only concern is button-mashers for online play.


Last edited by 556pineapple on 7/8/2009 2:06:33 PM

Wage SLAVES
Wage SLAVES
11 years ago

Saaame here. I like the sticks. Im just afraid Ill have to do some button mashing myself to survive online.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

I like the analog stick control in theory, but I find it too imprecise in terms of which punch gets thrown. When Ali wants to throw an upper-cut, Ali throws an upper-cut; I should have the same control.

I should note that I didn't really have the same problem with skate, so it's not JUST that I suck.

And the dodge and counter mechanics are, well, dodgy. Hold this, press that, flick this direction, then let go and flick the other direction. Not fun.

Frenchy17
Frenchy17
11 years ago

well I was going to purchase the game, but not anymore.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

@Frenchy17,
You can still use the stick if you prefer, EA's just adding button option for those who can't, or won't, use the stick.

Frenchy17
Frenchy17
11 years ago

yeah but this eliminates a whole mode of play for me – online.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

OK, After posting to ya, I starting thinking you might've meant the disavantage.

I used the stick in the demo & even though I loved it, I'm thinking that it will be a lot slower throwing punches than someone who has mastered the buttons.

Frenchy17
Frenchy17
11 years ago

Yeah its much more enjoyable, but much slower. Its fair how it is right now where both people have to use the same controls. This will only make online matches a total button-mashing fest.

Wage SLAVES
Wage SLAVES
11 years ago

The sticks make you have a split second more of intended strategy. That just went out the window with the impending button mashing contests…


Last edited by Wage SLAVES on 7/9/2009 6:38:37 AM

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

I'm back from my cottage, its good to be back 🙂

a1_
a1_
11 years ago

wwhoever says that they wont buy the game cuz they will be at a disadvantage is a lame moron and cant really play video games, in other words you suck so stop crying. buttons is the way to go for me. if u can play the game with a wii controller and claim to be good at it there is no reason why u shouldnt be able to beat someone who is good at using buttons, stop crying and get good at a game cuz u obviously suck at it and want less competition so your ass wont get handed to u every trip. mommas boy

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Dude.. that was the kindest comment I've read all day ^_^

Frenchy17
Frenchy17
11 years ago

And what an intelligent, well-written statement too I might ad! Wow are you 12??? I have the game right now from Gamefly, but I will be sending it back the day that no talent button masher download content comes out. So in the meantime, find me online and I will show you how much I suck at it!!!!

King James
King James
11 years ago

face buttons?!

lame

fatelementality
fatelementality
11 years ago

Good, thanks. I'll actually buy this now. That's the end of that chapter.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
11 years ago

YAY!! I commented on this before and my wishes have actually come true. Face buttons are just better for me. The right stick is nice and all, but a true gamer knows that the buttons are where its at.

EA actually listens to its fans. Nice to know they provide options rather than forcing people into a set control scheme. (cough, looking at you Killzone 1, cough)

Ultimate_Balla
Ultimate_Balla
11 years ago

LOl. Though I Got The Game On Sunday And Holding My Own Out On Champion Diffi With The New Punch Ish, I*m All For The Face*Buttons, Damm That Ali On G.O.A.T Mode, Shii, Spent 2 Hours Yesternight Trying To Take Him Out! And Isn't That Bs How He Stands Up After 5 Knockouts?(Foremen Baby!!!), Heck, In Reality I Doubt He'd Handle 3, Seeing That He Bearly Got Knocked Down In His Career Peak. . .

Wage SLAVES
Wage SLAVES
11 years ago

No shiite! Those dudes are pure crazy!

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

Balla, I think your keyboard is malfunctioning.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 7/9/2009 4:45:22 PM

Vell
Vell
11 years ago

Button mashing = quick LOW STAMINA

LOW STAMINA = quick KNOCK OUT

cmon Button Mashers, cmon 🙂