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********************************************************************** Title: Fight Night Round 4 Date: June 26, 2009 System: Xbox 360, Playstation 3 Author: Adenosine E-mail: NOSPAM@firstname.lastname@example.org (Remove NOSPAM@ to contact me). Version: 1.00 ********************************************************************** History: V 1.00 - June 26, 2009 Table of Contents: Part 1 - Introduction - Basic Boxing Terminologies - Tutorial - Main Menu Part 2 - Basic Boxing Combinations - More Boxing Combinations - Fighting As An Infighter - Fighting As An Outboxer Part 3 - Boxer Creation - Preparing The Pictures - Uploading The Pictures - Downloading The Photo and Generating The 3D Head - Tweaking The 3D Head to Make It Look Better Part 4 - Legacy Mode - Amateur Tournament - Professional Career - Training - First Pro Step - The Road To Greatness Part 5 - Game Freezing Part 6 - Copyright Information **************************************************************************** Part 1 **************************************************************************** ------------- Introduction: ------------- Greetings to all boxing and gaming fans! They used to say the sport of boxing is dying, but with the sudden action happening in the lower weight divisions, interest has been going up again! Fight Night Round 4 has been brought to the mainstream as a game that revolutionizes its genre, but I believe that it will also help the sport of boxing in general by letting casual gamers feel what it is like to be a boxer, to know the current blood that keeps boxing alive today, and let them throw and feel punches with realistic results on the other boxer. Fight Night Round 4 will hopefully stir the imagination of the casual gamer with its easy to use controls but very challenging artificial intelligence! Remember the past! Play as one of the boxers like Ali or Tyson who has shaped the world of boxing! Play as Pacquiao who is the current Pound For Pound boxer who fought his way up from the Flyweight Division to the Welterweight Division! Play as yourself and create your own boxing history! Please note that I wrote this guide using the Xbox 360 version, but as with all game ports, the main mechanics of the game should also work for the Playstation 3. --------------------------- Basic Boxing Terminologies: --------------------------- Since Fight Night Round 4 is also reaching out to the gamers who aren't really boxing fans, there will naturally be some words in boxing that people who aren't normally fans wouldn't understand. Let us learn a few boxing terminologies to enhance our boxing experience. 1. 10 Point Must System - this is used to score each round of boxing. The winner of the round will get 10 points, while the loser of the round will only get 9. If the loser gets dominated in the round, then the judge might give the loser 8 points instead of just 9. Each knockdown that the loser experiences deducts one point from him, so in a round where the winner knocks down his opponent, instead of a 10-9 score, it will be a 10-8. If the loser gets knocked down twice, it will be a 10-7 score. If the loser gets knocked down three times, it will be a 10-6 score. The lowest score the loser can get is 6 points. 2. Below The Belt - an imaginary line between the belly button and the top of the hips that is not allowed to be hit. A boxer who is caught hitting there will be warned by the referee. If he repeats, the referee will deduct a point from the offending boxer. 3. Body Punches - punches directed to the body. This causes the boxer on the receiving end to tire faster and have trouble breathing. 4. Chin - the ability of a boxer to stay standing even after receiving heavy damage. 5. Clinch - the act of holding the other boxer to stop him from attacking. This is usually done by boxers who have been damaged severely and are about to get knocked down (or out!). 6. Combination - a series of punches. 7. Count - a referee usually starts a count up to 10 once a boxer has been knocked down. If the boxer doesn't get up by the count of 10, then a knockout is declared. Sometimes, referees will stop in mid-count if he observes that the downed boxer does not have the ability to even move anymore. The referee will sometimes not even start counting if the boxer has already received too much damage and he thinks the boxer really needs serious medical help. 8. Counterpunch - a punch thrown after avoiding or successfully blocking the opponent's punch. Counterpunches are normally more devastating because the other boxer will receive it without being able to put up his defense yet. 9. Cross - also known as a straight, this is a punch thrown with a boxer's dominant hand. For boxers who use the orthodox stance (left foot forward), their cross is a right straight. For those using the southpaw stance (right foot forward), their cross is a straight left. 10. Feint - a fake punch that is used strategically to make the other boxer react a certain way so that they could be caught with another punch. 11. Foul - headbutts, elbows, knees, punching the back of the head, low blows, and anything else that the referee deems inappropriate in a boxing match is called a foul. Fouls lead to point deductions for the offending boxer. 12. Glass Jaw - a boxer who gets knocked out often. In other words, a boxer who has a weak "chin". 13. Go The Distance - a fight that goes through all the scheduled rounds. 14. Haymaker - a wide swinging punch. Since the punch is usually seen before it is thrown, it can be avoided easily. If you get caught with it, then it will damage you severely. 15. Hook - a short sideways punch delivered with the elbow bent, forming a hook. 16. Infighting - fighting at very close range. 17. Jab - a punch thrown to measure distance between you and your opponent. It is thrown with the leading hand. Not only is it useful for measuring distance, but it is also used for setting up combinations and to pressure the other boxer. 18. Knockdown - a knockdown (or knock down) happens when the boxer gets hit with a legal punch and he touches any part of the floor except for his feet. It doesn't matter of it's just the tip of the glove that touched the floor or not, the referee will still begin counting. 19. Knockout - a knockout (or knock out) happens when the boxer gets knocked down, but can't get up by the count of 10. 20. Mandatory 8 Count - when a boxer gets knocked down, the referee will begin counting. The referee will count up to 8 and then decide if the knocked down boxer still has the ability to continue fighting or not. 21. Orthodox Stance - a stance where the left foot is forward. 22. Outside Fighter - an outside fighter (or outboxer) is someone who doesn't engage in infighting majority of the time, but opts to fight using his reach advantage or his ability to move around the ring strategically. 23. Pound For Pound - the best boxer regardless of weight. Although there are varying factors in determining the Pound For Pound boxer, what usually is considered are a boxer's fight records, knockout wins, and the level of opponents that the boxer has defeated. It is usual to see boxers with seemingly impressive records such as 65 wins - 2 losses - 0 draws, but aren't considered an "elite" boxer because the level of opposition they have beaten are considered weak. 24. Power Punch - power punches are anything thrown that really gives out damage to the other boxer. A jab is normally not considered a power punch. 25. Straight - the same as a cross. 26. Technical Knockout - a technical knockout (TKO) happens when the referee decides that the other boxer can't continue fighting anymore because he can't defend himself anymore or he isn't even throwing punches. A referee declares a TKO to save the boxer from receiving much more serious damage which could be life threatening. 27. Uppercut - usually thrown starting from a low position going upwards to hit the opponent's jaw. 28. Weight In - also known as "weigh in", this is an event which happens before a fight to check if both fighters are within their weight divisions weight range. --------- Tutorial: --------- Whether you are new to Fight Night series or boxing games in general or a veteran, it is recommended that you complete this tutorial which shows up at the very beginning of the game upon initial loading of disc. This will familiarize you on how to throw punches, how to block, how to move around, and how to counterpunch. ---------- Main Menu: ---------- Fight Now - exhibition mode of the game. You can only have fights between boxers who are at the same weight division as you or at most two divisions higher. Legacy Mode - career mode of the game. You can create a new boxer or simply use one of the great boxers included in the game. You can also use a boxer you created in the "Create Boxer" mode. Create Boxer - this lets you create a boxer using the pre-made heads and bodies, live vision, or a photo that you have uploaded to easportsworld. You can also download boxers that other people have created from here. The Boxer Gallery also lets you edit the looks and stats of a created boxer, but you can only edit accessories for the pre-existing boxers. Xbox Live - the multiplayer section of the game. This lets you fight other people playing Fight Night Round 4 if you have Xbox Live Gold. My Corner - this lets you try out the different training games that you will encounter in Legacy Mode. There are also training videos that you can watch. The My Media section is where your "Highlight Reels" get saved, which are the instant replays that you edit and save while fighting. You can upload any highlight reel that you have to easportsworld via the game console. The Settings section lets you adjust the game difficulty, the aggressiveness and defensiveness of the computer boxers, and many others. **************************************************************************** Part 2 **************************************************************************** -------------------------- Basic Boxing Combinations: -------------------------- In the sport of boxing, you cannot depend on only one punch to finish off your opponent. Sometimes, your opponent will have a very tough chin that you won't be able to even damage him with your best punch! This is where combinations come in. By throwing a series of punches, you are putting pressure on the enemy and even if he defends, you will be able to get in a hit or two if you're fast enough. As in with real life, throwing combinations require stamina, hand speed, and good reaction time as to what the other boxer is doing. Basic boxing combinations are good to use for boxers with low stamina. Remember, the lower your stamina gets, the slower you throw punches and the weaker they become! The main idea of basic boxing combinations is to be able to throw punches that actually do damage, and not to throw high volume of punches that do tiny damage. The best way to practice these combinations is to choose one and then practice it for an entire match. It's recommended to lower the difficulty of the computer so that you won't get countered all the time and you will be able to get a feel on the motions required to perform these combinations. When a punch is supposed to be thrown to the body, it will have a (To Body) written next to it, unless it's a Left/Right Body Uppercut/Hook. Punches are normally thrown to the head unless stated. Please note that certain stances will have weaknesses or strengths, so try out each stance and find one you're most comfortable with. If your character is a southpaw (right foot forward), simply reverse the direction of the combo. 1. Jab-Jab 2. Jab-Jab-Jab 3. Jab-Cross-Left Hook 4. Jab-Cross-Jab 5. Jab(To Body)-Cross(To Body) 6. Jab-Left Hook 7. Jab-Left Hook-Right Hook 8. Jab-Left Body Uppercut 9. Jab-Left Body Hook 10. Jab-Right Body Uppercut 11. Jab-Right Body Hook 12. Jab(To Body)-Cross 13. Jab(To Body)-Right Uppercut 14. Jab(To Body)-Left Hook 15. Jab(To Body)-Right Hook ------------------------- More Boxing Combinations: ------------------------- There are really so many possible combinations in boxing, it is only limited by your stamina and how your opponent reacts. The following is just a list of some of the combinations that can be used if you have a lot of stamina. Don't use these if you are still beginning in Legacy Mode since these will eat up your stamina very quickly. 1. Jab-Left Hook-Left Uppercut-Cross 2. Jab-Jab-Cross-Left Hook-Right Hook 3. Jab-Jab-Left Hook-Left Uppercut-Cross 4. Jab-Left Hook-Right Hook-Left Uppercut-Cross-Left Hook 5. Jab-Cross-Jab-Left Body Uppercut-Right Hook-Left Hook-Right Hook ------------------------- Fighting As An Infighter: ------------------------- Summary: - Get close to the opponent as fast as possible. - Your main weapons are hooks and uppercuts when close to the enemy. - Use "bob and weave" to get close to outboxers. - Keep your guard up when getting close to outboxers. - Trap outboxers near the ropes or in the corner. - Aim for the body to make outboxers slow. Fighting as an infighter is usually dangerous, but if done right, it will devastate your opponent quickly! Infighters usually have the advantage if they are shorter in height than their opponent, and have shorter reach. This is because once an infighter gets very close to an opponent who is taller and has longer reach, the infighter can let out punches quickly, mostly hooks and uppercuts due to their short arms. Meanwhile, the taller enemy with the longer reach will be almost powerless because the length of their arms won't allow them to punch properly with power and accuracy. Another thing you want to do as an infighter is to keep hitting the opponent's body. This will kill the opponent's stamina. The lower the stamina of the opponent, the easier it is for you to slip punches through their guard. Once you notice that their stamina is almost down, try to punch through their guard and it will break fast, letting you to hit them with hooks and uppercuts. Don't forget to lean and dodge to avoid their punches, and then hit them with more hooks and uppercuts. Also try to pay attention when your opponent is trying to duck. If your opponent's head is close to the ground, throw an uppercut right away! If you hit his head with an uppercut while he's trying to duck, the impact will be too much and there is a great chance for a knockdown. What you have to avoid as an infighter is being kept away from the enemy. Your opponent will usually throw jabs or straights at you to keep you back. They might even resort to pushing you away! To prevent this, keep your guard high as you rush to get close to them. You might take a few hits this way, but your guard will most likely protect you and the damage won't be too much. You can also try to use the "bob and weave" move while you're trying to get close to your opponent. If you bob and weave, there's a good chance that their punches directed at your head will miss. You might even get the chance to hit them with a hook or uppercut when you get close and they miss! Finally, as an infighter, you have the advantage if you trap the opponent near the ropes or in the corner. This will prevent them from leaving and you will be able to blast them with hooks and uppercuts and kill their stamina by hitting their body. What happens if you're an infighter and you're also fighting an infighter who happens to have the same height and arm length (or shorter) than you? Then the situation becomes a fight about who can avoid and block punches better and counter effectively. Mostly, just like you, your opponent will be using mainly hooks and uppercuts when you're near each other. Try to make them miss by ducking, but be sure to watch out for their uppercut as well! Try to also conserve your stamina because to win a fight against an infighter, you will also have to throw punches faster than him. Try to also aim for the opponent's body so that their stamina will go low and their punches will come out slower. Once this happens, you will be able to counter them more effectively, and since you will be throwing punches faster, you can pressure him more by throwing combinations up close and breaking his guard. ------------------------ Fighting As An Outboxer: ------------------------ Summary: - Keep a safe distance from the infighter. - Jabs and crosses are your primary weapons. - Hit the body from time to time to make the opponent slower. - Stay away from the ropes and the corner so that you don't get trapped. - Never throw hooks and uppercuts when you're far, you might get countered. - Protect your body, low stamina means you'll become slower. As an outboxer, your advantages will be the ability to move around the ring quickly and keeping a safe distance between you and your opponent. Infighters who get close to you are your worst nightmare. What you have to do is to throw jabs and crosses at them to prevent them from getting close to you. Also, since they will be moving forward towards you, if you hit them with jabs and crosses, the impact will be greater. Of course, they won't be coming forward without guarding their head! If you encounter an infighter who constantly guards their head while moving forward, then you have to aim for their body. Try to keep their stamina low to make them slow and their guards easier to break. Don't forget to keep moving around the ring! Once you have lowered their stamina, they will be punching hopefully much slower, and it should be easier to counterpunch them. Now is the time to "bait" them into throwing hooks and uppercuts. Try to get just a little close to them, but not too close that it will become an infight. Let them make the mistake of throwing that hook or uppercut, and once they do, counterpunch them using a cross, a hook, or an uppercut of your own! Just observe the opponent's stamina and hit their body if you notice that their punching speed is becoming fast again. Always keep their stamina low and make them move slow. Continue throwing jabs and crosses from a safe distance when you see the opportunity. Bait them from a middle distance and counterpunch them. They will eventually get rocked so much and that will be your chance to attack them with combinations to the head and body. Don't rush into knocking them out. If you rush, there is a tendency that you will get caught by one of their hooks or uppercuts and it will be you who will suddenly be in major trouble. Being an outboxer is all about having patience, moving around the ring, and annoying the other guy with punches. Sooner or later, it will take fewer and fewer punches from you to rock them. That is the effect of accumulated damage. Although jabs and crosses might not have the same stopping power of hooks and uppercuts, if you hit them too much, they will be easier to hurt more and more. Remember, even with Tyson, take his stamina out and his power disappears! So what do you do if you are fighting a fellow outboxer? The battle will then become more strategic and it will become more of a test of patience. It will become a battle where the winner is decided upon by who captures counterpunching opportunities more and is able to move around the ring better. Your most potent weapon during a fight with another outboxer is your jab and cross. Keep a safe distance and throw some jabs. The problem here is, they will have almost the same reach like yours or even longer, so they will do the same to you! This is where your countering abilities are put to the test. Try to time your blocks so that it will turn into a counterpunching chance for you, and then hit them with a cross or a hook to the head. It is also important that you know at which distance each of your specific punches will be able to land. Keep moving around the ring, and be sure you don't get trapped near the ropes or in the corner. If you find yourself trapped, try to get away as fast as you can. Push them away if you have to, the important thing is you are not near the ropes or in the corner. As always, speed is going to be a major advantage in a battle against another outboxer. Try to hit the opponent's body to lower their stamina and make them slower. Once their punches are slow, it should be easier to counterpunch them. Don't throw hooks and uppercuts when you are away from the outboxer. You will most likely miss and they will counterpunch you. Wait for them to commit the mistake of throwing hooks and uppercuts themselves and then counter them with a cross, hook, or uppercut to the head. You can also counter them to the body to make them a lot slower if you have to. Just be patient while playing as an outboxer. In most cases of defeat, it begins when you start going for the knockout and throwing punches all over the place, then you get countered yourself. **************************************************************************** Part 3 **************************************************************************** --------------- Boxer Creation: --------------- Creating boxers is one of the more amusing parts of the game. The ability to recreate yourself, your friends, enemies, celebrities, and other boxers expands the enjoyment of Fight Night Round 4. You can even upload your own created boxers and download what others have created! There are three ways to create a boxer. The first one involves choosing from a template of heads and bodies. You cannot adjust any sliders to tweak the features of the face here, only fighting styles, general information, and accessories. The second one involves using Xbox Live Vision. Since I don't have that, I can't write about it. The last one involves downloading a photo that you have uploaded to easportsworld.com (as of this writing, that is their website). The game will use the photo to generate a head for you that hopefully resembles the person in the photo. This is what we will be discussing in the next few sections because this is the easiest way of recreating a face for use in Fight Night Round 4. ----------------------- Preparing The Pictures: ----------------------- Before the game can generate a 3D model of someone, it needs pictures as reference! Here's what you'll need: 1. Front View Picture - a front view picture of a person's head. Things to consider include lighting, shadow, beard, accessories. The person should not be wearing glasses, nose rings, or anything else on his face. There should also be no dark shadows on the face because this will mess up the texture on the face later on. Facial hair may affect the texture as well, so it is best if the picture of the person has no facial hair since you can add that later in the game. It would be best if you can take the picture with a simple background, such as plain white or plain black. The picture should also be looking straight towards the camera. There should also be no facial expressions. Just a blank, souless stare is perfect for this situation. Don't worry, you can make your boxer smile or frown later using the main game's adjustable features. 2. Side View Picture - just like the front view picture, except it is taken from the side. Try to make is have no angles as much as possible and no shadows, too. (Side View Picture is optional but greatly helps.) 3. Xbox Silver/Gold Account - you will need an Xbox Silver or Gold account. The important thing here is that you know what is the e-mail that you used when you signed up with the silver or gold account. 4. Easportsworld Account - as of this writing, their website is http://www.easportsworld.com . Sign up for an account and use the same e-mail address that your Xbox Silver/Gold is currently using. The reason for this is that there can be problems that involve pictures not being found if the e-mail in your Xbox Silver/Gold is different from the one you used to sign up with the easportsworld account. 5. Camera - try to take a picture of the person that you want to recreate in Fight Night Round 4 with the highest resolution possible, and save it in JPG format. 6. Photoshop/Paint Program - this is optional, but you can use Photoshop or any other painting software to remove unwanted marks on your pictures or even adjust the lighting and remove shadows if you have to. It also helps if you can remove the background in the picture or make the background entirely white or black. The only important part is the person. 7. 3D Modelling Software - this is optional, as most people don't have this but sometimes it helps. If there are 3D models of certain people that you like, simply load them up in your choice of 3D modelling software and take a picture of the front and side views. This is useful if you have access to 3D models from other games and the like and you want to turn those characters into boxers in Fight Night Round 4. I recommend the program called Poser because it can generate random high resolution 3D models of human beings. ----------------------- Uploading The Pictures: ----------------------- Here are the steps on how to upload the pictures. Please take note that these are based on how it works currently. It might change in the future. 1. Create an easportsworld.com account and use the same e-mail you used when signing up for your Xbox Live Silver/Gold account. 2. Sign in to your easportsworld.com account. You will notice that you will be transported to your main page that shows information about your account. 3. Look somewhere to the right and find something called "Add Widgets" and click it. 4. It will show you a page with a list of features that you can add to your account's main page. Go ahead and read their descriptions to learn more. 5. Find the feature called "PHOTO GAME FACE" and click "ADD". 6. Find the feature called "FIGHT NIGHT 4 SHARE A BOXER" and click "ADD". 7. Go back to your main page by clicking your account name on the top of the page. 8. You will notice on your main page that it now has a section called "PHOTO GAME FACE". --------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Before we continue, it would be nice to describe what the Photo Game Face feature looks like first. Currently, the Photo Game Face feature on your account's main page is a small square window. It can hold up to 8 sets of pictures (each set includes 1 front view and an optional 1 side view). The arrows that point left or right lets you choose a slot where you can upload pictures. If you upload a picture in a slot, the picture will appear at the center instead of a blank. Below the area where the picture (or blank) appears is a button called "Upload New Photo Face". If that slot has a picture already occupying it, then it will have the "Delete" and "View" buttons instead. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9. Make sure your front view and side view pictures are in JPG format. Put them somewhere in your computer that you can easily browse to, like the desktop. 10. On your account's page, find the "Photo Game Face" feature and click "Upload New Photo Face". A window will appear and it even has a tutorial. * If you are not seeing anything, it would be best to update your Java, Flash, and browsers. Personally I use Firefox. 11. Click "Next" and you will be shown a Tutorial page. 12. Click "Next" again and you will be on the upload page. 13. It will ask you for a front view picture. Click "Browse" and find the front view picture that you have. Make sure it's in JPG format. 14. After it is done uploading, it will ask you if you want to upload a side view picture or continue straight away to editing. Upload the sideview picture if you want or click "Edit" if you don't have one. 15. When you're done uploading, you will be at the Edit page. There will be two sliders called "ZOOM" and "ROTATE" which will make your picture do just those. There are also choices to flip the picture or return it to its original form. 16. If you have a perfectly straight picture of the face, there shouldn't be a need to rotate. If not, then try to rotate yoru picture so that it will be straight. 17. Look at the area that has no gray color. That is the area you are supposed to fill with the face. Try to zoom your face in so that it will fill in more of the space. It doesn't have to be perfect (and perfection is almost impossible), but as much as possible, try to make the edge of the face touch the edge of the area being filled. If you do this, some parts of the face won't be included inside the area, but that is fine. The important thing is the area includes the eyebrows, eyes, cheeks, nose, mouth, and a part of the face's chin. 18. Look on the left part of the window and you'll notice that below the front view picture is the side view one that you uploaded. Click it because you will have to adjust it, too. If you don't have a sideview picture, simply click "Next". 19. You will be asked to save it. Do so and the edited pictures will be uploaded. 20. When it's done, you will see the window tell you, just click "OK". The steps look long, but that's just because I typed a lot of stuff in detail. If you do them yourself, you'll realize you can upload and edit pictures in less than 5 minutes! Nothing to worry about! Now let's head on to the next part of creating a 3D head for our boxer. ------------------------------------------------- Downloading The Photo and Generating The 3D Head: ------------------------------------------------- Now it is time to download the photo that we just uploaded to easportsworld into our console! 1. From the main menu, choose Create Boxer. 2. Choose Create New Boxer. 3. Choose Download Photo. It will tell you that you are connecting to your easportsworld account. This is why it's important that your Xbox Silver/Gold e-mail is the same as your easportsworld account e-mail. 4. You will then be shown the pictures that you have uploaded. Go select the picture and download it. 5. After downloading, you will be shown the "Set Front Markers" page. The idea is to point the cursor on the picture you're working on to where the example picture is showing you. The first one is "Left Eye" so you point it to the left eye and press the Right Button (RB) to set the marker there. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- * Setting Front Markers Controls 1. Left Stick - moves cursor around. 2. Right Button (RB) - sets a marker then goes to the next. 3. Right Trigger (RT) - zooms in on the picture for better accuracy. 4. Left Button (LB) - cancels a marker and goes back to the previous one. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6. When you're done with the front markers, press A and it will ask you if you want to add a Side Photo. Choose the first one called "Add Side Photo - Use Previously Downloaded Photo" and you'll have to do the same thing for the side view markers. 7. When you're done with the side view markers, keep advancing and it will tell you that it is now generating the 3D model head of the picture! Good job! 8. You might notice that when generating the head, it might get stuck at a certain percentage for about 5 to 10 minutes. Don't worry, this happens often. There was a time when I had to wait about 20 minutes just to let the generation process move from 98% to 100%. It is best that you do something else while you wait for this to finish. 9. When it's done, you will see a not so impressive 3D representation of the person that you wanted to make a boxer out of! Don't worry, this is normal. This just means it's time for some tweaking. Press A to continue. At this point, you will be brought to the "Boxer Info" page. Before we continue adjusting the face of the person, I recommend that we save the model first. Press Start and choose "Apply Changes And Continue". It will tell you that not all of the points have been used. This is fine, just choose "Yes". -------------------------------------------- Tweaking The 3D Head to Make It Look Better: -------------------------------------------- This part really depends on your artistic abilities. Anyway, after you saved the boxer that we generated earlier, you will be brought back to the "Create Boxer" menu. Choose "Boxer Gallery". You will see pictures of a lot of boxers. Press left and you'll find your custom made boxer. Select him (he's probably called "First Last" hehe), and choose "Edit". This will bring you back to the Boxer Info page. Go ahead and type in a name for him. The last name actually has a database of names that the announcer will say while you are fighting. If the last name of the person is not in the list (or if you can't find anything that you like), simply choose "Enter Custom Text" which is located on the top of the name list and you can enter the last name for the boxer yourself. Press RT and you will go to the "Appearance" page. Pressing LB or RB will cause the boxer to spin around so you can look at him better. The first choices you will be able to change are pretty basic. Go ahead and check out the different body types, skin tone, hair, and more for your boxer. When you're done, it will be time to do some serious facial tweaking. Still in the "Appearance" page, go to the bottom of the list and you'll find "ADVANCED SLIDERS". Choose that. Please take note that "ADVANCED SLIDERS" are not available if you just chose a head and body template. This only works if you downloaded a photo and generated a boxer, just like what we did. In the Advanced Sliders section, you will really have to try it out yourself since it is all up to your eyes if you think the boxer already looks like his real life counterpart or not. Don't worry about making "mistakes", you can always undo them. Just have fun and experiment! Don't forget to customize the stance of your boxer, his best punch, and other things like his robes and other accessories. When you're happy with your boxer, just press Start and save. **************************************************************************** Part 4 **************************************************************************** ------------ Legacy Mode: ------------ Legacy Mode is the other major part of the game. Here, you will be able to recreate a boxing legend's career to your liking, or you can use your created boxer and pave your own history in the sport! From the main menu, choose Legacy Mode. You will be presented three choices. Choose "Start New Legacy". The screen will ask you if you want to create a new boxer or use an existing one. You can play as any of the boxing greats if you choose an existing boxer, as well as play the boxer we created earlier! Just choose "Choose An Existing Boxer". You will be presented the Boxer Gallery once again. Press left to see your created boxer and choose him. Feel free to choose any other boxer that you like and you will be starting your boxing life in the Amateur Tournament. Once you have decided on a boxer, choose "Start Legacy Mode". You will be asked to "Import Boxers", in other words, this lets you remove or add boxers that will be fighting in and out of your weight division. If you have created other boxers, you can add them here so that they will be part of your boxing life directly or indirectly. Just browse the names or press X to sort the list by name or division. Find the boxer that you want to add or remove and press Y to add or remove him from the list. When you're done adding or removing, press A to advance. Click "Import". You will then see the "Set Rankings". Pressing RT or LT will let you view the other weight divisions. You can "swap" the rankings of existing boxers. Just choose a boxer you want to place somewhere by pressing Y, then find the rank where you want to place him and press Y again. When you're happy, press A to advance and then choose Continue. You will be asked to type in a name for your legacy file. Go type one up and press Start when you're done. The introduction to Legacy Mode will play. You can watch or skip it. You will now be entered in the Amateur Tournament. It's better to familiarize yourself with the menus first because there's a lot of them and it might confuse you later on if you need to find something. Press Start and you will see some choices: 1. My Legacy Progress - this shows various statistics about your boxer. 2. My Fight History - this shows a list of all the fights you've had. 3. Message Center - this shows messages from your trainer. As your career progresses, you will receive lots of information here such as awards you are being nominated for, boxers challenging you, and more. 4. My Corner - this has choices like Edit Boxer, My Media, Settings, Legacy Mode Intro Video, and Save Legacy. Unfortunately, you cannot make cosmetic or stylistic fighting changes to your boxer in Legacy Mode. You can only edit his accessories and entrance. 5. Exit Legacy Mode Once you are pretty comfortable with where to find things, it is time to start your Amateur Tournament! Press B to go back to the Amateur Tournament screen from the menus that you just visited and press A to begin your first fight. ------------------- Amateur Tournament: ------------------- Upon pressing A, you will see some choices in the Amateur Tournament screen. You can choose to Fight, Simulate Using ESPN Fight Cast, Simulate Up To And Including This Match, or Cancel. It is better to choose to Fight for yourself because relying on simulations might cause you to lose. Choose fight and other battles aside from the one you are participating in will be simulated. Yours is about to begin, get ready! Your first battle is very easy, it's time to get used to the controls. Remember the "Basic Boxing Combinations" section? Go check that out in this FAQ and try them out on your opponent. You'll notice that your stamina has a tendency to still go low fast. This is because you just started, and the basic combinations won't drain your stamina too fast. The entire Amateur Tournament is very easy, just remember the basics and the strategies we discussed earlier and 99.99% you'll win this tournament. Upon winning, you will earn some new costumes and some additional stats added to you. You will now begin your pro career. -------------------- Professional Career: -------------------- After the Amateur Tournament, you'll be shown the Legacy Central. It looks cluttered, but still informative. The Legacy Rating shows what kind of level your boxer currently has. You are now a Prospect. The more popularity you gain, the faster your Legacy Rating goes up. Press A and you will now have to schedule your fight. See those days with the two people boxing? Those are days when you can fight. For now, let's choose the first day that has two people fighting icon. Let's call that icon the "Fight Day" icon for simplicity. Choose it and you'll be asked whether to "Simulate" or "Schedule Next Fight." Choose Schedule Next Fight. You will be presented the "Schedule A Fight" screen. Read it and you'll find out on the right side how many rounds the fight will last and how many training sessions you can have for the fight. Depending on the fight date that you choose, you can have up to 3 training sessions, at the cost of a few months of inactivity. For now, we have 1 training session. Currently, you are the lowest ranked boxer in the division. It is better to beat up weaklings first as you train your boxer because later on, there will come a point when the opponents are altogether in a different league. To have a fighting chance, you'll need a well trained boxer, and this is why we will be spending some time beating up low ranking boxers and training. Go ahead and choose that Rank 49 guy. The screen will ask you for a date. Just choose the one already selected and then choose to "Book Fight". On the "Fight Calendar" screen, you'll notice that there is a yellow box with a guy punching a heavy bag. There are also green boxes, and if you look on the upper right corner, an envelope is flashing! Press on the Right Stick (R3) and you'll automatically access the Message Center again. Go ahead and read what your trainer has to tell you. Press B to go back to the Fight Calendar. Back on the Fight Calendar screen, try to move around and you'll notice that you can change your Training Day. Go ahead and choose a green box or just go back to the original training day and press A. Not all green boxes can be selected though, especially if they're too close to the fight date. Choose "Start Training" and other fights will be simulated up to your training day. You are now at the "Training" screen. On the left side you will see a list of training games that you can participate in to earn additional stats. On the right side are your boxer's current stats. Each training has its own strengths and weaknesses. Every created boxer has different beginning stats. Now is the time to review how training games work. --------- Training: --------- There are six training games that your boxer can participate in. Go ahead and check which stats each training game boosts or decreases. Yes that's right, they can decrease certain attributes of your boxer, so you have to be careful of what you choose. Also, take note that when you choose a training game, you have the option to Auto-train it. If you choose to auto-train, you will get half of the total maximum points possible to be gained from it. There are advantages and disadvantages to auto-training and training manually. Auto-training only earns you half of the total maximum points you can earn, and that includes on training games that are very easy. Training manually can be bad if you don't know what you're doing, as you'll only get 1 point to positive attribute stats if you fail really bad. 1. Open Sparring - open sparring is your typical boxing sparring. The object of the game is to hit and not get hit. You earn additional points for knocking down and countering your sparmate. This is pretty easy. I suggest that you MANUALLY TRAIN this. Good for practice, good for points! 2. Stay On Your Feet - the point of this training game is not to get knocked down. This is similar to Open Sparring, except that you have low health and stamina and your opponent is bent on knocking you down. You can score points by hitting him and knocking him down if you can, but just beware that if you get knocked down yourself, your score will fall big time! I suggest that you try this out first in the training section of "My Corner" so that you'll get used to dealing with situations where you are about to get knocked out. After that, MANUALLY TRAIN this. 3. Heavy Bag Combos - another easy training game. All you have to do is follow the combinations shown on the bottom of the screen successfully. The more combinations and less mistakes you make, the more points you can do. MANUALLY TRAIN THIS. 4. Heavy Bag Push - the object of the game is to hit the indicated part of the heavy bag to push it down the track to score points. I just figured out an easy way to do this. The only punches you need to throw are your Jabs and Crosses. Just keep alternating Jab-Cross-Jab-Cross but be sure you are hitting the red part. You'll need to press LT to make your jabs and crosses hit low. MANUALLY TRAIN this. 5. Double End Bag - another easy game. All you have to do is position your boxer on the zone that is on the floor and hit the bag using a Left Body Hook-Right Body Hook-Left Body Hook combo. That 3 hit combo will get you the most points as long as you're quick to reposition yourself to the right zones. 6. Maize Bag - a hard game. You will have to move your head from side to side quickly and then hit the air with a body blow, while not being hit by a moving bag. High chance of failing, AUTO-TRAIN if you can't get it. There is a way to beat Maize Bag. The method I use to get champion bonus is by holding LT and pressing the edge of the left side of the Left Stick all the way to the right. This will cause the boxer to duck. While holding this ducking position, just move the Left Stick up and down slightly to make the boxer move his head from side to side. You'll notice this is a lot quicker and you won't get hit by the bag at all because you're ducking. The next part of beating Maize Bag is by timing WHEN you punch. Yes, you will see that on the top of the screen is a countdown to how many side to side head movements you are supposed to do. Don't rush, this is the worst mistake anybody can make. When you reach the count of 1, do one last head movement to the opposite direction to successfully complete all the leans. You will see the word "PUNCH!" on the screen. Remember to hold your position! The time you punch is important so that you won't be hit by the maize bag from behind or from the front. Wait until the bag is directly on top of your head, and then release a punch. I normally use a Left Body Hook because this lets the boxer remain in the ducking position, so even if you make a mistake in the release of the punch timing, you won't get hit by the bag that suddenly passes over your head. This is probably the hardest of all training games. I suggest that you spend about 30 minutes to an hour trying to perfect the Maize Bag training. Again, I'll repeat in steps how to beat Maize Bag with champion bonus. 1. Hold LT and puch the left edge of the left stick all the way going to the right. This will cause the boxer to duck. This will also make it easier for your thumb to control the stick and not "slip up". 2. Move the left stick slightly alternating between up and down, just enough to register the head movement on the screen. 3. Don't rush. Once you see that you only need one more head movement, do it successfully and hold that position, you are going to release a punch next. 4. Wait for the maize bag to be directly on top of your head. Release a Left Body Hook. 5. Repeat until the training has ended. Honestly, that Maize Bag training is also physically taxing, at least for my left thumb. --------------- First Pro Step: --------------- We'll now be taking our First Pro Step. From the Training screen, choose Open Sparring and choose "Play Training" to manually do it. Press A again to start the training. After successfully doing the training (I'm sure you aced it), you will be back at the Fight Calendar screen. There will be a message from your trainer. Go read it if you want or just press A to continue to the fight. Choose "Fight" and you'll begin your battle with your very first opponent. There's no need to worry about Rank 49 guy, he's very easy. Just stick to the basics of movement, punching, and retaining stamina and you should do great against him. After you beat him, you'll earn some points in your popularity and P4P ranking. For now, what we need to do is to build up the stats of our boxer so that we won't have a hard time later on. We will have to satisfy ourselves with low ranking boxers for now. Keep choosing the lowest ranking boxer that is possible to fight. For training, we have to do a rotation in this manner: 1. Open Sparring - Manual(we just did this on our first fight.) 2. Stay On Your Feet - Manual 3. Heavy Bag Combos - Manual 4. Heavy Bag Push - Manual 5. Double End Bag - Manual 6. Maize Bag - Auto-train but Manual when you get used to it. You'll notice that after every fight, you will have blue boxes in the calendar. Those are your recovery days and you can't train or fight during those periods. Simply book another fight and make sure it has at least one training session to boost our stats, and continue beating the lowest ranking boxers until we have built up ourselves sufficiently. From time to time you might receive a challenge from another boxer. Just decline them for now because if you win, your popularity and ranking will get boosted too much and you'll be forced to fight boxers who have stats way better than yours! This is why we are concentrating on low rankers first, to build our stats that can keep up with the better boxers at the higher ranks. Just think of it like this: Popularity isn't everything, you need to have the skills and stats to deal with the real elite. ---------------------- The Road To Greatness: ---------------------- After about 9 fights of beating the low rankers, your Legacy Rating will become "Club Fighter". Continue fighting the lowest ranked boxers since you need to maximize your training without becoming too popular and being forced to fight the better guys. When you have competed in around 25 total fights, you will have an Overall Rating of around 79 or near that. This should be enough for you to be able to cope with the next level of challenges. When you are ready with your 79 Overall Rating or you have 25 total fights, go ahead and accept the first challenge that you receive. Make sure you choose a date that has at least 1 training session. Your greatly trained stats will make this challenge easier than if you fought without having gone through all the training that you did. After you have beaten your first challenge, it is time to fight people who are higher ranked than you are. Choose someone who is at least 1 rank higher than you and at most, 3 ranks higher. This will let you continue your training without having to face too much of a serious competition because your stats will always be near or better than theirs. You will probably be Rank 20 now. You will also notice that you will be meeting familiar boxers from now on. This means that the challenge has increased! This is the time when the real battles begin! Expect tougher opposition. These guys aren't simple people who are fighting for a pay day. You are now among warriors who are aiming to be the best of the best, the greatest of all time! Just continue training and fighting people within 3 ranks higher than you because this is a good way to improve your stats while maintaining a good winning record. Always stick to the basics and never rush without a plan! Remember that what happens during you fights also affect how people view you, which are reflected on the End of the Year Awards. Winnings the awards is one way to become famous and to boost your Pound For Pound rating. Challenge for belts, defend belts, or even move to different weight divisions! It's your call! This is your road, now lead it to your kingdom! **************************************************************************** Part 5 **************************************************************************** -------------- Game Freezing: -------------- As of today's date, there are many reports in the EA forums (currently located at http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/forums/show/378.page ) about the game freezing at certain locations. Some people even reported that they got the RED RING OF DEATH when Fight Night Round 4 froze. Some people can't even get the game to get past the loading screen. A few ways to make the game work were discovered, but they're just temporary fixes. If you are using the Xbox 360, it is recommended to: 1. Disconnect ethernet cable from Xbox 360. 2. Disable Media Streaming. 3. Delete Local Custom Soundtracks. 4. Reformat the Hard Disk Drive of Xbox 360 (as a last resort). Other people don't experience freezing during the loading screen, but experience it in Legacy Mode instead, just like me. The freezing in Legacy Mode usually happens when you are saving or loading a file. It happens pretty randomly, but only during the saving or loading procedure. So far, there is no fix for this. If you want to continue in Legacy Mode, just restart your Xbox 360 and hope that loading your legacy file won't end up in another frozen state. Hopefully, these problems will be fixed by a patch soon. *********************** Part 6 *********************** ---------------------- Copyright Information: ---------------------- I wrote this guide so that people can use it for FREE. You can post this FAQ in any website as long as people can access it for FREE. 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