Arenas are another source of eye candy. Each venue has its own personality, whether you’re slugging it out in a small gym or Vegas. Crowds are full 3D and diverse rather than looking like a group of clones is watching the match.
The removal of the HUD is what brings the entire presentation together and gives it a TV feel. When Madden first hit the PS2, many said that it looked just like a game on TV; Fight Night 3 tops that feel and is about as close as any sports game has ever been to looking like “the real thing”.
Sound isn’t as impressive as the visuals, but still works. Commentators call all of the action and do a great job of it. The blow-by-blow calls are usually really accurate and can help you to gauge just how much of a beating you’re laying down on your opponent (or how much of one he’s laying on you). Sound effects are dead on and, when combined with the real-time damage, immerse you even further into the game’s atmosphere.
If you’re a fan of hip-hop, this soundtrack is for you; if not, then there is nothing I could tell you other than you’ll really only have to hear it during menu screens.