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Scheduled release date:

November 9, 2010

Publisher:

SCEA

Developer:

XDEV

Number Of Players:

1-2

Genre:

Fighting

It’s a down-and-dirty, brutal world, where your fists are the only form of communication. Consisting of various one-on-one encounters in a gritty black-and-white setting, The Fight: Lights Out for the PlayStation Move is probably the closest you’ll want to come to a bare-knuckle encounter. It’s all about the underground vibe – sorta like “Fight Club” – and you can even train your character in a variety of combat styles. We should probably mention that you’ll need two Move wands to play, and we should also mention that we’ll need some seriously satisfying accuracy for this game to be a success. As a “Moving” experience, if the technology doesn’t come through, we’re left with a frustrating, mostly broken mechanic that fails to deliver the intense goods. Still, some of the first titles for Move, like Sports Champions and EyePet, have been encouraging so we’ll remain optimistic.

You’ll be able to punch forward with either hand – a Move controller in each hand – which can result in blows to the head or body shots. This sounds cool but there is one downside: it’s not an exact science, in that your blows will either fall on the head or body; you can’t go out of your way to aim at the shoulder, or something. We’re not sure why you’d want to do the latter, but you get what we’re saying. Some may see this trait as an immediate drawback but don’t forget about the aforementioned fighter customization, and the addition of diverse attacks. There are jabs, uppercuts, hooks, and you’ll even be able to execute a potentially damaging head butt by pulling both controllers back towards your chest. And hey, there’s more- you can start your assault with a two-handed smash to the head to stun your opponent, and then move on to elbowing him in the face. Nice.

There will be a total of 12 characters to choose from, and each one will be able to fight a little dirty, as we just explained. You can execute such attacks by holding the trigger buttons, and it’ll be interesting to see what kinds of variations exist. Based on what we’ve heard and seen, the key will revolve around your timing, precision, and strategy. While some opponents will yield to a total offensive onslaught (likely the first fighters you face), the more difficult foes will force you to wait, bide your time, and take advantage of specific openings. The ability to land spinning elbows and other brutal attacks is nice but don’t forget that if you miss, you’re exposed. Maybe you can earn some solid training by practicing with the Gladiator Duel in Sports Champions; a cool form of combat that features different weapons, shields, and both offensive and defensive maneuvers. By the time a fight is over, you’ll probably be flushed and out of breath, which means you just had a decent workout.

The developers recently said they “conducted a ton of motion capture to ensure that every punch, every hit reaction, every dirty move and every hard-hitting knockout makes the player feel right in the thick of the action.” Therefore, we’ll be expecting a truly authentic experience that responds accurately to our movements and rewards those who fight well. That’s always the goal for this new motion sensing technology, isn’t it? We all want to feel as if we’re doing exactly what we would be doing in real life; provided The Fight: Lights Out manages to impart such a feeling, it should be a big success. But of course, the families who had fun with EyePet will want to give this one a pass if they don’t have any kids over the age of 16 or so. Leave this up to those who understand that violence can look cool but almost never is.

10/18/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (19 posts)

Killa Tequilla
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:04:18 PM
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“It’s a down-and-dirty, brutal world, where your fists are the only form of communication.” I love that line!

Defenitly getting this, probably at the same time I get Black Ops.

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spiderboi
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:16:14 PM
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This will be the one Move game that will really put the gadget to the test. I'll be waiting on PSXE's review on this one though; but right now I'm on the rocks what bundle to buy--the one with Sports Champions, or Start the Party (my girl likes those types of games)

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tes37
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 4:37:22 PM

I'd get Sports Champions because you both will like it. I'm getting my daughter Start The Party as a Christmas gift.

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spiderboi
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 11:10:39 PM

will sports champions let us play against each other (or at least play via pass-the-controller)?

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kraygen
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 11:44:57 PM

yes you can play head to head or on some of the games you can team up against the computer. You only need 2 move wands to play 2 player. You don't need any of the nav controllers for it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:17:47 PM
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I think the colors are just very dull, not black and white. Anyway, whenever I decide to try Move this will probably be one of the games I get, unless it sucks hard. But I'd prefer not to blow $40 on a glorified Punch-out. I do love me some Mike Tyson's Punch Out though.

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GuyverLT
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:39:09 PM

I think the whole dull thing you were referring to is suppose to be a grittier/more adult version of the punch out I think that's what they were going for. It looks like one of those games were you're get more out of it if you have a friend over versus just playing it solo.

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Alienange
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:27:38 PM
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12 characters is not very generous for a fighter. Will there be more than 11 opponents? I would hope so. And if so, then why not let us play as those opponents?

It's sounding pretty weak already if you ask me.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:34:39 PM

Maybe the camera provides you with a literal "mirror match" ha.

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Alienange
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:53:14 PM

Oooof. Probably.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 11:00:29 PM

It's not like a standard fighter. You can customize any character so he can have any fighting style. It's basically just a dozen different avatars you can train any way you wish.

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GuyverLT
Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 10:42:40 PM
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A game like this should have 2 things online & a create your own character mode. that would definitely solve the 12 character roster.

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rossinator_99
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 12:17:41 AM
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i was really excited about this game, till i saw the developer diary iirc... the guy was only punching something like half speed, then went on to say if you punch too fast the game wouldn't be able to register your strikes. i teach martial arts, and i would love to be able to go all out... of course that was months ago, so maybe they upped the tracking capabilities.

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___________
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 2:23:27 AM
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never really been a fan of boxing games, but this just might be the one to get me.
much more interested in the shoot and time crisis though, shame the latter releasing the same day as AC brotherhood.

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Imagi
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 5:56:48 AM
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Bought a second controller in preparation for this game yesterday, am looking forward to it. Sports champions is better with two controllers also, really get a mini workout on the gladiator game now. Not really played any boxing games since my 8 bit days, hope that The Fight lives up to my expectations.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 10:16:34 AM
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I like that they decided to pick a unique, clever, and original title for a game like this. /sarc/

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 11:42:22 AM
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Looking forward to this game big time. Hopefully I can beat my kids on this one.

I sure get beat down on Gladiator. LOL

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tes37
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 4:40:24 PM
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I'm interested in getting this, but I want to wait on a review before buying it.

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