Nov 8, 2011

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Play Fight Night Champion’s Story Mode for $5

Play Fight Night Champion’s Story Mode for $5

EA Sports announced today via the PlayStation Blog a new downlodable experience called Fight Night Champion Customizable. For $4.99 you can download a standalone game mode, Champion Mode. From there you can purchase more modes which will range from $5-$10 each. Champion Mode is the first story based mode in the Fight Night Franchise and tells the story of a fighter named Andre Bishop.

This mode was praised by most critics as being the highlight of the game, so it might actually be worth checking out for only $5. Available exclusively on the PSN, this marks the first time (at least that I am aware of) that a publisher has released their game as separate modes in a standalone downloadable fashion. While the other modes are locked out, you can still unlock trophies for the Champion Mode and if you want to see what else Fight Night Champion has to offer you’ll have to shell out extra cash. Here’s the price break down:

  • Champion Mode – $5
  • Fight Now – $5
  • Legacy Mode and Boxer Share – $10
  • Online Play – $10

This new feature allows you to pick and chose which game modes you want. While it is worth it at $5, it should be noted that you can currently purchase the full retail copy brand new on Amazon for under $30. This is definitely an interesting approach to bring in new gamers and at such a cheap price, it might just be too enticing to pass up.

If you have any more questions about Customizable here are some FAQ’s from Jazz Brousseau Producer of Fight Night Champion:

How does the customizable download work?
Fans have the opportunity to purchase Champion Mode, downloading it via PSN as a standalone game and experience one of the richest narratives in sports gaming. Users can then customize their experience within the Fight Night Champion in-game store by subsequently purchasing any of the following modes: Fight Now, Legacy Mode and Online Play.

Why did you decide to offer Fight Night Champion as a customizable download on PSN?
It’s all about providing choice. We know that gamers play in different ways. Some people are very into battling opponents online. Others prefer narrative-based stories, like you’ll find in Champion Mode. It’s really about letting fans customize their own experience by purchasing the game a la carte.

Why offer Champion Mode as a standalone game at $4.99?
Champion Mode is really what sets this game apart from Fight Night Round 4. It’s the first time EA SPORTS has had a story-based game mode. Champion Mode is inspired by classic boxing movies and provides hours of captivating and emotional gameplay. It’s the most instantly accessible mode and we felt the story line would draw gamers in who may not be huge boxing fans. By releasing Champion Mode as a standalone at $4.99, it allows gamers who may not be looking to purchase a full boxing title an opportunity to try it out.

What kind of player was the Fight Now piece created for?
Fight Now is for people who just want to get in and fight. They’ll have access to all the boxers and venues in the game. They can even create or download their own boxer.

Can they take that boxer through a whole career?
For that they would want Legacy Mode in the Games Mode download. This is where you get to create your alter ego and put him in the ring against past champions. You start with training and then fight through all your scheduled bouts. You’re goal is to establish yourself as the fighter to beat.

Is there a way to take your ‘alter ego’ online and fight other boxers?
You can purchase the Online Mode which will allow you to play people head-to-head or you can compete for local or worldwide belts.

Will the PSN trophies work any differently with this customizable version?
No, there’s no difference in how PSN trophies work. That being said, there are some trophies that are associated with specific modes, so you’ll have to have downloaded those modes to earn them.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]