LET ME SUMMARIES
Watch the replays to see how muscles bunch and relax while in motion, or how face and torso reacts when kicked or punched. The other is the gameplay. Create your own fighter and play through the career mode, and the action is still punctuated by tutorials and exercises to keep you developing your skills. You get one of EAs typically comprehensive online modes, replete with tournaments as well as one-off matches, and the action online is smooth and seemingly lag-free, even playing against players in the US. One is the facial animation, which takes us straight back on a trip to the uncanny valley.
It has grappling to drop down your opponent, and grappling on the floor with punching, kneeing and choking moves. Its not that EA Sports UFC is a bad game to play, but unlike Fight Night Round 3 its a much easier game to admire than it is to love.It doesnt bode well when your first half hour in the game is spent in tutorials, or that these tutorials seem to teach you everything without really teaching you anything, so that you can still wander out into the octagon and get thrashed in under thirty seconds. No, the first game that made everyone think “Blimey, thats what these things can do” was EAs Fight Night Round 3 in March 2006.
Throw in a complex system of stick moves for grappling again with modifiers, blocks and dodges, and EA Sports UFC is one of the hardest games weve ever had to get to grips with outside of Dark Souls or the strategy genre.Keep playing, and the feeling that youre engaged in a technical exercise never really leaves. Nobody had ever seen human characters so realistic, or a boxing game with such lifelike blood, sweat, muscle and pain.We say admire, because its hard not to feel admiration for the work EA Sports has put into transforming the sport into a game.
Theres a pleasure in winning a struggle for submission, or hitting hard with that perfect, knockout strike, but its all rather dry. Hours into the game, were still not entirely sure how the submissions mini-game works, or how to grapple effectively once youre on the ground.This isnt necessarily a failing. Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Close, but no cigar.
In fact, only two things spoil the impact. EA Sports UFC tries to replicate it in all its different forms. However, the complex controls and mechanical feel can make it a difficult game for outsiders, and youll face a steep learning curve before you get much satisfaction out of it. Meanwhile, you can play the challenge games from the career mode separately, giving you another chance to work on your strikes, advanced techniques, grappling, blocks and dodges.
It has submissions so painful looking that theyll make your eyes water. With just an arena, a crowd, the octagon and two fighters, EAs team has been able to luxuriate in the graphics power of the next-gen consoles.To some extent, EA Sports UFC repeats the trick for the PS4 and Xbox One. It has powerful haymakers and nasty roundhouse kicks.
All the same, you cant help wishing that EA Sports UFC was just a little more accessible, and just a little more rewarding early on. All the same, you cant help feeling that, had EA tried to capture the spirit of UFC rather than replicate the action, component by component, it might have ended up with a game that more of us could enjoy.Its deeply impressive, not just because strikes and grapples are covered without skimping any detail, but also because each fighter and there are dozens has their own variations, their own special moves, strengths and weaknesses, which youll get to explore as you play. Fight Night Round 3 was the first HD game that looked like it couldnt have been made for the non-HD consoles.
If you do get into it, then theres a length career mode to get your teeth into, and while its not the most thrilling or innovative effort, you again have to admire the way EA has involved favourite fighters and tried to bring the real-life UFC into the game. With both sticks, complete with click-down and quarter-circle gestures involved, not to mention all four face buttons handling basic kicks and punches and the four shoulder buttons acting as modifiers, you have to learn a vast quantity of moves and combos just to grasp the very basics of the game. And if you think it looks good in stills, just wait until you see it animated. It has quick punches and rapid strikes with foot, elbow and knee.
With its mix of martial arts, boxing and wrestling, MMA is arguably the most complex and technically demanding of one-on-one, full-contact combat sports.Available on Xbox One, PS4 reviewedPop quiz: which game first set new visual standards for the last console generation Gears of War Far too late.The problem is that all this complexity is reflected in the control system. Great fighting games have a sense of flow and momentum, but EA Sports UFC feels weirdly staccato, as you trade blows, try and often fail to dodge or block, then grapple.
Time and time again as you play it, youre struck by the sheer amount of effort thats gone in though its a shame that you cant unlock the much hyped Bruce Lee without completing the game in hard mode or ponying up extra cash to EA.Frankly, its a challenge to get your head around it all. The AI gets progressively more challenging, meaning cheap knockouts are no longer so effective and you really have to get to grips with grappling and submissions, and youll probably be crying mummy long before the game does.Otherwise, its not particularly packed with bonuses or modes.
Watch a gameplay demo of EA Sports UFCWere no experts in the noble sport of MMA, but a huge number of the fighters have been replicated in lavish detail, down to tattoos, body hair and facial damage, hairstyles and bears.VerdictEA Sports has created a visually stunning, impressively detailed MMA game featuring most of the biggest figures in the sport. Youve never seen human beings rendered in such photo realistic detail, with skin, hair and muscle this convincing. .
Overall, theres a lot here to appeal to UFC fans, and its those fans who will have the persistence to work their way up the games steep learning curve or maybe clamber over the games learning wall and make the most of the UFC personalities, the graphics and the slick online play. Not all games have to be pick-up-and-play, and in a way its good to see EA embrace the complexities of a sport rather than dumb it down for mainstream consumption. Any comment guys?