EA Sport’s UFC
Developed by EA Canada & SkyBox Labs
Published by EA Sports
” Whoever controls the Clinch, Controls the Fight. ”
The career mode in UFC sees you trying your best to become the next world champion fighter. In order to prepare yourself, The game starts out with you getting tips and training from UFC Professionals and Coaches to teach you the basic technical moves and combos to help defeat your opponents. Then you must compete against numerous well known UFC fighters in order to truly take the ranks as the UFC World Champion in your weight class.
UFC is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fighting game that incorporates many different fighting styles into one game. One of the great elements of UFC is its highly technical controls which requires the player to perform certain movements and timing with their button presses to perform effective and successful blows to your opponent. Some of these techniques include Ground control which is where you fight for dominance and control while attacking an enemy on the ground; Other than the typical attacks the player can perform on their opponent, their is 2 techniques which must be done depending on your position. In order to regain control, you must wait for a red (R) to appear on screen which indicates to push the right analogue stick in said direction until you eventually take control of the fight. Once you are in control on the ground, the technique you must use to stay in control of the fight is to throw the other player off guard, This is done by pushing the Left Analogue Stick in multiple directions so as not to give the opponent a chance to regain their position. Another useful technique to learn is the Clinch which locks your opponent in a tight grab. As the UFC Players describe in the videos; Whoever is in control of the clinch is in control of the fight & Those same rules apply in this game. You can switch between numerous types of clinches which each give you different advantages over the fight. The moves are fluent and well co-ordinated however there was a few slight problems which I will get into shortly. The game like most sports of its type features numerous classes of fighter with the available choices being; Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight, Middleweight, Welterweight, Lightweight, Featherweight, Bantamweight, Flyweight & Women’s Bantamweight Legend which each have different playable fighters depending on the weight division. Some fighters like Jon Jones are Light Heavyweight whereas Bruce Lee is available in 4 Different Divisions. The game also has a create a fighter mode which is great with numerous different features to include such as creating your own name or your own facial features to really give your own unique style to your fighter. Now for the problems. First and foremost is one of the best things about the game which is the technical aspect of the controls; which while giving the game an authentic feel of how it must be as a UFC fighter can be confusing at time which ultimately leads to you getting pummeled. The other problem I experienced was that as a Heavyweight character, The players attacks seem a lot more slower and ineffective compared to their opponents attacks which majority of the time ends with you losing the match. There was also a temporary glitch when my fighter actually went through the cage temporarily however this was only a one off occurrence but I still feel obliged to mention it in this review. Other than those very few problems, The gameplay for this title is on the mark.
The Soundtrack for UFC is beyond great with fantastic use of a different variety of Rock, Rap & Techno music with the soundtrack including well known artists such as Linkin Park, Imagine Dragons, Avenged Sevenfold, Tinie Tempah & Awolnation to name a few with songs including Radioactive & Sail. The Voice work on UFC is great aswell with voice work provided by actual UFC Fighters and Trainers to give it that authentic seal of approval. Add in the sound effects of the surroundings (Crowd Cheering and Bells Going Off) and the sound of the fists or feet hitting your opponent in the face in a devastating blow and you have the best sound for a sports game to date.
The Visuals on UFC are incredible with each of the fighters looking as realistic as it gets thanks to punches making you bleed and actual fighting making you sweat. The facial structures of all the fighters look great and make them look like real living breathing people in game. The cutscenes are also different in this game with normal CG Cutscenes being replaced with actual live action videos that vary from story related content such as the qualifying rounds to actual tip and interview videos with real UFC Fighters.
With UFC being a Fighting Game, There is plenty of replayability in it since you can have as many fights as you want whether it be with another player in the same room or if its on the fantastic online community. Not only that quite a few of the trophies for this game does rely quite heavily on skill which means if your a trophy hunter, you could be playing for quite a long time.
All in all, I personally enjoyed UFC a lot more than I thought I would as it featured technical, fluent and most of the time; enjoyable gameplay with a phenomenal soundtrack and great visuals to boot aswell as the 97 fighters in the game to choose from. Honestly, If this is EA’s first attempt at a UFC game, I can’t wait to see how they improve this title because at this point, the game is nigh on perfect minus the few gameplay problems I mentioned earlier. Good Job EA.
My Score – 8/10
- Great Career Mode (Reminiscent of Fight Night)
- Brilliant Soundtrack
- Good technical controls
- Fantastic visuals
- Actual UFC fighters used
- Technical controls sometimes too technical
- Heavyweight Fighters sometimes slower to respond to attacks
- Minor glitches
EA Sport’s UFC is available now for PlayStation 4 & Xbox One. Thanks go to EA for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.
Review by Matt McNamee