Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 47 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. Dec 15, 2010
    71
    EA Sports have achieved moderate success with their first step into the MMA space providing a game that plays well and contains some promising features that give incentive to dedicated play, however it unfortunately falls short by failing to introduce the player to the game's complexities and missing core issues such as player disconnects cutting stat tracking short.
  2. It's also a problem that punches and kicks don't usually feel as powerful as you'd like. In Fight Night haymakers sounded like truck accidents. Here they kind of feel like slightly over-zealous high-fives. [January 2011 p75]
  3. Jan 15, 2011
    70
    EA Sports MMA is a game that captures the intensity of martial arts fights.
  4. 70
    What is not forbidden is allowed – that is the only rule you need to know in this bone-breaking fighting game. User friendly controls and overall accessibility are spoiled by the lack of atmosphere and stupid AI. [Issue#197]
  5. Jan 5, 2011
    70
    MMA has enough moments that are worthwhile. It's just too bad that EA hasn't learned from the strong and weak points of the competition. The controls aren't always working properly and the number of modes are a little on the thin side. However, true MMA-fans will be able to ignore these faults.
  6. The result's a game where, though the quality of the fighting is almost as good as the competition's, a whole load of tiny details make the finished product a bit of a mess. [Issue#51, p.114]
  7. Oct 28, 2010
    70
    Some good ideas are spoiled by the complete absence of realism during the fight. Ground fights are well reproduced, but punches and kicks have no strength and no physical adherence to reality.
  8. Oct 22, 2010
    70
    This game does most things right on the first attempt, and there's no significant quality difference between it and main rival UFC: Undisputed. This is a great choice if you want an MMA game that is accessible and rewarding.
  9. Oct 22, 2010
    68
    EA Sports MMA is a good first step to build a new series, but it is nowhere near its competition.
  10. Dec 15, 2010
    60
    This is not, as it needed to be, the Pro Evo of mixed martial arts. [Dec 2010, p.94]
  11. Oct 25, 2010
    60
    Can't really escape the headlock of its rival but a decent MMA game, all in all.
  12. Oct 21, 2010
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  13. Dec 19, 2010
    50
    EA Sports MMA isn't as intricate as the sport it represents; it never presents itself as an arcade-like representation, so it's hard to not notice that it is a lackluster effort within the simulation genre.
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. Oct 19, 2010
    10
    Amazing!!! blows the ufc game away without a fight lol ea once again does it again congrats to the people who made this awesome very fun gameAmazing!!! blows the ufc game away without a fight lol ea once again does it again congrats to the people who made this awesome very fun game dana white dropped the ball when he didnt get ea mma to make the ufc game cuz thq sucks Full Review »
  2. Oct 25, 2010
    10
    First off: If you're worried about the roster....and if you don't know these fighters... get to know them! They're some of the baddest on theFirst off: If you're worried about the roster....and if you don't know these fighters... get to know them! They're some of the baddest on the planet no matter what Zuffa/UFC/Dana White claim. This game murders the UFC game... which I liked. Can't believe EA may already be considering not continuing the series because it's so darn satisfying. The play is fun, fluid, and rewarding. The career mode is a blast (can feel a little easy at first, but just up the difficulty once you get the hang of it). Online Live Event play is a blast with friends. Its just a freakin fun game. And Full Review »
  3. Oct 28, 2010
    0
    I think G4TV said it best when they said this game had interesting community features but no community. Look for this game to get cancelledI think G4TV said it best when they said this game had interesting community features but no community. Look for this game to get cancelled soon. Don't buy it! you were warned! Kekeke Full Review »