Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 57 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 57
  2. Negative: 1 out of 57
  1. Take time to learn its ways, grasshopper, and this will become the most technical and rewarding MMA game you've ever faced. [August 2014, p75]
  2. Jun 25, 2014
    84
    EA Canada successfully create a realistic fighter with UFC that is definitely nextgen gaming!
  3. Jun 19, 2014
    83
    It’s hard to not like what EA has created so far in this new UFC franchise. While we may not see this title updated yearly like NHL and Madden, EA has assured gamers that updates and roster updates will come free of charge over time, so it should not become outdated or stale before the next big PPV event.
  4. Jun 24, 2014
    82
    Yes it is hard as nails, and yes it has some weird moments when it comes to animations, but anyone who invests a few hours into EA Sports UFC will find a deeply gratifying and fair sports experience. A must have for any MMA fan, not so much for anyone who looks for an easy win. EA Sports UFC demands dedication but that isn't a bad thing.
  5. Jul 4, 2014
    80
    EA have got their hands on UFC, and for their first release have promised to deliver a complete revamped engine; from the physics to damage modifiers, the fatigue system to the artificial intelligence. This game packs a serious wallop in terms of its features!
  6. Jun 30, 2014
    80
    EA Sports UFC is absolutely amazing to see in motion. It is a lot of fun to play, too, assuming you have some friends along for the ride.
  7. Jun 24, 2014
    80
    Even if it's not so spectacular, the gameplay system and the excellent learning curve of EA Sports UFC makes it a very good first try for Electronic Arts.
  8. Jun 23, 2014
    80
    EA Sports UFC is one for the MMA diehards, and while its learning curve feels like an endurance test at times, the game rewards perseverance with some very satisfying fights.
  9. Jun 23, 2014
    80
    It is far from a perfect game but the fighting, particularly striking, is the best it has ever been.
  10. Jun 20, 2014
    80
    The comparison with Undisputed is cruel, but EA Sports UFC is still surprising. EA has shown itself to be able to create a great game, thanks to high-quality gameplay, a great graphics engine, and a brilliant online sector. If this is only the first entry in EA's take on the UFC franchise, we can expect great things from the next iterations.
  11. Jun 18, 2014
    80
    It’s clear that EA’s UFC team bleeds martial arts. Everything about its new title – from the integration of UFC-branded videos to a roster including everyone from Jon “Bones” Jones to Ronda Rousey – has been painstakingly shaped into one of the most realistic depictions of the sport to date. The attention to detail makes the experience feel authentic, though not highly approachable.
  12. Jun 17, 2014
    80
    As polished as the graphics and presentation may be, the lack of options is apparent especially when compared to its MMA predecessor, UFC Undisputed 3. Perhaps that's not a fair comparison, but that's reality.
  13. Sep 3, 2014
    78
    UFC fails to impress on the mat. [Aug 2014]
  14. Jun 27, 2014
    78
    There's hope that, in good time, EA Sports can nail once and for all what UFC is all about. This is an encouraging first try, still lacking some precision and strategy in ground fights, but bestowed with jaw breaking graphics.
  15. Jun 23, 2014
    78
    Much like EA MMA before it, this feels like a solid foundation for a better game to be built upon down the line.
  16. Jun 23, 2014
    77
    Powerful visuals and incoherent controls. Good striking and poor grappling. Consistent online matches and dull offline career. EA Sports UFC is a mixed bag of the best and the worst of MMA with tons of unexpressed potential that's ready to be unleashed.
  17. Jul 24, 2014
    75
    For now, this is one for the hardcore. [Issue#246, p.68]
  18. Jun 25, 2014
    75
    From a technical point of view this new UFC is incredible but in terms of gameplay it lacks a deep career and a handful of different modes.
  19. Jun 23, 2014
    75
    Fans of the UFC will probably enjoy this game a lot, even though those who are new to the series will find it quite confusing. Tutorials are not as good as the should, and it lacks a training mode where practice our moves. Still, a good starting point for EA Sports.
  20. 75
    While less emphasis on DLC, a practice mode, and a better explanation of the submission game would have been helpful, EA Sports UFC gets a no-contest from this reviewer.
  21. Jun 19, 2014
    75
    An often exhilarating and tense fighting game that's let down by flawed grappling mechanics.
  22. Jun 17, 2014
    75
    A winner, but by split decision. Some of the omissions like cut and leg stoppages, and the odd bug here and there, make for a debut that is certainly better than EA Sports MMA. Here’s the hitch though – somehow despite itself the game is ridiculously fun.
User Score
6.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 247 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 75
  2. Negative: 27 out of 75
  1. Jun 17, 2014
    10
    Most balanced online mode in a next generation console title. I can pick any fighter and use their abilities to my advantage and win. Once youMost balanced online mode in a next generation console title. I can pick any fighter and use their abilities to my advantage and win. Once you get used to the controls, the game play is very well laid out and detailed. Amazing online modes, the belt ranking system is a winner. If you already know MMA, you will have the advantage in this game. Great job by EA Canada on Full Review »
  2. Jun 17, 2014
    9
    great game. The most obvious thing, it looks brilliant. It plays great, controls take some getting used to, but once you do they feel good andgreat game. The most obvious thing, it looks brilliant. It plays great, controls take some getting used to, but once you do they feel good and natural. Roster could be bigger, but I think I saw somewhere that we might get free DLC fighters (I'd say unlikely cosindering it's EA). Submission system is not the best thing out there, but still better than wiggling thumb sticks. Overall, I love this game. Not perfect, but very well made Full Review »
  3. Jun 18, 2014
    6
    Metacrtic User Reviews are at it again, in full force. THere is no way this game is a TEN, and there is no way this game is a ZERO either. ItMetacrtic User Reviews are at it again, in full force. THere is no way this game is a TEN, and there is no way this game is a ZERO either. It is disappointing, yes, from a simulation perspective. The game is not sim at all, it is an arcade fighter with some real life elements mixed in. If you like arcade style fighers, you will enjoy it. It is a fun arcade experience, but a terrible representation of real MMA. The roster is very lacking too. No TJ Dillashaw, no Diego Sanchez, lots of good fighters missing. EA needs to patch the stamina and AI to make fights more realistic. Full Review »