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  • Summary: UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship is a mixed martial arts fighting game that uses the new EA Sports Ignite engine. When players beat career mode on pro difficulty or higher, they will unlock Bruce Lee and can test his legacy against the best of the best in the UFC across four different weight classes. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 52
  2. Negative: 1 out of 52
  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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Jun 17, 2014
    70
    The career mode and realistic gameplay will gain the love of diehard UFC fans and hardcore sports gamers...However, the complicated controls and unpredictable striking mechanics will frustrate and confuse everyone else. There are also a number of bugs that need to be fixed.
  5. Jun 27, 2014
    70
    An above-the-average new sports -fighting franchise for EA Sports based on the UFC competition. Solid and well recreated, but needs some polish.
  6. Jul 6, 2014
    65
    EA Sports brings incredible graphics and details to the UFC franchise, but the rest sadly doesn't measure up to the high standard that THQ created. The career mode lacks depth and the combat has it's flaws.
  7. Jun 19, 2014
    47
    EA Sports UFC is form over function. It's all show, no go, a pretty fighter without the know-how to back it up in the octagon. The Ignite engine successfully delivers a game which makes casual observers double-take as they attempt to work out if they're watching the real thing or not, but anyone with the controller in their hand will know something is wrong.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 61
  2. Negative: 22 out of 61
  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 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 Expand
  2. Jul 9, 2014
    10
    its a brilliant game with oustanding fighter styles and move sets. the online mode is amazing with balanced fights. charter creator is aweseme. nothing to be imporved on this next gen class game. MUST BUY!!! Expand
  3. Jun 20, 2014
    8
    Great, adrenalinic game, not a fullscore due to the lack of variety in single player game.
    A real nextgen dream for all martial artist and
    followers, wonderful graphics
    Strong combat system , intensive career mode.
    If you are in next gen gaming and you love martial arts ,not necessary MMA or UFC, this game is for you , with the only request of heavy amount of time to be mastered or coming from a good UFC undisputed 3 experience . Not a 9 or 10 due to the fact that , as many reviews are telling, is not really complete in single player.
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  4. Jul 9, 2014
    6
    EA Sports UFC has some good game play mainly when online, but falls down seriously in most other factors of the game and should have used the best aspects from THQ's UFC Undisputed 3, instead of dismisissing it all together.

    Before i list all the things wrong and missing from this game of which there are many, there are some nice features in this game:

    + Fighter design and overall graphics are top notch
    + The belt system in online play is a great idea and works well in matching players up with others of compareable skill levels.
    + Load times between screens are quite good
    + The submission game is unique and works pretty well
    + Most controls for techniques are easy for any experienced gamer to learn
    + Gameplans for fights although limited are a nice touch and work well
    + Fighter damage indicator and stamina bar importance is also a winner
    + In game commentary is smooth and contextual
    + Ability to save and view online fight highlights

    Now for the lengthy list of things I found disapointing with this game:

    - Generic fighting abilities for most fighters
    - Lack of roster depth for some divisions
    - No ability to create a female fighter in career mode
    - Create a fighter limited creation options
    - Poor and plain boring fighter training for career mode, even with guest trainers it was of little consequence what training was selected for you.
    - No encouragement to change sponsors
    - No walkouts for your fighter until a title fight and still poor
    - No options for walkouts or victory celebrations as in Undisputed 3
    - Limited amount of custom moves for your fighter
    - Lack of training and familiarisation for these new moves
    - No referee intervention on stoppages
    - Generic looking knockouts
    - Most clinches occur in the middle of the ring instead of against the cage
    - Generic and impossible takedown moves
    - Far too many glitches

    As a big fan of UFC and fight games i was expecting more from a game with this much hype, this game feels rushed for release and not enough respect paid to previous console versions, gamer intelligence and fight fans.
    Hopefully EA will take this stuff on board for the next version of the game, spend less time on making it look great on trailers and adds some substance.
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  5. Jun 25, 2014
    5
    Graphics are fairly good, everything else.. Well not so much. Every fighter feels the same, you can throw showtime kick after showtime kick. Every fighter is simply a hybrid of Jon Jones and Anthony Pettis. The game has maybe 7 diffrent takedowns and guess what? Yes every fighter can do them, it doesn't matter if you are a wrestler, judoka or white belt in taekwondo.

    UFC undisputed 2009 was better than this.
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  6. Jun 19, 2014
    4
    I really wanted to like this game, but in the end it just made me realize how much work THQ put into their product. It's unfortunate that after the let down annualized Undisputed 2010 not many people were willing to splurge for the absolutely (nearly flawless compared to this) Undisputed 3, because this game makes it clear that with THQ decommissioned it will be a LONG time if ever we get another engaging UFC/MMA game dedicated to the true fans. I really didn't want this to turn into a review of Undisputed 3 vs EA Sports UFC, but THQ's offering destroys this game in every category with exception of some online launch issues. This game is all looks and no soul, the moves are so limited, the way everything from stamina to damage to more subtle things like cage control are just completely lacking here. My advise: if you want to experience the true reward of climbing through the ranks of the UFC without stepping into the octagon, do yourself a favor and pickup Undisputed 3 and play career mode. That game features 4 different MMA factions and has much, much, much, more depth.. EA (and Dana White) you should be ashamed in selling out MMA fans for the casual gamers and children. Expand
  7. Jun 21, 2014
    0
    Graphics are good hits feelsmore or less real BUT ffs controls in clinch or at land are not explained that well. For example there are positions like if you're pressed against cage with clinch you can't get out. Ffs if you make a game about fighting explain things for good Collapse

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