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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: 19 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
  1. Jun 25, 2014
    84
    EA Canada successfully create a realistic fighter with UFC that is definitely nextgen gaming!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  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: 24 out of 57
  2. Negative: 19 out of 57
  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. Jun 19, 2014
    10
    This game is a great start to the franchise don't listen to all the EA haters give it a chance and make the descision your self. The game looks amazing and is a lot of fun. Expand
  3. Jun 21, 2014
    8
    Pros: + Fun, engaging gameplay + Amazing graphics +Great online play +Easy controls Cons: -Not enough game modes -Too easy to win by submission

    Overall, the game is very engaging and fun, but quickly grows tedious and wears out its welcome.
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  4. Jun 20, 2014
    6
    Bought it yesterday.
    The graphics are good, but the game is not. Few modes, almost all the fighters share the same moves and I really canĀ“t
    feel the power of the kicks and punches.
    It's a shame because I was really looking forward to this game
    Last UFC game was much better.
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  5. Jun 21, 2014
    5
    I don't know how anybody could say that EA UFC is the great game. Every negative aspect of UFC Undisputed series and EA MMA title comes into play in this game. It's really the mixture of the negative things that previous experiencec in MMA games brought. EA Sports UFC on PS4 looks almost exactly like Fight Night Champion (2011) on X360 and PS3. And it feels a lot worse. The wooden so-called "physics" of UFC Undisputed that made fighters act like puppets is present, too. It looks like the engine doesn't model the speed, the power and weight of strikes real-time, it looks like it's just scripted insted. Heavyweights can eat 5 head-kicks in a row, you can hit your opponent with some brutal knees to the head 8-10 times in a row before he gets knocked out (and they defend quite poorly), and the all eat it like peanuts. Fighters also share the same move set, and Jon Jones performs, say, moves of Anthony Pettis, Alexander Gustafsson - moves of Jon Jones or (!!!) Bruce Lee etc. And the fighting styles has no meaning here anymore, like it would have in EA MMA. There's simply no difference. There is no point in the star roster of the UFC, they all act the same, no authenticity. It's like you play a custom created fighter wrapped in textures of Anderson Silva or any other fighter's appearance. People who enjoyed EA MMA waited for even better game but this time with the UFC roster. But EA Sports UFC is not, by any means, better than EA MMA. It hardly excels even the UFC Undisputed series. The career mode is also boring and repetitive, there is now training camps like those in EA MMA to make at least some differenct. It's like you perform the same sequence again and again, you don't have to do anything else than pressing X to continue and do the same boring drills. And you don't get to choose anything. Another major flaw of this game is the ground game. It's obviously underdeveloped and placed in the game only to check-out the check box in the list. Insanely frequent transition, one button to get up and set yourself free from the guard or clinch, no significant impact from the ground stiking, and the submission system is awful, simply awful. It's too easy for the defending player, and too dumb for the attacking one. You just have to lay there and wait for a flick of left stick to improve your position and tighten the submission. And if you'd play with the skilled players, the ground game loses its meaning completely, just like in EA MMA, when the player with the brilliant timing controlled you completely and you had no chance to get back up. In EA UFC the timing is unforgiving, so the situation is even worse. The only reason to buy this game there is to buy it for playing with friends mano-a-mano, and the friends who know what to do, not button-mashing all the way through. Except for that "here and there on the evenings" experience, the game has literally nothing to offer. It's just the arcade project that EA decided to make some quick buck with, riding the MMA and particularly UFC popularity. It just doesn't live up to any promises or expectations, and even besides that, it's dull, boring, and has nothing to do with the 2014 level of technical performance. Expand
  6. Jun 20, 2014
    4
    The graphics are very impressive, with great character designs and build for the octagon and in the fighters animations. Having played the previous 2 incarnations from THQ, they were nothing if not easy to get into, but more difficult to master. This incarnation is the opposite, it aims for simplicity but misses the mark, changing the ideas and rules in enough ways to leave you frustrated while playing.

    The control of the characters themselves also feel forced and clunky, what you press does not always concur with the outcome on the screen, the ease of feel from the THQ incarnations is also absent. It feels slow and misses the required fluidity for a game such as this.

    It would seem that EA have taken some of the ideas from previous incarnations but have missed out on the vital part, the usability. The career mode, although cumbersome but thorough previously (again in the THQ generation), this time takes a lot to get through, very linear with little option to begin and worryingly frustrating and time consuming, not in the good way. The video cut scenes are to begin with a good segway of introduction, for main pieces that is but they are used to frequently throughout gameplay i.e. a video of Dana saying it is two 5 minutes rounds or the Ultimate Fighter sign in video format. Together leaving the feel disjointed and empty.

    In conclusion it is undoubtedly a beautiful game to look at but, be prepared for a lot of frustration and many many video scenes to look through.
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  7. Jun 17, 2014
    0
    Wow graphics may look a little good but the gameplay is really lacking and very mediocre. I should have not given EA another chance they ruined NBA live and they ruined this game. Expand

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