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  • Summary: Real Player Motion - New cutting-edge animation technology makes every move, strike, and combination more realistic, responsive, and rewarding. G.O.A.T. Career Mode - Build hype to gain fans and create rivalries that capture the world’s attention. Then fight to dominate the Octagon.Real Player Motion - New cutting-edge animation technology makes every move, strike, and combination more realistic, responsive, and rewarding. G.O.A.T. Career Mode - Build hype to gain fans and create rivalries that capture the world’s attention. Then fight to dominate the Octagon. Multiplayer Mode - New customizable multiplayer modes let you and your friends face off with highlight-reel knockouts.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Feb 18, 2018
    90
    The best game in the series so far, with lots of modes and a revamped and captivating Career mode. EA made a great job both on the graphics side, with a great rendition of all the players, and the gameplay, improving all the systems and making it more accessible to newbies too.
  2. Jan 30, 2018
    88
    By building on its already strong foundation and adding meaningful new gameplay and modes, UFC 3 delivers a terrific MMA experience from top to bottom. Whether you want to play against a friend in a single bout or develop a fighter from local favorite to greatest all time, UFC 3 allows you to live out the fantasy of stepping into the Octagon like never before.
  3. Jan 31, 2018
    85
    Brimming with modes, UFC 3 is a massive game. It might only be an incremental improvement over its predecessor, but the gameplay remains stellar and the action is accessible and fun. As far as MMA games go, EA Sports UFC 3 is the G.O.A.T.
  4. Feb 2, 2018
    79
    While EA Sports usually manages to avoid the “fullprice update” moniker with its yearly franchise iterations, UFC 3 (on a two year cycle, after all) can’t escape the update screams. There is progress, but the better presentation aside nothing that in the end couldn’t have been put in a patch for the predecessor.
  5. Feb 5, 2018
    76
    UFC 3 is a title with more strengths than weaknesses. Its basic commands are responsive and allow the player to unleash their creativity in order to knock out their opponent. Although mastering the demolitions is not easy, if you manage to overcome the frustration and control your impulses, at the end of the day you can subdue any opponent.
  6. Jan 31, 2018
    75
    EA went back to the gym with UFC 3 to work on many of the weaknesses that had the previous two games struggling to find their footing. A fantastic new striking system and a much-improved career mode lead the charge, but UFC 3 is still hamstrung by a cumbersome ground game, weird collision issues, and the straight-up terrible Ultimate Team Mode. It’s still not a knockout, but Round 3 is UFC’s best yet.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Apr 3, 2018
    50
    Takes all comers in a stand-up fight, but somewhat flounders on the ground.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Jan 30, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Career mode is light years ahead of last years release. The goal isn’t just to fight and win a championship, the goal is to become the Greatest of all Time (G.O.A.T.). Depending on the difficulty level you choose, this can either be fairly easy to achieve or it could be downright impossible. Once you have achieved it, a new difficulty is unlocked called Legendary that is very unforgiving and keeps you from being able to restart a fight if you got the crap beat out of you. Expand
  2. Mar 30, 2018
    9
    One of the best sport video games, and the best of the UFC (undisputed) saga. Real fun playing the Multiplayer Game Mode. A really good sports game.
  3. Jun 10, 2018
    9
    Melhor em todos os aspectos
    Modo carreira mais imersivo
    Gráficos impressionantes Opção de finalização simples ou o no modo antigo mais
    Melhor em todos os aspectos
    Modo carreira mais imersivo
    Gráficos impressionantes
    Opção de finalização simples ou o no modo antigo mais complexo.
    Jogabilidade muito boa .
    O game ficou mais estratégico ..
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  4. Feb 6, 2018
    6
    UFC 3
    I appreciate its attempts, but its just not fun.
    UFC is a pretty bare bones game.. theres a microtransaction filled card based
    UFC 3
    I appreciate its attempts, but its just not fun.
    UFC is a pretty bare bones game.. theres a microtransaction filled card based ultimate team mode, a fight mode both local and online, a career mode, and a create a fighter option.
    Career mode is one of the better career modes in a sports game, there are rivalries, and time management as youre putting your character through different camps to learn different moves and earn perks throughout for fighting career on your path to be the greates of all time. Aka the goat as the kids would say.. There are cutscenes here and there but longshot from madden has changed the game in terms of campaign and career modes…
    so if there isn’t a real story, get this garbage out of here.
    Just kidding, its not garbage.. its fun building your character up, but still, this game is lacking substance and a proper campaign woudlve gave this game just that..
    Online here had a few hickups with lagging, but most of the time worked fine..
    But now lets dive deep into the actual mechanics.
    As a mixed martial artist myself I appreciated what the team was trying to achieve with its different systems for stand up and ground, but ultamtely found the balance here to be unrealistic.
    UFC 3 is a stamina based fighting game.. on paper that sounds great
    You have to know when to block, and know when to strike
    When your character is low on stamina they become vulnerable for a knockout, all of this is true for real fighting
    You lose stamina by missing shots or just straight up striking, no issue there.. this again forces balance.. it forces you to pick your shots… however this system is highly in favor of a defensive player like this is boxing or point karate.. which it isn’t.. this is cage fighting
    Power is going into strikes here, these arnt love taps
    It makes no sense for my character to get in dozens of unanswered strikes while my opponent just absorbs them all and im now at the disadvantage for using up all of my stamina…
    Being hit with a clean strike should effect opponents stamina as it does in an actual fight
    But it doesn’t, their stimana is only effected when theyre striking back
    I am happy with the detail put into the stand up game though, youre able to move your head with the right stick, switch stance at any moment, every character has their own move set to stop them feeling completely the same even though at the end of the day.. every character handles identically.. slight alterations in their move sets do give the fighters a bit of personality..
    This fighting system is not beginner friendly though..
    It takes a lot of memorizing combinations and commands for roundhouse, front kick, side kicks, jab, uppercut , if youre going to strike with lead, if youre going for body or head when you hold down a certain shoulder button.. it takes practice and then you have to learn to balance the stamina..
    What im not happy with though is the ground game…
    its just not fun, it’s a game of stopping transitions and positioning yourself to be able to attempt a submission which takes you to a mini game of blocking escape attempts and flicking the left stick before your opponent to get to the next step of the submission, but there is thankfully a setting to turn it into a button mashing game, or a stand up only knock out mode if youre against ground game completely… but there is also submission only if you want to play around with the confusing mini game that is the ground game here…
    UFC 3 has promise with its attention to detail…
    but its stamina system needs balance that favors offensive and defensive players equally and a nice story mode wouldn’t hurt either.
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  5. Jan 30, 2018
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Gameplay - has improved vastly Striking is much better, Stamina management much better, Damage system much better. Ground game remains the same with a few minor tweaks with quicker gates etc.. 8/10 for gameplay**

    Ultimate Team - No longer able to create a fighter and take online the way you would want without opening packs to find the correct match that suits your play style... microtransactions need i say more UT-4/10**

    Career Mode - Completley flawed and falsely advertised all the critic reviews baffle me giving this mode a good score.

    There is no presss conferences or weigh ins just a couple second cut scences, the rival system is completly flawed you are locked in with your rival every contract so say if you get a contender contract (Goals - 5 fights, break into top 15) you can lose your first four fights of that contract but will still end up fighting the 15th ranked guy on your last fight if you win this youll progress next contract top contender (5 fights - break into top 5) as stated above you can lose all four fights of that contract but youll still end up fighting the number 5 guy on the last fight if you win that last fight youll progress to champion contract, you get the jist! Makes no sense and makes 90% of career mode fights pointless yes youll lose longetivty if you lose but you shouldnt be fighting the 15th or 5th ranked guy after a 4 fight losing streak
    ...

    Its all far too scripted rivals are also locked in to the same weight divisions - Travis Browne for top 15 HW - Overeem Top 5 HW etc.. So there is no replay abilty unless you obviously start career with a different weight class but even still only 5 fights really matter in your career and thats the rival fights making the mode pretty much pointless there is no climbing up or down the rankings rather a very linear story with you must beat the "rival"/boss fights to progress to next stage..

    Champions in each division also stay the same throughout so you will have a 45 year old connor mcgregor to fight on your lightweight career or a 55 year old micheal bisping in middleweight (yet to be updated to Robert Whitaker)

    The mode was advertised as deep and immersive but lacks in all those departments...

    Yeah training varied gyms are nice but there all 30 second - 1 minute activities.

    Yeah in game social media is cool but tweeting the same thing over with no real meaning is pretty boring.

    Overall very disappointing Career Mode 2/10**

    Roster - Missing alot of key fighters - Mike Perry, Colby Covington, Josh Emmnett to name a few but still a good amount in game plus DLC will fix this Roster - 7/10**

    Overall - For a game that has been 6 years in the making with 2 year devolopment gaps unlike other sports titles they have still lacked to make one deep, immersive career mode for offline players, adding snoop dogg to knockout mode is fun but its a gimmic and how much of the budget was spent getting him in when basic fundamentals like grappling and a good career are broken? The false advertising of press conferences and weigh ins is a trick one that i hope many looking for a good sports fighting career mode dont fall for. There seems to be an awful lot of copy and paste of models from UFC 1 (6 years ago) same refs, same ring girls, presentation, tale of the tapes, fighter models.

    Unfortunatley a triple A Game with Triple A price but the gameplay is the only thing vastly improved suppose we will have to wait another two years, unless you like Ultimate Team and mico transactions.

    Overal 5/10***
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  6. Feb 1, 2018
    3
    This game is a complete mess and even worse than EA's previous 2 attempts. The campaign mode is surprisingly better than expected, andThis game is a complete mess and even worse than EA's previous 2 attempts. The campaign mode is surprisingly better than expected, and actually has some cool moments - however the gameplay itself is messy, sloppy and the physics are especially poor. How EA can get this game to look so awkward and fake in motion is beyond me, the gameplay (physics wise) was more fluid and natural in the old UFC Undisputed games than here. Even the KOs are often ugly, not to mention the frequent clipping and visual glitches.

    And the striking is the highlight - the horrendous ground game is still just as bad as the last game, and doesn't even seem to have had work put into it. The Ultimate Team mode is just a grinding, stale rip off made for microtransactions, the KO Mode is silly but fun for a few minutes if just for the commentary, and the stand and bang mode at least lets you stay away from the horrible ground game.

    Overall, as a hardcore UFC fan for over 10 years, this is just another major disappointment in the UFC game franchise, which was really only good under THQ's direction. EA really needs to hand off development of this series to another studio as after 3 attempts they continue to fail to make compelling gameplay - return to making Fight Night and hand the reigns of the UFC to another team
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  7. Feb 27, 2018
    0
    E, A, sports. It's in the lootbox. After playing this game at my friends house, I told him to refund this game

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