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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: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Jun 17, 2014
    90
    The best representation of the action that happens inside the Octagon yet. While it’s not simple, the control scheme is still easy enough to learn that it takes the experience to an entirely new level as you break your opponents down standing up, in the clinch, or on the mat. With outstanding next-gen visuals, EA Sports UFC is good enough to carry around a championship belt.
  2. Jun 24, 2014
    85
    EA Sports went serious with EA Sports UFC. Beyond the awesomeness of it's graphics, the game impresses by its gameplay even if the casual gamer might get frightened after the tutorial. For a first try, this IP hits the top in spite of some drawbacks like an online multiplayer that needs work or the career mod which is quite repetitive and at last some hits that lack a true impact. On that last matter we have to say it's weird from a game as violent and brutal as EA Sports UFC.
  3. Aug 20, 2014
    80
    A good new beginning for the UFC series in its new EA Sports home. It surely could benefit some improvements in the career mode, but it results however in a solid game that every lover of this genre could be willing to try.
  4. 70
    A promising debut, but just too light on options - both inside and outside the Octagon - to be the champ it desperately wants to be.
  5. Jun 26, 2014
    70
    The striking is very satisfying, and the new submission system is interesting and creates a more level playing field than in the past, but the game is let down by poor wrestling and transition mechanics.
  6. Jun 20, 2014
    68
    EA Sports UFC looks the part to a tee, and its exhaustive list of moves and techniques represent the complex nature of the sport well. But knowing that each second could be your fighter’s last is what gives weight and drama to mixed martial arts, and without that, these bouts fall flat.
  7. Jun 27, 2014
    50
    EA Sports UFC doesn't cater to button mashers, so be wary if you're not eager to learn an overly-complex control scheme. More technical gamers will be able to appreciate the gameplay to a greater extent, but the laggy servers make even this an exercise in frustration.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 45
  2. Negative: 9 out of 45
  1. Jun 17, 2014
    10
    The best MMA game to date!

    With its limited development time, EA Canada put its emphasis where it matters the most: the gameplay!

    The
    controls may be daunting to newcomers, but it's a good exchange for the level of depth waiting to be explored and mastered.

    The sense one gets of total control over the fighters is immensely satisfying and convincing. You can dash in and out of harm's way as Machida, sway to land counters as Anderson, or break some bones as Nogueira.

    A career mode tops out exhibition fights to keep loners interested, but the true beauty of the game shines when facing other human competitors, and luckily the online offerings available are robust and executed with a craftsman's attention to detail. Matchmaking is fast, latency is generally great, and a belt system is sure to stoke the competitive flame of warriors across the globe.

    EAC has managed to produce an MMA game that is fundamentally solid and sure to serve as a fantastic groundwork for their next entries.
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  2. Jun 19, 2014
    9
    Just picked it up yesterday, so this is a first impression. Gotta say I love the gameplay compared to previous iterations. The submission "mini game" is actually quite satisftying when landed. I really enjoy the gameplay overall and find it to be very fluid. The roster is close to 100, and they already mentioned they will be updating stats and adding new fighters..for free!! Anywho I would recommend this game for anyone looking for a great online fighting game experince/couch fighter you can have with your friends. Haven't played the career mode yet, but I bought it for the online competition. Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2014
    8
    With the recent updates adding extra fighters/gameplay changes, i am getting alot more enjoyment out of this, although it doesn't excuse the lack of overall single-player content, it does show that EA is capable of listening to their audience for once. Expand
  4. Jun 26, 2014
    7
    The game is great. Graphics are beatiful. Career mode is great with the real life video interactions it is awesome.
    But there are a few
    things which made me to rate it 7/10
    fps - I dont know if it only on my xbox one, but I have ridicously low fps ammount in the menu. It was the same during the demo.
    gameplay - it has the same game engine az fight night round which means there are delayed actions. I throw in a 3 punch combo, my oponent is destroyed by the first, the fight is over, but my character is still punching the air.
    I can not choose my oponent, my manager is doing it for me. This is a major disappointment because sometimes my manager picks me a fighter which is a way better ahead of me.
    The next is difficulty There are too much combos which I need to learn to be succesful in normal difficulty A fight during. Easy mode ends in a few seconds, while on hard it is impossible to win for causal gamers like me.
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  5. Jun 20, 2014
    6
    EDIT: (Mistakenly made the review for PS4. I own the One version. Same applies )Most disappointing factor had to be the load times. Felt sluggish during loads; during career mode when you exit from the attribute menu the game would load for at least 11 seconds at times. Graphics are obviously gorgeous and the fighting is complex. This is not a button masher; doing so brings consequences. Tactics and strategy are required and reward those for mastering the game's difficult controls. Probably too complicated for some, but thats the territory with UFC games. All-in-all I am pleased, but much more can be done to improve. As some have mentioned, commentating is lackluster; and the crowd could have been given a little more life. Other areas feel incomplete and more personalization and attention could have been given to fighters. After playing NBA 2K14 and experiencing the actual players engage in conversations set the bar for sims like this, and would have loved to hear their actual voices in certain parts. Lastly the cutscenes were a bummer. The revert to real world videos then to CG was like being snatched from the gaming environment then thrown back in. EA could have taken the time to make those Expand
  6. Jun 18, 2014
    5
    They overused the next gen. graphics to a max and it paid off. The game is presentation over everything.
    But there are way too many things
    that need a patch or needs to be fixed for next year.

    *The ground game is confusing and sometime makes you want to throw your controller a your TV. You cannot block strikes from the bottom position or top position.

    *The tutorial is very much lacking in all areas. The most important, is to go from ground to stand up (going from bottom position, escaping and going right to stand up) you need to click the thumb stick and rotate the right stick. Nowhere in any tutorial was that mentioned and I was stuck rotating into reversals.

    *Career mode is severely lacking. They made it easier to gain XP and level up your fighter which also makes it easier to get his rating up. But it also seems a little too fast. Unlike the last UFC on 360, you cannot choose who you want to fight. You get emails from Joe Silva who has already pre-picked your opponent and sometime you will face a guy ranked 85-90 while your still working you way through the 70s, which could result in the CPU just taking you down and submitting you or ground and pound since you cannot block Strikes while on the ground. All the videos from fighters and trainers are great, but repetitive and just plain annoying after you've seen them all.

    I know I just blasted the game to hell and back, but its fun, not a very high replay value unless you're playing with friends and like to go online, but it does eat up a lot of time with the gameplay like I said, EA used the Graphics on next gen. consoles perfectly. I would wait till the initial price drop and first release of DLC before sinking into buying it for $70
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  7. Aug 30, 2014
    0
    Very inconsistent. terrible gameplay. You have terrible stikers/no power strikers continually ko'ing people. Ground is still based on span. damage is very inconsistent. Sometimes clean counters do damage somethimes they dont. Blocked punches get you rocked. Just bad game Expand

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