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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. Jan 26, 2018
    94
    Overall, EA Sports UFC 3 is the best entry in the franchise yet – but falls a bit short of being the best MMA game ever. The roster is lean on legends, which hurts the ability to do dream matches compared to games like UFC Undisputed 3. The career mode is a huge improvement over past games and the revamped bobbing and weaving system makes combat more enjoyable and intuitive. Anyone who has enjoyed past entries can safely pick up this incarnation and jump right in, while newcomers would be best served trying out prior versions to avoid being in over their head.
  2. Jan 31, 2018
    85
    More technical than both previous games, EA Sports UFC 3 also has a less linear "Career Mode". Still gorgeous, still violent, it's currently the best MMA game of this generation.
  3. Jan 24, 2018
    80
    UFC 3 feels the most like a video game in the pool of big sports simulations. Being a one-on-one combat sim, it still feels like you’re at the mercy of your own ability even though there are stats. A punch is a punch, and while some chins are more durable than others, patience and care can help you overcome the odds. It feels like a different kind of fighting game for folks interested in real-life martial arts, with a cumbersome grappling system and some branded bumbling with numbers and menus to appeal to the core audience. UFC 3 is fun and exciting, and I can see it acting as a potential entry point for its real-life counterpart.
  4. games(TM)
    Mar 22, 2018
    80
    Brilliantly realised for hardened MMA fans. [Issue#198, p.75]
  5. Feb 2, 2018
    75
    Even with simplified grappling and submission controls carried over from the last edition, EA Sports UFC 3 is probably the least pick-up-and-play game in the sports genre. It takes real dedication, and understanding of one’s fighter, to draw out the game’s virtues. But they can be found in the anticlimax of a career bout that ends in a fraction of the time spent training for it. For those who can take a staggering punch and remain focused on their game plan, EA Sports UFC 3 is as close as it comes to professional fighting, without the bruises and welts.
  6. Feb 12, 2018
    70
    UFC 3 is very nice fighting game, but that doesn't mean it is a good wrestling game. The ground game leaves to be desired and really takes down the quality of the game. Overall the look and feel of UFC 3 entirely is still pretty decent.
  7. Jan 31, 2018
    50
    EA Sports UFC 3 feels like one step forward and two steps back. Striking is more realistic than ever, but submissions and the ground game remain convoluted. The new G.O.A.T. Career mode has flashes of brilliance, but bogs you down in menus while losing the human side of fights. As well, Ultimate Team just feels like yet another cash grab. There is a decent core in UFC 3, but it needs a lot more time in the gym to become champion material.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 90
  2. Negative: 56 out of 90
  1. Jan 30, 2018
    10
    Career mode is hell fun to play.. gameplay is great including strike.. grappling is kinda annoying and kinda frustrating.. graphic look greatCareer mode is hell fun to play.. gameplay is great including strike.. grappling is kinda annoying and kinda frustrating.. graphic look great especially fighter model Expand
  2. Jan 31, 2018
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. this is a very good simulation of MMA.
    EA Sports did the work on the bugs and olosely UFC 2
    But this is not ideal, there is still work to do!
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  3. 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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  4. Apr 21, 2019
    1
    It is almost the same as UFC 2... Not many improvements, just a recycled game with the name UFC 3 on it. Trash.
  5. Feb 2, 2018
    1
    Do NOT buy this game! This game is not good! Many of the positive reviews must be bots! (look at how opinion on the game is totally split butDo NOT buy this game! This game is not good! Many of the positive reviews must be bots! (look at how opinion on the game is totally split but all positive reviews are up-voted disproportionately).
    Here are 5 of the games major issues:

    1. Striking is much more complex but not better. The game insists that you use its built in combos if you want to land more than one strike at a time, so once the going gets tough all you are doing is entering button combos that catastrophically destroys any natural flow or immersive gameplay.
    Don't let people tell you to "git gud" sure it is a bit harder but it is also utterly unintuitive.
    An example of the type of inputs the game expects: 0 -> SQ + L1 + L2 -> Tri + R2.

    2. The games progression is totally broken, you go directly from fighting opponents with ratings in the mid 70s to the low 90s (I went from being totally dominant to totally helpless)

    3. Takedowns are EXACTLY THE SAME.

    4. THAT STUPID BACKTAKE FROM FULL GUARD IS STILL USED BY EVERYONE.

    5. The "learn" mini games could truly not be more imbalanced. For example, the Survive mini-game is near impossible (unless you cheese it) on the other hand you have the "Land 15 strikes" that can be done in about 15 seconds by button mashing. (there are so many more examples but I am tired of writing this)

    JUST DON'T BUY THIS GAME...DANG I MISS THQ....
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  6. Aug 8, 2018
    0
    I would rather perform in a real professional MMA fight, AND have a better chance of winning than with the completely untuitive controls EA isI would rather perform in a real professional MMA fight, AND have a better chance of winning than with the completely untuitive controls EA is offering here. Expand
  7. Mar 31, 2018
    0
    Very boring game. Old school EA: "micro"transaction as only mechanical theme. Let's all together stop buying EA games and make them close down.

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