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  • Summary: A new physics-driven hit reaction and knockout system delivers more visceral KOs than before. Every knockout is now unique. Simultaneous two-fighter interaction brings the ground game to life with greater responsiveness and variety. Surprise your opponent with a flying armbar from theA new physics-driven hit reaction and knockout system delivers more visceral KOs than before. Every knockout is now unique. Simultaneous two-fighter interaction brings the ground game to life with greater responsiveness and variety. Surprise your opponent with a flying armbar from the clinch, or with a quick transition from a knee bar to a heel hook. Standing submissions and submission chaining have been added. Add an improved blocking and parrying system to the mix and you have new tools to fend off your opponent’s most devastating attacks. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Apr 6, 2016
    85
    Even though the grappling system is slowed down and pre-fight sequences lack the familiar trash talking, UFC 2 is a great transition of sport into the digital realm. It is the closest we've been to feeling how it is to fight inside the octagon.
  2. Mar 10, 2016
    85
    Where the first EA Sports UFC failed to go big on content, EA Sports UFC 2 delivers big time. That it also successfully improves upon the strong foundations laid by UFC 1 in the gameplay stakes, makes UFC 2 nothing short of superlative. It's a winner.
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    May 9, 2016
    82
    EA Sports makes its second appearance in the UFC’s famed Octagon. The fighter’s sophomore effort is solid: it has good technique, impresses visually and feels like the real thing, although its ground game could be better. UFC 2 is a contender in the making. [May 2016]
  4. Mar 14, 2016
    80
    EA Sports UFC 2 is the culmination of what has been learned the past two years, as the game is far richer in content, has a greater focus on authenticity, and is trying to please fans of the sport over those who couldn't care less about it.
  5. Mar 28, 2016
    78
    Those who have already found themselves smitten with the series will find plenty to enjoy the second time around.
  6. Mar 30, 2016
    70
    UFC 2 is hard to get into and not as rewarding to play as it should be, but its smart system design, presentation, and generous helping of content should keep UFC fans occupied – provided they make it through a gruelling training camp first.
  7. Mar 30, 2016
    55
    Microtransactions and the brutal learning curve make UFC 2 hard to play and even harder to recommend.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 32
  2. Negative: 14 out of 32
  1. Mar 15, 2016
    10
    Love The UFC and Love this game!!!! Way better than the last!!.......................................................................................!
  2. Dec 12, 2016
    10
    ...People are criticizing this great game for being broken... Have you guys played the same game I did?
    AI has acceptable difficulty, the
    ...People are criticizing this great game for being broken... Have you guys played the same game I did?
    AI has acceptable difficulty, the fight mechanics are superb, anything below 7 for this game is bs.
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  3. Mar 15, 2016
    8
    The ground game has been vastly improved upon and also through a day one patch the ground and pound has become viable.

    Would give it a 10
    The ground game has been vastly improved upon and also through a day one patch the ground and pound has become viable.

    Would give it a 10 if it had Online Fight Cards and Pride mode.
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  4. May 18, 2016
    5
    Say what you will about EA, but I was pretty excited when they picked up the UFC license and released the original EA Sports UFC a few yearsSay what you will about EA, but I was pretty excited when they picked up the UFC license and released the original EA Sports UFC a few years ago. With a sport as complex and fluid as MMA, I thought they had the best chance to get it right. After a solid first attempt with the original, I was even more excited for EA UFC 2 to come out to see where they were headed with the franchise. The roster feels like it has a lot more depth right out of the box, with several lesser-known international fighters in the mix with big name stars. I'm indifferent towards the Mike Tyson, etc. DLC fighters, but for people that like that sort of stuff it gives the opportunity to create some fun fantasy matchups. The rendering of each fighter in the game is fantastic - probably the best representation of a real-life athlete in a video game. Fortunately, they also applied a similar level of detail to the refs, ring girls, and even ole' Uncle Dana White However, my excitement started to fade once I started actually getting in the cage in the custom game, career, and online modes. The stand-up game is still largely the same as the last installation, but improved collision detection and an increased focus on parrying/countering keep things fresh and dissuade people from just button mashing. Once the fight hits the ground, though, everything goes out the window. I found the new grappling system to be really annoying, with each encounter feeling like more of a frustrating guessing game than a tense jiu-jitsu battle. Of course you could avoid the whole thing altogether with the new knockout mode, but at that point you might as well dust off an old copy of Fight Night. Ranked/unranked online connections were consistently pretty pitiful, with lag throughout and more than just a few mid-match disconnections occurring right in the heat of battle. Career mode is a little more streamlined in this iteration, partially due to UFC's Reebok sponsorship eliminating individual sponsors from advertising all over your walkout or fight gear, so all there is really left for you to do is train/fight/repeat. I'd really like to see EA fix career mode in the future because in its current state it isn't terribly realistic. Whether you're riding an 8 fight win streak and still fighting unranked scrubs on the undercard, or you're being forced to retire in your mid 20's, there's not a whole lot that makes sense here. If the devs want to extend the length of the career mode, it would make a lot more sense to have some sort of fictitious minor-league promotion to get the basics down before moving on to TUF and then onto the UFC. Lose too much in the UFC? Go back to the minors and perform to get resigned. The absence of having the opportunity to join different fight camps, do press, etc. also adds to the monotony of the train/fight grind. The challenge curve in career mode can also be pretty brutal, with actual fighters progressing their skills as time goes on as well - it's a little jarring to go up against a guy who is a lower to mid tier fighter in real life, but is suddenly 99 OVR in-game. Seems like that sort of thing should be relegated to ultimate team. All in all, UFC 2 isn't a bad game, but certainly isn't a great one. The overall blandness of the career mode, online connectivity issues, and sharp learning curve burned me out well before it probably should have and left me with a strong case of buyer's remorse. Expand
  5. Aug 20, 2016
    3
    Was really exited about this game. Played the first and loved it. Lots of potential, does not deliver at all. The carrear mode is broken, withWas really exited about this game. Played the first and loved it. Lots of potential, does not deliver at all. The carrear mode is broken, with AI being much better than you and almost impossible to beat. The stand up fighting is average at best. However the ground work is horrific and slow. The online feature is a good concept, however lags very badly and matches terribly. However bad the gameplay is, this game has slightly better graphics than the previous. But this does not make up for the discustingly bad gameplay included for this full priced game. Expand
  6. Apr 11, 2016
    1
    Liked the first UFC, but career mode in UFC 2 is broken. Youre going against lvl 100 AI when you're lvl 70 yourself??? Needless to sayLiked the first UFC, but career mode in UFC 2 is broken. Youre going against lvl 100 AI when you're lvl 70 yourself??? Needless to say fighting is very much up to chanses in UFC 2, if you're lucky you might KO your oponent and earn the belt in the end.

    At the start in the career you get offers that matches you pretty well, later it's just over the top. My stats was 90 in striking, 70 grapling and 65 submission, I met Jon Jones with 100, 100 and 100.. I was lucky and KOed him first round, got the belt. In the rematch however, he murdered me almost even when I had more in striking, grappling and sub than before. Got to say it was more frustrating than fun to play, not just because of the poor matchup in career mode, but also because of the baadly designed control system, its so unresponsive and broken.

    I think this game is more fit to play with friends than solo.

    I give this 1 out of 10. The 1 point is for more game modes than before. I REALLY regret paying for this game!!!
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  7. Sep 10, 2016
    0
    Horrible customer service and game is broken if spending real money on the UFC points. WARNING, do NOT spend real money on ingame currency. IHorrible customer service and game is broken if spending real money on the UFC points. WARNING, do NOT spend real money on ingame currency. I stupidly bought over $130 of UFC points and then the game kept crashing when trying to access these points. Now when I turn on the game it keeps going back to the UFC points screen and crashing. I contacted EA support and it was clear they could care less. They told me "contact xbox for a refund". Obviously xbox will not just refund money since they don't know what the issue is. The game was very fun until I made the stupid mistake of buying ingame UFC points. DO NOT spend money on this game because EA will not help you and it completely broke my game. Expand

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