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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: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  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. Aug 1, 2019
    9
    Extremely realistic game and pure enjoyment! I was never a fan of UFC fights, but this game really captivated me with graphics, realism andExtremely realistic game and pure enjoyment! I was never a fan of UFC fights, but this game really captivated me with graphics, realism and suspense. I exulted when won my first fight, it was not an easy one, going to build a fighter career there now:) See no disadvantages in the game, maybe I have nothing to compare with. However it can upset those who used to play only usual fightings like Mortal Combat where your fighter had no stamina which you needed to keep and just fought to kill. Here tactics is everything! Expand
  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. Aug 17, 2020
    6
    Improved customization and animations from previous title. No improvements to interface, primarily option menus (issue with all EA games) andImproved customization and animations from previous title. No improvements to interface, primarily option menus (issue with all EA games) and grappling. I appreciate the effort..(?) but 4 fights into my career and I’m once again rage-quitting every grapple training session. It forces you to invest XP in grappling defense attributes, even though you may not want to build that way. I don’t mind the “mini games”, but the initiations, transitions, and reversals are still bad. I like how they’re trying to show the depth of clinch and grapple skills in MMA, but you can’t have your cake and eat it too. It’s like they decided to add complex grapple/clinch mechanics, then do everything to 180 and dumb it all down. It just leads to a convoluted mess. The career mode is a bit more fleshed out. I like how they incorporated the social element of the sport. It feels like you have a bit more control over what specific attributes/moves you want your fighter to possess. I haven’t tried a second play through yet, but I also think they could’ve done worse with the beginning “story” elements and so on. I just hope you’re able to skip that “tutorial” process in future play throughs. You do get your moneys worth in cosmetics. Literally because you could just buy all of them. All that being said - these are criticisms I had of the previous titles as well. If you’re looking for a new MMA/fight sim to waste your time on, this will do it. Or if you’re just looking to replace UFC 3 with something a bit more fresh. But that’s the case with every EA Sports title. You’re essentially paying for what could be DLC updates. New cosmetics, roster updates, and micro transactions. They added a few new tattoos and music options, but kept the nightmare interface. No more Gameface? Also, I feel like there are maybe 3 “normal” hairstyles. The rest are just meme looks or about 7 different kinds of bald/balding.. for some reason (shoutout Cowboy). If you’re used to the disappointing lack of new content with EA Sports titles, or just follow MMA and want a UFC game, I would recommended you buy this game. If you’re a more casual fan - I would wait to find this game on sale. You can get the same fix from UFC Expand
  6. Jan 12, 2020
    5
    I'm a huge UFC and literally have not missed a single fight in the last 3 years, and obviously i'm huge gamer. This game should be perfect forI'm a huge UFC and literally have not missed a single fight in the last 3 years, and obviously i'm huge gamer. This game should be perfect for me. However, i'm not a fan of Conor McGregor or Hip Hop and both are sadly unavoidable in this artificial slog of a game.

    Admittedly, i reckon its difficult to recreate the grappling side of the sport with any real authenticity. The striking is far more effective and fun, which begs the question (even from someone who enjoys watching MMA more than boxing), why is this not a Fight Night game? I feel that the training, and just navigating the menus, can be really tedious, and takes away from what is an otherwise solid experience found in the career mode. I also believe a lot of work is needed to capture the scale and anticipation that can be felt from actual UFC events.

    I really think both avid MMA fans and casual viewers of the sport (or just anyone who plays games), would much prefer a faster, potentially more arcade-style version of the sport. Its a game after all.
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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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