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  • Summary: In EA SPORTS UFC 4 the fighter you become is shaped by your fight style, your achievements, and your personality. Develop and customize your character through a unified progression system across all modes. Go from unknown amateur to UFC superstar in the new Career Mode, experience theIn EA SPORTS UFC 4 the fighter you become is shaped by your fight style, your achievements, and your personality. Develop and customize your character through a unified progression system across all modes. Go from unknown amateur to UFC superstar in the new Career Mode, experience the origins of combat sports in two all-new environments; The Kumite and The Backyard, or challenge the world in new Blitz Battles or Online World Championships to become the undisputed champ. In gameplay, fluid clinch-to-strike combinations offer more responsive and authentic stand-up gameplay, while overhauled takedown and ground mechanics deliver more control in those key phases of the fight. No matter how, or where, you play EA SPORTS UFC 4 puts 'you' at the center of every fight. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Aug 14, 2020
    95
    There is no such thing as a perfect game, but there can be a perfect experience with a title because the slight issues you may experience don’t drastically hinder your enjoyment. The latest UFC game is very close to that rare benchmark. In this day and age where release day is just the beginning of the game’s journey through patches and tweaks, EA UFC 4 is perhaps an update away from its own brand of perfection.
  2. Aug 18, 2020
    88
    Because it is practically the only game in the genre, EA Sports UFC 4 is the uncontested champion. The fact that it singlehandedly fills a nice isn’t the only reason to play it, though. Once you grasp the basics, EA Sports UFC 4 is a deep game that lets you engage with it on your own terms. You can get by on easy mode, or you can rely on skills and abilities to compensate. You can simulate training if you just want to fight. If you want to develop a mastery over the game, the training menus offer a wealth of information and practice mode is very accommodating. If you want to learn about optimal builds and “hit boxes,” there are already a variety of communities online who excitedly welcome the opportunity to geek out about the game’s technical side. That’s where I’ll be going to improve my ground game. A week ago, I couldn’t imagine saying such a thing.
  3. Sep 8, 2020
    85
    EA Sports UFC 4's gameplay is overall better that its predecessor and the online now has a new mode.
  4. Aug 14, 2020
    82
    Ultimately, while not offering any real conceptual or structural revolution, UFC 4 proves to be a surprisingly solid product capable of offering a satisfying and above all satisfying experience regardless of one's degree of familiarity with the world of mixed martial arts.
  5. Aug 26, 2020
    80
    No doubt there is a lot more that could be done with a mixed martial arts game and, as a biennial release, you wonder if UFC 4 could have moved the needle a bit further on for the genre. Perhaps EA could do with a new contender to keep it on its toes, not so much undisputed as unchallenged. But for all its faults, where it matters most - in the octagon- UFC is a genuine thrill.
  6. Aug 17, 2020
    80
    UFC 4 is not without its flaws, most notably in its ground game and its lackluster career mode, but there are much welcomed upgrades virtually everywhere else. Meaningful character progression, a reworked striking system and an array of other improvements makes this easily the best of the series.
  7. Nov 9, 2020
    60
    This year's iteration of UFC from EA Sports looks good, and feels good in parts - though the submission system just doesn't appear to be as much fun to play. The best parts of this game are the boxing and kickboxing elements, and the offline career mode is a fun mode to build and forge careers in. With really no other fighting titles to purchase this year, EA Sports UFC 4 will be unrivalled for those looking for another sports-like fighting game - and while UFC 4 is not a bad game, it doesn't do much to appeal to those who don't already have a love and appreciation for the sport or the brand.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 33
  2. Negative: 24 out of 33
  1. Aug 16, 2020
    10
    This is one of the best mma games out to date. What I show is a big improvement over the past 3 games and this is one of the best MMA games out there.
  2. Aug 17, 2020
    8
    UFC 4 is how Black Ops 3 was to its series, mostly mediocre, but after 2 years of waiting for a sequel I’d say they delivered. It’s notUFC 4 is how Black Ops 3 was to its series, mostly mediocre, but after 2 years of waiting for a sequel I’d say they delivered. It’s not everything we’ve asked for, but for those who’ve played; the striking is obviously much more fluid, there’s still slight bugs with the mechanics but those are easy fixes we’ll see soon. The grappling wasn’t overhauled at all, just a new, much more predictable system they added for more casual players. I recommend switching it to the legacy controls if you’re playing online. The customization has a lot of potential, but they clearly didn’t put too much work into it, which is good because I’m hoping they plan on adding things regularly. The game overall is fair for everyone, everyone has a chance to win even when you’re using a top fighter against a lower star one. My complaint is a bug that I’ve only seen in OWC, (which is ironic) you’ll match with someone & go into the selection screen, both people will ready up & load in, & when the commentary starts you’re stuck on a purple screen, only able to see the shadows, but your opponent seems to be fine so you sit there & listen to them working you. I’ve lost 2 titles now & a division because of it, & it’s going to be a problem if it isn’t fixed soon. It’ll give the same numbers as Ultimate Team did & EA will come up with a whole new online mode when it isn’t needed because they regularly ignore the obvious bugs that people complain about daily. But if you’re a big MMA fan like me, I’d say the game is worth it, it isn’t perfect, but it’s something other than UFC 3. Expand
  3. Aug 17, 2020
    5
    Career mode needs a serious overhaul. The exclusion of game face makes no sense. Striking feels very similar to ufc 3. The new clinch systemCareer mode needs a serious overhaul. The exclusion of game face makes no sense. Striking feels very similar to ufc 3. The new clinch system is an improvement from the last entry. As a whole, this game feels somewhat of a lazy effort. You can get away with that with games like madden that have a new entry every year, but with the gaps in the ufc series, I don't think you can justify it. I think its time for Ea to hang the gloves up. Expand
  4. Sep 4, 2020
    0
    This is not a new UFC game. This is a DLC to ufc 3. The strikes are the same. The knockouts are the SAME and they are HORRIBLE. The ground andThis is not a new UFC game. This is a DLC to ufc 3. The strikes are the same. The knockouts are the SAME and they are HORRIBLE. The ground and pound SUCKS. They were a year behind schedule and instead of adding things the players wanted like better knockouts and better ground and pound. They added necklaces and masks?? Masks to wear in the octagon? Come on guys. UFCDROPEA Expand
  5. Sep 14, 2020
    0
    No caf. fighters already made. To many other problems to mention it would take all day.In short the worst ufc game ever made.NO JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. Sep 6, 2020
    0
    Full on in game ads added a few weeks after release so reviews wouldn't reflect it. Absolute scummy publisher
  7. Aug 27, 2020
    0
    This game is in my personal opinion absolute garbage. The story mode fights are either way too easy to win or physically impossible to win.This game is in my personal opinion absolute garbage. The story mode fights are either way too easy to win or physically impossible to win. The online fights are an exact replica of the meta from other games, spam buttons and you win, it doesn't matter the fighter or style you choose, spam and win is the way to go. Absolutely zero strategy and I don't see there being any strategy any time soon, perhaps UFC 12 will be a bit more strategic and may actually be an MMA game. This is an arcade meant for people who have nothing better to do than talk **** without any skills or knowledge of fighting, if you're one of those people this may be perfect for you. I recommend saving your money as the game is worthless, was an inch of a step forward from UFC 3 but still a multitude of things to work on, EA should stop the series before it gets too embarrassing. Expand

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