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Kick some ass on June 3 in the EA Sports UFC demo


Octagons scare me
May 29
// Brett Makedonski
As Stroke 9 once inquired, how many people want to kick some ass? If your answer is a resounding "I do! I do!," you have anger issues. Also, you might enjoy knowing that there's an imminent demo for EA Sports UFC. The bone-br...

EA Sports UFC looks ultra-freakin' real

May 20 // Dale North
[embed]275112:53952:0[/embed] In that first fight between Adam and I, making sure to watch his attacks and come back with either blocks or better timed hits was working for me. Being able to hold down L or R with the face buttons to modify attacks really seemed to help mix things up. But I suppose he started to see my patterns, and soon I was on the defensive. I was trying to time blocks to parry, but could only do it a couple of times before my face was bloodied.  The grappling side of the game is interesting in that it uses quarter-circle sweeping motions of the analog stick to clench and then move through positions. Somehow those sweeps feel kind of like what I'd imagine trying to break out of being caught up would feel like. My frantic QCF and QCB motions weren't enough to keep up with Adam's, so I lost another round.  In all, the combat system is easy enough to get into for even first timers to enjoy a round. But there are some complexities there to learn and master that gives UFC lasting power. There's plenty of depth there if you want it. So, while I was losing, I took the time to appreciate the visuals of this new game. We played it on Xbox One in our hands-on session. From a distance from any of the screens where it was being played, UFC looked photorealistic, like you were watching a television broadcast. We were told that because they only have to render two characters, the developers could crank the visual level all the way up. As you'll see in this gameplay video, they've done just that.  They used every ounce of system resources to make the in-game fighters look like the real ones. The team recorded 3D head and body scans for all of the athletes, and then took it over the top with details like veins popping out of players' heads when they're straining. Also expect to see blood and sweat come out in the most natural/gross looking way. Even the clothing looks real and seems to flow naturally.  It was a quick look, but EA Sports UFC is easy to get into and play, and it looks impossibly good to boot. It launches -- Bruce Lee, bruises and all -- this June for Xbox One and PS4.
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Hands-on impressions
Look, I'm not necessarily a MMA fan, but I have played a few games and watched a few matches in my day. The latest, EA Sports UFC, is a pretty good time, even for a casual player like myself. I took on Digital Trends' Adam Ro...

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[Update: Turns out that THQ sold the rights to EA for an "undisclosed cash payment," which is of more immediate use to the ailing publisher.] In what is soon to be huge news for UFC fans, EA and UFC president Dana White ...

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EA: MMA title will 'definitely' get a sequel


Dec 03
// Nick Chester
Despite sluggish sales and lukewarm critical reception, EA Sports isn't giving up on its MMA franchise. Speaking with wrestling site Figure Four Online, EA Sports associate producer Jeff Ecker says the series will most defini...

Review: EA Sports MMA

Nov 15 // Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon
EA Sports MMA (Xbox 360 [Review], PlayStation 3)Developer: EA TiburonPublisher: EA SportsRelease date: October 19, 2010Price: $59.99 One can notice from the anecdotes layered in the loading screen that the history and overall spectrum of extreme fighting was researched by the developers. As a fan of the pure intensity of early MMA fighters, I was immediately blown away by the classic combatants featured in the five different weight classes. You can slug it out using legends like Frank Shamrock and Fedor Emelianenko, as well as some of the most vicious names from Strikeforce, another MMA league. Perhaps one of the most important things EA brings to the table is its showcase of many faces that may be unknown to fans outside of UFC. Fighters such as Cung Le and Allistair Overeem are some of the most dangerous men in the sports, yet have never signed a UFC contract. Playing as a hardcore fighting machine is very interesting once you take a few moments to understand the control scheme. EA Sports MMA draws from the controls of Fight Night and modifies them to a complex degree. The intricacy of fighting may end up being a reason non-MMA fans don't give this title a chance.  Yes, you can go toe-to-toe with a friend at home, but to truly be a champ one must spend time in the Career Mode being trained by the legendary and hilarious Bas Rutten. One of the problems with the controls is that even if you use all of the complex techniques presented, simple button mashing can get you a win. Button mashing may work with some fighting games, but this is supposed to be realistic. In the hands of pure MMA aficionados, the full depth of the fight controls may want to be explored to create classic duels, so it comes down to how much you care to make this a realistic fight simulator. For those who want a challenge, EA Sports MMA has several online options to test your might. Live broadcast mode allows for much smack talk and anticipation for bouts by promoting an upcoming battle before hand. One can imagine dojo's and MMA academies around the world virtually throwing down for online respect. There are a few aspects of the game that seem like pulled punches, but the most important are the actual pulled punches. Many of the knockouts that happen in the game don't seem to match the drama associated with the sport, and the fight animations are very lackluster. Overall, the big fight element seems missing from this game, which is a shame given the multitude of fight rules and ring styles to chose from. EA put in the time to break out of the octagon mold, allowing for ring styles and rule adjustments that can bring matches back to the no-holds-barred days of early MMA. However, it still feels a bit more like a session of light sparring, rather than a full fledged cage war. Still, if you are a fan of MMA, I recommend picking this game up. The career mode is in-depth, and offers very realistic training methods. The pre-match activities in career mode are important in developing your in ring work, unlike UFC's simple system of fatigue management. The drill system in MMA allows you to improve your in-ring skills as you level up and travel to learn from legends like Randy Couture. One of the details the struck me is the variety of good music in this game. Though, not the most important detail to have in a game such as this, EA has once again delivered an excellent game soundtrack. I know EA has put several great artists in many of their sports game, but was pleasantly surprised to hear KMFDM, Hadouken!, and Gogol Bordello on this one.  Though not brilliant in all it does, EA Sports MMA attempts to bring a whole package to the table, not just a simple fighter. Despite a few flaws, EA has developed a legit challenger to the MMA game championship. They have quite a few things going for them despite not having the UFC license. EA seems like it wants to make this work and if this first shot is any indication of  the future of the series, they have come to fight hardcore. 
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Quite a bit of attention has been put on mixed martial arts due to the marketing efforts of Zuffa, UFC's Parent company. This attention has not only made UFC a household name, but has changed the sport as well. EA Sports MMA ...

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EA Sports MMA demo hits PS3, 360 on September 28


Sep 07
// Nick Chester
Mixed martial arts fans wondering if EA Sports has what it takes to battle the THQ UFC giant may have their answer soon. A demo for the upcoming EA Sports MMA will be released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 28. T...
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E3 10: Couture & Fedor meet in EA Sports MMA trailer


Jun 16
// Samit Sarkar
EA Sports has just released the newest trailer for EA Sports MMA, and it's a pretty sweet one called "Worlds Collide" that highlights what would be the ultimate mixed martial arts fight: the two cover athletes, America's Randy Couture and Russia's Fedor Emelianenko, taking each other on. EA Sports MMA will be out for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 19th.
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E3 10: This EA Sports MMA trailer is painful to watch


Jun 15
// Samit Sarkar
When EA Sports president Peter Moore presented EA Sports MMA at EA's E3 press briefing yesterday, he focused on the global nature of mixed martial arts. This trailer does the same thing, taking you around the world to f...
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E3 10: EA Sports Live Broadcast shown for EA Sports MMA


Jun 15
// Samit Sarkar
One of the reasons that EA cited for introducing the EA Sports Online Pass was a desire to keep bringing innovative online features to gamers -- features that cost money to develop and implement. At their E3 press conference,...
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E3 10: Fedor & Couture on EA Sports MMA cover, out 10/19


Jun 14
// Samit Sarkar
At this afternoon's EA press conference, EA Sports president announced two major facts about EA Sports MMA, the publisher's upcoming mixed martial arts game. Two of the headlining fighters in the game, Fedor Emelianenko and R...
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Realistic, shiny, sweaty dudes featured in EA Sports MMA


Apr 19
// Nick Chester
I don't watch mixed martial arts, but that didn't stop me from playing and enjoying THQ's UFC title last year. So needless to say, I have my eye on EA Sports' response, EA Sports MMA, which is scheduled for release later thi...
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EA MMA's big and bruised men go at it in these shots


Apr 16
// Brad Nicholson
We tried and tried to glean some important and meaningful details from the most recent batch of EA's mixed-martial arts game screenshots. But we can't. And why is that, you ask? Because look at those feet! Digital dude is roc...
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UFC president won't ban fighters who sign with EA MMA


Mar 31
// Samit Sarkar
UFC president Dana White may be abandoning an earlier threat, but you can rest assured that there's no love lost between him and EA. As we saw last summer, Hell hath no fury like a Dana White scorned: after claiming that Elec...
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Three more fighters announced for EA MMA


Mar 23
// Brad Nicholson
Pat. Pat. Pat. EA is continuing its leaky faucet approach to roster reveals for its upcoming mixed-martial arts game EA MMA. Hours ago the publisher confirmed, via Twitter, three new digital brawlers for the game: Joachim Han...
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Bobby Lashley joins EA MMA roster


Feb 01
// Brad Nicholson
Bobby Lashley is a big dude with skills. He can pretend to hit someone, like he did for years during a stint with the WWE (and currently with TNA), and he can also really hit someone, like he does now with MMA org Strikeforce...






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