EA SPORTS MMA
Competition is Good
I don't get all the pre-release hate, regardless of the merits of this games roster of fighters or its under the hood mechanics it will force THQ to make the next UFC game better. As a fan of fighting games I am glad that there will be some competition just like in the PSX/N64 wrestling games. Secondly from the MMA fan side of things - if you are a league fan boy you need to get over your self - UFC, WEC (owned by UFC), Strikeforce, M-1 - who cares I like fights. EA MMA brings in different ring styles and rule sets which is a cool feature UFC2010 doesnt have. I think the lynch pin will be in career mode/caf - UFC2010's was a burden made worse by the patch, so if EA MMA has a enjoyable career mode that will sell me. Online mode for UFC2010 has a bad rep also (no experience so I cant comment) and Im guessing EA's will be on par with the rest of their titles (again no exp so no comment). In conclusion wait till the game comes out before you hate on it and learn to love mma not just the brands inside it.
After playing the demo of this game on my 360, I have to say that EA Sports did a good job. It takes a bit of getting used too, especially if you've been playing UFC Undisputed, and I did get a bit frustrated, but after I got the hang of it I realized how awesome the game was. The striking and impact of strikes are much more realistic and look very fluid when done. I can also say the same about the ground game. The controls for the ground are very simple, but that doesn't mean it's still not challenging. You have to be smart about using your stamina. The graphics and production value are great as well. Some of the best visuals I've seen for a game. Animated transitions are also very nice as you can see fighters actually struggling with each other on the ground. Although the fighters are not as popular as some of those in the UFC, any REAL MMA fan will appreciate the good roster they have lined up for this game. I think EA MMA will impress come the 19th!
Unless you have cranked hours and hours of Fight Night Round 4 you will have a difficult time with this game. I say this because the engine and button/stick layout are practically the same. It is not user friendly for those who are average gamers or for those who pick up a controller and want to try this game. You will need to LEARN the buttons and technique in order to be proficient with EA's MMA. If only EA copied the button/stick layout of UFC 2009/10 it would make this game golden and better than UFC 2009/10, but because of the button/stick layout it will forever hold down EA's MMA. The animation, physics, graphics, the roaster, and the in-game feature like: recording/uploading your fights are incredible, but it means nothing if you have a difficult time playing this game. I STRONGLY suggest that those who want to buy this game should TRY THE DEMO first to help you change or decide to buy this game for good. Overall all if this game currently is a 6 - 7 out of 10.
Good Game, but has its flaws
I bought this game thinking it was going to be the best MMA game ever. Well I was sadly disappointed. The game was great in itself, dont get me wrong. But there are a few things I would fix. I would fix the length of career made. It is only 40 fights. Which is kind of disappointing. UFC can go to 50. I would also fix the way career mode is. In UFC you can switch weight classes. In MMA, you have to wait until fight 40 till you even get to fight another guy in another weight class. And you have to hold the title to get that opportunity. The training aspect of it I was kind of put off by. It was difficult at first but you get the hang of it. The one thing I was most turned off by was the length of loading from screen to screen. It takes a long time to load from main screen to trainging screen, then back to main, then to pick the fight, then load the fight, then the announcements. It takes 10 minutes just to get to a 5 minute round. Overall I would recommend this game to any MMA fan, but I would also tell them to take their time on career mode, because it is very short.
MMA Better than UFC
I was actually suprised that this was better than UFC. Now much like UFC unless you know MMA it's pretty much for hardcore fan's and that's why I said its prefect for Hardcore fans. However it's still fun enough to play even your not a hardcore MMA fan like me. Also unlike UFC this actually has a career and while it does feel like a story a little bit you still have a career and I have no problem with that. The controls are way easier to figure out that UFC. Now don't get me wrong it's still going to be hard to figure out at first but once you get it you pretty much mastered it the controls. Now what I didn't like it the commenatry it sounded boring however Frank Shamerock did a good job and felt like he was calling the match. I also liked the player creation mode it had way more to offer. Online mode has way more to offer than MMA you can start a gym and actually invite other players and your friends to join the gym in fact you can even name your gym and pick the moves you want in your gym. You can also call matches with your friends I would for sure choose this over UFC.
For fighters only!
Enough trash talk about this game! I've played and pre ordered ufc 2009 and 2010. I loved both of them but they were kinda on the line of real and unrealistic. I downloaded the demo yesterday played it this morning and when I got home from work tonight. I am an actual MMA fighter and love ufc and love all fighting. This game is so realistic its hard to believe that it's getting bad reviews. I think that people just don't know what fighting is about. The game is great i think, good graphics the computers in the demo are messed up they always try to take the fight to the ground or grapple all the time but they will fix it. The punches connect so well and kicks dont land as they did alllll the time in ufc headkicks only land like 50% of the time like real life. I loved the demo and going to pre order the game when i get the chance. If you like realistic fighting games you will love this!
I wanted to like it...
I downloaded the demo last night, and obviously played it as soon as I could. The problem is that I was hoping for a game better than UFC 2010. Don't get me wrong, the character models, the animations, the physics, and the graphics are way better than UFC. But...UFC had a ton more depth, it would be easier to compare EA MMA to an arcade fighter like Tekken than to an actual fighter sim. Another problem is the punching sound effects, absolutely horrible...hard to explain why, so just play the demo and see for yourself. Lastly, for me at least, if one tries to play on anything but easy, the computer only tries to take you down. They have no interest in a stand-up game, and it takes forever to get them off of you. Once you manage to get up, they just take you down again. I can deal with the game being more of an arcade style fighter, and I can even get along with the lacking sound effects, but when the computer only tries to take me down, that is a deal breaker to me. I for one will not be purchasing this game. Again, I'm not trying to say that YOU shouldn't get the game, you might really like it, just try the demo in advance.
This game fails....surprisingly
I just got done with the demo and i tell ya what. EA should have taken it's time with this game, and not rushed it out of the door yet. This game, compared to it's UFC Undisputed counterpart, fails miserably. And i was surprised to see that it failed. The controls are complex, and if you are not a seasoned player when it comes to MMA games, you will grow to hate this game. Yes, they tweaked the submissions, however the AI tends to take you to the ground almost everytime, even after standing back up. The AI for some reason, seems to have a longer reach and it is able to hit you when you are out of reach of them. The counter system is annoying as well as the submissions, especially choke holds. The one thing EA could have done with a franchise like MMA games is fix it and revamp it completely, but all they did is take a bad franchise of games, like MMA games, and made it worse.
this game will crush UFC 2010
UFC 2010 was not worth buying... i felt like i was ripped off... no major improvements from 2009... Traded it in almost instantly.... This game however looks like its going to be very good. The only thing that is going to give UFC the edge is the roster... Lets face it... strikeforce isnt on the same page as the UFC...But there are some awesome fighters over there... Hendo...Cung Lee is sick... Nick Diaz... Fedor...and we get to see what it would be like to match Randy Couture with Fedor... To the casual MMA fan this might not be a big seller... because again... lets face it.. the casual MMA fans only really watch UFC and know what Dana White tells them. To people who follow all brands of MMA and have been for years... this will be the game we've been waiting for.... Im EXTREMELY excited for it.. and cant wait/
Surprisingly a good game
After playing both games UFC Undisputed 2010 and EA MMA Game, this is my unbiased review. EA MMA even though is simpler it is a better game. On UFC making submissions is almost impossible against the CPU, on EA MMA is doable if you do it correctly. Movements on EA MMA are easier to accomplish, with the use of the analog joystic plus triggers and buttons (if you have played FNR4 you will feel right at home). Training (8 weeks before a fight) makes more sense, and you use the money you earn on your fights to travel around the world to other camps and learn new moves. You don't have to worry about your stamina going up and down while training. You can fight in many different leagues inside MMA and win different championships. Also it is easier to play on the ground, unlike UFC where you are grounded and the CPU applies a submission and your fighter submits quickly. Here you use strategy and game is much more fair (EA MMA) as long as you have stamina. Graphics are very realistic, including blood, sweat, muscle definition, arenas. You can use the cage (on cage matches) as a weapon on EA MMA. EA MMA It is not a perfect game but a smoother and more enjoyable experience than UFC Undisputed 2010