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EA MMA was supposed to be the next big title to come out of the EA sports brand. Refocusing on the fast rising sport of mixed martial arts, the EA sports team would look to use their experience and expertise to cash in on the ever growing sport but would EA MMA live up to EA standards?
In this outing, the Electronic Arts team were, possibly for the first time, without the major branding or label for their title. In every EA Sports title on the market, EA has always had the major brand or the major league such as the NBA, the NFL, the MLB or the NHL. However in this title, the premier mma promotion in Northern America (The Ultimate Fighting Championship) was already taken by rival gaming company THQ.This meant that EA would have go with the second best thing as they picked up the official Strikeforce brand.
There is no doubt that not having the UFC brand hurt the sales of game but looking past just sales, the game itself would have not done well, UFC branding or not. Fundamentally the game is flawed and utterly not up to standard for a EA title.
There are three major modes in the game : exhibition, career and online. All three game modes fall well short of what you'd expect from this company. Exhibition is exactly what you'd expect, you fight an AI opponent under a number of rule sets (with no option to create your own) and that's about it. There isn't much to bring you back to play the game with exhibition mode.
Career mode should have been a major selling point for the title but yet again a seeming lack of time or care left this mode in a dire state. Rather than being this ever changing experience that would bring players back time and time again, career mode is nothing more than a overly long arcade mode.
As a career mode fighter you get to create your own fighter (with limited choices for variation) and build him up as you rise through the ranks. For some reason you, the player, do not decide whom you fight so the entire process feels more like a chore than anything else and by the end you'll be hoping that the fortieth and final fight will come sooner.
Finally you have the online portion of the game which is, unsurprisingly, spoiled by cheap exploits.
Overall the entire game needs to be patched extensively. New modes need to be added, the create a fighter mode needs to be made more in depth and the career mode needs to be completely redone.
Clearly none of that will be changed with a patch so the best advice would be to avoid this game at all costs. Unless EA MMA gets a 20 pound price reduction, there is no reason that even the most hardcore MMA fan should pick this up.
EA MMA gets 2/5.
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform: PlayStation 3
Number of Players: 2
Online Players: 10
Online Enabled: Yes
Career, Exhibition, Versus
Gameplay Recording, Leaderboards, Online Multiplayer, PS Network Compatible, Quick Match, Trophies, Voice
HDTV 480p, HDTV 720p, In-Game Dolby Digital
Dualshock 3 Controller, Headset, PlayStation Eye
If you are into your fitness and like boxing or even karate or wrestling and also like playing games this game suits your needs as this game is mixed martial arts from grappling ground and pound boxing wrestling all martial arts combined great variety.
Now the only thing is if you have played the previous game and the only flaw is the controls are very hard it takes time to get used to the buttons as it took me for a few hours to get the hang of it. I know can roll around the ring and also get into submission positions. I now love playing this game but it does take time to get used to it. The graphics are great and after a while I mean like a few months I just got bored with the game and I have not put it on again so I over endulged in this game and bored myself. Also there is new charcters and I love randy couture he is my favourite.
I just loved this game and is now a decent price I loved the game at the start but now I just like it. I am like a pro with the punches and grappling and I know all the moves it is a good game for challenges and a bit frustrating at the start.