A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that EA SPORTS MMA depicts a violent sport of mixed martial arts in a realistic way. Fighters will take opponents to the mat, choke them out or apply excruciating pressure to bones to get fighters to tap out. Punching, kicking, or even stomping on a disabled opponent is allowed. The title shows the violence in a frank manner, and the repeated blows will result in blood.
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What's it about?
EA SPORTS MMA depicts the world of mixed martial arts through combat in octagons, circular rings, and boxing rings. After introductions similar to a boxing match, the two fighters are released to use feet, knees, elbows, and fists to beat down an opponent and win through either submissions, referee stoppages, or knockouts. Players can take a pre-built fighters into established single-player modes, or create a fighter to embark on the career path. There are several options for quick fights and mini-tournments in the online game as well.
Is it any good?
While not without its faults, EA Sports MMA is a challenging game that is a graphically realistic and combines strategy with pre-fight preparation to give a semi-deep but evolving journey into the world of mixed martial arts. The career mode is the star of all the modes and the online components highlight some of the game's strongest elements. Though quite violent, the title is a strong representation of the sport itself and gives enough options to keep fans of the sport busy for a while.
Online interaction: Unmodulated voice chat is available through the online modes with other players. While most players online will not be overly effusive in using swear words, it is not uncommon to hear them dropped the "f--k" or "s--t" into the conversation. This did not happen too frequently with most of the online matches, but there is nothing to filter the language of other players online. While players can jump in and out of a quick fight, mini-tournaments are also available, which offers ample opportunity to talk with others. The game also featured downloadable content.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the violence in games and media, and how it is not appropriate to exhibit that kind of aggression in the real world.
Families can discuss responsible online behavior and why a child should never share personal information with anyone in a chat room.
They can also discuss why participants think sports like MMA are so popular.
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