EA Sports UFC

Common Sense Media says

UFC's complex moves, thin career mode need more training.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Via videos from UFC superstars, players are encouraged to work hard, remain humble, and focus to become a champion. 

Positive role models

Although this is a game about fighting, real-world competitors discuss the importance of working hard to accomplish your goals. Several fighters across multiple weight classes, including women, are represented.

Ease of play

This is one of the more complicated sports titles available, but the game compensates with a thorough tutorial explaining how to play, as well as a series of challenges for mastering newly learned skills.

Violence

Since this is the Ultimate Fighting Championship, expect lots of brawling. Players use their fists, feet, knees, and elbows to pummel opponents, with the goal of either knocking out opponents or making them quit with a painful submission move. Blood spatters on the mat with every strike, while fighters display evident wounds such as cuts to the head and face.

Sex

"Ring girls" wearing short shorts and bikini tops walk around the ring alerting the crowd when the next round starts. But they're always in the background and rarely showcased. 

Language

No swearing or other foul language in the game. That could change if players tackle human opponents online and use voice chat.

Consumerism

Players earn sponsorships from companies including Topps, Electronic Arts, Affliction, and Venum. Fighters can wear their gear into the ring, and logos adorn the ring itself. Finding corporate partners is a key part of the game.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Players can choose to play against human opponents online, with voice chat enabled.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that EA Sports UFC is a straightforward simulation of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. But since this game is about fighting, expect plenty of violence. Players use punches, kicks, and knee and elbow strikes to beat down their opponents until they get a knockout or make them quit; blood spatters, and wounds are evident. There are plenty of corporate logos to be found on your fighter and in the ring as you try to get sponsored for each fight. This is also one of the more complicated sports games out there due to the strategy and number of moves available to each fighter, although both the in-game tutorials and the fighters themselves stress the values of dedication and hard work to succeed.

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What's it about?

EA SPORTS UFC is a simulation of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which features one-on-one duels in a ring with an octagon-shaped cage. Players can choose to fight as one of the UFC's popular brawlers, including Cain Velasquez and Jon Jones. Even martial arts legend Bruce Lee is available. Several fighters across multiple weight classes, including women, are represented. Players can battle offline in standard Play mode or online against human opponents. There's also Career mode, in which players create a fighter, put him or her through training, and guide him or her on a path toward a UFC championship belt.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

EA Sports UFC is a solid effort, but ultimately it needs more time in the gym. It's not all bad; although controls are complex, the game features a detailed tutorial and challenges to help players learn moves. Fighting is entertaining, especially when players earn a knockout.

But there are several elements that need to be adjusted for this to be a must-have fighting game. Career Mode is thin, boiling down to a tedious grind of training, upgrading stats, fighting, and then repeating. Players also spend a little too much time waiting for sections of the game to load. Although fighting on your feet is thrilling, the mechanics for executing a submission hold are confusing and frustrating. Also, computer-controlled opponents seem easily duped after dodging or countering attacks. Overall, EA Sports UFC needs more work, with better submission mechanics, stronger AI, and a deeper career mode.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why the UFC is so popular. What makes this sport fun or entertaining? How does the live-action version compare to the game version?

  • How does EA Sports UFC compare to other sports games, such as boxing and wrestling? Is UFC better or worse? Why?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Price:$59.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:June 17, 2014
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymaco1 July 28, 2014
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Blood Alert

I wish I could say this game was a great educational experience with zero blood, amazing graphics, and great game play. I can only fulfill a few of those wishes. During some long matches gashes will open up on either you or your opponents head or torso. These gashes if hit enough times will end up leaving a sprayed blood effect on the body in which the gash is on. This obviously is something that a parent should think about when getting the game for their son or daughter because unlike some games it is hard to actually turn the blood of. The MMA and graphics side of the game is truly incredible. If you know someone who is in love with MMA fighting then this is the game for them. The impact the player sees on the other fighters flesh to the incredibly detailed grimaces you see when your team cleans you up in between two different rounds is truly incredible. As for the My Career story line, it is a exiting amount of dealing with sponsors, training in your own gym to get experience points, and working your way up the ladder until you get the long deserved title of champion of the world. Sadly once you are there it turns into a repetitive amount of matches until you get hit so many times that your longevity meter runs out and you get to the hall of fame where you get nothing besides the end of a cheap and overpriced story line. During this story line one gets watch real videos of matches that much like the game are gruesomely bloody. Yes, you can skip them but that will deflate the already disappointing story line even more. Finally the controls, I will use one word to describe them, tiring. It will take a regular gamer at least 24 hours to master the series of moves that before you have mastered them will be used against you for every round until you finally get lucky because you have smashed the buttons on your controller even though you could never repeat it because you have no idea what you did or how it worked. While the game would be great for about a week even if you did forget about all the blood covering your son or daughters fighter eventually the game would turn into a overpriced, hard to use, violent, series of matches that mean nothing in a disappointing story line.
Kid, 11 years old July 15, 2014
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amazing game

this game entertained me for dayz and it still is a amazing games it has a great multiplayer a good core campaign and a super detailed charecter customization
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old July 6, 2014
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8
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an amazing game that i had lots of fun with

common sense media reviewed this and said 2 stars i love this game though it is super fun expecially becuase i am a mma fan also common sense said that this game was 'appropriate for kids 14 and up' but my 6 year old brother plays it on his xbox one
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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