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 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?
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.
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- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid (Along with the primary game, players can choose to purchase separate downloads for a smaller fee. In this case, players can buy additional fighters.)
- 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
- Last updated: October 28, 2019
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