A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While a fighter must be dedicated to his or her sport to be able to step into an octagon to fight in an MMA competition, the overall take-away from Supremacy MMA is not uplifting or positive in any fashion. This is a game about brutal, violent combat.
Ease of Play
This fighting game has simplified controls, giving the game an almost arcade, side-to-side feel. The learning curve for the control scheme is very slight and it offers a tutorial. There are three difficulty levels to ramp up the challenge. In addition to the single-player stories (which will allow players to rise to the top of a tournament ladder), there are online tournaments available.
Violence & Scariness
This is a mixed martial arts fighting game where the competitors take damage and the floor of the octagon fighting area becomes stained with blood. Faces will become damaged and bloody from repeated blows, and even kicks or knees to the body will show in reddened, bruised areas. Some extreme moves results in broken bones which are visible. Cries of pain can be heard.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One of the fighting venues shows topless female pole-dancers in the background and one of the dancers spreads her legs suggestively.
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The f-bomb is dropped several times, along with "s--t" and "hell." The language is supposed to enhance and bring a realism to the stories mode, but the narrative is so wooden and it seems merely to be swearing for the sake of using the words. The dialogue also contains sexual references, and the phrase "ten-dollar hooker" is used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character in the stories mode receives an injection in the arm with a syringe and powder (supposedly representing cocaine).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Supremacy MMA is a graphic, violent fighting game with strong language, suggestive themes, drug references, and plenty of blood -- making it not for kids. The mixed martial arts battles are brutal and competitors take damage from hands, feet, knees, and takedowns. Some moves result in broken bones. One fighting venue shows topless females. Players watch as a character is injected with what appears to be cocaine.
Is It Any Good?
Supremacy MMA is a missed opportunity. The idea was to create an MMA brawler with simplified controls and in that regard, this title succeeds. However, the game plays a little stiffly, the fighters don't always respond to control inputs (especially blocking attacks), and the game's repetitiveness gets old very quickly. The bloodiness, the language, and the venues can also grate; and the game does not have anything intriguing enough to sustain it. This is a shallow game that simply doesn't have much to draw players back to it.
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