EA SPORTS UFC
XBOXONE/PS , EASPORTS, .
This is the debut collaboration between the UFC and EA Sports, with the big name in mixed martial arts having previously produced its games through the now-defunct THQ. The pairing of the two big brands created much anticipation for this title, and it definitely succeeds on one level – it’s among the best-looking games around right now. You can see the fighters bruise and sweat, and every hit causes skin to ripple and faces to contort. There’s a deep library of UFC stars: Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Ronda Rousey, Chuck Liddell among others, and they all resemble their real-world counterparts.
In terms of gameplay controls, there’s an astronomical amount of button combinations that correspond to moves, which is understandable, given the complexity of the various fight styles.
The career mode is bare-bones, which doesn’t live up to the standard of other EA Sports games. Online fights are lag-free and fairly balanced. Overall, not a bad start to the franchise from EA, but it will get better. Add an extra star to the rating for including Bruce Lee as a playable character.