EA Sports UFC 3
Face the pain, no escape, can you step to this? So goes a line in one of the ufc’s theme songs. It’s a sentiment that applies to the real sport as much as it does here. to master EA Sports UFC 3, you must submit to the fact that there are no shortcuts, that you will have to dedicate serious time to it and that lessons learned in other fighting and/ or sports games don’t necessarily apply here.
More so than the rest of its ea Sports stable mates, UFC 3 is an experience aimed squarely at connoisseurs of the subject matter. Where casual fans of football can enjoy FIFA and watching only the Super Bowl provides enough knowledge to understand Madden, the part-time ufc fan is not catered for here.
If you don’t know your full guard from your side control or can’t appreciate the subtler dynamics of the clinch then this isn’t for you. Vague semblances of a tutorial system exist, but they’re not fit for purpose if you’re looking to learn mixed-martial arts from scratch.
the benefit here is that ea canada can concentrate on providing exhaustive depth and not tie itself in knots trying to make an inherently complex sport appeal to all players. Learning to employ and guard against submissions, kicks, strikes, grapples and more is a process that requires adaptability and patience. Just when you think you’ve mastered it, a new level of complexity and opportunity reveals itself to be studied and incorporated into your fight strategies.
While the core of the offering hasn’t changed in a major way, UFC 3 serves a more balanced and interesting bout of MMA than its two ea Sports-made predecessors. Superior animation quality renders the awkward transitions from the striking phase of a bout to the ground game a thing of the past, and a larger repertoire of attacks and takedowns means there are more ways to trigger those transitions.
career mode is not perfect, but does a brilliant job of keeping you interested by setting you a consistent stream of small goals on your way to achieving the longerterm milestones. there remains a feeling of ‘grind’ to your progress as a fighter, but the carrot and the stick are better aligned than they have been in the past.
Improvements could be made in communicating the raw energy and excitement that accompanies a ufc event, though. commentary is wooden, ring entrances are dull, and you can’t shake the feeling that, for all its technical wizardry, the shock and awe factor of an MMA fight is missing. how, though, in a sport in which you can be knocked out with the first punch, do you make a game that’s fair and rewards skill over luck?
the answer is out there somewhere, but for now UFC 3 comes closest to it.
Messy to the layman but full of possibilities for the pro, the MMA ground game requires technical skill, everlasting stamina and fearsome strength to master. The UFC 3 variation, whilst inconsistent, replicates that need to learn and employs a range of...
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