Monday, November 1, 2010

EA sport MMA, an Ultimate fighting Game, Review:

Electronic Arts  is a popular name in Gaming industry. On 22 Oct 2010, the company releases its new EA sport MMA fighting game for Xbox 360 and Play Station 3.

Stepping into the mixed martial arts arena for the first time must be a daunting prospect for any newcomer, but you wouldn't know it looking at EA Sports MMA. A contender for the UFC Undisputed series' previously uncontested crown, EA Sports MMA steps into the ring with a swagger that belies its lack of experience, and gives a good account of itself at almost every opportunity. The company obtain the license of the UFC rival, Strikeforce to include UFC legend Randy Couture and even included longtime UFC notables such as Ken Shamrock, Jeff Monson and Tim Sylvia. Beyond that, several popular Japanese fighters included are Hayato Sakurai, Hidehiko Yoshida, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and even Bob Sapp are on the 60+ man roster.

Outside of known fighters on the roster, EA also included a tight presentation, incorporated EA Photo Game Face (players can graft their own ugly mug onto their fighter) and uploading/downloading created fighters or replays. They didn’t stop there as they even provided several rule sets such as allowing kicks or elbows to the head under Japanese, Unified, Vale Tudo and Strike Force rules. This extends to variances to rings such as boxing rings and circular or hexagonal cages along with time differences such as one round that consists of 20 straight minutes of battle under Vale Tudo.This game has many options to create the ultimate MMA experience. The game focuses on global MMA, not restricting it's gameplay to one brand or region.

In EA Sports MMA, you can choose from the world's top fighters or climb the ranks of the worldwide circuit with your created prodigy to become the ultimate MMA champion. Travel the globe and learn a multitude of fighting techniques and skills from masters in each discipline. Select from various weight classes, rule sets, and take on all challengers in multiple cage types or a ring. The challenge continues online with the ability to create and share custom fighters, prize fights, and more. So, Are you ready? Let's get it on.

EA Sports MMA makes a good first impression with responsive, mostly intuitive controls that are reminiscent of those in last year's Fight Night Round 4. You move with the left analog stick and throw punches with the right, and the shoulder buttons are used to modify those controls to target the body rather than the head, to throw kicks or fakes instead of punches, and to block. Face buttons are used for clinches, sprawls, takedowns, sbmissions, and ground position changes. The choke submission system involves rotating the right stick in search of a sweet spot and takes some getting used to, but like the rest of the default controls, it works well.

There's an option to play with a completely different controller setup that uses face buttons for punches and kicks, but it doesn't afford you the same level of control, and because you'll almost certainly want to use the superior default controls at some point, it's not recommended. Even if you're not familiar with the controls in recent Fight Night games, there's an MMA 101 option accessible from EA Sports MMA's main menu that does an excellent job of teaching you the basics, and there are also ample opportunities to familiarize yourself with the stand-up, clinch, and ground controls when you start out in Career mode.

While creating your Career mode fighter you're also prompted to choose one of nine different specializations, all of which have key strengths and weaknesses. Play as a boxer, for example, and your kicks aren't nearly as effective as your punches. Specialize in judo, on the other hand, and your takedowns and ground skills are much more useful than your striking, and you have a glass jaw to boot. You can train in other styles by visiting different gyms once your career gets under way, but a kickboxer is never going to be great at submissions, and a sambo practitioner isn't likely to win many fights with powerful kicks. Once you settle on your look, your fighting style, and on the name that announcers will call you, you get to meet your trainer, retired MMA champion Bas Rutten.

Some Major features of the game include:

  • Venues include boxing rings, circular cages and hexagonal cages.
  • The game includes multiple rule sets including Japanese, Vale Tudo, and Strikeforce rules in addition to standard Unified Rules.
  • The game includes the ability to fight southpaw- or orthodox, execute foot stomps, soccer kicks and fight on the cage, with deep clinchwork and countering.
  • Mauro Ranallo and Frank Shamrock will be providing commentary, including full announcing of custom fighter names.
  • Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko are on the US cover. Hidehiko Yoshida and Fedor Emelianenko are on the Japanese cover.
  • The game will also feature 'Live Broadcasts' that can be viewed from PC or consoles. The player will be able to upload hype videos, which will help to increase popularity. EA SPORTS will choose the fighters based on their Hype videos and schedule fight cards just like in real life MMA. Real life prizes will be given out to a certain level.
  • The game feature a Japanese fight promotion (so probably Dream).
  • User can be able to fight in both a ring and a cage.
  • Pride Rules available along with Unified Rules

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