EA Sports UFC Reviews

EA Sports UFC is ranked in the 38th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
8.4 / 10.0
Jun 16, 2014

This is a very solid first time in the Octagon for EA. The foundation they've put in place for the gameplay is something they can definitely work with going forward. In comparison to the last time a game was released with the UFC brand attached, this does lag behind somewhat. Undisputed 3 played a little crisper, a little cleaner, while exhibiting more confidence to the player that he/she can completely wrap their head around all parts of every control aspect with efficiency. A great roster, awesome tutorials, and thorough Career teams up with local support for two as well as a handful of good online options gets things going back in the right direction. And the graphical quality of the fighters is really a sight to behold and is something the development team can display with pride. UFC has some great ideas brewing, and a wonderful base for growth. The next installment would benefit from some consolidation in a few areas while making other "finer points" a bit more accessible.

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Eurogamer
Top Critic
7 / 10
Jun 16, 2014

EA Sports UFC is a game capable of brilliance. It's let down by some curious design decisions, signs of a team perhaps too interested in capturing non-essential moves seen on YouTube rather than nailing the essence of the sport. But when it flows against human competition, it offers beautiful destruction and glorious drama. Landing a picture-perfect head kick in the final minute of the fifth round of a title fight? Well, it doesn't get much better. And if that's not worth a fistbump, I don't know what is.

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Jun 16, 2014

As Bruce Lee, one of the DLC characters for the game, would say: "Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them." Nothing could be truer for the future of EA Sports UFC.

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70 / 100
Jun 16, 2014

EA Sports UFC is great next step for MMA games. The career mode and realistic gameplay will gain the love of diehard UFC fans and hardcore sports gamers.

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6 / 10
Jun 16, 2014

EA Sports UFC could have been great, but thanks to a lack of modes and customisation options, it's simply ok.

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79 / 100
Jun 17, 2014

UFC is not as refined as an experience it could be and compared to other sports franchises it lacks in the depth department; however, there is no question EA Sports UFC game is fun to play and overall is a satisfying fighter.

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3.5 / 5.0
Jun 17, 2014

If you like EA's first venture into the MMA world, you will probably like EA UFC. If you are a UFC fan, you will definitely like EA UFC. Heck, the roster is over 100 fighters huge, and that's saying something. However, if you are a fighting game fan, this isn't the game for you. If you are looking for a sports like simulation experience, this isn't the game for you. If you aren't looking to play with other players, this isn't the game for you. In the end, you just can't take EA Sports UFC all that seriously, and if you can manage that, it's a pretty fun distraction to play with friends and fans of the sport. However, if you are looking for a lot of replay value or a deep strategic fighting experience, then you are probably climbing into the wrong ring.

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Ray Carsillo
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Jun 17, 2014

The best representation of the action that happens inside the Octagon yet. While it's not simple, the control scheme is still easy enough to learn that it takes the experience to an entirely new level as you break your opponents down standing up, in the clinch, or on the mat. With outstanding next-gen visuals, EA Sports UFC is good enough to carry around a championship belt.

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Jun 17, 2014

EA Sports UFC boasts incredibly detailed fighters and great combat. However, this debut effort from a new publisher lacks the single-player balance and the variety of modes that previous UFC games brought to the ring.

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75 / 100
Jun 17, 2014

In the end, EA Sports UFC is still a winner, but by split decision. Some of the omissions like cut and leg stoppages, and the odd bug here and there, make for a debut that is certainly better than EA Sports MMA. Here's the hitch though – somehow despite itself the game is ridiculously fun. Although very ambitious, this title still could have used a little more time in the gym. I look forward to the sequel though – the second fight is almost always better than the first.

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9 / 10.0
Jun 17, 2014

All in all EA Sports UFC is a great fighting game that embodies the strategy and fighting prowess needed to be an ultimate fighter. The game does a great job making each punch, kick, takedown and submission feel as real as it gets without having to step into a real Octagon. This is a must have for any MMA or UFC fan and a must try for anyone who really wants to learn the sport and understand what it is all about.

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Jun 18, 2014

It was obviously EA and UFC's goal to give fans of the sport a video game franchise that encapsulated all their was to love about it. EA Sports UFC is absolutely that, even if all aspects of the sport are not adapted equally.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 18, 2014

The fighting system has a bit of a learning curve to overcome before you can appreciate the combat

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7.2 / 10.0
Jun 18, 2014

UFC isn't as polished as it needed to be, but I suppose it'll give avid fans a thrill. There's plenty of content and if you've got the requisite diligence and patience, your training can really pay off. The designers do a good job recreating the tension and invigoration one feels when squaring off against an equally powerful opponent, and the freedom to create and build any fighter you wish is intoxicating.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2014

While less emphasis on DLC, a practice mode, and a better explanation of the submission game would have been helpful, EA Sports UFC gets a no-contest from this reviewer. It doesn't hurt that there's no other MMA game to compete against, much less on PlayStation 4, but the game's presentation has all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a fully loaded fight card. You'll have to stop short of beating the virtual opponent in front of you to death, but bruises and blood will leave you feeling like your TV just fell on you and got the clinch in two moves.

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Jun 19, 2014

While EA Sports UFC is a fun and gorgeous fighting game, it fails to be an accurate depiction of the sport it is trying to emulate.

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IGN
Top Critic
6.8 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2014

As great as it looks, EA Sports UFC fails to capture the high stakes excitement that makes MMA such a great sport.

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Jun 19, 2014

EA Sports UFC has failed to create something as immediately entertaining as it is rewardingly complex.

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6 / 10
Jun 19, 2014

A surprisingly hesitant start to EA's new sports series, in terms of both the amount of content and the disjointed action.

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Destructoid
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2014

I would recommend anyone with a little bit of interest in the sport and a lot of patience check out EA Sports UFC. There is a fun game in here somewhere -- it's just behind a lot of barriers.

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