While the sport of MMA has recently seen a burst in popularity, it has not been widely represented in the gaming world. The UFC Undisputed series was the only way that MMA fans could get a taste of their favorite sport via a gaming console, until now. Electronic Arts has decided to enter the ring, with its release of EA Sports MMA for the PS3. Let's take a closer look.
For an inaugural entry into the world of mixed martial arts, EA Sports MMA is quite good. Since the developers made the game with a distinct control system and feel, it's also good enough to stand on its own without having to copy UFC Undisputed.
If you are looking for some single player fun, EA Sports MMA provides it through the game's career mode. Career mode is a good way for you to fine tune your skills before taking on other opponents online. As its name would suggest, career mode places you in the shoes of a fighter as you make your way up the MMA ranks. You basically start from scratch, and you get to create a custom fighter that represents who you want to portray in the ring.
The customization feature has its good and bad sides. Let's start with the bad news first. Creating the actual fighter is not as custom of an experience as one would hope for. When selecting the head or face, you can't tweak the individual features. You have to choose from faces as a whole, so your creative juices cannot flow as much. You do have the option of uploading a picture of yourself through EA Sports' Game Face feature, however.
Other human features up for selection are skin tone, eye color, physique, and hairstyle. No MMA fighter is complete without tattoos, and you can add those as well. You can also accessorize with different choices for shorts and a t-shirt. The selection here is huge, although the importance of the two items is not so high.
Besides aesthetics, you can also customize your character's fighting style. This is highly important, as it will dictate your moves in the ring, and ultimately, your success. You can choose between nine different fighting disciplines: Boxing, Brawler, Generalist, Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Sambo, and Wrestling.
Each of the disciplines has its own strengths and weaknesses, and the game details them, so you are informed prior to making your choice. If you want your fighter to come from a boxing background, his punches and jaw will be strong, but his kicks will be lacking. Choose Judo as your discipline, and you will have a stronger ground game. Those are just a couple of examples of how each discipline can restrict you.
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