Jun 23, 2015
If anyone should try to tackle a sports sim, it should be EA Sports. And tackle fighting it did with EA SPORTS UFC.
Somehow, the tutorial is quite enjoyable on it’s own. It’s of the hands-on variety, so one is able to learn while doing with visual cues that help folks to understand the control system — which incorporates gestures and swipes to control the basics. With said tutorial we see attacks and special attacks, defensive maneuvers, take-downs and even submissions. The controls require dexterity and a keen eye, as there are times a very precise tap is needed. The teaching tool also doesn’t clear until one is able to execute the moves proficiently.
After this, one is able to get into a practice “fight,” which gives one an opportunity to bring the recently learned moves to bear. The same goes for the next level too. After those two are completed, one can decide to try out the other modes.
The battling is straightforward, with two fighters going at it; the game engine feels realistic, and the artwork and animations are excellent, from the authentic-looking fighting area to the simple things like the UFC logo on the mouthpiece. One can pick a fighter, and it’s pertinent to note that a recent update brings female fighters to the fold.
After each fight, performance determines how much game cash is awarded; the health left determines how many stars are given.
So, it does boil down to a war of attrition, as the overriding goal is to ensure that the opponents life bar is depleted before the player. At the base level, in career, one keeps on fighting and trying to move up the ladder — much like a real MMA pugilist would. Of course, as one makes his/her way up the charts, the competition gets better, which is where “training” and earned coins can be useful. The in-app store has a bunch of boosts and training packs and such that can be used to improve a character’s chances. Real cash can be used as well.
It all comes together well: nice graphics, fun options (like Live Events) and familiar names. It’s an easy way to fall in love with the sport it portrays, which underscores its value.