The DRAMATIC evolution of UFC video games from 2000-2018

Sunday, December 24, 2017

UFC video games are now a huge hit but it hasn’t always been that way. Some of the earlier titles like ‘Ultimate Fighting Championship’ for the Sony PlayStation and ‘UFC: Throwdown’ for the PlayStation 2 weren’t exactly bestsellers nor were they very impressive.

It really wasn’t until THQ’s UFC 2009 Undisputed for the PS3 and Xbox 360 where the UFC video game franchise REALLY started to take off and for once, there was actually a UFC game that you could enjoy playing.

The THQ ‘Undisputed’ series would make 2 more titles, with Undisputed 3 having the very cool ‘PRIDE mode’ where you could fight in the ring under ‘PRIDE rules’ that included soccer kicks, stomps and the like.

The DRAMATIC evolution of UFC video games from 2000-2018
The DRAMATIC evolution of UFC video games from 2000-2018

Once the team at EA took the series over, though, that’s when even more progress was made, particularly in the grappling department. In the previous THQ games, the ground was too complicated to enjoy casually. So much so that most people would just stand and bang.

However, in these new EA UFC games, the ground game is much improved so that even someone new to the game will know how to improve their position on the ground when given prompts to get up, retain full guard etc.

However, there is one aspect of the ground that can still be improved and that is the submission system. It is far too complicated, in my opinion, to successfully apply a submission in the current EA UFC 2. Hopefully, EA UFC 3 has this worked out which is scheduled to be released on February 2, 2018.

ABOUT EA UFC 3:
EA Sports UFC 3 is an upcoming mixed martial arts fighting video game in development by EA Canada and to be published by EA Sports. Conor McGregor, the previous cover fighter of EA Sports UFC 2 will return as the official cover fighter of the game. Serving as the sequel to 2014’s EA Sports UFC and 2016’s EA Sports UFC 2, it is scheduled to be released on February 2, 2018, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. [Source: Wiki]

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