GamesBeat Delivers a Professional, Hard-Hitting UFC Review

UFC wants to score a TKO, but ends up winning by a close decision.

UFC wants to score a TKO, but ends up winning by a close decision.


The Ultimate Fighting Championship is more popular than ever, so it’s time to produce a stellar sports franchise. After all, this is what EA Sports does, right?

Well, while the latest effort from EA Canada is quite possibly the best virtual MMA fighter yet, the sport has a long way to go in the gaming world. The solid building blocks are there: Depth, atmosphere, complexity, strategy, etc. But for a simulator to properly ensnare the core followers of the sport, it needs to be technically accomplished.

That’s not necessarily the case with¬†UFC, as GamesBeat’s Rory Appleton describes in his review. Using a visceral prose style that keenly reflects the game in question, this critic provides readers with an accurate, balanced analysis.

The game has plenty of highlights and a great Career Mode, but it's just not polished enough.

The game has plenty of highlights and a great Career Mode, but it’s just not polished enough.

Why We Like It:

— Whenever a critic captures the spirit of the game in the writing, they get brownie points. Too many critics today think it’s more about their own style when in fact, adapting your style to the product gives the reader a true, accurate sense of that product.

— We must be suckers for that “What you’ll like” and “What you won’t like” structure. It’s like producing larger summaries within the body of the review, which makes it more accessible to readers.

— The game is a simulator, so the critic¬†must go into detail concerning the attempt at authenticity. The reviewer here does exactly that.

Congrats, Rory! And we’d like to add that GamesBeat has the distinction of being the very first source to be honored twice by VGRHQ. No, we didn’t plan it that way but hey, when you’ve got it, you’ve got it.

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3 thoughts on “GamesBeat Delivers a Professional, Hard-Hitting UFC Review”

Never liked UFC. I’ll wait for Madden.

I tried the demo but I couldn’t stand the control scheme. Felt WAY too much like a chore.

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