EA Sports UFC (PS4)
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Release Date: 20/06/2014
You can see the expertise at play in how the game looks. Heavy blows look like they've broken something, skin ripples on impact and a knockout will really make you wince.
Each face button on the pad controls a limb, while each stick direction and shoulder button acts to modify your strike, creating countless different blows for you to rain down. Players won't be rewarded for just hammering away at the controller - the presence of an in-game stamina bar means each move has to be measured, and strategists will be rewarded. Likewise, players can move defensively with blocking, parrying and dodging options.
The action in the Octagon is complemented by some of the features veterans of EA Sports games have come to recognise. There's a career mode that sees players progressing through the Ultimate Fighter TV show, interacting with real-life pros. There's also, of course, an online multiplayer option that many players will gravitate towards. It mirrors FIFA's Seasons mode, with belt promotions and championship matches to be won along the way.
Basically, EA Sports UFC gives you the opportunity to experience everything about the sport short of being punched in the face.