Excerpt: MMA is unabashedly obsessed with violence. Practised, controlled and precise violence, perhaps, but you only need listen to the riotous bellows of the audience when a heavy blow tears through a rival's skin to realise society is still trading on the pain and primal thrill of blood sports.
Summary: Quite a bit of attention has been put on mixed martial arts due to the marketing efforts of Zuffa, UFC's Parent company. This attention has not only made UFC a household name, but has changed the sport as well. EA Sports MMA is not just an alternative to the UFC game, it's an MMA history lesson.
Summary: EA took a huge step in the right direction with their first MMA title, and with some work it could be the perfect MMA game. The controls are great and the combat is fluid, but the career mode, while in-depth, can be repetitive and linear.
Summary: EA Sports MMA is a solid start for EA in the world or video games based on the fastest growing sport in the world. The single player aspect might not be up to snuff, but the game features a solid fighting engine, enjoyable presentation, and a dynamite online feature.
Excerpt: MMA is the latest fighter to arrive on the PS3 that puts realism in the forefront, thanks to the game being based on the official MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) tournaments which is quite popular in the US and the UK.
Summary: In all, MMA is a strange beast. There are a lot of good ideas here, and the bells and whistles are all pretty impressive. The actual game mechanic, however, is another story. I think there's a really good game to be made in the MMA arena, but this effort just adds up to something that, if you're not...
Pros: Training with the notables of the sport is really fun., Character creation is immensely satisfying., Comprehensive online community features are innovative.
Cons: You're going to end up button mashing, even though they preach against it., Learning curve is WAY too steep, and AI too smart, equalling frustration., Despite being interesting concepts, the community features need a community to work.