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. While the content of MMA and its glitzy, elder brother boxing are hugely separated, both sports gleefully trade on the basic joy of dangerous, carnal competition.
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. So many aspects left out of THQ's UFC game are featured in EA Sports' title. From the various fight rule types to the legendary commentators, this is an MMA fan's MMA game.
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. If you want an alternative to the UFC games or are just looking for a fun competitive multiplayer experience, you should definitely give this game a look.
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. The presentation is lacking and weak compared to the competition, but once you get into the fight that doesn’t really matter.
Conclusion: Putting in the disk, and getting greeted by the infamous "EA Sports. It's in the game!" usually sets the bar pretty high right off the bat. Knowing Electronic Art's track record for pretty good to near perfect sports titles can raise expectations, and they are met and exceeded by this entry.