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.
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: 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.
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.