EA Sports MMA
|EA Sports MMA|
|Release date(s)||October 19, 2010|
|Genre(s)||Mixed martial arts|
|Distribution||Blu-ray Disc, DVD-DL|
EA Sports MMA is a fighting video game which was published by EA Sports and developed by EA Tiburon from 2008 to 2010. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 19, 2010 in North America and October 22, 2010 everywhere else. Online services have been shut down since April 13, 2012 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
On June 1, 2009, Electronic Arts announced that an all-new fighting title is in development under the EA Sports brand. EA Sports MMA was released in 2010 on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Its website did not reveal any facts about the gameplay or its release date, just one link to sign up for the EA Sports newsletter and another that directs people to EA Sports' MMA forum. However, the Facebook page for the game released steady amounts of videos and preview information leading up to the release. This game has many options to create the ultimate MMA experience. The game focuses on global MMA, not restricting its gameplay to one brand or region.
It was announced that the first trailer would be shown on CBS, during Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers on November 7, 2009. The trailer featured Emelianenko and Rogers performing a variety of attacks and defenses against each other. The trailer ended with both of the men about to punch each other in the face. It was announced that EA MMA would feature Strikeforce as its flagship promotion.
- Venues include boxing rings, circular cages and hexagonal cages.
- The game includes multiple rule sets including Japanese, Vale Tudo, and Strikeforce rules in addition to standard Unified Rules.
- The game includes the ability to fight southpaw- or orthodox, execute foot stomps, soccer kicks and knees to the face on the ground, and fight on the cage, with deep clinchwork and countering.
- Mauro Ranallo and Frank Shamrock provide commentary, but are unable to announce most custom names.
The US cover for the game shows Fedor Emelianenko and Randy Couture, while the Japanese cover has Hidehiko Yoshida instead of Couture.
The game will also feature 'Live Broadcasts' that can be viewed from PC or consoles. The player will be able to upload hype videos, which will help to increase popularity. EA Sports will choose the fighters based on their Hype videos and schedule fight cards just like in real life MMA. Real life prizes will be given out to a certain level.
The default controls utilize the left analog stick for movement, right analog stick for strikes and face buttons for grappling. The shoulder buttons act as modifiers for the strikes which by default are punches aimed at the head, turning them into body punches, kicks or feints. Takedown/transition attempts and takedown/transition defense are performed by a single press of a button. Depending on the timing, successful defense can result in a sprawl, transitional block or a reversal. Submissions can be attempted by a single press of a button as well, and the defending player can prevent the hold from being applied if he reacts quickly enough. Otherwise, the fighters engage in one of two submission mini-games. Once a submission has been initiated, it is not possible to cancel out of it.
For arm and leg submissions, the players must tap either the submit or defend button several times until the defending fighter either submits or escapes. Success depends upon the player's ability to manage his stamina as every tap of the button rapidly drains the stamina meter. Refraining from tapping the button refills the meter just as quickly. The idea is to tap the button in short bursts while maintaining the stamina at optimum levels and never letting it drain completely.
For chokes, a circular image appears in the center of the screen. A colored marker moves along the circumference from clockwise to counterclockwise in unpredictable patterns and fades in and out of view. The player (whether on offense or defense) must track and match the movement of the marker with the left analog stick. The circle shrinks (while the screen fades to black) as the fighter gets closer to getting choked out and expands when one gets closer to escaping. The player who's better able to track the marker will win the mini-game.
One-hit KO's are possible with proper timing, but more common are TKO's that result from one player getting pummeled while unable to defend himself. Other possible outcomes are unanimous decisions, split decisions and draws. There are no DQ's as illegal moves cannot be performed in the game.
- HW Fighter can switch to Heavyweight
- LHW Fighter can switch to Light Heavyweight
- MW Fighter can switch to Middleweight
- WW Fighter can switch to Welterweight
- LW Fighter can switch to Lightweight
- DLC Downloadable content
- Liga De Combate
- United Fighters League
- Renegade Fighting League
- Weapons of Destruction
UFC president Dana White has declared himself "at war" with EA over the development of the EA Sports MMA video game. According to White, the UFC had hoped that EA Sports would pick up the publishing rights to the UFC's video game license, but EA Sports declined. White remarks, "EA Sports told us, 'You're not a real sport. We wouldn't touch this thing. We want nothing to do with this.'" The UFC instead partnered with THQ to develop UFC 2009 Undisputed. "We put our asses on the line, THQ and the UFC, to make a video-game deal in the worst economy in the world," White told reporters in July 2009. "We go out there and do this thing, and it's successful, and now EA Sports wants to do a video game.
In response to these allegations, EA Sports have since claimed that Dana White held a meeting with EA in Los Angeles, who are responsible for successful sports games. Additionally, the fact that EA Sports began development of EA Sports MMA before UFC 2009 Undisputed was initially released led credence to the notion that the development of EA Sports MMA was not reactionary.
White warned the fighters who intend to be included in the upcoming EA Sports MMA game release, claiming that "If you do business with EA, you won't be in the UFC". Former UFC heavyweight champions Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski, as well as Frank Trigg and Vladimir Matyushenko confirmed their presence in the EA Sports MMA video game. Fan favorite Randy Couture was under contract with UFC before agreeing to be a part of EA Sports MMA, but is able to take part in the game due to never signing over his likeness to the UFC for use in video games. White has since changed his standpoint on this subject.
Game launch and reception
EA Sports MMA launched on October 19, 2010, with a public launch party for fans and media. At the gatherings, UFC Hall of Fame fighter Randy Couture and former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko, both of whom grace the cover of the game, finally got the opportunity to fight each other, albeit via their video gamer personas. Fedor went on to win via TKO in the game.
Initial reviews have been positive with Metacritic giving the Xbox 360 version a score of 79% after 55 reviews (78% after 42 reviews for the PS3 version) and Game Rankings giving the Xbox360 version a score of 80.5% after 39 reviews (78.2% after 25 reviews for the PS3 Version). While EA Sports MMA remains a critical success thus far, it hasn't had the same success financially. According to a Cowen & Company analyst, sales of EA Sports MMA have been poor, with analyst Doug Creutz saying it’s “more or less dead on arrival at retail".
On October 21, 2010 EA Sports MMA was released as for the iOS platform. It is a scaled-down version of the game, featuring 24 fighters from five different weight class, create-a-fighter mode and career mode.
With the recent acquisition of the UFC License there will no longer be a direct sequel to EA Sports MMA. Development is being handled by the same team as the Fight Night series.
- Videogamer.com MMA News
- Stewart, Kemuel (2008-06-01). "E3 ‘09: EA Sports MMA Announced". GamerCenterOnline. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
- EA Sports MMA Forum
- Strikeforce to be flagship promotion in upcoming "EA Sports MMA" videogame
- E3 2010: Hype Yourself in EA Sports MMA
- EA SPORTS MMA to Feature STRIKEFORCE as a Premier League
- WATCH VIDEO
- "Finally, Fedor vs. Couture... Well, Sort Of". MMAWeekly.com. 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-11-05.