EA Sports UFC 3

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EA Sports UFC 3
EA Sports UFC 3 Official Boxart.jpg
Cover art featuring Conor McGregor
Developer(s)EA Canada
Publisher(s)EA Sports
Platform(s)PlayStation 4
Xbox One
ReleaseFebruary 2, 2018
Genre(s)Fighting, sports
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

EA Sports UFC 3 is a mixed martial arts fighting video game developed by EA Canada and was published by EA Sports.[1] Conor McGregor, one of the previous cover fighters of EA Sports UFC 2, returned as the official cover fighter of the game. Serving as the sequel to 2014's EA Sports UFC and 2016's EA Sports UFC 2, it was released on February 2, 2018, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.[2]

A sequel, EA Sports UFC 4, was released on August 14, 2020.


EA Sports UFC 3 is a mixed martial arts fighting game, similar to previous installments, the game is based on Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), while also retaining realism with respect to physics, sounds and movements. The game has also been heavily endorsed by Conor McGregor, the cover athlete as well as one of the UFC's top stars. New to the series is the "G.O.A.T." career mode, where the choices made throughout the career impact the player's path to greatness. Outside of fights, the player can make promotional choices to build hype, gain fans, earn more cash through big contracts and capture the world's attention. A new in-game social media system now allows the player to create heated rivalries with other UFC athletes, providing the freedom to take on any type of persona.[3]

Continuing on the knockout mode which was introduced in EA Sports UFC 2, the game delivers a new type of multiplayer modes designed for fast and quick fights that are integral when playing against opponents. The tournament mode offers ultimate rights as the player attempts to take on as many opponents as possible in bracket-style elimination rounds with continuous damage and fatigue. With 234 different fighters in 10 weight classes, the game contains the biggest character roster out of the three EA Sports UFC games.[4]


EA Sports announced on November 1, 2017, that a third installment was in development. Along with the initial announcement, a short teaser trailer featuring UFC fighters Demetrious Johnson, Anderson Silva, and Joanna Jędrzejczyk was also conducted.[5] On November 3, the official reveal trailer of EA Sports UFC 3 was released worldwide.[6] Like other EA games, UFC 3 has been criticized for implementing pay-to-win mechanics.[7] Although the use of microtransactions is expected to only affect one game mode, the option for consumers to spend real money to avoid grinding has been derided as exploitative.[8][9]

UFC 3 is also the first title to support RPM Tech, an engine developed by EA Sports which more accurately represents character movements.[10]


Critical response[edit]

EA Sports UFC 3 received "generally favorable" reviews from critics, according to review aggregator Metacritic.

Game Informer praised the graphics, saying the "attention to detail is gorgeous, from the way fighters circle each other in the Octagon to the facial animations as an overhand right comes down on their cheek". Polygon said "the honeymoon with UFC 3 is short. Career Mode, comprises several stages of a fighter's rise through his or her weight class. Yet by the 10th fight, the repetition and grind became obvious."

EGMNow criticized the microtransactions, saying "Just like in other EA Ultimate Team modes, this is a clear cash grab, attempting to get you hooked to the mode in the hopes you'll spend real-world money on card packs to more quickly advance your fighter's stats – it's nothing short of infuriating." Games Radar said that it "makes Battlefront 2's lootbox system look immensely charitable." IGN also called the mode "straight-up terrible".

GameSpot summarized it as "EA Sports UFC 3 is a tense, exciting, and dynamic recreation of the stand and bang aspect of mixed martial arts. The grappling still needs plenty of work, and one would hope this is something EA Canada addresses in the next iteration; yet these shortcomings become easier to overlook because of the accomplishment of its redefined striking. When it comes to the art of combat, few sports titles do it better."


UFC 3 reached number 12 in the UK sales charts, behind Monster Hunter: World.[18] It was ranked number 22 in Australia, behind Shadow of the Colossus, and number 11 in New Zealand.[19] It reached number 32 in Japan.[20]

It was the 16th most downloaded PS4 title in the US,[21] and 7th in Europe in February 2018.[22]


The game was nominated for "Game, Franchise Fighting" and "Performance in a Sports Game" with Jon Anik at the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards.[23]


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  3. ^ Good, Owen S. (November 3, 2017). "EA Sports UFC 3 announced for Xbox One, PS4 (update)". Polygon. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  4. ^ Hiergesell, Dan. "EA Sports UFC 3 official trailer reveal". MMA Mania. MMA Mania. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
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  6. ^ Ruppert, Liana (November 3, 2017). "New EA Sports UFC 3 Reveal Trailer Shows Off More Champion Details". WWG. comicbook. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "EA Sports UFC 3 under fire for microtransactions and loot boxes". Metro. 1 Dec 2017.
  8. ^ Phillips, Tom (January 12, 2017). "EA Sports UFC 3 beta sparks claims of pay-to-win, but what's really going on". Eurogamer.
  9. ^ Tassi, Paul (November 30, 2017). "After 'Battlefront 2,' Will EA Sports Fans Throw Off The Yoke Of Microtransactions?". Forbes.
  10. ^ Arts, Electronic (27 October 2017). "Real Player Motion Tech Deep Dive - EA SPORTS UFC 3".
  11. ^ "EA Sports UFC 3". Metacritic.
  12. ^ Carsillo, Ray (31 January 2018). "EA Sports UFC 3 review". EGMNow.
  13. ^ Shea, Brian (30 January 2018). "UFC 3 Review – From Contender To Champion". Game Informer. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  14. ^ Snappe, Joel (25 January 2018). "UFC 3 review: 'Half-brilliant, half going-through-the-motions'". GamesRadar+.
  15. ^ Wakeling, Richard (5 February 2018). "UFC 3 Review: A Tense, Exciting, And Dynamic Recreation Of MMA". GameSpot.
  16. ^ Saltzman, Mitchell (31 January 2018). "EA Sports UFC 3 Review". IGN.
  17. ^ Good, Owen S. (2 February 2018). "EA Sports UFC 3 review". Polygon.
  18. ^ "TOP 40 ENTERTAINMENT SOFTWARE, WEEK ENDING 3 February 2018". GFK Chart-Track. Archived from the original on 1 April 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  19. ^ "Top 10 List of Most Popular Videos Games in Australia and New Zealand - week ended 11 February 2018". Synoply. Archived from the original on 31 March 2019. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  20. ^ Brian (9 February 2018). "Media Create software sales (1/29/18 - 2/4/18) - Top 50". Nintendo Everything.
  21. ^ Massongill, Justin (8 March 2018). "PlayStation Store: February's Top Downloads". PlayStation Blog.
  22. ^ Dutton, Fred (8 March 2018). "Find out where Shadow Of The Colossus and Moss debuted in February's PS Store charts". PlayStation Blog Europe. Archived from the original on 11 March 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  23. ^ "Nominee List for 2018". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. 11 February 2019. Archived from the original on 13 February 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2019.

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