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What happens when fan favourite sports, movies and games mix with Electronic Arts…? You get a glorified slot machine.
But even worse, imagine having to pay this slot machine a fee to even sit down.
This is what entails UFC 3’s online functionalities. A slow, grinding game of chance that your may never want to play again because of how frustrating it can be.
The worst part is, this game mechanically is actually a big improvement from the last two games! just not in the online side of things…
So before I continue I just want to say, DO NOT BUY this game for it’s ULTIMATE TEAM. You’ll just shoot yourself (and your wallet) in the foot.
Striking Lethal Combo’s – Gameplay
Its fluid, realistic and sometimes ‘buggy’… but nonetheless it’s had big improvements in the areas which needed them most.
Punches feel more impactful, as loud smacks transpire from bouncing heads “off the canvas”, and you can now punch whilst dodging or quickly moving backwards; giving players more strategic control.
Dodging and then throwing combo’s is also made easier, with the right stick allowing for better maneuverability of characters.
The ground game still remains similar to it’s previous title “UFC 2” but also seems worse in some aspects, as predicting why your lost a certain position is made more difficult and to me felt unbalanced.
However, despite this the stand-up game in UFC 3 is some of the best I’ve ever seen. Motion capture was certainly done right.
There is also “individual bars” for health, stamina and defense of particular body parts. Meaning you have to be more careful on how you go into a fight. Certain area’s of your body will grow tired and wounded, so change up your game style accordingly or face a potential ‘lights out’ scenario.
Above Video: Conor McGregor VS Bruce Lee.
Becoming The G.O.A. T – Game Modes
As for any sporting or fighting game, you have to have good game modes. So what’s on offer here?
Well apart from the gameplay improvements not much… except for the Career Mode.
The Career Mode has been revamped and extended to become the highlight of UFC 3. As not only will your have to worry about training and fighting but also managing your finances. This means you’ll have to choose what martial art’s gym you’d like to sign up for, spending money on promoting your fight or finding information about certain opponents. Making money management a priority, as your work your way up the ladder.
The other modes on offer are nothing special and include:
- Knockout Mode – is exactly what it sounds like. You can play with a friend in local co-op and beat each other in an arcade like scenario, until one’s health meter drops to zero.
- Fight Now – is just a quick match that your can play against friends or AI. It gives you the freedom to pick any UFC fighter your want and customise the match settings to your liking. There is also submission shootout (ground-only) and stand and bang (standing-only).
- Online Mode – Ultimate Team is probably the main mode online. It is ridiculously unbalanced and you’ll feel like you have no control over your characters progression, as everything is randomized loot. There are cards for everything under the sun, such as left-hand punch power and right foot strength. You’ll need to literally pay real money because the grind gets so tedious. A shame because it would’ve been the icing on the cake.
Above Video: UFC 3 GOAT Career Mode.
Look Mum Its Conor McGregor! – Graphics And Sound
Hands down the best thing in this game is it’s atmospheric immersion. Nothing comes close to it in realistic fighting games.
Sweat and blood drip onto the octagon, skin moves in dynamic ways after getting hit and bruising proceeds. EA may be greedy corporate suites but at least their money goes towards artistic and colorful eye candy.
Everything is superb in this aspect and that’s all your need to know.
Above Video: Graphics Comparison, UFC 2 VS UFC 3. (XBOX ONE X)
Don’t Buy It For The Online
Buy this for a great single and local split-screen fighting game. Supporting these business men is not going to make the situation for gaming in the future any better.
UFC 3 is available on both PS4 and Xbox One consoles now!
If your have any questions, please leave a comment below.
I will be adding a review system for your guy’s to join in soon, so stay tuned.
Have a great day guy’s and be safe!