EA Sports have been fine tuning its MMA gaming franchise since 2014.
Both of their previous UFC games replicated the best parts of MMA and supplied its fans with the Fight Night presentation they’re used to. The development team took a step back to look at what it did right, what needs improvement and what should be added for the sequel. After spending some time with EA Sports UFC 3, I came away impressed by everything it has to offer. The visuals have been vastly improved, the knockouts/submissions look more brutal and the fighter likenesses’ are more lifelike than ever. Welcome back to the digital Octagon, fight fans.
Here’s everything you need to know to get your prepped for EA Sports UFC 3.
1. “Real Player Motion Tech” is the Main Driving Force Behind This Year’s Fighter Animation
The new fighter animation tech implemented for this sequel has been dubbed Real Player Motion Tech. The punches and kicks you’ll throw look all the more fluid than before, plus certain fighters will be able to pull off their signature combinations/takedowns. For instance, Conor McGregor’s 4-hit striking combo is prominently featured within his in-game repertoire. Plus Demetrious Johnson’s strike-to-takedown maneuvers can also be utilized mid-battle.
The development team chose to rely on RPM Tech in order to replicate the tactical footwork seen in the cage. Fighters now move across the mat in a more realistic manner and look far more fluid while in motion. Along with all of those graphical enhancements, many of the UFC’s biggest stars will come with their signature entrances and fight motions. Nate Diaz’s badass stroll to to Octagon and his trash talking filled post-fight celebration both look better than they’ve ever been. The new broadcast camera system does a much better job of replicating the TV angles captured during real-life fights.
2. Career Mode Has Been Re-Dubbed “G.O.A.T. Career Mode”
Making your way to legendary status with a custom fighter is once again the theme of Career Mode. UFC 3’s version of this popular mode has been dubbed G.O.A.T. Career Mode, which lets you bring your fighter from the little league right on up to the big time. You’ll start out your career in the WFA (World Fighting Alliance) and vie for Dana White’s immediate attention with an impressive knockout or take your time perfecting your skills within the Octagon. Your fighter eventually gets the option to sign/re-sign unique contracts that gifts them with a certain amount of Fight Cash.
Your path to greatness is a bit more focused this time around now that you’ll have promotional and performance-based objectives to complete. You’ll be able to choose what gym your fighter affiliates with/trains in, which fighters he’ll get embroiled in a rivalry with, how he’ll promote his fights and how he’ll interact with the fans via social media. After pulling off certain feats within the Octagon, those milestones will be showcased via cinematic sequences reminiscent of UFC programs like Bad Blood and UFC Minute (which will be hosted in-game by Megan Olivi).
3. Ultimate Team Mode Will Allow You to Collect Real UFC Competitors
Like most of EA Sports’ other titles, UFC 3 will feature its own new and improved rendition of Ultimate Team mode. Along with your own Create A Fighter competitor, you now have the chance to collect real UFC stars and add them to your dream team. Your chosen fighter and everyone who’s aligned with him can tackle dynamically-updated single-player challenges that grant you rewards.
Items now have the ability to strengthen a fighter or your entire team with special boosters that increases their “Fighter Chemistry.” Customizing your fighter is now an easier process thanks to the more streamlined item management system that lets you equip new moves and stat boosts/perks. And finally, the new Ultimate Team Sets let you collect numerous useable items that can be either be kept or traded in for better goods.
4. There are Modes That Cater to MMA TraditionalistS & More Casual Fans Who Love to Throw Hands
UFC 3’s main modes feature different rulesets that cater to all types of MMA fans. One of those modes makes its welcome return from the second game in the series, plus there’s new ones to enjoy offline/online. Refer to the list posted below to read the entire fight mode lineup:
– Knockout Mode: The fan-favorite Knockout Mode from EA Sports UFC 2 returns. Set the amount of strikes it takes to win and face off against an opponent with no grappling and no ground game
– Stand & Bang: Stand and bang with all strikes and no ground game in an authentic, five-round bout
– Submission Shootout: Show off your skills and take on your opponent entirely on the ground using holds, ground-and-pound, and submissions to get the win and be a champion
– Tournament Mode: The ultimate game mode for a group of friends: choose your fighter and see how many opponents you can finish in a King of the Hill style tournament mode. The last man standing wears the crown and earns the bragging rights among your friends
– Fight Now Custom: Fight your way with complete control over every setting and slider from stamina, transition speed, submission speed, grapple advantage, damage, health recovery, and perks
Getting the win in UFC 3’s hotly-contested fights should be less of a headache for freshman and veteran players alike. The Practice Mode will help players improve your skills since it now features an AI Recording System. After inputting a certain sequence of moves, an AI-controlled opponent will perform it and give you time to practice your offensive/defensive options against those actions. Along with that new teaching module, tutorial videos, gameplay hints and a simplified submission system also help in breaking down all the intricacies of UFC 3.
5. The “Champions Edition” Features One of the Current MMA GOATs on the Cover
It shouldn’t come as a shock to see that one of the UFC’s biggest stars is adorning the cover – Conor McGregor! As for the game itself, it’s set to arrive on February 2, 2018. Pre-ordering the special Champions Edition awards you with 20 Premium Packs for Ultimate Team Mode and 3-days of early access to the full game.
Plus you’ll get the option to add one current or former UFC Champion to your overall Ultimate Team squadron. The list of fighters you’ll get to choose from includes Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, Conor McGregor, Demetrious Johnson and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. If you happen to be an EA Access member who purchases the game digitally, you’ll receive a special 10-percent discount.
Buy the Champions Edition of EA Sports UFC 3 here.
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