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I sat down and played the EA MMA demo for Xbox 360 for about an hour today. The demo comes with four playable characters - Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, Bobby Lashley, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, and Jake Shields, a Fight Now mode, and an "MMA 101" tutorial. My thoughts below.

The Good
The character models are excellent. The four playable characters (Overeem, Lashley, Miller, and Shields) and two non-playable characters ("Big" John McCarthy and Jimmy Lennon Jr.) look fantastic. All the faces are recognizable, the body types are correct, and the textures have a lot of detail.
Basic striking with the right stick is fluid. I played a fair bit of the Fight Night series, so this wasn't completely jarring for me. Kicks are performed by using the left trigger as a modifier. Putting together combos felt natural. Everything felt intuitive, so while I by no means have mastered the striking system, I feel comfortable with it.

The Bad
Grappling still sucks. Another MMA game, another disappointing grappling engine. The grappling system is simple: press "A" to improve position, press "B" to prevent your opponent from improving, press "X" to attempt a submission, and press "Y" to try disengage. While THQ's series uses the right stick for positional advancement, grappling ends up as the same back-and-forth improve/deny position game in EA MMA as well. Never mind that this isn't an accurate representation of real-life grappling, it just feels clunky and disjointed. I'm beginning to worry that a fun, fluid, and simple grappling system is out of reach.

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Post #1   9/29/10 9:42:33AM   

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Yeah, I definitely found the grappling to be annoying too. What made it even worse was the fact that the CPU goes for a take down about every 2 seconds when you're back on your feet.

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If someone employed a cardio system in any way resembling real life there would be a lot of problems solved. Spamming ends when after 10 takedown attempts from your spamming oponent you can easily sub him.

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Anyone know when the demo will be available to the general public?

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Posted by grappler0000

Anyone know when the demo will be available to the general public?



I believe it was available starting yesterday, wasn't it?

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Posted by emfleek


Posted by grappler0000

Anyone know when the demo will be available to the general public?



I believe it was available starting yesterday, wasn't it?



No, I checked...it's only available to gold members right now (on the xbox anyway). I'm assuming it will be available in a week or so, but just hadn't seen the date posted anywhere.

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I've thought this game looked terrible since I first saw it. Fight Night Round 4 sucked and this game is just FNR4 MMA version.

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Well thats no good I have been holding off on buy a new game in hopes that this one would keep my attention for a nice span. But the other night I looked at the ps3 and said man they better hurry up cause im feeling like yo are a waste of money. Clearly not a true statment just have not been on it in prob 2 months.

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Posted by postman

But the other night I looked at the ps3 and said man they better hurry up cause im feeling like yo are a waste of money. Clearly not a true statment just have not been on it in prob 2 months.



Same here. I played Undisputed 10 for a little over a week when it first came and haven't really touched my PS3 since, with the exception of one night when I thought I felt like playing a game of Madden 10 but ended up playing it for 5 minutes and decided I just couldn't do it since it's not the latest version.

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Posted by bjj1605

I've thought this game looked terrible since I first saw it. Fight Night Round 4 sucked and this game is just FNR4 MMA version.



I just played it,it is beyond attrocious.

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You guys are really buming me out, I had high hopes for this one. Oh well I still have the old Pride game for PS2.

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Too bad a real indepth K1 game wouldn't sell cause they have the standup pretty well done and that could be alot of fun.

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The submission system isn't great, but it's still better than undisputed's. I don't know why lashley is in the demo. The Guy spams takedowns like crazy. Other than takedown spams, I find this game more fulfilling than undisputed. I'm still gonna pick this game up.

The funny thing they got right was Shields getting mount on me and raining down punches, and not finishing.

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Posted by machodog76

You guys are really buming me out, I had high hopes for this one. Oh well I still have the old Pride game for PS2.




Just played a few games
First thoughts.

1. Amazing graphics. Reminds me of watching fights on HDnet for some reason. Only it's a game.

2. Submission system needs work but is still 1000000000 times better than Undisputeds. I have already one 2 wins via submission.

3. The striking is fun. I like the ability to throw fakes.

4. The ground game is going to take time to get used to. Not sure really what to think. The tutorial tells you one thing but in game controls give you an entirley different layout which works much better.

5. Mount striking is a bit lame. the KO's that result need major fixing.

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crappy game mma games will never be any good. all the fighters lumber around the ring the same way. why dont they give them unique fighter movements. some guys are supposed to be quicker then others. im not happy with ea mma or ufc's game thet both suck and im a mma lover.

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