EA Sports UFC is out today and the reviews coming in early peg it as the weakest of the major games representing the sport in recent years. Lack of content and an arcade rather than sim approach are being consideredÂ - though fun factor regardless of that has been widely identified and online play appears to offer much more enjoymentÂ than taking on the CPU.
EA Sports UFC (2014) 69/77
UFC Undisputed 3 (2012) 85/86
EA Sports MMA (2010) 79/77
UFC Undisputed 2010 85/84
UFC Undisputed 2009 83/84
Though only a small percentage of the total reviews that will come in over the course of the coming weeks have been posted, it’s safe to expect the overall score to float in the same general vicinity of the mid-70s. Even if it rose slightly higher than that it has to be considered a disappointment that UFC, built for the new consoles with the might of the organization behind it, would struggle to top the critical reception of the Strikeforce-branded MMA game which was unable to reach a wide audience four years ago.
The reasons behind the mediocre reviews will be examined on Friday’s Press Row Hangout along with complete impressions of the game. However the questionable decision to market and design the game with casual consumers most in mind – the same group that would find the controls too complicated among other barriers – would have to be one of the biggest mistakes EA made.
One of the biggest surprise announcements of E3 came out of the Sony press conference relating to Far Cry 4. Those who own the game will be able to invite friends to play co-op along with them, even when they don’t own the game themselves. Remembering back to the initial PlayStation 4 announcement Sony raised the idea of a feature where friends could not just spectate but participate without owning the games and that is starting to come to fruition now.
The thinking behind this feature could stretch to sports games in a way that makes a lot of sense. Inaccessibility is often cited as a significant barrier to picking up new consumers and implementing this could allow novices a chance to learn with someone who is more experienced as a teaching tool of sorts. It’s asking a lot for those who aren’t comfortable with these games to spend $60 on them just to find out almost immediately that they’re overwhelming and too hard to grasp. Those people may be lost for good after that.Â Read more
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â™¦Amazon has a deal on the PS4 camera for $10 off through end of today.
â™¦Amazon has a deal on the PS Wireless Gold Headset for $20 off through end of today.
â™¦Check out all the new screenshots for Madden NFL 15 in the FB album.
â™¦Check out all the new screenshots for FIFA 15 in the FB album.
â™¦Check out all the new screenshots for EA PGA Tour 16 in the FB album.
â™¦Richard Sherman is lobbying forÂ the entire Legion of Boom to be on the Madden 15 cover.
â™¦Richard Sherman will be the highest rated player in Madden 15.
â™¦Operation Sports posted hands-on impressions of Madden 15 from E3.
â™¦Operation Sports posted hands-on impressions of NHL 15 from E3.
â™¦EA Sports released commentary samples of Dynamic Match Presentation for FIFA 15.
â™¦New video shows off the player scanning process being done for NBA Live 15.
â™¦This interview w/Â Peter Moore aboutÂ NBA Live’s present and future is chock-full of BS.
â™¦Arcade mobile golf game King of the Course is out now on iOS and Android.
â™¦The first look trailer for PES 2015 is scheduled to go out onÂ June 25.
â™¦Alumni Pack DLC which includes 60 classic players is available for RBI Baseball 14 on mobile.
â™¦NCAA settled its role in the video game part of Keller/O’Bannon lawsuit for $20 million.
â™¦Here’s a good article on one of the many problems in trying to coverÂ games at E3.
In what was a relatively uneventful E3, EA Sports pushed its slate of upcoming titles by focusing mostly on the fundamentals instead of hyperbole. Madden NFL 15, FIFA 15, NHL 15, and PGA Tour all debuted new trailers, appeared at the Electronic Arts press conference, and had additional feature details released.
Madden went heavy on defense accompanied by some gimmicky visual indicators and new cameras. There was also info on aspects like QB accuracy finally mattering and long overdue presentation enhancements – but videos that followed (in particular the one of the halftime show) were somewhat deflating outside of the improved look and flow of the game. Â FIFA debuted its gameplay and presentation features, and in doing so caught up with the other fall titles. EA had been holding back due to the World Cup.
NHL didn’t have much new in the way of details but the impressive trailer and only gameplay video to make it out was worth it. EA Sports PGA Tour 16 meanwhile opened with an apparent attempt to present itself in a more arcade-style light, which may be its way of trying to appeal to the casual crowd now that Tiger Woods is gone as the face of the franchise.
What game of the bunch impressed you the most? Which was the most disappointing? Vote in the polls and leave any thoughts in the comments!
The live Press Row Hangout that aired early this week can now be listened to as an official podcast! The show offers impressions ofÂ the E3 press conferences and news on Madden NFL 15, FIFA 15, NHL 15, and EA Sports PGA Tour 16. Tacked on to the front of the podcast however is a brief interview with a PGA Tour producer. The hangout portion begins at 15:26.
Earlier this week EA Sports announced the primary new features coming to FIFA 15 related to gameplay and presentation. The company has followed up on that with a series of short video clips, all put together in one stretch below, showing off or noting some of the specifics.
Whether intentional or not, EA Sports initial reveal of next year’s PGA Tour game has created the perception that it will be arcade in nature rather than the simulation the series has tended to strive for.
HB Studios, who has a pure sim golf game releasing on Xbox One and PS4 this summer (already out on PC through Steam), took the opportunity to jab at the company which previously had utilized the studio for secondary golf and other sports titles. The Golf Club’s trailer also features boats and some of the other creative elements that can be utilized in the course creator.
Despite the restrictions placed on recording footage a few videos have started emerging for the EA Sports games at E3. Here is the first to do so for NHL 15. As is the case with all videos and impressions out of the event, there is limited value to assessing them for much more than what is on the surface, and NHL 15′s offers a chance to get a feel for the flow of the game in action and the NBC broadcast presentation.Â Read more
Though EA Sports has restricted images and recordings of the upcoming games on display at E3 a couple limited Madden NFL 15 videos have now surfaced. OneÂ features the first look at extended gameplay footage mixed in with an interview, while the second shows a stage in the new series of extreme mini-games called The Gauntlet. (Update) Unfortunately the latter and other various Instagram video clips of interest have since been pulled down. An extended IGN demo of the game/interview has been added.Â Read more
Early retail postings suggested Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, and FIFA 15 would have special editions. That has turned out to be the “Ultimate Edition” of each which offers up significant Ultimate Team content for $10 more. Now some details on those have surfaced.Â Read more