this game has some great aspects but in playing it you will see some little aspects that show the game's 1st generation issues. i didn't notice this in playing the demo, but with the full game i've noticed some frame-rate issues (in the exhibition/career modes), resulting in a little laggy play from time to time (sometimes resulting in getting KO'd or taken down while you attempt to compensate). the career mode is pretty basic, create a fighter with a handful of different options (fighting styles, looks, clothing, etc) but is not very in-depth. The controls are a little fumbly as well, mainly in the takedown/grapple/transitions/submission areas, with the right stick controls being difficult to use/time. Career mode starts easy, but you will quickly find yourself fighting name fighters, and eventually getting in there with guys that have much better ratings than your guy.
Overall this is a fun game, great for a couple friends who want to throw virtual leather and see some exciting knockouts, but it is definitely a 1st generation game and has areas to improve.
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I currently am training as an MMA fighter and every fight im in or watch i say man it would be cool if they had a game of this then i heard of this and got it the first day it was out. Any way I rank this an 8 because the game isnt too hard nor is it too easy. I love how u can attend camp and improve your skills and be recognized in a certain fighting style. As I got my striking up high i started working on grappling and submissions. I got it very high but i still was unable to submit. The punches and kicks are awesome once you learn the ropes. On the other hand the ground fighting is VERY hard to master. Another flaw is I HATE the fact that it makes you retire after 7 years. overall pretty cool especially when your knockin dudes heads off (not literally). If u love MMA and/or the UFC this game is for you.