We've been down this road before; a road that was once lonely, but then was paved with good intentions by a cart called hype. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, though. EA released the first actual gameplay trailer for their upcoming UFC game, EA Sports UFC, and it features some extremely impressive visuals and gameplay mechanics. But as it was just mentioned, a lot of cool looking games are put on pedestals thanks to flashy editing and well promoted hype-videos from grade-A marketing teams.
This is EA's second attempt at getting into the mixed martial arts game. The company's first game was titled EA Sports MMA. It was a fairly well received first effort from the company that focused on utilizing similar stick controls that was featured in their Fight Night series.
Following the demise of THQ, EA swooped in to grab up the UFC license and shortly thereafter announced their own take on the sport with the upcoming EA Sports UFC.
Unfortunately, the game is only being made for the Xbox One and PS4, as one of the key members of the design team, creative director Brian Hayes, mentioned that the game would be focused solely on the eighth gen twins and they had no plans for a Wii U release.
One other reason was that the team was “pushing the limits on the PS4 and XB1” and you can definitely see how that could be possible with the game running at 60 frames per second.
I'm more curious as to what resolution the game will be running? And I'm wondering if the Xbox One will be able to push 60fps and native 1080p? Because like an impotent man participating in a sperm bank contest, the Xbox One hasn't been able to hit native 1080p at 60 frames per second in many graphically intense games, including all of its exclusives, such as Ryse and Dead Rising 3. And before anyone mentions Forza 5... just remember The Forzaning. Just remember.
Getting back to EA Sports UFC... the game looks to have a lot of cool features that fits in well with what we would consider “next-gen”. This is a good thing.
Still, the very top of the article still holds true: will this game be another one of those bait-and-switch types? What we see above... is that legitimate? Will it actually play that smooth? Will the submissions be that comprehensive and dynamic? Will the strikes actually infuse players with a sense of awe and wonder as they make impact on a fighter and create a rippling wave of flesh and muscle based on enhanced physics-based reactions?
As much as I would like to believe that what we see above is what we'll get, there are two things keeping my skeptic tank filled to the brim: For one, it's that this game is made by EA. The second is that the new-gen twins are basically tablet computers on steroids and they've been sorely disappointing so early into the game given their close architecture to off-the-shelf desktop PCs. This is one of those cases where I'm definitely going to wait and see how well this plays out, or wait for more honest coverage from actual play sessions before climbing aboard the hype train.
EA Sports UFC is set for release this spring for the Xbox One and PS4. You can learn more by paying a kind visit to the official website.