UFC 4 Review (PS4)

  • Genre: Fighting, MMA
  • Developer|Publisher: EA Sports Swiss Sarl
  • Age Rating: PEGI 16 | ESRB T
  • Price: UK £59.99 | US $59.99
  • Release Date: 14th August 2020

No review code was provided. This was purchased by myself, and my full opinion based on a full comprehensive playthrough.

I’m a big fan of MMA in general. I follow UFC, Bellator and of course Cage Warriors which is by product of UFC for the UK MMA scene plus many more. I have played all the UFC games going back to when THQ were behind the gloves. This is the fourth entry from EA with the UFC. Lets find out if UFC 4 stands the 5 rounds with me eh?

Career

UFC 4 does have a career mode which all fans of UFC will mostly be putting their skills to the test. Just as of late with other EA Sports games, the career mode does have acting from your trainer. Even you’re very own created fighter has a voice, bar that be a few words, but its still something I guess! Career mode will see you rise from the amateur leagues to the glitz and glamour that the UFC has to offer. If you lose your opportunity to sign a Dana White contract with his contender series, you can opt to fight in the WFA until you earn another attempt at the UFC. Once you are in the UFC, you fight, get ranked and earn the chance to fight against the champion of your chosen weight divison.

You can cause rivaliries with other fighters causing the hype to increase. Via hype, you can earn more money and fans too. Create your very own rivalry such as the famous ones like: Liddell vs Ortiz, Lesnar vs Mir, Mioic vs Cormier (literally just finished this wekeend gone at UFC 252) and more.

Gameplay

UFC 4 gameplay is spot on. Each button is easily mapped out on the corresponding buttons. Like any fighting games, practise makes perfect which still applies here. Regardless of saying that you can just pick up and play. EA are still little short on the ground and pound game, its never been their strongest point. Throwing punches and leg kicks are just as fluid and great as per usual. The transitions are better, fluid and precised too. Going from half guard to side control to even say top mount is easy to pull off. Defending from these transitions can be daunting at first, but you really have to watch your stamina to be even able to successfully get out of those tricky situations. Of course you can KO them out, TKO, submission or simply win by points. With all the different fighting styles at your disposal, you can really create something unique with your fighter. Experiment, explore and have fun.

To improve your skills, simply keep landing the moves on the opponent to improve say, superman punch, spinning elbow, roundhouse kick etc. It’s level is a 5 star tier rating system per move. The more you use the move, the better it becomes. You earn evolution points from training in career mode. These points will allow you to upgrade your health such as chin, recovery. Compared to previous UFC games, this system works and is a welcome change too.

With the more simplified controls this time around. Submissions are more easier to pull off, especially to newcomers. When you do submit someone it is a great feeling, like a one punch KO never gets old either.

Graphics, sound, performance

The visuals are quite good and this shows once you are in the Octogon. However the fans look nasty for a game such as this, but then again, EA hasn’t always been great in this department and a few fighter likeness look half arsed?

It can let it down really, which is kinda of weird and disappointing. Some fighter likeness is spot on whilst the rest is a mix bag of fruit. Maybe upcoming patch could fix this issue perhaps. The rest of the game is rather good in the visual department and continues the eye candy which EA have done with this game and previous instalments.

Each hit with a punch, kick or takedown is accurate with the sound and not something out of a comic book. When you land a punch for example, KO material let’s say. You can hear it connect which does makes you go woooah! UFC 4 does come with licensed tracks such as eminem with godzilla, which I play all the time or a bit of Stormzy. The usual UFC themes are also in the game and lets not forget Bruce Buffer, the voice of the Octogon. Daniel Cormier and Jon Anik are the commentators this time around as Joe Rogan hated his experience of doing voiceover work.

To be honest I haven’t actually come across any bad framerate or glitches, freezes etc with my time with UFC 4. Sometimes when you are in the mix of it when fighting, it does however become slightly choppy for a brief second and rectifies itself and you can happy continue pummeling your opponent into the ground. Overall its a well presented game, not being something it isn’t and just sticking to what the UFC does best.

Difficulty

You can select which difficulty you can play on. I played on roughly hard for me personally. I like a challenege to feel at any moment you could win or lose, or have a massive battle and come out victorious. If you want a true authentic experience, the harder difficulty settings is what you want to opt for. Please bare in mind, the AI is clever and damn right outrageous at times. Watch your stamina, and I would improve your health skills to max via those evolution points you earn in training or hit a new level with a certain move.

Conclusion

Overall, UFC 4 is a good game. With career mode that can get stale over a period of time. You do have fight now, online and blitz mode to play around with. The online netcode seems pretty stable and I havent expereinced anything bad just yet. If your preorder the game you will receive Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury to be playable in the game. To me that screams out a new fight night, as there is definitely a market for it! UFC 4 boasts a huge roaster of fighters with the list of weight divisions at its disposal, so you can always go into career mode and play in different weight divisions.

With no other MMA games on console other than UFC. It will provide many hrs of enterainment and fill that fighting game needs which is true to the sport.

Verdict

A great fighting game and keeps true to the sport. The simplified controls is a welcome to newcomers to the MMA world of UFC on consoles and not feeling daunted by the complexity which this game has to offer. If you want fun and be able to fulfill that long awaited match been Joshua and Fury thanks to a preorder bonnus. UFC 4 is exactly what you need!

8/10

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