EA Sports UFC 3 Career Mode: Revenge is sweet

My man, Ricardo Martin, has hit a few road bumps.  After a blazing 12-0 start, he lost 3 in a row.  He finally broke the skid with one win, only to lose his very next bout to rival, Alistair Overeem. His career seems to be back on track for now, having won 3 in a row with a record of 16 wins and 4 losses.  More importantly, he avenged his two biggest losses during his latest win streak.

Below is Martin’s 3rd loss, a real heartbreaker against Tim Johnson.  In an effort to break a 2-fight slump, Martin fought smart and showed composure that he didn’t previously have.  It was a closely contested affair until a single, unfortunate turn of events.

Here is the rematch.  Martin wastes no time in taking care of business.

Life is not always fair, especially in Martin’s case in what was the biggest fight of his career at the time, against Alistair Overeem.  Having only two weeks to train for the bout, Martin looked fat and sluggish.  He still gave a valiant effort and seemed to have found a path to victory, only to be betrayed by his conditioning.

The rematch proved to even be more epic than their first clash, with a well-prepared, focused and determined Martin ready for anything Overeem had in store.  This is a true classic, a true test of wills.  Martin’s career remains uncertain, but regardless of what happens down the road, this is one fight he can always be proud of.

 

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Watch this truly epic EA Sports UFC 3 fight

I know that “epic” is an overused term.  Usually if anyone on YouTube posts something that’s supposed to be “epic,” you can expect some over-the-top kind of whatever.  If you see any other “epic” EA Sports UFC 3 fight, you’ll probably  watch a mindless slugfest.  This is why I think the video above is so special.  It’s an exciting battle with some back and forth, capped off by a nice dramatic finish.  But I’m not talking about Rocky Balboa action.  This is a high-tension MMA match that’s not lacking in realism (well except for Anthony Pettis’ 7 or 8 or circus, cartwheel kicks).  I’m controlling Justin Gaethje, against the CPU set on hard.  Note how cautious Pettis is, usually keeping his distance, picking his shots and exploiting my mistakes.  The A.I. behaves like a real fighter (except for the circus kicks) and fights extremely smart, never resorting to cheapness.

EA Sports UFC 3 Career Mode: Introducing Ricardo Martin

I’m still loving EA Sports UFC 3, by the way.  And yes, it’s official; EA Sports UFC 3 is the best MMA game to date, even better than UFC Undisputed 3.  So I finally started the career mode, which is a testament to how good the game is.  No career mode of past MMA and boxing games were compelling enough for me to get really invested in.  As I’ve said before, it’s all about the action inside the Octagon that matters.  The presentation is only icing on the cake.  One thing I truly appreciate about UFC 3’s career mode is how streamlined the training sessions are.  You don’t have to play stupid mini games to boost your stamina and strength or other attributes.  You do have to partake in small challenges to gain perks or learn new moves.  For example, to learn a particular submission move, you have to earn it by maintaining side control for 25 seconds (something I haven’t been able to complete yet, in part due to my top game rating not being high enough).  Some challenges are easier than others, but all in all, the stat boosting nonsense has mostly been relegated to quick and painless clicking of the X button.

At any rate, meet Ricardo Martin.  He’s a heavyweight.  So far he’s 8 and 0.  He’s a grappler at heart but he likes to stand and bang.  Doesn’t have dynamite in his fists (yet) but fully capable of putting your lights out if he hits you at the right time.

Introducing B.R.A.W.L., the hottest new organization in the WWE Universe

You may have seen countless WWE Universes in the past, but you haven’t seen anything like this.  It’s crazy, entertaining and filled with a “unique” roster.  Not to mention the award-winning duo of color commentators who have nothing better to do than commentate.  B.R.A.W.L. (Brotherhood of the Really Awesome Wrestling League) is sure to scratch your pro-wrestling itch.  Check it out!

EA Sports UFC 3 Initial Impressions: The best MMA game ever (For real, this time)!

Ever since it came out 6 years ago, THQ’s UFC Undisputed 3 has been the gold standard of MMA games.  It’s full of content and the gameplay captures the essence of just about every facet of MMA.  It’s solid all around with hardly any kinks in its armor.  EA Sports finally got its shot at the UFC license around three and a half years ago and shipped the passable but flaw-filled EA Sports UFC.  Most of its issues were addressed and fixed in the sequel, EA Sports UFC 2, which was undoubtedly a step in the right direction.  Nearly two years have gone by and we now have EA Sports UFC 3.  If UFC 2 was a step in the right direction, UFC 3 represents an epic leap towards perfection.  It’s not perfect, don’t get me wrong.  I can list at least a dozen things I’d like to see improved, removed from and added to EA Sports UFC 3, but I’m not going to, at least not at this time.  It’s easy to find flaws but the fact of the matter is that not every feature is possible.  Concessions have to be made.  There are limitations in technology and resources. A great developer recognizes the essentials and implements them, adds bells and whistles as needed while making sacrifices that may not prove too popular with the fans.  This, in a nutshell, describes the masterpiece known as EA Sports UFC 3.  I’ve said this about other MMA games but it’s never been more fitting than it is with this one.  The action inside the Octagon is authentic, nuanced, strategic and dynamic.  The matches flow like a real MMA fight, with all the intensity, drama and unpredictability we love so much about the sport.  The A.I., if you’re a single player-oriented type of gamer like I am, is the most human-like I’ve ever seen, with believable tendencies and tactics.  In fact they present a more authentic MMA experience than most players you’ll face online.  UFC 3’s gameplay is highly customizable thanks to the introduction of sliders, which allow you to adjust various aspects like health, stamina and transition speeds, to name a few things.  Once you find that sweet spot that’s just right for you, you’ll find yourself in MMA heaven, engaged in some of the most spectacularly realistic MMA sim fights you’ve ever seen, period, flaws and all.  I hope to come around to writing a more detailed review one of these days, but if a picture is worth a thousand words, surely, a video is worth a million.  Be sure to check out the video below, a fight between Yoel Romero (controlled by yours truly) and Luke Rockhold, in anticipation of their upcoming bout this weekend.  Note the dynamic events and Rockhold’s calculated approach.  It’s just one example of how sophisticated this game truly is.  It’s the game MMA fans have dreamed of for the past decade.

 

Nioh boss fight: Giant Toad

Hello guys I’m back, and so is Nioh! If you may recall, I got rid of Nioh a few months ago but I couldn’t stand not having it any longer so I went out and bought it again! Since then I’ve beaten two main bosses and I think I’ve gotten my groove back. Below is one of a lot of players’ favorite bosses, simply named, “Giant Toad.” It’s one of the easier bosses, I think, and he’s interesting to look at. Enjoy!