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UFC 2: The Best And Worst According To Critics As Game Nears Release Date

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One of the most anticipated games of the year, the EA Sports UFC 2, is scheduled to launch on March 15 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game based on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brand is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting video game developed by EA Canada.

Check out the reviews of the game which is now available for EA Access subscribers to play on Xbox One. Access members can get their hands on a full game trial at a whopping 10 hours, and a pretty generous offering of a year?s subscription costing ?20.

Metacritic gave an 80 metascore to the game as well as a favorable review based on the input from four critics.

?A new physics-driven hit reaction and knockout system delivers more visceral KOs than before. Every knockout is now unique. Simultaneous two-fighter interaction brings the ground game to life with greater responsiveness and variety. Surprise your opponent with a flying armbar from the clinch, or with a quick transition from a knee bar to a heel hook. Standing submissions and submission chaining have been added. Add an improved blocking and parrying system to the mix and you have new tools to fend off your opponent?s most devastating attacks.?

GameRevolution also gave a favorable review for the game saying that the survival of the EA Sports UFC 2 is imminent. ?EA Sports UFC 2 has shown its improvements over its former self and continues to play the part. A mix of power and finesse, both inside and outside the ring, there?s no doubt this is a solid pickup for folks interested in handing out beatings like their favorite MMA fighters do. With the Live Events regularly updating and Ultimate Team keeping a steady dose of online competition rolling in, this simulation will stay relevant over its life.?

However, GamesRadar had a mixed take on the upcoming game describing it as a significant improvement over its predecessor by ?nailing down the small details? as well it ?cannily captures the unpredictability of real mixed martial arts.?

However, the review also mentioned several negatives of the game saying it ?lacks the crunching weight of THQ?s excellent Undisputed series.? The structure of the game was described as ?feels like a threadbare package,? which is based on the ?original Fight Night, a 12-year-old PS2 boxing game.?

?EA Canada’s second crack at MMA is confoundingly uneven. It?s authentic, yet prone to moments of ludicrous fantasy – witness a fighter get knocked down, then magically leap back up as if being levitated as part of a Vegas magic act. It?s hard-hitting, yet not quite hard-hitting enough. It?s carefully crafted, but also buggy as hell – the commentary on my review copy didn?t work, while Bruce Buffer sounds like he?s reading the fighter intros from the bottom of a well.

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Xbox Achievements said UFC 2 is clearly ?a winner? as it has made vast improvements with strong foundations laid over in the previous game. The review praised the Knockout Physics and the Dynamic Grappling in the video game which makes the Mixed Martial Arts fights more realistic.

?An altogether far more accomplished and complete package than its forebear, EA Sports UFC 2 is also a better fighting game, doing a superior job in simulating the sport of MMA and presenting a full selection of game modes to boot. EA Canada has really gone the extra mile in addressing the shortcomings of the first game, making EA Sports UFC 2 pound-for-pound, all the better for it.?

UFC 2 launches on March 15 in the US, March 17 in the UK and in Europe on PS4 and Xbox One.

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