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Oct 7, 2010
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EA Sports is on a bit of a down haul the past few days, courtesy of the Andrew Bynum NBA Elite 11 demo fiasco that impelled developers to push back the game’s release for a while.
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The good news, however is the upcoming release of another notorious video game title, EA Sports MMA.

As its biggest come-on, the game features MMA legends Fedor Emelianenko and Randy Couture.

Fighters from MMA promotions Strikeforce, Liga de Combate, United Fighters League, and Mystic comprise most of the game’s roster, with bits and glimpses of current UFC fighters – Couture, Jake Shields, and Vladimir Matyushenko – making an appearance in this game.

Dan Henderson, Nick Diaz, and ‘King Mo’ Lawal are also just some of the biggest fighters outside of the UFC MMA fans should be highly familiar with by now.

But rosters aside, EA Sports MMA is giving us the option to fight in either a cage or a ring, a fighting ground often used in defunct Japanese promotions Pride and K-1. Fight rules from said promotions will be used in the game as well.

Arenas include the HP Pavillion, the Scottrade center, the Cowboys stadium, and Japan’s own, the Saitama Super arena and the Yokohama arena. Calling the action in this game are commentators Frank Shamrock and Mauro Ranallo of Strikeforce fame.

The beautiful ring girls, a slew of random but agreeable corner men, and a referee in Big John McCarthy make the MMA experience a close call to reality.

Moving on to the gameplay department: the game’s Total Strike Control feature provides the counter to UFC Undisputed’s control woes. It's an intuitive control system for striking, elbows, knees, and kicks.

A feature that has us making a hole in the wall: the very awesome Create-a-Fighter mode. Players can upload photos of themselves courtesy of the Photo Game Face and upload it for the world to see using its Online Fighter Share feature.

Also garnering positive raves is the Career Mode, giving your created fighter an opportunity to train around the globe with top MMA trainers like Pat Miletich and Rickson Gracie in Japanese, Thai, and Brazilian gyms en route to your eventual arrival at Strikeforce.

To cap it off, players have the opportunity to broadcast their fights online, as selected by an EA sports promoter. How glad are we that they came up with this? Very.

The EA Sports Live Broadcast will allow you to create a fighter, hype your fight video and finally duke it out in front of thousands of web watchers, even coming with live commentary and real prizes.

Never mind that the UFC is the sole accessible fight promotion on television right now, MMA fans of the most committed kind will find EA Sports MMA a real must-buy. EA Sports MMA will be hitting game stores October 22.

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WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO

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