If you were one of the people who actually sat through the commercials with an intense focus during Saturday night’s broadcast of Strikeforce on CBS, then you probably saw the impressive first ads for EA Sports’s MMA game, complete with what they claim is actual gameplay footage of Brett Rogers and Fedor Emelianenko going at it. It’s no surprise that the people behind the bulk of great pro sports video games currently on the market managed to put together a good trailer for their first effort at an MMA game, but is the power of the EA Sports brand enough to compete with the UFC? Sure, they’ve got Fedor. They’ve got Mauro Ranallo screaming his head off. They’ve got "Mayhem" Miller, even if he’s not pleased with his stats.
But say, just for the sake of argument, that you are both an MMA fan and a video game enthusiast. How many different games do you really need at your disposal? How important is it to you to be able to play as Fedor, rather than simply making your own off-brand version in the UFC game? Does having the EA Sports label slapped on there matter, or is all pointless if you don’t have a digitized Dana White yelling at you?