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The 12 Most Awesome/Terrible ‘EA Sports UFC’ Demo Videos Created by Actual Users


(Nut shots. It’s in the game.™)

By Ryan Harkness

Last week, the much anticipated EA Sports reboot of the UFC video game franchise went live in demo form — those fortunate enough to already own a next gen console got to take control of Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson and beat the living piss out of each other for as long as that stayed entertaining. And based on the hundreds of user-uploaded videos, it seems like people are indeed entertained…if not always for the right reasons.

We’ve now dug up the 12 best videos created thus far so you can get a closer look at how the game plays when in the hands of semi-competent gamers. Follow me after the jump to see all the best knockouts, tap-outs, and glitch-outs that EA SPORTS UFC has to offer.

A lot of YouTubers tend to upload knockout videos that are 8 minutes long and feature two to three knockouts. This is terrible. So don’t bother with any other allegedly ‘hilarious’ and / or ‘brutal’ knockout highlight videos. Watch this one, which crams over 25 knockouts into less than two minutes. Some compelling ass-kicking music and 1080p rendering really lets you enjoy watching Alexander Gustafsson recreate such famous KO poses as the Etim, the Salmon, and the Quarry. What, no Schaub trying to catch his soul?

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The 15 Derpiest Looking Characters From EA Sports UFC


(Ah, the good ol’ days.)

By Ryan Harkness

EA has finally pulled back the curtain on its much anticipated UFC video game, and while the extra horsepower from next-gen consoles has the sport looking better than ever, it is also ratcheting up the phenomenon known as the Uncanny Valley.

The hypothesis goes that the more realistic a human recreation gets, the more small imperfections begin to stick out in our minds, screaming at us that something is very, very wrong. A useful evolutionary trait if you happen to be trapped in the Antarctic with John Carpenter’s The Thing. Not so useful when trying to play EA Sports UFC without getting the heebie jeebies.

That being said, I don’t want to imply that the game suffers from Polar Express levels of uncanny valley. Most of the modeling looks freaking great. Video game Chuck Liddell looks exactly like real-life Chuck Liddell and not some Iceman furry from the seventh circle of Hell. Conor McGregor is perfectly recreated right down to the King’s Crisps crumbs in his beard. And the actual gameplay videos look pretty damn smooth too.

But capturing the exact essence of over 100 people is tricky work and there are still some fighters with just enough je-ne-saix-quoi to cause many to recoil in horror. Let’s take a look through through some of the best worst examples to find out who ended up the pound-for-pound derpiest character in the game…


Georges St Pierre was so busy being a hotshot action star that the EA people had to scan the wax GSP statue from Madame Tussauds. And then just like in Jurassic Park, they added some Frank Trigg DNA to fill in the gaps and bada bing bada boom! L’essence du Georges!

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THQ’s Executive VP Helps EA Sports Sell Its New MMA Game


(Video courtesy YouTube/EASports)

I took a first year Marketing when I was working on my PR degree and one of the first tactics the professor taught us was the trend of using the campaigns of competitors to flip the script and make your own product look better.

Like the Pepsi commercial that depicted a Coke and a Pepsi delivery driver sharing a can of their respective company’s soft drink with one another. When the Pepsi driver tries to get his drink back, the Coke driver refuses and a fight, and 90′s hilarity ensues.

Another oft used technique in comparative advertising that is commonplace during election time, is for politician’s campaign commercials to focus on refuting the claims of their opponents with counterpoints.

We’ve all seen the, "[insert name of politician] says that lowering the cost of healthcare isn’t a priority of his. That’s because his wife is a doctor. Shame on you [insert name of politician here]. Paid for for the campaign of [insert name of opposing politician here].

EA Sports is following in the footsteps of its political hopeful counterparts in its latest ad spot refuting the executive VP of THQ’s claims that no MMA fan is going to buy the new EA Sports MMA game when it comes out.

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EA Sports MMA’s Awesome Online Modes to Contribute to MMA Fans Never Leaving Their Houses


(Video courtesy YouTube/IGN)

I’m not sure whether it was because of my ADHD or because my wife pointed out that I was playing more Xbox than my 13-year-old son, but playing UFC Undisputed quickly lost its lustre for me.

Besides having to beat 50 opponents before my created player could throw even one head-kick and the fact that you needed to basically program a string of HTML code using your controller to finish an opponent by submission, what put me off the most was the online play.

Before THQ fixed a few of the glaring issues with the game, you couldn’t buy a win against an online opponent. Even if you did manage to find an opponent who wasn’t using a rapid fire controller to methodically outbox your user controlled Anderson Silva using Demian Maia, nine times out of ten they would disconnect the second you beat them to avoid incurring a loss on their record. The reality was that a win online really didn’t mean all that much in the grand scheme of things to the average casual gamer, which probably explains why sales of Undisputed 2010 dropped off significantly from its original incarnation.

It looks like Electronic Arts is looking to change that.

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The EA Sports Game Looks Awesome, But Are You in the Market For Another MMA Video Game?

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? 

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Exclusive: Jay Hieron on Affliction’s Future, Xtreme Couture’s Reputation, and Where He Might Fight Next


(Hieron vs. Jason High at Affliction: DoR. Don’t worry, it doesn’t take long.)

Xtreme Couture welterweight Jay Hieron takes on Paul "Semtex" Daley on the August 1st Affliction: Trilogy card (which is, as far as we know at this point, still happening) and we checked in with him to see how his preparation is coming, what he thinks of the recent disparaging remarks made about his gym, and what he’ll do if there isn’t an Affliction: Tetralogy show in the somewhat near future.

The fight’s a little over a week away.  How are you feeling?

Great, man.  Training’s been great.  I’m in tremendous shape.  I just have to get through this last hard week and then let my body heal up and I’m ready to fight.

Have you done much scouting on Paul Daley?

Yeah, I’ve seen a few of his fights.  I think he’s a good striker.  He’s explosive.  But I’m definitely more well-rounded and that’s what MMA is all about.

You’re an Xtreme Couture fighter so I assume you heard Kit Cope’s recent comments about your gym.  He said it’s a place where guys who are already good can get a workout, but that it doesn’t actually make fighters.  What do you think of that?

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