It’s been quite some time since we have heard anything about Electronic Arts’ mobile games. We now know what the team was working on, as EA Sports UFC Mobile 2 is here. The new installment continues to give the fighters superhero-like effects, but UFC Mobile 2 adds a bit more depth to the game. Check out the reveal and notes below.
KNOCKOUT THE COMPETITION AND BECOME A CHAMPION
Experience authentic UFC action as you collect and compete against real, world-class athletes. Fight in intense matchups and engage with live content tied to UFC events. Put your fighting abilities to the test and engage in the best MMA fighting experience mobile has to offer. EA SPORTS UFC [email protected] all-new @EASPORTS UFC Mobile 2 is here! Battle your way to the top against the best UFC fighters in the most authentic MMA action right from your pocket, anytime, anywhere.
AUTHENTIC UFC ACTION
- Fighters you know and love from every weight class, are available for you to choose from.
- Live, immersive content that aligns with what you see on-screen, in the real world.
- The signature fight moves your favorite athletes use to finish fights — are now at your disposal.
- Build your dream team of fighters and knockout events!
- Up-to-date fighting action with new UFC icons, updated capabilities, and the latest events.
FIGHT YOUR WAY TO GLORY
- Level up UFC Fighters, each with unique abilities, to increase their strength over time.
- Fight in Campaigns and Special Events for exclusive rewards. The more you play, the more you earn!
- Knock out the competition and climb the ranks to earn in-game rewards and your place amongst the division’s best.
NEW WAYS TO PLAY
- RPG gameplay continuously evolves and progresses as you play.
- Compete in Guilds that match your play style and connect with like-minded players.
- Battle with teams! Collect, compete, and advance your fighters over time.
Recently, big-name developers, EA, dropped part two of the EA Sports classic game franchise, UFC for mobile devices. The game has received average and mixed reviews from the audience across the Google Play and iOS App stores. In this article, we’ll review the new UFC Mobile 2 and see if it is worthy enough to be the successor to the first game.
The gameplay has been brought down to a lot simplification
Starting with the UFC Mobile 2 review, unfortunately, the game has been simplified quite a bit since the initial release, with EA tracking back to the basics. The controls are minimized to just taps and swipes, and the player has much less control over their fighters.
Because of this, each match runs quickly, and it’s difficult to actually enjoy the sport – something which UFC should be specializing in. The stamina system works alright but does not really cover the major flaws elsewhere in the gameplay. There’s a lack of strategy to the game as if the whole point was never to make it a challenge.
A restrictive path leading to unsatisfying success
The menus and purpose of playing have been completely revamped, and unfortunately, not for the better. There is no dynamism in the game, and it feels as though the game pretty much plays itself. First and foremost, the immediate tutorial is painfully long, and actually a little irritating as well.
Players are forced to tap where the game says to tap in an attempt to “show what’s on offer”. The reality is, there is little to do, and the continuous menus newcomers are pulled around through are all meaningless.
EA has introduced a bunch of generic items which all serve the same purpose, just in different ways. For example, something as simple as improving a fighter requires gold, training items of different levels, perhaps even rank-up items of different rarities.
After all that, you’ll come to realize, that was not enough to just improve the fighter, there’s also still the passive abilities, synergy, stars, overall ratings, and yet more abilities. It all just seems unnecessary and acts as another barrier preventing players from using their favorite fighters. Even then, the gameplay is too simplistic, and using the fighters isn’t really that enjoyable.
UFC Mobile 2’s graphics and performance suit the modern technology
It goes without saying, the graphics of the first UFC Mobile game did not fit the huge advancements other games had seen. UFC Mobile 2 immediately shows an improvement in this sector. The colors are more animated and the game looks much better overall.
It seems EA has succeeded in at least bumping up the level of the UFC mobile series to fit its competition. On a side note, it’s worth bearing in mind that the game as a whole does not aim for realism, which is why the graphics are a little simplistic.
All in all, it’s a massive improvement from the last game in terms of graphics and performance, although this was expected. The mobile gaming industry has progressed a lot in recent years, and it would not make sense for EA to settle with inferior aesthetics to the competition. However, whilst these technical aspects of the game have been upgraded, the other sectors are arguably not at the level they should be.
In-App Purchases have taken over a promising title
In the eyes of us mobile gamers, the UFC Mobile series has officially taken a left turn. With a bit of real cash, users can buy anything and everything, they just have to spend enough. It has become one of those games where there are just two options, one being the long grind, and the other being the paywall shortcut. Because of this, success doesn’t really have any significance. It isn’t a symbol of skill, rather a symbol of how much game time is put in.
Upgrading a fighter to max level doesn’t feel like an achievement, there’d still be someone out there that paid their way through. On top of that, actually upgrading fighters and getting access to the best is incredibly time-consuming when purely free-to-play.
UFC Mobile 2 feels like a disaster – not for the creators, but for the majority of the mobile gaming community. The graphics and performance have evidently advanced, but that is not enough to cover up the mess surrounding it.
UFC Mobile 1 has been removed from the app stores already. Those who still have the game downloaded will be unable to play after the 31st of January. So yes, both you and I are stuck with UFC Mobile 2 for now as the sole licensed MMA title on mobile.
Rather than the strategic and immersive gameplay expected from a UFC release, we get an arcade-themed tapping game. Although it feels like the menus were supposed to be the main focus, even they seem flavorless and repetitive. Overall, the game is showing signs of disappointment, though it will be interesting to see what happens in the future.