I love video games. I love UFC. Therefore, I love UFC video games.
Last winter, the third installment of the EA Sports UFC series was released. As an avid XBOX player of EA Sports UFC games since the original title four years ago, I can easily say with certainty that this incarnation of the series is the best of the three.
To start, the game modes in EA Sports UFC 3 are incredibly deep. You have your traditional Fight Now mode, which is great for those folks who only have a few minutes before they need to leave the house.
Here’s where it gets interesting: UFC 3 brings Knockout Mode back into play — with commentary supplied by Calvin Broadus (a.k.a. Snoop Dogg) — in an homage to the alternate SnoopCast feed on the first season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.
Snoop’s commentary is hilarious and will have you replaying the mode time and again.
Speaking of Knockout Mode, here is a trick that you can use to unlock UFC color commentator and standup comedian Joe Rogan as a playable Welterweight.
One quick note: This trick has some very specific directions to it and must be followed carefully.
From the main menu, you’ll first need to select Fight Now, then, from a separate menu, choose Knockout Mode. Upon entering Knockout Mode, you’ll then need to select Middleweight as the weight class.
- Choose Georges St.-Pierre as your fighter. The opponent does not matter here.
- Once you are in the fight with GSP, you will need to perform a spinning roundhouse kick to the opponent’s body. Important Note: The kick must be performed as a knockout blow, or else it will not work.
- For players on XBOX One, this kick can be achieved using LT, LB, RB, B.
- For players on PlayStation 4, this kick can be achieved using L2, L1, R1, Circle.
- Upon knocking out the opponent, listen in the post-fight menu for an audio clip of Rogan saying “WOW! I love it!” After hearing this sound byte, Rogan is a playable Welterweight in the game.
Even UFC President Dana White was added as a playable Light Heavyweight in a March 15, 2018 update to the game.
The unlockable characters don’t stop there, either. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you can even play as Bruce Buffer, if you so desire.
However, in order for you to play as Buffer, going into Tournament Mode is required.
After that, you’ll have to name the tournament as Buffer’s name (first and last name a must, or else it will not work.)
As you determine the number of entrants, make the field an 8-fighter or 16-fighter bracket in the Middleweight division. Note: Be sure to set the weight classes to strict.
Select a fighter to play as, with Buffer taking the place of your selected fighter and win with Buffer to unlock him.
Upon selecting Buffer as a replacement for your chosen fighter, you’re going to hear Buffer’s famous quote, “It’s time!” (which also doubles as his fighter nickname when he announces himself in gameplay.)
Other game modes include Submission Showdown, Stand and Bang (the game mode where takedowns are forbidden), and Custom Fight Now.
Highlighting EA Sports UFC 3 is its career mode where the objective is to become the greatest of all time through achieving promotional goals (such as breaking the UFC record for most knockout wins or breaking the UFC record for most submission wins) throughout your tenure.
Players will begin with several fights in the World Fighting Alliance before being told that they’ll be on Dana White: Lookin’ For a Fight (complete with the show’s opening credits as a cutscene.)
Contingent upon the player’s effort, White will either award them a UFC deal outright or give them an opportunity to prove themselves worthy by being on The Ultimate Fighter.
You can play in any weight class as yourself, a friend, and even (why not?) your sister-in-law. (I’ve played this mode as two of the three. The third? Bob Sacamano, the often-mentioned but unseen friend of Cosmo Kramer on Seinfeld.) You can even import an existing UFC fighter into career mode.
Tracking your progress is MMA journalist Megan Olivi, who makes appearances in UFC Minute videos throughout your playthrough.
In my opinion, the addition of Olivi into the game adds authenticity to an already authentic and fabulous title.
I recently tweeted about this on my Twitter account, with Olivi herself thanking me.
Thanks so much I love hearing that!
— Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) July 21, 2018
Throughout career mode, the player will be given opportunities to hype up their fights through promotions, such as social media posts and television interviews. As the hype for the fights increases, so does the difficulty.
Career mode also provides an optional, nonstandard game over for the player. Upon attaining GOAT status, the player can either choose to retire at that moment or continue on until they reach zero percent longevity, at which point, the player’s character will retire automatically.
One final note about EA Sports UFC 3, I really like the Simple Submission setting. When activated, all you need to do when attempting a submission is to rapidly press the A button on Xbox One or X button on PS4 in order to make your submission tighter (or escape your opponent’s submission on defense.)
Trust me, once you get deep into career mode, you’ll need to have Simple Submission on.
Overall, EA Sports UFC 3 is an awesome game with a very high replay value. Buy it if you haven’t already.