EA Sports UFC 4 Review Roundup — Here’s What The Critics Are Saying

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After taking the year off in 2019, EA Sports brought back the UFC series with UFC 4, which is out now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. To help you decide if the MMA game is worth your time and money, we’re collecting review score excerpts from across the internet.

UFC 4 introduces a series of notable changes to the gameplay surrounding clinches and striking, while the Real Player Motion technology from EA’s other games has been brought to UFC. On the broadcast side, the game dropped the real-world UFC commentator, Joe Rogan, while the game does not feature an Ultimate Team mode this year.

Scroll down the page to check out excerpts from reviews for UFC 4. You can also visit GameSpot sister site Metacritic to see a wider look at UFC 4’s review scores.

  • Game: EA Sports UFC 4
  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
  • Developer: EA Vancouver
  • Release date: August 14
  • Price: $60

Forbes

“There is no such thing as a perfect game, but there can be a perfect experience with a title because the slight issues you may experience don’t drastically hinder your enjoyment. The latest UFC game is very close to that rare benchmark. In this day and age where release day is just the beginning of the game’s journey through patches and tweaks, EA UFC 4 is perhaps an update away from its own brand of perfection.” — Brian Mazique [Full review]

DualShockers

“In short, UFC 4 is the definition of fine. While you’ll probably get several hours of fun out of beating the sport’s best to a pulp, I think I’d still rather dig out my Xbox 360 and play through Fight Night Champion or Undisputed 3 again.” — Ricky Frech [Full review]

Game Informer

“Whether you want to challenge the best in the world online or simply claim your throne in career mode, this is a terrific next step for EA Sports’ MMA franchise. UFC 4 effectively evolves its gameplay and career mode, giving you more than enough reason to step back into the Octagon.” — Brian Shea [Full review]

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Shacknews

“I absolutely loved how I learned new moves, had opportunities to train and improve them, and was able to craft the perfect fighter for my style. I wanted a devastating overhand right and I got it. I found out part way through my career I needed a better submission game, and I worked for it. The gameplay of UFC 4 is stellar and rewarding, but once the novelty begins to wear off, there’s not much more to keep players invested.” — Bill Lavoy [Full review]

PlayStation Universe

“Without a doubt the best MMA videogame ever made, EA Sports UFC 4 supplements a welcome array of new offline and online modes with a revamped and endlessly sophisticated combat system that everybody can enjoy. For MMA fans it doesn’t get any better than this.” — John-Paul Jones [Full review]

IGN

“EA Sports UFC 4 is a largely iterative sequel that tightens up some looser parts, makes a few smart tweaks here and there, and doesn’t rock the boat all that much. And in that sense, it’s a success. The new submission system is a big improvement over prior years, there are some great changes to career mode that make it much more fun to mold a fighter that suits your own playstyle, the new grapple assist system is a great tool to help complete newcomers not feel lost if they get taken down, and as a whole, the fighting system remains incredibly deep. Longstanding problems still remain in the ground game and some dated visuals, but without any competition for the title, EA Sports UFC 4 still remains the king of combat sports.” — Mitchell Saltzman [Full review]

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