EA Sports are flying high at the moment. With the exception Tiger Woods’ little hiccup, and NBA Elite’s delay, their sports franchises are scoring goals. But they still haven’t tackled the “fastest growing sport in the world.” If you want a peek at how EA Sports is going to transition THQ’s UFC out of its currently dominant position, the MMA demo is here on PSN and XBLA. Or just watch the demo video below.
Yes, that makes it a “demo demo”.
The demo gives access to the “Fight Now” game mode as well as “MMA 101”, the tutorial. You’ll be allowed control of four fighters, across the Heavyweight and Middleweight divisions: Alistair Overeem, Bobby Lashley, Jake Shields, and Jason “Mayhem” Miller.
The below video may put a bit too much emphasis on shallow features like the red streak in Miller’s hair, the ref’s catchphrases, and being able to fight in a Japanese stadium. But it assures us, despite how it looks in some sections, that MMA is not a button mashing game. Depending on the quality of MMA 101, the tutorial could be an area to one-up UFC. The rest will have to be decided in the gameplay.
Sharing the demo (which can be done in-game) with enough friends will also unlock a Randy Couture model.
EA Sports MMA is released October 21st on 360 and PS3.