This Week In Games: Let's Punch Each Other In The Face

If you, like me, happen to be a big fan of watching two human beings beat one another to a bloody pulp, then this week is the week for you! EA Sports UFC, EA's first attempt at creating a licensed UFC game, is set for release this week and expectations are high. Particularly since it's being developed by the legendary team behind Fight Night.

But if you have no interest in MMA? It's slim pickings.

A Wizard's Lizard (PC)

What is it? It's a retro-styled RPG made to appeal to chumps like me who have a soft spot for ye olde top down RPG ala Zelda/Chrono Trigger. Should you care? It actually looks pretty cool, but I don't know how much of this whole 'retro' thing I can take.

Atelier Rorona Plus (PS Vita)

What is it? A JRPG thing that came out of PS3 a long time ago (like 2009 in Japan) but has now been released on Vita. Should you care? I can think of a number of games you could play on Vita instead. Wouldn't bother with this port.

Derrick the Deathfin (PC)

What is it? A crazy looking game made with paper animations set underwayer. Should you care It looks absolutely fantastic on an aesthetic level. I'm going to try and give this a try at least.

EA Sports UFC (Xbox One/PS4)

What is it? It's EA's first attempt at a licensed UFC game. Should you care? You're asking the wrong person. I'm an MMA super fan and have been tracking the process of this game for years. I'm so excited for this. So excited. Even if it's bad I'm still going to play it. I think you should care, but don't take my word for it!

MotoGP 14 (PC)

What is it? It's the game about the motorcycle men. Should you care? This series has traditionally gotten Moto GP right in a very big way, but it's been a while since I've checked in on this series...

Pro Cycling Manager 2014 (PC)

What is it? I just find it hilarious that a game with such a niche audience has a release about managing a cycling team. Crazy. Should you care? If you're one of the very few people who loves cycling enough to be interested in a game like Pro Cycling Manager, you should totally get this.

Rush for Glory (PC)

What is it? A tower defence game with 3D visuals. Should you care? This actually looks like quite a comprehensive package. It's not going to change the world obviously, but it might be worth a bash.


    When you said punch each other in the face... I thought it was going to be a reference to soccer hooliganism.

      I was thinking Rugby League. Although he didn't mention the word neanderthal .

      Looking forward to some reviews of the UFC game. The demo was underwhelming although it's a demo so we have no idea how old the build is. I really hope the online part actually works in this game. That was the most disappointing aspect of the Yukes games.

    So keen for UFC! Can't wait to try out the career mode.

    I might get UFC when it's on sale. I want to check out the franchise but I'm not day one/full price interested.

      Dick smith have it for $64 if you preorder it there

        Where is it $64? On their site it's saying $99 :(

          It's in their catalog preorder at dick smith and they take $10 off when you pick up. Look it up in lasoo

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    Can't wait for UFC mastered the demo. I have become the ultimate fighter I challenge all comers hahaha fear me! Because winter.. Is.. Coming

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      The ground game stuff.... that's what's going to kill me :(

        It is tough it's all about learning the thumb stick movement

          I played for an hour or so and watched the online help videos but I still can’t quite work out how blocking on the ground works.

          It says to press the right trigger but it doesn’t explain if I should tilt a stick or hold the button or time the press or anything else like that.
          I can tell that SOMETIMES the guy avoids/blocks a strike but there’s no animation at all if the block isn’t done perfectly which makes you look and feel completely retarded and helpless.

          There really needs to be some kind of “covering up” animation to show that you’re at least trying to block even if the strike gets through.
          As it stands my character just lays there in half guard not moving at all getting blasted in the face while I’m trying to defend.

            Hahaha yep same here... for a quick game I just click the thumb stick to get up and keep on pounding with strikes. I know I'll get smoked in online mode so need to invest some solid time figuring it out.

    might have to keep an eye on A Wizard’s Lizard... looks cool

    hoping for some quiet release weeks... still working through watch_dogs, wolfenstein and wildstar has become my new crack-like obsession

    also picked up a game called Platformines for $5 on the weekend... stupidly addictive

    Looks like I'm out of retail purchases through to August now. Awesome.

    Atelier Rorona Plus is actually out on PS3 as well and is a fairly decent remake of the original game (not a port as stated in the article), bringing it more in line with the more recent entries in terms of gameplay and crafting as well as including extra content related to the Totori and Meruru entries. If you didn't play the original and like things like Harvest Moon and Rune Factory then you'll probably enjoy Rorona Plus. If you liked the original but found it too short and clunky, I'd recommend giving the remake a go.

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    I'm not really into UFC, but I did enjoy the Fight Night series. Also it does have Bruce Lee in it.. so might get it later on down the track.

    Definitely grabbing UFC. Enjoyed the demo a lot.

    I tried the UFC demo. I found it OK to start with but, just like actual UFC, once it ends up on the floor, I completely lose interest.

    Also, the collision detection seemed a bit shonky. On more than one occasion I'd knock the guy out with a big punch or kick, it'd go to the replay and the punch was clearly missing the target but he'd still gone down like a big sack of sh*t while the commentators go nuts. I mean, that'd be believable in a simulation of boxing (where everyone is getting paid off) or pro wrestling (where it's all fake anyway), but UFC? :P

    I've been hanging for a 'next-fen' Fight Night game and was pretty disappointed to discover the team were focusing on UFC instead (though it's not surprising given the popularity of it over boxing these days).

    I was a little skeptical at the time, but watching some vids in the lead up got me REALLY excited... until I played the demo. Oh how I HATED that demo. I found it incredibly frustrating to play and very random, and the only thing it did for me was make me wish even more that a new fight night was coming.

    I really tried to give it a good do, spending a couple of hours trying to learn the counters, attacks, blocks etc... but after that time and countless random losses, I came to the realisation that I just wasn't having any fun with it.

    I've since cancelled my pre-order.

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