Battling your opponent in a virtual ring or beating down a lippy online player in a game-based street brawl has always been a satisfying experience for gamers. With competitive sports such as boxing, street fighting, kick boxing and wrestling having all enjoyed plenty of virtual carnations over the years it seems the increasing popularity in mixed martial arts is also inspiring developers in the gaming world to take note. Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift for an MMA lover, or just looking to fill the time during a lazy afternoon, we’ve picked out the very best MMA video game titles ever to have hit the market.
EA SPORTS UFC (PS4, Xbox One)
MMA is one of the fastest growing sports on the planet and finally developers are taking the full-contact combat sport seriously. Console gamers are demanding the very best offerings and many of them will have been more than pleased with the latest title that was released last summer on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game was the product of a new deal between EA and the Ultimate Fighting Championship and managed to combine cutting-edge artificial intelligence with new unlockable achievements. A sequel is already in the works and EA Sports UFC is available from all reputable retailers.
This World Fighting title arrived on the PlayStation2 back in 2004 and its simplicity is what appealed to many MMA gamers. Even though the gameplay was simple it still relied a lot on strategy and players could at least sink their teeth into some all-out fighting action. For what it lacked in quality and design it certainly made up for in fun and addictiveness.
UFC UNDISPUTED 3 (PS3, Xbox 360)
Undisputed 3 was a pure MMA fans wet dream. It was one of the first games that actually put the player right into the action with a proper concentrated look and feel for the sport. The gameplay was vastly improved from that of its predecessors and it came complete with a far superior submission system than we had been used to up to that point. It also included Featherweight and Bantamweight divisions that the UFC had introduced just months previously. There were plenty of new fighting movies and added realism that made this 2012 release a stand out.
King of the Cage (Online)
Of course more and more of us are not just gaming on our consoles because we take to our PC’s and smart devices when we need to scratch that itch. For MMA fans, the online options may be limited but we’ve unearthed what we think is a gem in Next Gaming’s ‘King of the Cage’ slot. Featuring 100’s of pay-lines, as well as a whole host of familiar faces, the title is available on many reputable gaming sites and if you play it right you could even win big at Royal Vegas where the slot is also available.
UFC: TAPOUT (Xbox)
It’s been more than thirteen years since the Xbox release of DreamFactory’s UFC: Tapout hit stores. The game featured UFC stars Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, Mark Coleman, Frank Shamrock, and Tito Ortiz as well as Women's MMA. This addictive fight offering was the best on offer at the time and it certainly stood as an impressive option to appease to MMA fans. The UFC series has improved ten-fold since but this classic is still worth dusting off from time to time.