follow us:

Latest News

Celebrate Easter early with 99¢ games on the PlayStation Store
Easter weekend is usually when people spend time with family, say some prayers, cook some food and play some games since it's a holiday. Sony wants to help on the last one by offering a selection of games from the PlayStation Store for only 99¢. ... [read more]
Microsoft sells 5 million Xbox Ones and Titanfall is March best seller
After the news that the PS4 has reached 7 million consoles sold, Microsoft is throwing out their numbers for the Xbox One. ... [read more]
Silent Hill Shattered Memories and Origins heading to PS Vita
The PS Vita library is about to get a little scarier. Konami UK announced that Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Silent Hill: Origins are coming to the PS Vita. ... [read more]

Latest Articles

The 3rd Annual OG Awards - Platform Awards and GOTY
After much deliberating, we finally have the final OG Awards. Who is taking the big award this year?... [read more]
The 3rd Annual OG Awards - Genre Awards
Day 2 of the OG Awards will reward the best of the best in various genres. Let's give out some awards! ... [read more]
The 3rd Annual OG Awards - Miscellaneous Awards
It's time for the most important awards in gaming: The OG Awards! Who will be the big winner? Read on to find out. ... [read more]

Latest Reviews

Dark Souls II Review
At this point, anybody who plays video games that don't involve a touch screen interface is well aware of what Dark Souls II is. A sequel to a spiritual sequel to an amazingly difficult, but fun game, Dark Souls II has some large shoes to fill.... [read more]
Infamous Second Son Review
The good ending of Infamous 2 left many wondering what was left for the series. Sucker Punch made it very clear that a new superhero was required to continue the series. Thus Delsin Rowe was born.... [read more]
Escape Plan Review
Escape Plan is a 3D side-scroller puzzle game which was originally released as a launch title for the PS Vita in February 2012. Developer Fun Bits Interactive decided to take the game to the big screen and port it to the PlayStation 4. ... [read more]

Latest Videos

8-Bit Eric: Unepic Review
8-Bit Eric takes a look at EnjoyUp Games' lighthearted take on classic platforming and RPGs, Unepic. ... [read more]
Mizuumi-Con 2014 panel videos
The Original Gamer crew was Mizuumi-Con 2014 this past Saturday to put on two panels: "Video Game Jeopardy" and "Everything You Wanted to Know About Video Games, But Were Afraid to Ask." And we have the videos to prove it. ... [read more]
8-Bit Eric: Robocop (NES) Review
Instead of watching the Robocop remake, watch 8-Bit Eric review Robocop on the NES. It's cheaper to watch and truer to original.... [read more]
Supremacy MMA Review
Posted on January 28, 2012 by Mike Villela

Mixed martial arts (MMA) have been around for years, rising in popularity these last 3 decades . It takes the grace, strength, flexibility and the stamina of various martial arts, puts them together and produces some of the world’s toughest men and women out there. Like any sport, there’s video games based on it out there, the most popular one currently based on the UFC. Kung Fu Factory and 505 Games took it upon themselves to produce a game that shows the underbelly of MMA. The wanted to show gamers that MMA isn’t as glamorous as it looks through their new game, Supremacy MMA. Is this unknown contender ready for the gold? Or will it be lights out only a few minutes into its first fight?

KO

Decent Fighter Backgrounds - Unlike other MMA games, Supremacy MMA gives back stories to their fighters. This is refreshing so that the player can have a more personal connection to the fighter other than “I’m going to kick your ass ‘cause I’m the best” or something of that sort.

Unique Overall Concept - What I like about Supremacy MMA can be split into two things: the first is the way that the game takes fighters from different martial arts backgrounds, matches them against each other and have them fight in their martial art only. For example, a fighter who has a background in boxing will take up a traditional boxing stance and throw punches only. He does have a basic floor game, but doesn’t utilize any submissions or holds.  A karate master, on the other hand, will utilize a vast array of kicks, chops, punches and throws that are related to his specific art. This reminds me of the early days of UFC where they had different martial arts practitioners fight against each other. The second thing is the showing of the “grittier” side of the sport. Not everyone can afford training with professional coaches or fighters. Nor do the various leagues sign up random people from the street. Even at the amateur level it costs money to fight and get promoted as a fighter. So what do these guys do? They go underground. They fight in crudely made rings with no rules. Their only goals are rise to the top, be the best and make others realize that.

Brutal Damage Effects - Taking advantage of the fact that a majority of its fighters are not signed to a league or organization, Supremacy MMA takes the violent factor of the game up a notch and adds realistic real-time damage. Brushes, cuts and gashes start to form and grow over time. Arms and legs will start to show signs of fatigue when fighters try to kick and punch. Also since this is “arcade” style combat, moves that would normally be considered illegal are legal. Again, this plays up the underground gritty side of the sport. There were even instances that when I was caught in a leg lock and my opponent kept putting pressure on my leg untill it snapped. Now, while this might have gotten a real world fighter not only DQ’ed but banned from any MMA league/organization, it is okay in underground cage fighting, where anything goes.  This is a nice change of pace. 

DQ

Terrible Concept Execution - While the concept of having various fighters from a wide range of martial arts with different background stories sounds like an awesome idea, the concept is executed terribly. At first I thought that Supremacy MMA was going to take a page from EA’s Fight Night Champion’s story mode and show the rise of an MMA fighter from the harsh underground scene to the pros. Supremacy attempts to catch that same feel, but utterly fails at it.

Terrible Fighting System - Whose bright idea was to have this game be a 2D fighter? I understand that the back of the cover says arcade style fighting, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick them on a 2D playing field. MMA fights are about moving around the ring, finding the right time to strike and using the cage to your advantage. The only way to do any 8-way movement is by pressing and holding L1 while moving the left stick in any direction, which feels stiff and lacks fluidity. Striking feels just as bad and is a bit on the confusing side with some buttons doing two different actions. I shouldn’t have to press and hold three buttons (at the same time no less) and move the left stick just to do a grapple. UFC's system has hi/low attacks mapped to the face buttons while EA’s MMA uses the Fight Night total control system with the right analog stick. These two games have simple controls but allow for the execution of devastating combos and set ups. Even grappling and going in the clinch for a take down or a submission feels like a chore.

Lacks of Female Fighters - Over the years, female fighters have joined the ranks of various MMA leagues and organizations and rank as some of the toughest competitors out there. These women are just as tough, or tougher, than the guys and should be proud of it. Fights are rarely televised/promoted, so when it was advertised that Supremacy MMA was going to have female fighters, people, including myself, got excited. What we got was less than stellar. The game shipped with only two female fighters and that’s it. Wishing no offense to the two women that are in the game, but really, only two female fighters?  You’re telling me that you couldn’t get women from Strikeforce, Bellator (US leagues), or even women from K-1, VALKYRIE, JEWELS, or any of the other Japanese and European leagues that have a women’s circuit? You had a chance to corner the market for female fighters, and give them their time to shine. They could have even given those who are in the indie scene a chance to shine. But instead, you blew it.

No Fighter Customization - By now character customization in the standard for a majority of sports games. Being able to change the color of the fighter’s shorts does not count. This may sound like a minor complaint, but when your competition has this feature not only in their MMA game but also in their wrestling game, that’s a step backwards.

 





Playing through Supremacy MMA was a terrible experience. A terrible fighting system coupled with flawed story concepts, a lack of a full female roster and no fighter customization really bring the game down. And it had such a cool concept too; taking different fighters with their own back story of fighting their way to the top. The real time damage effects were just about the only thing I truly enjoyed about the game. But even with that, I couldn’t enjoy beating down my opponent due to struggling with the controls. I rarely say this, but stay as far away from this game. Save your money and wait for a better MMA game to come by.

*This review was based on the PS3 version of the game with a review copy provided by the publisher.*

 

Mike Villela - Staff Writer mikev (@) original-gamer.com | all author's articles

What do you think of Elder Scrolls Online

I'm enjoying every minute of it!
It's ok, but there are way too many bugs.
It stinks!
Haven't tried it, but will once the dust settles.
I despise MMORPGs.
View Results - View Comments

Podcast


Taking the word back


News: Dana White Says EA Doesn't Give a Shit

UFC Undisputed 2010 Review

Supremacy MMA Review

Other Gaming News From The Web