follow us:

Latest News

Get on the dance floor with Dance Central Spotlight on September 2
Announced at E3, Dance Central Spotlight is the digital title that brings the Harmonix's dancing franchise to the Xbox One, and it's coming on September 2.... [read more]
Watch the actors of The Last of Us perform live
For a special one night only event, the actors and music composer behind the critically acclaimed game of The Last of Us from Naughty Dog, will perform live at the theatrical stage.... [read more]
Watch real gamers play a real match of Rainbow Six: Siege
If you're like me, you had your share of douche chills when listening to the commentary of the Rainbow Six: Siege reveal. Yes the game looked amazing, but the "gamers" playing the game were as about as authentic as a Gameboy sold in China. This newest video from the Ubisoft... [read more]

Latest Articles

When a Good Cause Gets Tainted
This June was an important month for Nintendo. Prior to them winning the hearts of gamers across the globe at E3, they were in some hot water over a game that came out just a few days before. That game, Tomodachi Life, became the center of a world of drama that was not only ... [read more]
Destiny Alpha is a delightful appetizer before the main course
Announced during the Sony E3 Press Conference, PS4 owners got their first shot to play Destiny. The Destiny Alpha only lasted a few days, but it left a big impression.... [read more]
E3 2014: Oh who are we kidding, it was all about Zelda Wii U at Nintendo's E3 Digital Event
Even though Nintendo was not producing a live press conference, they didn't spare any expense with the production value of their E3 Digital Event. ... [read more]

Latest Reviews

Titanfall Review
It's safe to say that Titanfall is the first highly-anticipated next gen (or should I say current gen) game for 2014.Developed by Respawn Entertainment, Titanfall received some huge hype at E3, and it was well deserved. Although the game is not perfect, it's heading in the r... [read more]
Conception II Review
I can honestly say that Conception II would be an incredibly awkward game to try and describe to anyone who doesn’t watch anime or play RPGs. In fact, if someone could find a socially acceptable way to describe a game where you impregnate girl’s souls using your “star ... [read more]
Outlast: Whistleblower Review
Outlast became one of my favorite survival horror games and I gave it a 9 in my review. The game, however, left me wanting for more jump scares and thus I was naturally excited to quickly dive into its story related DLC, Whistleblower. ... [read more]

Latest Videos

SGC 2014: We Slay Monsters Interview
You may have played a dungeon crawler before, but have you ever played a dungeon crawler where your attack is based on the poker hand your dealt? This isn't a fantasy game made by Kenny Rogers, it's We Slay Monsters from Furiously Inactive Games.... [read more]
8-Bit Eric: Donkey Kong Country - Tropical Freeze Review
8-Bit Eric reviews the return of our favorite ape, Donkey Kong, in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. ... [read more]
Why the Separation of Men and Women in eSports is Stupid (Update)
An article on PC Gamer revealed that the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) keeps men and women in separate tournament. Not only that, men and women can't even compete in the same games. Men can compete in DotA 2, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Hearthstone and Stacraft II wh... [read more]
Supremacy MMA Review
Posted on January 28, 2012 by

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.*

 

What's your most anticipated game for August?

Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
Sacred 3
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
Tales of Xillia 2
Madden NFL 15
Metro Redux
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited
View Results - View Comments

Podcast


The Iron Men of Gaming


UFC Undisputed 2009 Review

UFC Undisputed 2010 Review

Supremacy MMA Review

Other Gaming News From The Web