July 4th 2012 5:55 am PT

Arcade: Bellator: MMA Onslaught

Bellator: MMA OnslaughtContent: Bellator: MMA Onslaught
Price: 1200 Microsoft Points
Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: (Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB) Nominated for ‘Best Sports Game’ and ‘Best Fighting Game’ at E3 by Neoseeker. This game is based on Bellator Fighting Championships, a single elimination Mixed Martial Arts tournament. It is a first of its kind, a fast paced arcade style MMA fighting game with easy to understand controls that enable players to quickly master the clinch and ground game. Design your own fighter and compete both online or locally against other players’ creations and the best fighters Bellator has to offer to level your fighter, master MMA techniques, unlock moves, earn belts and climb to the top of the world rankings.

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Arcade, Marketplace By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=672621024 Philoso Raptorr

    Downloading the trial as i type this… Have a lot of hope for this game, only because it has been a while since a decent mma game. Anyone had any playtime yet?

    • mcmax3000

      I’m a huge MMA fan, so I bought it immediately without playing the trial first.

      The actual in cage gameplay is a decent arcade style. There’s not a ton of MMA strategy behind it, but for what they’re going for, it’s not bad. It feels to me like a very simplified version of EA Sports MMA, but with the UFC Undisputed striking.

      My biggest issues with it come from all of the stuff around the gameplay:

      – There are only eight fighters
      – Weight classes don’t matter, at all (they don’t even list which weight class the fighters are in… I believe there are six featherweights, and two lightweights)
      – No commentary
      – The ring announcer is not the actual Bellator ring announcer
      – On the odd chance you manage to make it to a decision, there is no announcement of the winner, the round just ends, and the score cards immediately show up on the screen.
      – The venues are horribly generic: “Atlantic City Casino”, “Bellator Canadian Arena” (which by the way, looks nothing like the arena they run in Canada… I know because it’s 10 minutes from my house, and I’ve been to their shows)
      – The arenas also make Bellator look horribly low rent… There’s one setup in the middle of an outdoor mall
      – The Tournament mode is basically just pick a fighter, and then beat all of the other guys one after the other in a single sitting

      As a big MMA fan, I have one relatively minor gripe with the gameplay, but one that annoys me greatly: You can kick a guy in the head when he’s down, which is in direct violation of the Unified rules of the sport.

      All said, I was hoping for a lot more, but realistically, I pretty much got what I was expecting. It could be a lot better, but for a $15 Arcade download, it’s not bad.

      However, it does do one horrid thing, and that is, you can buy (with Microsoft points), boosts for your created fighter to use in online play. I don’t know if you can also unlock these through gameplay (I haven’t touched the create a fighter stuff yet), or if they’re only available by paying more money, but they are literally boosts like “increase your striking power”, and I think they are one time use as well.

      Oh, and if you can’t unlock those boosts through gameplay, that means that there are two achievements that you can only get by paying extra money, which I believe is a direct violation of Microsoft’s achievement policy.

      • http://twitter.com/Navarin Buster Wolf

        Gotta love the free to play business model being adapted for games that aren’t free to play.

  • http://guymanningham.com/ Guy Manningham

    As a former fighter in Pride (Japan), I’ve found there aren’t many accurate MMA games out there. I’ll have to give this one a try. Thanks.

 
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