UFC 4 grasps the intensity of the sport beautifully.
Whether you're yet to play the game or looking for the latest updates, here's everything you need to know.
Latest News - First Ratings Update!
As decided by the recently retired Daniel Cormier, the first round of UFC 4 ratings updates are here.
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We got the chance to get our hands-on the epic MMA game from EA, and boy were we impressed.
Check out our full review for UFC 4 right here!
UFC 4 will launch on PS4 and Xbox One - at this time it does not look as if the game will be coming to PC or Nintendo Switch.
UFC 4 Creative Director, Brian Hayes, had the following to say regarding the game’s availability on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Please see below for a quote from UFC 4’s Brian Hayes.
“If both consoles support backwards compatibility for Gen 4 games then, presumably, fans will be able to play UFC 4 on their Gen 5 consoles.
We haven't yet had an opportunity to test this out and determine whether any additional development work is required to leverage Backward Compatibility, but we hope to see UFC 4 playable on Gen 5 hardware using that feature.”
So it sounds like with any luck UFC 4 will be available on next-gen consoles - head here to find out more about UFC 4 on next-gen.
Price and Pre-order
If you want to make sure you get your hands on UFC 4 as soon as possible, securing the all-important pre-order is a good way to go.
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The game costs £59.99 / $59.99, but playable characters Anthony Joshua & Tyson Fury, and a host of in-game cosmetics can be yours for the taking, if you pre-order now!
You could have already started playing UFC 4 early through EA Access, however now members will be able to play the full version!
The most popular UFC game mode is back and UFC 4 gives you more control over your career than ever.
EA has let us in on what's to come in Career Mode this year thanks to a new trailer.
Ranging from an Unscripted Storyline to new Relationship & Injury Systems this is set to be of the best Career Modes we've seen in any EA title.
Interactive Social Media
The new interactive social media system allows you to respond to social media callouts from other fighters.
Your relationship with that fighter will vary depending on your response.
Respond positively and create a friendship that might result in training discounts and more, or respond negatively and create a rivalry to build hype for a fight.
Decline Fight Offers
For the first time ever, gamers will be able to turn down fight offers from the UFC.
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If you don’t think you’re ready to face a certain calibre of opponent, or your fighter needs more time to recover after their last fight, then declining a fight offer could be the best option.
Of course, if you turn down too many fight offers then there will be consequences and the UFC may even rescind your contract and relegate you back to the minor leagues!
Create a Fighter
UFC 4 features new hairstyles, facial hair and tattoos and boy are there some whacky new options.
In addition, there’s a load of new vanity fight apparel and accessories that range from slick new short designs all the way to wearing a full lion headdress!
Virtually every vanity item is unlockable via engagement (no items affect gameplay or attributes).
In addition, the new Universal Avatar System means that your created fighter is available in every weight class automatically, so you can enjoy using your fighter against a full range of opponents!
There are big changes when it comes to gameplay in UFC 4, with new combat systems in place for all areas of MMA!
For an in-depth look at all the changes made to striking, clinch, ground and pound, submissions and more, check out our full gameplay guide here.
We've now got our first look at the official gameplay trailer for UFC 4! Check it out below!
High Impact Moments
EA has introduced one brand new aspect to gameplay in the form of High Impact Moments.
FLY LIKE AN EAGLE! Soar onto the scene and give it your all!
This new system includes improved facial and body ripple deformation on impact and a whole new stun VFX and SFX sequence to highlight heavy damage.
There will also be improved slow-motion replays and all-new commentary from 2-division UFC champ Daniel Cormier.
UFC 4 has captured some of the most iconic, and bizarre celebrations in UFC history.
Chuck Liddle's amazing celebration features in the game, as does Jorge Masvidal's infamous parody of his incredible knockout win against Ben Askren.
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Then there's the slightly more 'unique' celebrations of fighters such as B.J Penn too!
New Attributes for UFC 4
EA has introduced brand new attributes for UFC 4 thanks to the all new gameplay mechanics.
The ratings for the top 50 fighters were drip fed and we now know who the highest rated fighter on the game is - Amanda Nunes.
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Update 3.0 Brings Kattar & Munoz, Gameplay Changes
They are two of the most entertaining men in the UFC, and now you'll be able to use them in UFC 4 after Update 3.0.
Calvin "The Boston Finisher" Katter and Pedro "The Young Punisher” Munhoz have both been added to the EA title in the newest patch.
Katter comes in as a 4* featherweight, whilst Munhoz is a 4.5* rated bantamweight.
Along with these new fighters, Update 3.0 also brings a ton of gameplay changes including new grappling transitions, reversals, bug fixes, and a ton of gameplay tuning for all skills.
You can read over all of the major changes in UFC 4 Update 3.0 here.
And you can find out more about the two new fighters here.
If you're not happy with the ratings, you're in luck! Fighters ratings can move up or down in UFC 4, depending on how they do in the real world Octagon.
For how it works, and who's going to be advising EA on fighters' performances, head over here!
EA Director interview
We spoke with Brian Hayes, creative director on UFC 4, to talk about gameplay, his tips on winning, and how the game is the most authentic MMA experience to date.
You can read to full interview right here.