Supremacy MMA – Review

g-supremacy200Supremacy MMA

(505 Games for Xbox 360)
By Mike Delano

The MMA subgenre of sports games went from zero to 60 a couple years back with the release of UFC Undisputed 2009 from THQ, which was followed quickly by a sequel as well as some competition from EA with their own entry, EA Sports MMA. The sport’s nascent life in the videogame world seems to have fizzled as quickly as it was ignited, however, with THQ backing off of its series’ aggressive release schedule and not much info from EA about a follow up to their game despite widespread critical success. That leaves the release of Supremacy MMA in kind of a dead zone, which could be good since that leaves it free of competitors, but bad because interest in gaming versions of the sport seems to have cooled. Truth is, the game would have distinguished itself regardless since it takes a much more traditional fighting game approach to MMA than its more technically-oriented predecessors. That means many fights end up being brawls, which is easy for newcomers to pick up but doesn’t offer much incentive to learn the intricacies of the different martial art styles. Further, the lack of any commentary or an interesting in-ring camera robs the matches of much of the excitement they could otherwise communicate.