Supremacy MMA - Xbox 360

  • Publisher: 505 Games
  • Genre:Fighting
  • Developer: Kung Fu Factory
  • Release Date:Sep 13, 2011
  • # of Players:1 player
  • ESRB:M - Mature (Alcohol Reference,Blood,Language,Mild Suggestive Themes,Violence)
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Game Description: 505 Games is getting into the MMA octagon. Though it's their first attempt, they have design talent from the UFC Undisputed 2009 team.
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Supremacy MMA Preview

By Kevin Kelly - Posted Jan 12, 2011

Fighting games typically fall into one of two camps: on one side you have the over the top arcade action of a title like Marvel vs. Capcom that provides cartoonish antics with unbelievable finishing moves, and on the other side you have titles that strive for simulation and want to bring you all the realistic nuances of the actual sport they're trying to mimic. But where's the middle ground? That's where Supremacy MMA steps into ring with a new game that wants to combine the bloody, violent side of mixed martial arts with the button-mashing action of an arcade title. 



Developed by Kung Fu Factory, who have worked on franchises like Mortal Kombat, UFC, WcW, and The Warriors, the game is positioning itself to be a storytelling fighting title that gets into the nitty gritty about why these fighters are fighting, and what they're fighting for. That's the key element behind the presentation and gameplay behind the title. To that end, they've enlisted former UFC fighter Jens Pulver lend both his likeness and backstory to the game.

"I was there during the early days of MMA and came up when things were just out of control crazy, so stories like mine are perfect for a game that’s taking things back old school like Supremacy MMA," said Pulver. “The truth is there are thousands of fighters out there struggling for a shot, whether they fight underground, amateur or at the highest levels of the sport. They’re doing it, and Supremacy MMA tells those kinds of stories, so I’m glad that this is the game I get to be a part of.”

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According to developer Ricci Rukavina at Kung Fu Factory, every fighter has a story about how they got started, and what drives them to continue stepping into the ring even after a series of humiliating losses. You'll get to play through those stories, and each fighter will have a unique backstory to experience. You might start brawling in prison, train with someone, and then he'll put you in touch with someone else to guide you when you get out. 

Venues will be diverse throughout the game, but will all be places that make sense (like an abandoned warehouse, a prison, etc.). You'll encounter mentors in these locations as well, and while many of them will be stepping stones as you play through your fighters story, they will return as locations you can fight in. They'll be scattered around the globe as well, with one story involving a Russian athlete training to wrestling in the Olympics. What happens to him when he doesn't win gold and is cast aside by his country? That's what you'll play through.

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The game also promises a leveling up system where you gain experience through fights. This experience carries over and upgrades your style, although you aren't tied into one particular area of focus. If you perform a lot of snap kicks, you can level that up specifically, and your tae kwon do as a whole. Punch often? You'll gain XP in your boxing style. The game offers up the same styles that appear in most MMA fights, ranging from Brazilian jiu-jitsu to judo to takedown-style fighting. 

The fighter presentation in the game has a sort of Vertigo graphic novel "In your face!" style of ink and paint, and Kung Fu is stressing that the game will be "Unauthorized. Uncensored. Uncompromising." To that end, the game is brutally violent, and has extreme finishing moves, most of which would be illegal in any ring. Crushing heel stomp to the face? There are also leg breaks in the game, which we got to see in action. It's not for the faint of heart--seeing a fighter's limb sticking out at an uncanny angle--but it happens in real life, so it's in the game.

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The brief gameplay we were treated to showed two fighters squaring off with punches and kicks that looked satisfyingly real. Takedowns and pins were there as well, putting fighters into groundfights and showing how you can struggle out of a hold. Sounds were temporary, and because this is an early pre-alpha build of the title, not everything was finished. So we were missing the enjoyable *whump* sounds of a fist hitting meat. There were satisfying sprays of sweat and blood, however, and plenty of bone-crunching attacks.

Supremacy MMA doesn't have a release date yet, but it looks like it will deliver compelling storytelling through satisfying gameplay that straddles the line between simulation and arcade. Plus, you get to break people's legs. Count us in.

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  • bernard85

    The game looks fun .. ill buy it .. people shouldn't knock it till they try it... I'm all for mma games .. and every body saying its gonna hurt the mma sport .. but really people its just a game ..lol this game reminds me of blood sport and undisputed movies ..underground fighting.. the way real mma used to be..I watch ufc and strikeforce .. and its getting old.. and to costly .. I pay 50 bucks for a ppv and see nothin but cage humping and more cage humping....and people are calling it technical fighting..and the game are even more worst spamming non stop.... look all I'm saying is give it shot ..

    Posted: January 23, 2011 9:13 PM
  • Blucuzzin

    They should change the title to something like a fight club since its not licensed because this will make MMA look very unprofessional.

    Posted: January 16, 2011 11:06 AM
  • M6000

    I've seen this game on Gamespot.com and from what I've seen I'm pretty hopeful. It looks to be a very interesting take on your usual MMA simulator style game and that definitely interest me the only problem is this game reminds of another game I have played that was quite like this one. I'm referring to Fight Club for the original Xbox. In development it had this real gritty underground fighting league vibe and it had me interested much as this game does but after purchasing it I was Highly disappointed. I sincerely hope this game turns out better then Fight Club did and ends up being a successful title but I guess I'll just have to follow it closely and read the review before I purchase to make sure I don't end up making the same mistake twice.

    Posted: January 15, 2011 11:06 AM
  • happy_feet12

    First of all this game looks really crap the blood splatter is very much horror film,

    Secondly F..k games like this that make MMA to be some sort of blood thirsty game. I train in MMA and Everyone who does it knows it's nothing like this game depicts. There are rules, regulations safety laws ETC... we dont go out and try and kill one and another. This is a sport its a safer sport then boxing

    We dont stand and hit each other in the face for 15rounds. 99.1% of fights end up in a submission Knock outs are part of the sport but not as common as submissions unlike Boxing which is about Knockouts...I really hope this game fails.

    Posted: January 14, 2011 6:40 PM
  • sksknight

    That cat's leg got broke nice. Kumite the video game ;-)

    Posted: January 14, 2011 6:36 PM
  • m0nk3y_dude

    wow this game will make every politician out there hate mma even more this game will only hurt the sport of mma

    Posted: January 14, 2011 3:21 PM
  • marcusdjackson

    this should be a bigger hit then the other 2 but it dosen't go far enough

    Posted: January 14, 2011 2:05 PM