We can't say that Joe Rogan's commentary is missed – I'd completely forgotten that it wasn't in the game anymore. The atmosphere of a UFC event is present and correct as always, and the licensed soundtrack fits the bill.
Arenas and fighter models alike are nice and detailed, with all of the blood and bruises you'd expect. Special mention should go to the colourful and energetic presentation, too, lending UFC 4 some extra personality.
The series' core fighting mechanics have been tightened up and refined, while some of the muddier aspects of the sim have been simplified. Submission mini-games are far easier to master, while fans of the original can stick with legacy controls.
Ultimate Team may be gone, but its absence isn't a blow – the deep and engaging Career Mode more than makes up for it. Solo and local multiplayer Stand & Bang and Knockout Mode remain consistently fun, while there's enough to jump into online.
A smaller list than usual, this is a selection of focused tasks that covers all the bases. Considering there are only 27 achievements, you don't get the sense that anything is missing – although four achievements dedicated to your player card is a bit daft.