- Estimated achievement difficulty: 8/10
- Offline: 24/32 [755/1000 ]
- Online: 8/32 [245/1000 ]
- Approximate amount of time to 1000: 30 hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1 (Career).
- Missable achievements: None
- Does difficulty affect achievements?: No
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: Yes, “I’ll Stand, Thanks” seems to unlock randomly and may not unlock the first time you complete the requirements.
- Extra equipment needed?: None
Welcome to EA Sports UFC! This is EA’s first crack at the UFC franchise and their sophomore entrance into the MMA genre. For the new generation of console EA have completely overhauled the visuals making the fighters more lifelike than ever, the submission game has been overhauled to give it a more tactical feel as has the ground game. EA UFC is not without its flaws but overall it’s a solid first entrance in the franchise for EA and more importantly it’s a hell of a lot of fun to play.
Step One – Challenge Mode:
First off we are going to head straight into the challenge mode, there are a total of 90 training challenges spread over 3 separate categories.
- Stand-up: 50 Challenges
- Ground: 20 Challenges
- Clinch: 20 Challenges
None of them are very difficult and will simply have you completing a series of drills to give you a better understanding of the three areas. This step is relatively painless and shouldn’t take much more than 45 minutes. Once you are done with all 90 challenges you will unlock "There is no "Try"" for 75 .
Step Two – Play Now (Two Controllers):
This next step is entirely optional; there are a number of miscellaneous achievements that can be obtained using two controllers, they can also be obtained in any other mode if you would prefer or are unable to use this method. For expediency these 6 achievements can be broken down and earned in three quick fights.
- "The Art of Eight Limbs"
- "You Got Somewhere to Be?"
- "Stand and Bang"
- "It’s Showtime!"
- "A False Sense of Security"
- "The Arm That Feeds"
See the descriptions for "The Art of Eight Limbs," "It’s Showtime!" and "The Arm That Feeds" for more detailed information. Grabbing these six achievements will net you another 225 .
Step Three – Career:
The bulk of the remaining achievements will be obtained from Career Mode, I recommend starting out on Pro and you will be grabbing all the career achievements in this playthrough. The reason I recommend starting out directly on Pro is because the one achievement that requires the Pro difficulty, "Forefathers," will require you to fulfill almost all the other career achievements along the way. During this step you will unlock the following 14 achievements worth 370 .
- "First Blood"
- "Begin With The End In Mind"
- "UFC Contract!"
- "The Big Time"
- "#1 Contender"
- "Making Your Mark"
- "Top of the Mountain"
- "Do an AMA!"
- "Fight of the Night"
- "Submission of the Night"
- "Knockout of the Night"
- "The Prodigy"
- "Gracie Pride"
For the career achievement, "Gracie Pride," you are required to submit 12 opponents in a row. While this is certainly doable on Pro by the time you are further into your career and have your submission skill maxed out, you may find it easier to do partial career playthrough on easy to obtain this.
Step Four – Online:
There are a total of eight online achievements worth 245 . The following seven are obtained in Online Championship mode:
- "To The Top!"
- "Ahead of the Class"
- "Knockout Season"
- "Submission Season"
- "You Earned It"
- "To The Wire"
- "In the Spotlight"
The remaining achievement, "Friends or Foes?," is obtained in Rivalry Mode. See the achievement descriptions for more information.
Step Five – Mop Up:
There shouldn’t be too many things to mop up, if you somehow didn’t receive one of the Fight of the Night achievements in career you will have to start up a new one to try and pick them up. The miscellaneous achievements "Iron Chin" and "Iron Heart" should have come naturally throughout your career. The only other thing you may have outstanding is "I’ll Stand, Thanks," this achievement is a little buggy. It’s not entirely clear which mode you have to do this in and you may find it is not unlocking even though you are fulfilling the requirements. My only advice is to attempt this in both career and online a few times and it should unlock.
Overall, EA Sports UFC is a fun and enjoyable game that looks great and captures the grandeur of UFC events. The control scheme is ambitious and works relatively well in most situations. Achievements wise there are a couple of tough achievements but the majority of them are relatively painless. The only thing it fails to capture is the sense of excitement found in a real MMA bout. Regardless of that it is still a great game and a promising first effort by EA.
[XBA would like to thank Metabolic XBA for this RoadMap]