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CGRundertow BELLATOR: MMA ONSLAUGHT for PlayStation 3 Video Game Review


There are a few things to consider. On the
one hand, you have to remember this is a downloadable game…and for a downloadable game, there’s
a lot to like here. I mean, this has the look of a retail release. It’s not some 2D platformer
or a puzzler, this is a legitimate 3D fighting game with a distinctly non-digital feel. And that alone is pretty impressive. In fact, Bellator: MMA Onslaught makes a first
impression as forceful as a fist to the face. Then you look a little deeper, and you start
to see the effect of its limitations. Case in point, the audio is a bit choppy. And there’s no commentary. And there’s only eight fighters. I mean, unless you make CM Punk. Bellator: MMA Onslaught is, at least in theory,
an interesting game. This is a fighter based on the MMA organization Bellator…think UFC,
only with less Joe Rogan. You beat the crap out of people with a wicked arsenal of attacks,
spilling blood across tournaments, singles and online matches. The interesting part comes from the game’s
design approach. Bellator has more in common with a game like Virtua Fighter than its UFC
counterparts. This is really an arcade fighter at heart. In fact, the team at Kung Fu Factory
likens the game to the MMA equivalent of a game like NFL Blitz. And that approach works just fine. I mean,
personally, I actually prefer that to some complicated fighter with more needless complexities
than naked chokes. See, that’s letters…N and C…anyway, the problem with Bellator:
MMA Onslaught isn’t the basic gameplay. It’s actually two things. One, the limitations
of digital distribution take an obvious toll. And two, which is related to one, there’s
just not enough here. In fact, the game easily gets most of its
depth from its character creator. Now, the aesthetic options are limited—uh, case in
point, you can only put tribal tattoos on the arms, which is just unspeakably douchy—but
the cool part is that you can customize their entire move sets. And that’s awesome. It’s just you’ll spend more time making
people than fighting them. So obviously, this is a mixed bag. If you’re
a serious MMA fan looking for a serious Bellator title, this game is not for you. But if you’re
cool with locking up with a simpler fighter, Bellator: MMA Onslaught hits you right on
the chin. For a downloadable game. Kind of.

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