|System: PS3, Xbox 360|
|Dev: Kung Fu Factory|
|Pub: 505 Games|
|Release: September 23, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs, Violence|
There is also a "femme fatales" mode, but this amounts to little more than blatant fan service—and not very good fan service at that. There are just two female mixed martial artists to choose from, and they can only be played in their individual versus-style modes. There's no particular reason why they couldn't have been included with the rest of the cast, and shepherding them into the "femme fatales" mode feels juvenile at best.
Of course, any competitive game needs an online mode these days, and Supremacy's is one of the worst. I have yet to find a match that actually allows me to play effectively. I'll remind you that the offline controls are already pretty laggy; adding network latency makes the game damn near unplayable.
Now, Supremacy MMA isn't very fun to play, but oddly enough it's a lot of fun to watch, even more so than other MMA and wrestling games on the market. The character models look great, even if they do move a bit stiffly. As fighters sustain damage, they become realistically bruised in an honestly horrific manner. Blood splatters all over the ring and bones crunch in ways you would expect to see in Mortal Kombat. In addition, particularly damaging strikes are accompanied by a slowdown effect and a drowning out of the music, which ups the dramatic tension. Unfortunately, all of these things are just distracting when you are actually playing the game. The slowdown is especially annoying considering it tips your opponent off to what you are doing, letting them block in time.
I appreciate Supremacy MMA for what it is trying to do. Honestly, a simple, arcade-style MMA fighter would probably be a big hit if done well. Unfortunately, Supremacy MMA just isn't done well. It's very generic, very hard to control, and it simply doesn't hold your attention. It's not the worst generic fighting game out there, but it's certainly not one of the better ones. Even at its fifty dollar discount price tag, I'd say you're fine skipping this one.
Angelo M. D’Argenio
CCC Contributing Writer