EA Sports UFC 4 career mode:
Although the goal of career mode in EA Sports UFC 4 remains unchanged from that of its prequel in that your created fighter still strives to become the greatest of all-time (G.O.A.T.) in his or her weight class, the team at Electronic Arts worked overtime throughout this development cycle to improve upon the 2018 video game.
For starters, EA has effectively ensured that no two playthroughs of this career mode will be exactly alike by making the game mode unscripted.
This time around, EA has essentially told the players:
“It’s your game mode, your fighter, your world, your choices.”
This is further illustrated when you watch the game’s official career mode trailer:
The game begins:
Upon entering career mode for the first time, the player’s created fighter will meet up with Coach Davis, a man that they’ll be seeing quite often throughout the game—as he’s the mode’s new coach that will navigate the fighter through his or her career while helping them understand just how vital the fighter-coach rapport will be.
A good rapport is everything:
Just as the relationship between a fighter and his or her coach is important, the rapport that a fighter has with other fighters is equally vital.
To strike up a relationship with a fighter, the created fighter may option to invite members of the UFC’s roster, such as Colby Covington and Khabib Nurmagomedov, as a sparring partner—but the player is cautioned not to knock out the sparring partner to avoid starting a rivalry in training camp.
In keeping with the theme of the fighter’s choices being a key aspect of gameplay in career mode, the player will be presented with options as to how the game mode can and will progress—all within his or her control.
A player’s created fighter can begin the rise to a championship by working their way through the amateur ranks or a stint in the World Fighting Alliance.
Remember, the cap on fights in the WFA has now been removed from EA Sports UFC 4, in contrast to the flat number of fights that a created fighter had in the WFA in EA Sports UFC 3.
New to EA Sports UFC 4 is the ability to win your way to a UFC contract through an appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series, but be cautious when going this route, as just like on the real show, just winning your Contender Series fight may not be enough to score that contract.
Characteristics affect fighters:
Your rapport with Coach Davis and other fighters will affect your demeanor throughout the playthrough.
These actions will go a long way in determining whether your fighter will be remembered as a face or a heel at the end of a career.
As mentioned in the article outlining EA Sports UFC 4’s features last month, an important aspect of the career mode playthrough is the fighter evolution functionality, where each successfully landed kick or punch, as well as each completed takedown, improves your created fighter’s skill set for that move.
However, this is also a two-way street, as injuries can and will be detrimental to a skill set, lessening depending upon the injury’s severity.
If that occurs, the created fighter has to earn those skills back by spending points accumulated through fights and training.
Just as an injury can derail a created fighter’s skill set, accepting a fight on short notice could also leave the possibility open for an injury and may derail the fighter’s chances at meeting all their goals.
On the reverse side, however, winning a short-notice match could give your created fighter a spark to get yourself noticed.
I have already seen footage of playthroughs of career mode from YouTubers who are playing the game thanks to their involvement in the EA Game Changers program.
While the version of EA Sports UFC 4 being shown in the videos is not the final version of the game, I am most impressed with what I have seen so far.
Frankly, the clips I’ve watched so far of the career mode excite me even more for the retail version of the game when it comes out a week from this coming Friday (which, like EA Sports UFC 2 and EA Sports UFC 3, I already have reserved for a preorder to pick up on day one.)