As someone who has been playing video games for as long as I can remember, every year, I strive to try as many new titles as I can, as well as older, more prominent ones that have endured the test of time and are still played and enjoyed today. One of those titles might be familiar to you – EA Sports, UFC 4.
If you’re thinking about trying this game for the first time, you might be wondering whether or not you can play it across different platforms. Fortunately for all individuals that are wondering the same thing, our 2023 guide below can help! Here is everything that you must know about this game:
A Brief Intro to The Title
Since you’re planning on trying the franchise, you probably already know that it’s a mixed martial art action game that was initially revealed to the public two years ago. Like many titles of its type, it was developed by EA Vancouver and was published by a well-known company, EA Sports. Even though some reviews claim that there have been problems with the graphics – including a fast framerate drop – it was praised and well-acknowledged by many critics, which is probably why it has remained one of the most popular titles with gamers worldwide.
It’s pretty safe to say that the plot is amazing, mostly due to the fact that the designers worked quite hard to ensure that the title has a very realistic feel to it. The feature that was most praised by gamers is the Real Player Motion – or RPM for short. When you first start it, you’ll be capable of selecting from over 220 available characters with whom you’ll take part in one-on-one competitions. It also offers a “career mode”, where you can learn all the basics of different martial arts.
When the match begins, you can choose whether or not you’ll accept or reject a fight. However, depending on the choice you make, can impact your character’s growth over the course of the game, hence, you should be extra careful when choosing. Additionally, you’ll be capable of selecting the arena you’ll fight in, meaning that, in a way, it could be customized to suit your preferences, as well as your skill level.
So, Can I Play it on Different Platforms?
Now that you understand a little bit more about the title, you might be wondering is UFC 4 cross play? To put it as simply as possible, no, it isn’t, meaning that you won’t be able to play it across different consoles this year. Also, since it isn’t cross-play, you won’t be able to enjoy it with friends that utilize other consoles than you. Besides this, it isn’t even available on computers, hence, if you don’t own a console, you won’t be capable of enjoying it.
Why is it not cross-play? Well, the company behind the title determined to make it a console exclusive, instead of releasing it for all platforms. Don’t get us wrong, there is nothing bad with the fact that they desired to produce an amazing and playable title that’ll sell millions, however, since they didn’t opt for releasing it across different consoles, they – as well as gamers all over the world – has faced some issues.
For instance, by not making it cross-play, they haven’t included as many individuals as they could in their targeted niche, which basically means that they lost a lot of sale opportunities because people use several gaming platforms such as Steam. On the other hand, titles that are cross-play – even if they aren’t yet available for all platforms – are so much simpler to market and sell, and more importantly, the developers can get a more ample player base.
On Which Platforms Can I Use?
The only two consoles that you’ll be capable of enjoying UFC on are Playstation and Xbox, however, this doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to enjoy it with people that have either of the consoles. In order to play it with other people, you’ll, unfortunately, need to own the same console. Hence, if you have the same console as one of your buddies, you could enjoy matches with them, otherwise, you’ll need to play by yourself.
Three Tips & Tricks Before You Start Playing
If you’ve never played fighting games before, there are a few tips and tricks that you should keep in mind, mostly because they’ll help you make the title more interesting and fun to play, but more importantly, they’ll help you understand the game better. This indicates that you’ll be able to easily play it, even if you aren’t familiar with such titles. The three most important tips and tricks that you should remember before playing are the following:
1. Monitor Your Stamina at All Times – as a beginner, it might be easy for you to neglect to monitor your stamina and this is a huge mistake. Like in real fights, players must preserve energy just in case the match goes on for several rounds and if you don’t keep an eye out on the stamina bar, your opponent won’t have any difficulties beating you.
2. Learning How to Counter is Crucial – it’s crucial that you learn how and when to counter different attacks. Although it might be daunting at the beginning you should figure out how you can slip a straight punch a bit to the side, which will allow you to counter with a hook. This won’t only allow you to block attacks, but it’ll help you preserve your stamina too.
3. Don’t Forget to Keep Your Hands Up – just like you would protect your face in a real fight, the same needs to be done in UFC as well. Doing this won’t only protect your character, but it’ll allow you to land punches as well, hence, you should practice and remember to always keep your hands up during matches.
By now, you probably understand that UFC 4 isn’t a cross-play game, meaning that you cannot play it with people that use a different console than you. Although this might be a huge drawback for you, the title is still very fun to explore, which is why you shouldn’t definitely choose to try it.
Since you now know a little bit more about the entire game, you might not want to lose any more of your free time reading articles similar to this one. Instead, you might want to use that free time on purchasing the game, starting it, and then choosing from over 220 available characters!