The fourth installment of EA Sports’ UFC series is yet another step in the right direction for a game that has the daunting task of making the complex sport of mixed martial arts both authentic for fans and enjoyably accessible for gamers.
“UFC 4” is far from perfect, but it certainly features improvements such as a beefed-up career mode and simplified striking controls. However, for each step forward, there’s another that doesn’t seem to go anywhere: The ground game, for example, remains a complicated and unenjoyable aspect of the game when compared to the standup.
The result is a game that is absolutely stellar — if it was a straightforward kickboxing game with a career mode. Otherwise, it falls short when trying to add the “mixed” part of mixed martial arts.
The pros are noteworthy, as the striking improves upon what was a marginal uptick in enjoyability in “UFC 3.”
A lot of work went into making the fighters act and move more like their real-life counterparts. There’s a certain weightiness that can be felt when controlling a heavyweight such as Francis Ngannou that isn’t present when playing with a more nimble, fluid striker such as Israel Adesanya. The impact of Ngannou’s punches is evident, but he’s unable to race across the cage and throw speedy combinations like his smaller counterparts.
You also won’t find CPU-controlled fighters doing many things out of character. The player will be rewarded for emulating Conor McGregor’s sniper fighting style, whereas Khabib Nurmagomedov’s smothering wrestling is his calling card. Attempt to fight a style that isn’t in a fighter’s DNA, and you’ll be penalized for it.
The clinch game has also been overhauled to be more reflective of the standup, rather than a grappling minigame. It feels a lot more realistic and fluid as an extension of the standup game. Clinches require pressing a single button; to escape, you simply need to pull away. But with locomotion technology in play, it becomes a game of cat and mouse as you try to escape with your wits intact while your opponent can trap you against the cage and punish you with knees and punches.
Once the game hits the mat, what was once a smooth and fun striking game gets a lot more complicated. And that’s even with a new grapple assist that relies more on a simple move of the right joystick rather than multiple inputs to transition. If you want to get up, push the stick in the right direction. Your opponent can stop your transitions by moving the stick as well. There doesn’t seem to be a great deal of rhyme or reason to escaping a takedown and changing positions, but it’s a lot more accessible than previous versions of the game.
The bigger issue is that the ground game still feels very robotic as fighters go from position to position. As much as EA Sports attempts to make it feel natural, it simply doesn’t. And the strikes on the ground lack the impact that is needed to really feel like you’re doing damage. Is it better than before? Sure. But it’s still a part of the game that is actively avoided by gamers more often than not.
Submissions have moved to a meter-based system reminiscent of “WWE 2K.” While it’s a great improvement, the ground game only makes you want to stick to the standup.
The commentary has been revamped with longtime commentator Joe Rogan being replaced with the team of Daniel Cormier and Jon Anik. You’ll immediately notice the duo clearly recorded their lines together, and their conversations feel a lot more natural than previous installments. Cormier is a joy with his genuine excitement and knowledge of the sport. That doesn’t prevent the game from repeating lines ad nauseam. But, again, it’s a step in the right direction.
Also included are two new venues: Kumite and Backyard.
The Kumite is inspired by “Bloodsport” and feels like a kickboxing and Mortal Kombat hybrid. There’s no commentary, but a looming voice barks at you when a significant strike lands. With the backdrop reminiscent of the 1988 film (with a nod and wink to “Kickboxer” as well), it feels right to hear “combo,” “staggered,” “huge punch” and “excellent” with an obnoxious voice.
Backyard fighting isn’t as nearly as fun, but the outdoor venue with sparse crowds and barking dogs is a fun departure from the Octagon.
“UFC 4’s” career mode has been given some additions to make it more interesting between fights. Rather than just train and fight, you can use social media to spark rivalries, make friends and stream sparring sessions where you destroy training partners. All of this enhances your fan base, which assists in contract negotiations.
The training itself is helpful when working through the nuances of the game. You’re given a task and, once you complete it, you can work on your other skills inside of the window. Be too aggressive and you can injure yourself or your training partner. Injure the latter and you won’t be able to spar in that discipline until the next training camp.
The relationships with fighters can feel a little arbitrary, but this year’s career mode has laid down the right foundation for the future of the game.
The graphics are fine, though nothing spectacular. There hasn’t been a great deal of improvement in fighter design and there’s something missing when it comes to knockdowns — fighters hit the canvas mostly in the same manner.
For MMA fans, “UFC 4” should be a welcome addition that takes some small, yet important steps in improving gameplay. It will get a lot of burn from players who enjoy the art of kickboxing. And something is needed while we continue to wait for the “Fight Night” series to come back.
Air NZ starts drawing down on $900 million Crown loan; Plans to complete capital raise by June
Air New Zealand director Therese Walsh stated, in an announcement to the NZX, “The New Zealand Government has as of late reaffirmed its pledge to keeping up its greater part shareholding in Air New Zealand, and the Board is connecting valuably with the Crown in its capital structure and subsidizing conversations.”
The Crown has a 52% shareholding in Air New Zealand.
The advance arrangement enables the Government to look for reimbursement by changing over the credit into value or getting the aircraft to do a capital raise following a half year, should this be fundamental.
Walsh didn’t state the amount of the office was being drawn down on, yet noted it gave the organization “fundamental liquidity uphold as it deals with an arrangement for the future shape and size of its business post COVID-19”.
“The CSF [Crown Standby Facility] was constantly expected by the two players to give the vital opportunity to the aircraft to reposition its tasks and encourage the usage of a drawn out capital structure,” she said.
“The Company keeps on assessing a scope of situations on how the pandemic may create and the ensuing effects on its business tasks, armada, working cost structure, and capital necessities.
“Accepting there are no further material unfavorable turns of events, the Company is hoping to finish the vital capital structure audit by mid 2021 and be in a situation to continue with capital raising to be finished before June 2021.”
The CSF is being given in two tranches. The first $600 million tranche has a loan fee expected in March to be somewhere in the range of 7% and 8% per annum. The second tranche of $300 million has a rate expected to be in the request for 9% per annum.
The office will be accessible for two years. The compelling financing costs on the two tranches will venture up by 1% if the office stays following a year.
AMAZON LAUNCHES SURVEILLANCE DRONE THAT FLIES AROUND INSIDE YOUR HOUSE
Amazon has declared an automaton that flies around the home to check whether the clients’ house is secure.
It originates from its smarthome security auxiliary, Ring.
The Always Home Cam flies around a predestinated way, which Amazon says can check for windows left unopen or kitchen apparatuses still turned on.
The Always Home Cam transfers video to the Ring application, before getting back to the charging dock to top off its battery.
“Something I every now and again get with clients is ‘I have a couple of Indoor Cams from Ring, yet at times I would go out and couldn’t recall whether I’d left a window open and wished I had a camera there'”, composes Jamie Siminoff, Ring’s organizer, in a blog entry.
The automaton has innovation incorporated with it to dodge surprising impediments, and on the grounds that it is so little and lightweight Amazon says it is probably not going to cause harm in unexpected conditions.
The camera on the Always Home Cam is genuinely obstructed when the gadget is charging, so it can possibly record when it is flying near.
While it is flying, Amazon says it is “worked to be boisterous” with the goal that the automaton is prominent.
It additionally can’t be physically controlled, which Amazon claims implies it can just record “what is critical to you” – and probably lighten fears the automaton can be hacked and utilized for reconnaissance.
It records in 1080p quality, and can be customized to respond to an unsettling influence distinguished by another Ring item.
Nonetheless, security pundits have called the item Amazon’s “most chilling home observation item” until this point.
“It’s hard to envision why Amazon thinks anybody needs flying web cameras connected up to an information gathering organization in the protection of their own home,” said Silkie Carlo from Big Brother Watch, told the BBC.
“It’s essential to recognize the impact that Amazon’s item improvement is having on networks and the developing observation market.”
The gadget is required to cost $250 when it dispatches in the US.
Oxford Brookes reports 30 coronavirus cases
Oxford Brookes University has announced 30 instances of Covid among understudies as of 23rd September. Their semester started on 21st September, with Freshers’ presentations beginning from the fourteenth. In an announcement, the Brookes bad habit chancellor connected the cases to off-grounds parties tossed by understudies.
A gathering of more than 100 Brookes understudies was recorded on 16 September, and the college hence gave an announcement denouncing understudy get-togethers. From that point forward, police have expanded watches with the point of separating get-togethers that disregard the Rule of Six, especially in South Park.
The college expresses that it has given around 150 fixed punishments to understudies “for penetrates inside lobbies of habitations” since 12 September, the BBC reports.
No episodes among Oxford University understudies have been accounted for in front of the beginning of term.
Be that as it may, concerns have been raised by Oxford inhabitants about the arrival of understudies to grounds from the nation over and world. The City Council assesses that between Oxford Brookes and the University of Oxford, understudies make up about 28% of the city populace, the most noteworthy of any UK city.
Accordingly, the City Council has composed a Virtual Town Hall on Monday, 28th September, which will incorporate delegates from the two colleges’ organizations and understudy associations, just as City Council, Thames Valley Police, and general wellbeing group agents. Associations will examine their arranged wellbeing measures and hold a Q&A meeting.
From Oxford University, Professor Karen O’Brien, Co-Chair of Michaelmas Coordination Group will be talking, just as Ben Farmer from the Student Union.
Susan Brown, pioneer of the City Council, stated: “We realize that occupants in Oxford are apprehensive about the arrival of understudies, and we need to promise them that we are largely cooperating to take the same number of measures as we can to limit the danger from the infection. The colleges and their understudies are a lot of part of the city of Oxford. Our organizations are beginning to return, and numerous positions depend on understudies being here in term time and we need to see the understudies securely in our middle. This occasion is an open door for occupants to hear precisely what arrangements are set up, and to get some information about the issues they find in their neighborhoods and work with the goal that we can console them. The colleges, chambers and police have been working with one another, occupants’ associations and organizations throughout the most recent couple of months so we are generally prepared to deal with the protected return of understudies.”
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