EA's UFC series is nearing the end of its usual 24-month cycle and the rumours of the next entry in the series being announced are beginning to drip down the gaming grapevine.
EA UFC 3 was one of the best MMA games players had gotten yet. The change in striking from an arcade button masher to a more traditional fighting game based style that heightened the skill and competitiveness of fights was a breath of fresh air.
While the series has always looked beautiful, played well and gotten mostly positive critical reception, there's a general feeling it hasn't captured the greatness of THQ's Undisputed series that came before it.
For every leap forward UFC 3 made, it also lingered in the past with questionable business tactics, out-dated game modes and an unwillingness to give gamers what other sports series have offered them for decades at this point.
Here are the ways that EA can improve in the next game to truly let the series shine bright and escalate it from a respectable gatekeeper to a contender for the title.
In the words of the legendary Bruce Buffer, "IT'S TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIME!"