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Ultimate Fighting Championship (DC)
Member Name: MR.COATES
Ultimate Fighting Championship (DC)
Date: 31/01/01, updated on 26/02/01 (95 review reads)
Advantages: As real as it gets.
Disadvantages: Doesn't feel quite right.
This game is NOT for children. I would say 12 and over is the minimum age for this.
I know that this sounds like an over-reacting old man thing to say but some games are just not for younger people and this is one of them.
But if on the other hand you're all grown up:
Based on the real event of the same name, Ultimate Fighting Championship is a tournament where some of the world’s roughest and toughest fighters compete.
There is no messing about here - the better fighter wins.
Two fighters and a referee will get into a caged octagonal ring and fight until one of them gives up.
(I will point out that the referee is not fighting – just refereeing! – I know that some smart alec will say something in the comments if I don’t make that clear!).
So, the fight begins but in essence there are no strict rules.
The only time the referee will step in is if there is excessive bleeding from a fighter or one of them submits.
Boxing, wrestling, submission fighting, karate, any and every style of fighting is allowed here.
There are of course some rules (no biting etc) but generally speaking the fighters are left to get on with it until one of them is either knocked out or submits.
I have actually seen the real thing and believe me there is no messing about once these guys start.
One of them (or even both) will get hurt – possibly seriously. Broken limbs are not uncommon and if you don’t like the sight of blood then this is definitely not for you.
Go on then, I know you’re just dying to ask.
Is this the most brutal game ever then?
Well, in a word, yes.
As with the real thing you have access to many different fighters (who are real competitors in the UFC) al
l of which have their own strengths, weaknesses and fighting styles.
You will find out soon enough which style of fighter is best suited to your approach.
It’s quite likely that for the first few fights that you’ll be spending a lot of time on the canvass being beaten around the head by your opponent.
The two main ones are the UFC tournament – this is where you progress further by beating your opponents. Lose and it’s all over.
Very unforgiving but that’s how it works in real life.
You’ll be put against an opponent and as long as you keep winning you will progress to the next stage.
The other one is the single fight mode – essential of course to any fighting game.
Choose your fighter and choose your opponent for a quick session of fisticuffs.
Oh, that’s something to mention.
Performance yes, but also the duration of the fights.
In a game like Soul Calibur you will fight for around 30 seconds and probably two fights.
In UFC the fights can be VERY short indeed, a quick few kicks or punches to the head of your opponent (or vice versa) and it will all be over.
I had one fight that was over in less than ten seconds.
OK, it’s realistic, but this began to annoy me after a while
Once your opponent is on a good series of punches it will become very difficult to defend yourself.
Again, it’s meant to be like the real thing and that’s exactly what you get.
The amount of moves that can be performed is perhaps the most impressive aspect of the game.
Because there are so many fighters with varying styles means that there are plenty of moves that you will need to learn.
A top tip here is to pick a fighter and try to master him. (‘Him’ is not being sexist, women do not fight here and to be blunt it’s probably because they’re sensible!).
The usual punch and kick combo’s will see you through most of the time but you can also grapple and even bundle your opponent to the floor.
This is the key – get him on the floor and the fight SHOULD be yours.
One of the moves counter-acts this though so you may find yourself on the receiving end of a good kicking in a flash!
Not exactly ground breaking but they are pretty good.
The fighters look impressive with rippling muscles and appropriate body/facial hair.
In the tournament there are some pretty impressive intros.
The main announcer introduces the fighters in a TV broadcast style, the fighters walk to the ring, dramatic music plays and you’re in the mood for whipping some poor bloke’s ass.
One very annoying part here is that when you get a close up of the announcer (or referee) the lip movements are nothing like what they should be.
The voice comes out but it looks like a badly dubbed film.
The arena is simple but not as much of a key factor as in games like Tekken Tag or Soul Calibur (where the arenas are stunning, as you may know).
Part of the graphics is of course blood. A little over the top I felt. Punch your opponent and a fairly copious amount of pixelated ‘blood’ will be sent flying.
It serves its purpose and by being a little over the top makes the fighting a little less ‘real’.
Punches and kicks sound exaggerated but that’s only to be expected. You do feel that you’re being hurt when someone starts laying into you as your fighter lets out a few groans.
There isn’t music during the fights, but the music in the menus and in the tournament intro’s is suitable to the occasion (fanfares etc).
As there are so many moves to get to grips with you’ll find that controlling your fighter is without a doubt the key to mastering this game.
mcast controller works well, but I’d imagine that the DC arcade stick would really come into its own with this particular game.
Once you’re involved in a fight you really need to get those moves and button presses just right and the DC controller is a little weak for this task.
If you’re a fan of fighting games you’ve probably got the arcade stick anyway so this should not even be an issue.
Lots of them.
I find the karate and kickboxing styles are the easiest to use but submission fighters are incredibly effective.
It’s when two different styles meet that the fun begins.
You’ll be trying to kick your opponent whilst he’s trying to get you on the floor to twist your arms or legs into seriously painful positions!
I wouldn’t say that any particular fighting style works better than another – learn a fighter’s moves and that will be half the struggle.
My personal favourite has to be Tito Ortiz.
Never heard of him no doubt but I chose him because he just looked so damned mean and hard!!!
I also noticed that his virtual equivalent was fairly accurate if not a spitting image like the characters in Virtua Tennis.
You’ll probably end up choosing a character by looks but make sure you consider their fighting style too.
If you don't fancy any of the fighters that come with the game then don't worry.
You can create your own ones too.
Choose their name, strengths and even their outfit (as long as it's not pink).
The general presentation of the game is good.
Menus serve their purpose and your progress can be saved onto a VMU – very important if you want to gain access to the depths of the game and save your title belts as your EVENTUALLY start to win the occasional tournament!!
It’s a good game and a very good representation of the real thing but again I must
stress that it's not for the kids.
I don’t find myself coming back to it as much as Soul Calibur but this game isn’t just about extreme violence – there is more to UFC than meets the eye and if you persist and master some of the characters this becomes a very rewarding game.
For most this will be a bit hit or miss and I’d have to say it was more miss than hit for me.
If you’re after a challenge then this could be for you, for everyone else Soul Calibur is the one to go for.