So... we have another fighting game? well, not necessarily.
Looking back on most popular fighting games around, it always seems to come back to the sports boxing or wrestling. UFC is a mixture, but better!
The UFC is an action packed, brutal brawl, mixing kicks and punches with submissions and tactics. Requiring stamina, will and generally anything but a glass jaw and a bit of bottle and you would have a chance, playing the game obviously.
THQ have gone out of their way creating this, making the game a lot better than other fighting games previously. Wrestling games and Boxing games alike have all been victims of clear 'drawing line perspectives' where the heads appear to be too square or too round, arms are clearly in silly shapes as the game play takes each part out of proportion. UFC Undisputed however does not, although the graphics are still nothing over a 8/10 they are by far better than other games beforehand and THQ have made this clear.
Looking into the game, so many different options are available to choose from, career mode's, title fights, tournaments, and online play too tutorials for all ages.
The tutorials are a big help within the game, submissions are particularly difficult to get a hold of and require a good sterdy 10-15mins of practice before trying to use them but if you don't like watching tutorials or reading instructions, just go ahead and batter your opponent.
Unlike other fighting games where the stamina of the boxer or wrestler appears to be about as great as a 90year old smoker/alcoholic within this, the stamina is shown by far better, allowing aggressive bursts for longish periods of time, makes it a lot easy to finish fights more quickly in this game.
The Commentary is nothing like i have heard before, it is as if you are watching the TV, the commentators appear to depict each different stage within the fight defing who is on top, or what move has caught the opponent out, the commentary can even help within game play, listening to the commentary given, it can actually help to decide when to strike next or when to hold back and defend.
In a way, comparing to the latest Fifa11, the game does break the 4th wall, where you are allowed to control what is said outside of the gameplay, with the after-fight interview, just like the celebration within Fifa11.
Although this does seem to be slightly repetitive.
The difference between THQ attempt at UFC and Boxing games/Wrestling games, in my opinion is down to the fact that the UFC is so much popular now and if the game was bad, it would get massively critised, a lot of time has been put into this and you can tell.
Yet Another Fighting Game...? No, not just another one, a very, very good fighting game.
Enjoy Boxing, Wrestling or Sport in general? Maybe you just like the look of the game.
A must buy and try, if not, you do get a reasonable return on exchanges or buy-backs for this game!
UFC 2009 was a great game for the ps3, packing in all the raw adrenaline and excitement of mixed martial art's fighting, so could THQ push forward and give the series a knockout, lets find out......
So a little background for those of you unaware to the sport, the ultimate fighting championships is a mixed martial arts fighting competiton, where competitors from all over the world to take part in some of the most brutal fights on TV.
Starting off with the main mode, Career. This takes place over 11 years and lets you rise from trainee to champion.
This has been really re-worked since 2009 which had a poor e-mail based system for fights and that you could also not be much of a mixed fighter, thankfully thats gone and you can now create a character which is really varied in their abilities to take on opponents.
You can attend special camps to learn new moves and hone your skills, levelling up your characters abilities all the time whilst doing so. This really feels a lot more rewarding and like you are getting somewhere without having to just do fights, as well as giving the career a more story feel rather than grinding fights to win a title.
One complaint with the camps though is that it beleives the player has a good knowledge of what moves are and what there advantages are, whilst some are obvious like a high kick or superman punch, the grappling moves or ground moves can be a bit more difficult and so you dont want to learn them just to see what they look like, it wastes your time if your aiming for a certain style. A simple tutorial would have helped this along immensely or a short AI video of what the move done. This is the same when you are doing basic training or sparring, there's no real tutorial to help you learn the game. This leads to a long time spent learning on your own what buttons do and why their good, and this is time wasted because it's not that fun to struggle when you want to be playing the game.
You see, the stats in the game are pretty dynamic they actually have a "Decay system" , what this means is that if you don't do your training your levels decrease , this also applies to failings in training. So it doesn't take a genius to see if a new person to the series takes up the game , it will be heavily frustrating that they can increase their attributes because they don't know what to do, not only that but the coaches reactions are either "good job" or " your doing it wrong" not particularly helpful.
But once you get the hang of it , the progression through the levels is good. Starting off at promotional events and attempting to get taken on by the UFC, you then move up to the fight night shows and eventually into the world of pay per view, as well as press conference's and cut scenes let you see how your popularity is rising.
The fighting is probably the most important part of the game and apart from what I have already mentioned , it is very good when you get to grips with it.
The game now has a "Sway system" much like Fight night round 4, this allows you to have more movement in the player, ducking and weaving punches and looking for the perfect moment to strike. But also like Fight night the connection of punches and kicks isn't a simple hit or miss, punches can glance of blocks making the game feel more realistic , but its not just the standing fighting thats been worked on in UFC.
Grappling and ground work is lot more difficult than it used to be, before you could take your opponent to the ground and smash their face in and that was game over. Now , players will move and get as tight as possible to you , making sure you don't have enough room to give a significant punch. The same with the grappling, holding a player in a submission is now a very difficult skill as you will always need to be adapting your position to make sure your in control, otherwise the AI will quickly see a chance to counter attack.
The cage itself is now more interactive, now it isn't just a barrier but a weapon. You can throw your oponnent up against it and trap them in a corner , making the game a lot more difficult and exciting especially if your the one trapped.
Graphics are definatley very good in this good, the muscles are toned and bulging from the fighters, sweat and blood run from their faces and a swift punch to the noggin will send your opponent spinning like something from a cartoon. A lot of licensing is thrown in as well letting the game look more like the real thing, the crowds are better than most sport games as they are 3D and have a little depth, although not at 2k games level yet.
The commentators are very knowledgable and have some intresting comments, the commentary doesn't feel as canned as FIFA and it feels as though they are there calling the game while you play it from a studio in THQ headquarters, it's pretty flawless and I have not heard many mistakes in all the time of listening to them.
A special mention has to go to the career mode commentary though, they talk all about your previous fights , how you won them , what your chances are. This feels really immersive and not just like your a created character. When fighting in a Re-match things really hot up as they talk about how the two compare , what was happening at this time last fight and also what both fighters could have done.
On that point character customisation is huge, on scale with its competitor Smackdown vs Raw. It can be a little fiddely but the array of options for hair , clothes , body is mind boggling and im sure there would be some style you would like. Personally I made 2 characters after my first playthrough, one looked like Chuck Norris and the other was MR T.
Offline multiplayer and online is available, both are really fun and I have never experienced much lag. However , be warned that online is full of people who spend all their time learning the tricks and combo's to win, not a place for the faint hearted.
The roster is pretty large split between the fie weight divisons and holding over 100 fighters. Stadiums are varied too with the inclusion of the O2 as one of the arenas.
So overall the game is a Mix bag , If you are a fan of UFC and played 2009 the transistion will probably be seamless but if your new to the series, as I was , you may find it frustrting and difficult to begin with although it soon becomes rewarding.
The game is a good fighting game, but one for fans of the sport more than the wider market.
Available for £26 on Amazon and their is a Demo on PSN, which allows offline multiplayer, maybe one to keep on the system.
Fight to win in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Brutal and bloody this is a must for all the UFC fans out there. For those of you who do not know about the UFC this is a very good Play station 3 fighting game.
So you want to be a fighter? This game tries to show you how! To start with you get to choose from one of selectable fighters and challenge the best in the exhibition mode or the tournament mode. UFC Undisputed: 2010 (PS3) features MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) which means depending upon which fighter you choose you fighting style will differ slightly. This game also boasts that it contains the best fighters in the world (well in the UFC anyway). After one round you will embody the essence and spirit of a real fighter and want to fight on to become the best.
There are many gaming modes in this game from exhibition to Title, Title Defence, Tournament, Ultimate Fights, Career and Event Modes.
There is also the option to create your own fighter. If you struggle with games like this there is also a handy tutorial mode which takes you step by step through the game basics.
New to this version of the game apparently (this is the first of the UFC game I have played) is the community website. This website gives you the opportunity to arrange your very own tournaments, become friends with other UFC players and train with them. You can even talk gameplay then go on to win some prizes in official THQ tournaments. I have not tried this element of the game yet but it is certainly an exciting prospect.
I found the controls for this game are fairly straight forward you can either use the basic punching and kicking techniques, go for an elbow or go for a hold. Grapple with your opponents and attempt to throw them to the ground where you can do more damage.
The fights are fought over a number of rounds and the winner is decided by points or by knockout.
Bruce Buffer introduces all the real UFC fighters and there is a huge selection to choose from all weight categories (light heavy weight etc). All the fighters have their own individual fighting styles and celebrations. My favourite fighter is Quintin Rampage Jackson. The commentators describe the blow by blow action very clearly and enthusiastically for added fun.
The graphics are great on this game and very fluid and realistic. You can see every muscle tensing on each of the fighters along with the sweat on their brows. The character movement is also believable as they dance around the ring.
It all looks real and you can imagine yourself being there and taking some of the blows which are offered. When you connect with a punch or kick you can see the blood spurting from your opponent. There are even some action replays of your most potent blows slowed down in black and white for effect. The end of each round is celebrated by a board girl prancing around the ring.
All in all this is a nicely put together game.
I would rate this game 7/10 it is a high quality fighting game but I suspect the gameplay may loose it's appeal after a while of bashing you opponents head in.
A definite game for UFC Fans. Recommended.
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