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I've come around to playing this game when my hubby bought it. He is a huge fan of UFC and boxing, and it sort of leads to me watching one fight with him, then I like a fighter and start to watch all their fights and so it grows!! Graphically, the game looks almost if not completely identical to Undisputed 09. The fighters look the same, the arena's look the same but one improvement has been the presentation. In Undisputed 09, the presentation was clearly out of date. The publishers over at THQ had said that they had practically finished the entire game when the UFC decided to change their look, which led to the games presentation being out of date, well this year it's very much up to speed. Now this is where the comparisons between 09 and 10 end. The demo and the adverts at least would lead you to believe that Undisputed 2010 is a completely new game, just with the same fighters. Everything and I mean everything, has taken a complete overhaul. There are now a dozen more different strikes you can throw for each fighter, punches and kicks now don't just depend on where your standing still or moving forwards, they also depend on when you're moving backwards. On top of that, the entire ground game has completely been changed up. Almost every single animation has changed, from the animation while throwing down bombs on your opponent to the animation to push the opponent off of you. On top of that, there is a new an improved back mount where the fighters can now land huge banging blows to the back of their opponents head and even finish the fight from said position. The other grappling area of the game, the clinch, has also been completely changed. In Undisputed 09, it would be the fight that originally gets the clinch that would have the advantage, well not this time around. Any time a clinch is initiated, both fighters almost always start on equal terms, with both fighters having one under hook and one over hook. From there the fighters have to battle it out to get the dominant position, be it double under hooks with both hand clenched, ready to slam or be it with two hands behind your opponents neck, ready to bring up some devastating knee's to their face. Another huge factor that's been added in is the cage. No longer will it provide no help to the fighters, this time around players can drive their opponents into the cage and either hold them in a Greco Roman clinch and land some vicious uppercuts or the fighter can secure double under hooks on his opponent and look to use the cage to land a vicious slam on his opponent. With Undisputed 09, fans were forced to say that it was the best Mixed Martial Arts game out there because practically every other game based on the sport was terrible. But with Undisputed 2010, we can really be proud to say that this is the greatest Mixed Martial Arts game to date.
With a larger fighter roster, more moves, a tournament mode, enhanced career mode and improved create a fighter mode you will love this if you bought the first one. The tournament mode especially is awesome as you can have up to sixteen fighters competing. If you remember the old school ultimate fighting championship tournaments this will take you back. The create a fighter mode is much easier and quicker to use; rather than having to negotiate a hundred clunky menus just to do one tattoo there is a drag and drop mode this time around. It is so much better as the anyone who remember the first will testify. One thing I am not fond of this time around is the submissions, I am pretty good at this game and can win on Expert mode most of the time. However even playing with the best fighters against the worst it is very hard to get a submission mode in the higher levels. However some of them will take you down and submit you without hardly breaking a sweat which is pretty frustrating. Overall this is a great game and much better than the recent EA MMA effort.
Having long been a fan of mixed martial arts competitions and finding out about the biggest of the franchises out there in the likes of Pride FC and UFC I was pleased back in 2009 to find UFC 2009 released on the consoles and give those who would never dare to actually do what these greats would a chance to emulate their heroes. Following the success of UFC 2009 has anything been learned by THQ in the newest offering? UFC 2010: Undisputed is the game which once again offers players the chance to step into the octagon (ring) with the greatest fighters in the business, across all weight devisions and put their skills to the test. With the graphics, sound and control systems all worked on to improve the feel of the game UFC 2010 starts off where 2009 left off in that THQ who worked closely with those in the know about mixed martial arts (the developers actually took up martial arts classes to better understand the movements to make sure they gave the best realism possible) and attempted to deliver a game that has a true feel of skill needed to it rather than just a button basher but thankfully the improvements have made things so much better and smoother which allows you to be drawn into the game a lot more and feel more imersed in things than the previous offering. So why this game over others out there? UFC 2010 once again delivers the great fighters thanks to its licensing with the organisation and with the hard work put in by the developers on the graphics for this years offering you can see more likeness, more damage, smoother movements and these little tweaks help you to think on your next moves easier. Changes in the difficulty level do truly make a difference to your opponents skills so working hard at the easiest level to develop your skills will help a lot and allow you a greater chance of defeating your opponents as you progress. The mixed martial arts means the game has something for all manner of fighters out there over the boxing games that only deliver the one discipline (not a critiscm) and so taking on mates it is amazing to see how differently they approach a fight than you do and it is this that makes for a very tactic driven fight. Well worth purchasing and one that you will be able to play for a long time thanks to the variety of fighters, weight divisions and game difficulty levels. Overall a much improved game and going in the right direction towards rivaling the best fighters out there.
At last, a game I have been waited for! So to start off with I was a big fan of UFC2009 despite its range of small problems/annoyances. I wont go into great details but like most if not all of my reviews, stick to the basics! Career mode - This is great fun, unlike the old game I don't find myself just rushing to click the 'A' button to get to the next fight. There is a very strategic approach that involves juggling the 3 core strengths, stats through sparring and learning new moves via camps. Where I think the camps are a great idea so you can literally tailor your character to be exactly what you want, they are however little more than specialised sparring, for example - to learn the rubber guard you have to perform 30 or so transitions on the ground (not difficult) so you don't really practice the specific skill at all, instead just spam for example the transition to mount then back to side control then back to mount etc etc. The lack of a good tutorial isn't very promising, I train and watch mma myself anyway so I do understand a lot of the transitions and clinch work although someone new to the mma scene will find understanding the ground game / clinch work VERY difficult to say the least, it basically needs a tutorial that is a kind of history lesson to actually understand the logic to the ground game rather than just spin the analogue stick to try and get back up. The actual fighting in career mode has improved a great deal, mainly by adding alot more skills/strikes, this makes for more options in each situation. I do find the career mode very fulfilling however, the only thing to bear in mind is realistically your training your character to beat people online, otherwise you'll get bored and just sit back and happily counter strike every opponent. Tournaments - This is another feature that is great fun with friends, had a few friends over last week and had an 8 way tournament with everyone chipping in £5 with the winner taking £30 runner up taking £10. This is great fun and although can be frustrating really does open the game up to multiplayer and not just the 2 players. Special Matches - This is basically reliving famous fights, to unlock special videos you need to live the fight, basically you do things such as KO in 2nd round, submission by triangle in 1st round etc etc. Nothing worth writing home about but definitely adds a few hours of game time. Online - This is where the game comes into its own. Yes it is pretty much just fighting other people 1 on 1 or you can have camp vs camp but with a level system. Come to think of it, I'm not sure why it is so much fun... It just is, there is something satisfying about winning vs another player. One piece of advise though - learn the ground game, pure strikers get knocked out with ground and pound very early in matches... The ability to use your career character is a great bonus, I spent a while getting my character as near perfect as I can which means with the highest stats I can vs his age because the older you are the faster your stats decay so you will feel a time when you about level off. This means that at peak your career character should be slightly better than alot of the actual characters to choose from (provided you put in the training time and learned the skills). Now online is what I feel this game is really about, the problem I have is that the servers are unreliable at times, sometimes are even completely full so you cant even play online and isn't very good at matching you with people local to you for better signal strength. I often find myself leaving matches and researching for 20mins till I can find an opponent with 3-4bars connection. The lack of a 'lobby' of sorts means you cant just look at all the available matches and choose one with good connection, instead you just have to keep letting the server match you up until you find one by chance. Overall 4*, I love the game but since online makes the game and that THQ have not made the online experience as user friendly as it could of been I can't give it 5*.