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Certainly a marked improvement on previous UFC titles, UFC Undisputed is graphically very impressive. However, whilst the foundation is there, there are many bugs and restrictions that let it down.

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      30.06.2010 02:04
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      the first UFC based game to come out in the past 5 years

      UFC Undisputed 2009 is the first UFC based game to come out in the past 5 years. With the other UFC branded games having a notoriously bad name we can only hope that this iteration of the game will do the brand justice.

      At first glance the game does look amazing, everything from the glistening sweat on the fighters bodies to the bone crunching punches flying off of faces. Each fighter looked exactly like their real life counter-part, although there are a few characters such as Marcus Davis and Frankie Edgar who look nothing at all like themselves, for the most part the fighters look as real as possible. But its not just the fighters that look great, you have the ring girls, referees and trainers all looking eerily life-like thanks to the huge full body scan THQ had used on the most part to get all these characters into the game.

      Other than looking great, the game plays great. The controls are as in depth as any MMA game ever released. The face buttons control the fighters punches and kicks, the right analog stick controls the fighters grappling while the back buttons modify things like special punches and body punches.

      Unfortunately, that's where the positive feedback ends. The game is built on solid foundations, but that's about all there is to it. There are numerous bugs in the game that won't actually ever get aired out until the next iteration of the game. I was able to speak face to face with many of the developers of Undisputed 09 to hear their thoughts on the game. The major concern for the team was to make sure the game was not only playable, but fun to play. With only 2 years the finish the game there wasn't much time for anything else, which really shows if you look deep enough. Some of the major concerns about the game was that certain fighters would not be available such as Randy Couture, who was not available due to signing his likeness off to the rival game publisher EA, and another favorite was Clay Guida, who simply wasn't in the game because his hair was just too wild and would mesh into every other object inside the game.

      While this is easily the best MMA game to ever come out, there are a few visible flaws in the game that could have been better. Something that the guys at THQ are fully aware of, speaking to senior producer William Schmit at the THQ HQ he rallied off a list of things he'd love to implement into the next iteration of the game. Things such as being able to use the fence for offensive and defensive maneuvers, inclusion of the southpaw stance and overall tidying up things that were wrong in the first game. With the game only just released in the states, the team are already working hard on the next installment of the game, which I'm told has already remedied a lot of the bugs that are found in Undisputed 09. Only time and sales will tell if possibly Undisputed 2010 will ever see the light of day.

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      Exhibition mode is the main drawing point of the game, which is made absurdly well and is truly a delight to play. Career mode could have been so better, with a fairly in depth character creator you could find yourself spending more time creating your fighter than playing through the career which tends to be a simple one track affair and you'll find yourself fighting the same fighters over and over again soon enough. The UFC Classics mode will barely hold you over, which is more of a gimmick than an actual mode. And last but not least online play, in essence online could be such a great feature to Undisputed 09, but with a terrible lag problem and numerous other hindrances, it proves to be a rather futile experience.

      Overall Undisputed 09 is a solid game, with a very strong foundation, its just a shame the guys behind Undisputed 09 didn't have enough time to polish the game up some more.

      Undisputed 09 gets a 3/5

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      07.05.2010 00:44
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      Great investment, fans will not be disappointed.

      I bought this on the day of release. I had high expectations. Its fair to say that I wasn't disappointed. But I had reservations. I had bought the old UFC game on Playstation many, many moons ago and that had turned into a thumb and finger mangling disaster - it was nigh on impossible to fight without almost breaking your fingers and blistering your entire hand in the process. It's fair to say that I didn't play that very much.

      So when I ran this the first time I had to run the tutorial to see if all my anticipation was for nought. Initially I was a little worried, as there seemed so much to grasp. You have to learn takedowns, sprawls (defences against takedowns), reversals, submissions, counters, punches, kicking, muay thai strikes, grappling manoeuvres and many more besides. How can you possibly lean all that?

      Well, its not as bad as it sounds. It takes a while, sure, and you will inevitably 'waste' a career by learning the ropes and progressing from novice to title contender, or journeyman, but there is always that sense of satisfaction at the win, and bitter disappointment at getting 'almost' to that title, or beating that opponent and losing to a simple armbar or kneebar!

      On the 2nd or 3rd career play-through things will become far more comfortable. You will have chosen a fighting style that fits your play style best (boxer, Kick boxer, Muay Thai practitioner) and whether Judo, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu or Wrestling is your 'other' style. You will use the weekly sparring sessions to improve your fighter the way YOU want to, and learn what is important (strength, cardio or speed) to your fighting style.

      Inevitably you have to make some choices regarding your career - will you go for the 'credibility' points by doing photo shoots, autograph signings and other shows, or do you want to improve your fighting statistics by sparring or learning new techniques in the many training camps? Tough choices have to be made, and sometimes it can go horribly wrong. The game is very good at making you feel invincible after you've won your first 10 fights, but then you can learn a really harsh lesson in reality after you lose the next 2 or 3 after that. Sometimes you will meet a fighter who is just insurmountable for one reason or another - his fighting style or game is incompatible with your created fighter and you might get beaten every time you try. Or maybe that's just me...

      Personally, I have unlocked the 'Pound for pound champion' unlock, which is win the title in every weight class, but I still cannot get any of my created fighters into the hall of fame. I can win the title a few times in a career, but inevitably will lose 4 or 5 times in the 7 year career time, and this seems to be keeping me out of the Hall of Fame. It is a minor issue, but a lot of people have experienced this problem.

      One major problem with the game has been identified as the submission game. Its difficult to describe, but you have to rhythmically rotate the right stick to submit an opponent or escape - or mash the buttons as fast as you possibly can. Success is influenced by your statistics in submission fighting, your strength or your cardio levels - and essentially it is impossible to submit an opponent who is in the 'green' levels in terms of his cardio. Some people just cannot get the submission game and concentrate solely on the stand up game, and this is quite easy to do. I have been guilty of this myself, but its purely through frustration. When you can kick someone in the head and score a clean knockout with 'fight of the night' accolades, it is far more rewarding than slaving for 3 5 - minute rounds to try and tire your opponent into a a submission victory. The submission engine needs significant improvement for the 'Undisputed 2010' release, make no bones about it.

      That said, there is so much to love here. The authenticity of the UFC brand shines through throughout. All your favourite fighters are there (even though I was saddened that I couldn't fight as Randy 'The Natural' Couture), as are Bruce Buffer (ring announcer) and Mike Goldberg/Joe Rogan (commentators). They even have the scantily clad ring girls!

      The online game has a multitude of unlockable achievements and glory points to aim for. Its satisfying to try your created fighter against another live character, but personally I found it lagging as a lot of my opponents were in the United States and I am in England.

      There is a nice 'Unlock classic fights' option too, complete with video montages and a requirement that you finish the fight exactly as it happened in real life. If you do, you get a cool video package unlocked. The only issue I have found is that once you achieve a certain level of competency in the game, playing with established real life fighters against other real life fighters becomes very easy. I found it very hard to submit someone with a rear naked choke (reverse stranglehold) in the 3rd round if I 'accidentally' knocked them out in the first round when trying to soften them up. Depending on which character you use and how you do it, this is very easy to do.

      When you balance the whole package, and especially if you are a fan of the UFC or MMA, this is definitely a game you want to be investing in. If you are new to the genre or primarily just like boxing, then you might find it very frustrating, but alternatively a new challenge. Overall, there is not much to dislike if you know what you are buying, and its comforting to know that THQ and the UFC have identified issues with their debut game and promised to fix them for the inevitable sequel.

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      19.04.2010 00:50
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      An strong first attempt at a very difficult simulation. 8/10

      For some reason EA Sports passed on the opportunity to make this game, leaving it to rival developers THQ. Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in the world and EA's decision to turn their nose up at this franchise is an odd one (although they now appear to be regretting this decision with the announcement of their own MMA based game).

      It must have been a daunting task for THQ to produce a true simulation of a multi-discipline sport with a huge level of unpredictability. It has to be said that they have done an extremely good job with the gameplay itself - a huge amount of moves are available to the player, including both the stand-up element of the sport (boxing, kickboxing), the takedowns and wrestling element and the very well done ground game (jujitsu, submission fighting). You can win (or lose) by knockout, TKO, submission or decision and the developers have done an excellent job of including so many different elements of the sport in a way that is accessible to pretty much everybody. The control system is fairly intuitive and easy to learn, although it takes a little while to get to grips with the use of the analogue sticks when the fight goes to the ground.

      On the whole the gameplay is extremely satifisying; it feels great to knock out an opponent with a superman punch or a head kick and the replays are very entertaining.

      There are several elements of the game that need improvement however - the career mode is repetitive and very basic, the load screens and auto saves are tortuous and there are some glaring omissions in the skills of the fighters (why can't i throw a head kick with Rampage Jackson?), the fighter roster and most notably the fighter skillset and how they fight - there's no karate, dirty boxing, fighting against the cage or real individuality about the fighter's styles. This is something i'm sure will be addressed in UFC 2010, out later next month.

      Overall, you'll get a lot LOT more out of this game if you're a fan of MMA and/or the UFC. A lot of what's happening will be completely lost on you if you're not familiar with the sport - for example you might be able to get side control on the ground, but not really understand why this is a better position that half guard or the benefit of moving to full mount. Basically, if you understood the last sentance you'll enjoy this game, it's as simple as that. If you didn't you'll still enjoy the game and you'll pick up a lot about the sport.

      If you haven't got the game, i'd suggest waiting until 28th May and getting UFC 2010, where a lot of the pitfalls will have, i'm sure, been addressed and improved.

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        04.03.2010 23:51
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        rent before you buy

        When UFC first arrived on the scene around a year ago it was a breathe of fresh air to the virtual fighting arena.

        First of all i may confess that i am not a UFC fan and i have never watched or seen any UFC events, This makes the achievements of UFC all the more impressive.

        First of all this game looks amazing, as an audience the graphics draw you in and the amazing details make you want to keep playing instantly. Everything in the game is very realistic, for example blood appears at realistic times and places as opposed to other games in the category such as raw v smackdown et al.
        There are various modes available to the user, the main one being career mode. I do feel that this does get a little repetitive. After playing this game for a few days you may find that the fights tend to turn out the same way which gets a little repetitive.

        I have also found that the button layout can also be frustrating for the user; it seems a little more like button bashing in hope rather than skilled button manoeuvres which would be reflective of the skilled movements of a UFC fighter.

        Overall I think this was a great game and was quite engrossing for a few days. I think it has been a success for the creators. I hope they go on to make a sequel and build upon the mistakes which have been made in this game.

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        16.02.2010 00:36
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        good game with a few flaws which i hope to be ironed out

        Seein as i have been a Ufc fan for years, when i saw this game in my local game shop i was overjoyed with the fact of a decent MMA game for a next generation console, at first i was a bit put off by the initial price off £39.99,but waited a while and was able to pick up a copy from gamestation for £25 in the sale.

        When i loaded the game the 1st thing i noticed was how crisp and sharp the graphics looked in the gameplay, which was a good thing as i had played previous MMA games on old consoles.
        When it was released it came with a pretty up to date roster list but i feel one added feature which greatly let the game down was the missing downloadable content, which could of included a roster update as i am forever playing the game wishing i could fight as one of the many british fights currently in the Ufc.

        One of the games main good points is also in many ways what really lets it down, the anologue control system where each button on your controller is allocated a set action is a brilliant idea for getting your fighter to do what you want , but at the same time it took me about 2 weeks of serious playing time which puts off people new to mixed martial arts games. Its hard enough trying to explain to my mate what a full mount transition is, let alone trying to figure out how to do it with a manual which just says what the buttons do, but does not inform you properly that not all fighters have the abilitys.
        Which brings me on to my main issue with this game, all the fighters feel the same as there is no south paw fighters in this release, and you have big heavyweights who try to do un-realistic submissions that they would never try to do, and i hope in any future updates of this game are corrected as some characters do what you would expect them to do but not all.

        The career mode is not long in terms of fights as i finished my career in 38 fights (undefeated i must say). I found it to be way to over repetative and was very bored of it after the first 2 hours of playing, but stuck at it. You are able to work your way up from a fighter new on the fighting scene to world champion headlining ppv's with time to train and learn new skills with most of the well known training camps to fight fans which then unlocks sponsors you are able to place on your clothes.

        Online Play
        I used to love playing this online, but then found that too many people would realize they were going to lose then just turned there console off which ruins the whole reason to playing online. Now luckily there is a patch in the games update which disallows this, and if a player does quit it is marked on there loss record to stop people cheating there way to undefeated records and achievments.

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          would be perect ifnot for the multiplayer and repetitiveness

          Most of the reviews i have read for this game have led to me making this review as i think that most people who wrote a review for it had probably only just got the game or are old pros at it. Dont get me wrong this is a extremely good game for any UFC MMA offering a very good roster of relevant fighters techniques and moves.

          My favourite part of the game definitely has to be the reenactments of old classic fights which if you finish you unlock a video of the fight which are all very good. The career section is good also but is very repetitive even through the first play through if you want to go through each weight class you will become bored of the same routine. Two player multiplayer is very fun producing many laughs and cringes from the fantastic knockouts.

          For online gamers there is one downside the online community for it is very sparse and even if you do find a game it is always very laggy (you could say this is my connection but I assure you it is not) and even after that it seems that everyone online is a pro making it very hard to find enjoyment in loosing pretty much all the time. If I were anyone interested in this id wait for the next one when the online community will be brimming again and hopefully armed with a more enthralling carer mode which would make it for me a 5* game

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            11.12.2009 09:59
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            A simply amazing quality game

            UFC 2009: Undisputed brings the hugely popular and growing sport of MMA (mixed martial arts) to the high definition console for the first time with the action from the biggest franchise in the MMA world (arueably as some may argue that Pride is bigger) in the form of the Ultimate Fighting Championship where some of the best fighters in the world take to the octagon to battle it out with their opponent for the rights to be claimed the winner.

            UFC has for many years now been a sport which has been gaining popularity all over the world and seen massive strides forwards in the quality of competitors thanks to the sport of MMA becomming so much more widely known and broadcast. In the UFC fighters take to the octagon (their version of the ring but with wire fencing in the fighters and referee in an octagonal cage) and battle it out using a variety of tactics, techniques and styles of fighting to gain the upper hand on their opponents with the no-holds barred (almost) battle to the victory.

            So what is MMA all about? Mixed martial arts is as it says in the title...using the different disciplines all in the one battle so you will see the likes of ju-jitsu, mai-tai, kick-boxing, wrestling, greco roman wrestling, etc and the offerings for these being from the best in the world at each discipline to see how much tactical thought is needed in order to overcome a discipline that is not your specialty.

            Now onto the game...the game is simply excellent with the control system being well thought out and developed to allow you the most variety of strikes and manouvers in order to overcome your opponent. The graphics in the game are of an great standard with it obvious who the fighters are and no jumping in the pictures when you are doing any moves which you sometimes used to get with the older wrestling games. This game like the sport itself is about making this a true quality presentation and so when you are going into your fights they present this just as you would watch this on the television with the likes of the tale of the tape, ring announcer, actual referees so that the game feels as close to the real thing as it possibly can.
            Simply, everything done in this game is done to a high standard and they have strived for excellence that they have actually managed to pull it off really well.

            Positives:

            - Excellent graphics and presentation
            - Fantastic control system enabling excellent gameplay
            - Real life fighters and referees
            - Stunning sounds and replays

            Negatives:

            - None

            This is an excellent game and one of the best fighters out there.

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            It's fun. What more do you need? The multiplayer I would highly recommend.

            UFC Undisputed really sets itself a difficult challenge. Unlike a standard fighting game, like Soul Calibur or Tekken, or any other fighting sport simulator, such as EA Fight Night, this is a game that has to tackle one of the most complicated forms of fighting imaginable. MMA is a multifaceted combat sport, with very little structure in terms of how fights play out. While UFC Undisputed perhaps fails to capture this fluidity, it does an impressive job of forming a comprehendable game from this complicated sport.

            The game is satisfying to play, particular when you land a perfect counter hit KO on your opponent. Everything in the game can be countered in one way or another, and as such the game could be likened to a chess match. Predicting what your opponent is going to do is important, and being able to do so (and then execute your plans effectively) will guarantee you victory.

            Admittedly, the single player 'campaign' is a bit repetitive. The fights themselves will, obviously, have repetitive elements. These aren't too bad, however as you feel like you are achieving something. I found the training and sparring a bit empty however, and despite the fact I was advancing my fighter's stats, I wasn't really attached to the process in any way. The fights themselves I loved, it was the periphery bits and bobs I could have done without.

            The classic fights mode is fun, albeit a touch frustrating in places. As a fan of the UFC I did appreciate the idea, and recreating some of my favourite fights was fun.

            The multiplayer is, however, the stand out part of this game. Admittedly, there were long standing problems with opponents disconnecting to avoid a loss on their record. This has since been patched out. The cerebral nature of the game really lends itself to multiplayer, as victory will often come from reading your opponent (much like in the sport itself) and picking out the holes in their game. It becomes more about anticipating your opponent that simply who knows a longer combo (as is the case in Soul Calibur/Tekken). This makes the multiplayer very entertaining, especially when you're winning!

            What's more, the game saves all your stats. It'll tell you wins, losses, draws, how many wins by KO/TKO, Submission, Decision etc. It will also list your strengths, such as 'World Class Ground Game'. This also adds to the 'cerebral' element of your multiplayer, if you see that your opponent is a superb striker before the game starts, you know to clinch them, take them to the ground etc.

            My biggest criticism of the game would have to relate to the static nature of the ground fighting. While I realise that capturing the fluid and ever moving elements of BJJ and wrestling is a massive ask, especially for the first game in the franchise, the way the characters simply sit in the positions, only moving when you attempt a transition or an attack, is a little strange to look at, mostly because it doesn't actually look like MMA. In MMA there is constant movement, which is present in nearly ever other part of the game, apart from the ground game. My least favourite position for this, for example, is full guard offense (postured up). It just looks wrong.

            Of course, this is (as previously mentioned) the first game of the franchise. As such, I feel it's an incredible achievement. For the most part they've captured the explosive and exciting nature of MMA, and while the ground game could be criticised graphically, the counters, striking and submissions on the ground do make it fun to do, so perhaps I shouldn't be so hard on it.

            Overall, an excellent first game (lets not talk about their Dreamcast titles etc...) for the UFC franchise. I'm excited to see where THQ take this particular title. I'm hopefully for a truly superb 2010 version.

            PS: No health bars... KOs from one good strike (and you really need to make it a good one)... how awesome is that?

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            20.10.2009 23:06

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            A Must Buy if you love your official fighting sports games!

            UFC: Undisputed is probably one of the best official sports games yet to be out! The developers spent a lot of time making this game to perfection! From the realistic blows to the ultimate submission positions, they have really done their research. The hard blos make you feel like your actually in the room! with realistic bleeding on the players, you wish you were actually there! with the realism they added to each fighter to get their characteristics and abilities into the the system. Ranging from CHuck "The Iceman" Liddel's Superman Punch to Mauricio Shogun Rua's High Knee Thrust. With the background music blaring in the background, it really gets you in the mood for a real fight. Multiplayer aspects are so much fun, I enjoyed having long fights against my mates it gets both of us involved and always on the edge of our seat. It's a must buy!

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            19.10.2009 22:21
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            An Awesome Game at a Knockout Price!

            UFC 2009 Undisputed is one of the greatest fighting simulation games i've ever played on any console.
            Based on the increasingly popular 'Ultimate Fighting Championships' franchise it allows you to pit martial artists against kickboxers against wrestlers in the Octaton cage to find out who is the Ultimate Fighting Champion.

            When the initial screens load it looks really promising with amazing graphics and fluid movement in the fights, but as we all know initial shots can sometimes be the best part of a game and it can go downhill from there.

            From the Main Menu you have the following options:

            Exhibition - A great starting point for the game, this gives you the opportunity to have a fight at any weight using any of the fighters in the game, you can use this to have a good go and understand how the dynamics of the game work.

            Career - This gives you the chance to create a fighter and take them through a UFC career at any weight range, this means you will spar and choose which exercises to do to improve your strength speed and stamina, and you can then fight, the better you become, the more fights you win the higher up the UFC ladder you go until you fight for the World Title, along the way you can gain sponsorship, media interest and other benefits with the ultimate goal of joining the UFC hall of fame.

            Tutorial - Easy to ignore but absolutely vital for you to get the most out of this deceptively complex game, the Tutorial does what it says on the tin, it shows you how to punch, kick, knee, create submissions and then asks you to do them in the same way with the same button presses, once you complete them you can move on. This is essential especially to learn the more complex wrestling and grappling moves and how to defend yourself when a 15 stone killer is looking to punch your head off!!!

            Classic Fights - If you have any knowledge of the UFC this option allows you to recreate classic bouts, as a relative novice it hasn't really meant too much to me but the commentators are good in explaining the significance of the fight and the fighters and the whole thing does have a bit more tension than most fights in the game.

            Create a Fighter - If like me you have more chance of becoming the UEC (Ultimate Eating Champion) than the UFC, then you can create a fighter in your own image to make you feel good about yourself, although obviously this only works if you look like a pixellated fighter, the options are decent in allowing you to create a face, a body and a style which suits you, you can be a 6'6, 15 stone bruiser who relies on their punching power to fight or a 5'5 fighter with tattoos a crooked nose, a Mohican and a predilection for thai fighting, the options here are varied and the choices you make do affect the style and strength and speed initially of your fighter.

            Options - Is it all a bit hard for you, here you can change the difficulty setting as well as the round times and sound settings.

            Game Progress - This is used for you to view the progress you have made through the game, detailing your achievements, statistics through your fighting career.


            The Gameplay:

            The gameplay is really good, as a UFC fighter you can punch, kick, knee and wrestle, there are a wide range of moves in all categories, so you can fight any way you want to, you can be a boxer, kickboxer or wrestler, I find the gameplay quite complex the punches are easy, but getting on the floor and adding wrestling moves can be complicated as the wrestling moves require multiple button presses and moves, it is worth doing the tutorial to understand the game moves to get the most out of the game.

            The fighting moves flow brilliantly and this is the best fighting game for free flowing moves, it looks awesome with blood flowing, punches flying and the whole thing looking incredibly realistic, the fighters look realistic and apparently match their real life counterparts very well, the game is great to look at good to play and a real find.

            In terms of longevity, I have to say the career mode is good but you have to retire after about 6 seasons and it really does take you longer than that to master the moves, develop strength and have the power to beat some of the monsters you have to fight.

            The difficulty level is good as it is challenging at all times, even when your totally on top of a fight one good punch can knock you out so you can't switch off as you do in some games, the use of the named fighters is excellent and the ones I recognised such as Rashad Evans, Brock Lesner and Chuck Lidell looked like their real life counterparts and unfortunately beat me up in much the same way.

            This is the kind of game you keep coming back to, I don't have online play but can imagine it adds an extra dimension to the fights, this is an awesome game that will hopefully develop a franchise like Fight Night or the Fifa Series of games.

            The Xbox 360 game is available for £22.92 on Amazon and is a knock out at that price....Boom Boom!!

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            04.10.2009 23:30
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            one of the better fighting games!!

            UFC 2009 is a fast paced knock them out first, for those of you who enjoy UFC in real life, you should not be disappointed by this game, it brutal!
            Most boxing and wrestling games are mostly, in my opinion, about button bashing and yes, UFC does have some elements of this. However, it also has enough technical moves that make the game more interesting and can advance it throughout career mode.
            For me, career mode is a winner and a loser. It is interesting and has several different elements that help you improve your self made character. You can learn new moves and styles in certain types of training, and if you remember these combo's they do cause a lot more damage than simply punching your opponent. On the other hand, it was way too quick in allowing me to progress to top level fights and challenging for the title in my selected weight class. Training also became a bit repetitive, and although you can learn new moves it can sometimes be frustrating.
            Overall, i enjoyed this game and its awesome playing your mates. But it does not quite pack enough punch for me, excuse the pun!!

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            30.09.2009 00:28
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            worth playing

            UFC Undisputed is a game worth buying and is very simular to the fight night games and any figh night fan will surely love this game. the deatail is very good and with realistic fights the game is addictive but not to addictive you would want to pull a sicky from work to stay home and play it.

            A fan of UFC will do good in this game beacuse you will need a good stratergy to beat touth opponents its not just button bashing. It is the need to have a diffrent stratergy for diffrent types of fighter that keeps eatch fight fresh and entertaining you will also need fast reactions to move out the way of big blows then quicky counter attack the other fighter.

            one of the best features in the story mode is that your charicter progresses and builds up his skill and beacomes a better fighter with training and after winning fights. After completeing the story mode you can use your charicter to fight in onlin matches witch is satisfying knowing you have turned that fighter from a novice into a hardend fighter beeting other peoples fighters.

            thanks for reading.

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            27.09.2009 10:38
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            5 star. Like stepping into the octagon yourself.

            UFC Undisputed is a combat game presented in a high class and glossy way. Brought to you by the team of THQ and Yukes, the duo behind the WWE Smackdown Vs Raw series, there is immersive gameplay with a comprehensive fighting system.

            Graphics:

            The characters are very well done and look very realistic. The animation is particularly good and game physics is handled by the powerful Havok graphics engine. There is impressive detail on the fighters showing muscle tone and sweat as they tire. The environments are mostly functional but accurate perhaps only slightly let down by some dodgy crowd characters but this is par for the course in these type of games.

            Audio:

            Noise. Its great. There's plenty of cheering and shouting to provide a good atmosphere. The commentary is good too. Whilst potentially there is a lot of scope for repetition, it sounds more reactive than the audio clips that seem to be inserted at pre-determined popints in the WWE games.

            Gameplay:

            Lets put this to bed. The comparisons with Fight Night are misplaced. Whilst graphically there are similar qualities of presentation, the combat within UFC is much more complicated and diverse. The fighting styles included are Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jiu-jitsu, Judo and Wrestling. There are over 80 fighters and each has two fighting style skills and there are comprehensive controls for each one.

            Yes you can bluff your way with some button bashing but without studying the grappling transitions and submissions you can easily find yourself getting inexplicably beaten or KO'd. Practice and practice with a particular character and you reap the rewards of the depth of the combat system.

            The game is further fleshed out by an extensive training mode between fights to build your skills. Strength, speed, cardio and sparring are available as well as options to visit other camps to hone your skills in a specific fighting style. Sports equipment, sponsorship deals and PR days help to heighten your fighters credibility.

            The game is for 1 to 2 players and Live compatible. The game takes a tiny 9MB to save and supports lovely Hi Def at 720p/10801/1080p.

            Conclusion:

            Loads of fighters and a wealth of options compliment the excellent graphics and audio to make a brilliant combat game. This is not just a generic 'beat em up' but a complete fighting experience with a cutting edge presentation style and lovely physics. If you like fighting games this is utterly essential. If you are unsure it's probably a toss up between these simulation type games and the more arcade style of Virtua Fighter or Dead or Alive. Having played both styles extensively I can say you will get more longevity out of this game or the WWE series. Best of all I picked this up second hand for £25 which was a bargain.

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            07.08.2009 21:45
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            A good fighting game.

            UFC 2009 Undisputed is a wrestling game for the next generation machines from THQ.

            In this games career mode you can create your own fighter though it does seem a little bit basic compared with recent WWE offerings. You can pick the moves you want to specialise in so you can customize it how you want to play.

            To participate you will have to fight, but before that you will need to train to make your fighter stronger. You can fight opponents performing specific tasks in the fight to learn new moves for your fighter and improve your stats. This is really good as it feels like you are actually learning things.

            The fighting mechanics themselves are very deep with tons of moves to master, characters play differently from eachother as they all specialise in different areas from boxing, wresting, judo and more! This mix of fighting styles provides intense gameplay and will keep you coming back for more.

            As well as your own player created characters the game features UFC fighters in all different weight classes, from Rich Franklin, Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin. If you keep up with the UFC you will find all the characters you'd expect.

            The graphics in the game are scarily accurate and represent the fighters very well, player created fighters still look good they just look rather generic due to the lack of customization options. The blows connect really well in this game which is great, especially as half the time in the Smackdown games the fighters will grab the air!

            If you are looking for a good fighting game and are a fan of the UFC this will be your game!

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            06.08.2009 00:22

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            4/5

            This game is being compared with Fight Night Round 4, do i think that is fair......no. These two games are complete opposites, one is a boxing game the other is a MMA. The first thing that hit me when i played UFC was the graphics, the graphics are very realistic and the longer you fight the more you character sweats. The other thing i found was how smooth the game ran and how easy it was to get into, the only thing i struggled with was the moves to get the opponent to the floor. The career in UFC is OK depending on what difficulty you have it on, i suggest that you aim for a higher difficulty because the career will then last longer. The downfall of this game that i found was, you could be beating an opponent up and because you have no health bar you won't know how close they were to going down, in return they gave you one killer blow and that was game over.

            All in all i am going to give this game a 4/5 because even though it has its faults you can still get hours of enjoyment out of this game with your mates.

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        • Product Details

          FC 2009 Undisputed is an explosive fighting game detailing the action, intensity and attitude of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Featuring an authentic and comprehensive UFC atmosphere, including an extensive roster of the best mixed martial arts fighters in the world, players will push the envelope with a powerful new game engine and put their best fighting disciplines to the test in the world famous Octagon. Take your best shot – UFC 2009 Undisputed is as real as it gets!