UFC Undisputed 2010 Review – Xbox 360 and PS3

Massive improvements over the previous version, but UFC Undisputed 2010 submit to mediocre controls and gameplay.

What’s hot:

  • Slick presentations
  • Great list of fighters
  • Interesting career mode

What’s not:

  • Poor controls
  • Boring and repetitive pre and post match moments

The Review:

For those of you, who’re wondering what UFC is…UFC is of course Ultimate Fighting Championship, the premier mixed martial arts organization in the world. Here, competitors from all sorts of fighting disciplines – wrestling, boxing, jiu jitsu, and so on – come together to test their skills in the Octagon, an eight-sided mat surrounded by chain-link walls. If you want to win in the UFC, you have to be able to knock your opponent out, get him to submit, or win via the judge’s scorecard. Outside of the fingerless gloves, there are no pads.

Without wasting too much time on how awesome the graphics are…YES..they’re absolutely stunning!, I’m going to get right into the fights. At first glance, you’ll realize how deep the controls and moves are – but when you hit the tutorial..you’ll be stunned by the lack of depth it brings in. For the most part of it, the tutorial was quite useless and you’re maybe better off skipping it.

As I said earlier, the graphics are sharp and crisp and the blood is well….who doesn’t love blood eh? But they should have taken a page out of the Smackdown vs Raw series and brought in character costumers and more to keep it fresh of sorts.

The career mode is where the shine on this game’s at…but unfortunately that shine rubs off too quickly. You create a fighter, choose where he’s from, and set out on a 12-year career that’s filled with sponsors, interviews and championships. Unlike last year, your fighter isn’t stuck with a preset archetype, so you can go to fight camps if you like and learn whatever move you feel suits your contender. This is great. When I was creating my fighter – a hardened boxer who was always looking for a knockout – I was thrilled to be able to pop into gyms around the country and learn the most devastating punches.

Each week leading up to a fight, you can perform one action such as going to a fight camp, training, and so on. These actions play into your stats as well as conditioning and fatigue with the idea to have a high conditioning level and a low fatigue level when it’s fight night. However, if you decide to spar, you’ll earn attribute points that you can assign to your various strikes, grappling techniques, and defense. This is really where you assemble your character – where you pour on the points and make your kicks devastating or what have you. Trouble is, there’s no solid tutorial to walk you through this. You’re tossed into a career mode that’s menu heavy and asked to sort it all out on your own. Once you’ve got familiar with all of the above, the off the mat sequences get crummy. The repetitive interviews, press meetings, some press lady sending you emails and stuff. It’s get old..and get’s old really fast.

So here’s the bottom line – if you’re a UFC fan, you’re not going to bother what the review says and you’ll still go out and get a copy..and mind you; you’ll not be disappointed. It’s for the non UFC fans that this game will get a little daunting and that’s purely because of the way the game is structured. I would still recommend it and it’s a refreshing change from last year’s fiasco, but for better or worse – the controls remain the same.

Now deciding which one to pick up – the PS3 version or the Xbox 360 version?

The PS3 version has some cool bonuses – three exclusive fighters (Royce Gracie, Dan Severn and Jens Pulver), five additional fights in the Ultimate Fights Mode, and a handful of real UFC matches to watch on the Blu-ray. The Xbox 360 has none of those, but the game looks sharper on the 360.

Overall…we give this a 3/5

oh and before I forget…here’s the roster 🙂

The full roster for UFC Undisputed 2010:

KEY
• (N) New fighters to the UFC Undisputed franchise
• (P) Fighters accessible exclusively with retail promotions (e.g. GameStop in the US)
• (L) Legendary fighters exclusive to the PlayStation 3

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION
Mustapha Al-Turk (N)
Andrei Arlovski
Pat Barry (N)
Shane Carwin (N)
Mirko Cro Cop
Junior Dos Santos (N)
Todd Duffee (N)
Gabriel Gonzaga
Antoni Hardonk
Heath Herring
Marcus Jones (P)
Cheick Kongo
Brock Lesnar
Justin McCully
James McSweeney (P)
Frank Mir
Roy Nelson (P)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Eddie Sanchez
Brendan Schaub (P)
Dan Severn (L)
Kimbo Slice (N)
Stefan Struve (N)
Cain Velasquez
Fabricio Werdum

HEAVYWEIGHT & LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISIONS
Mark Coleman
Brandon Vera

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION
Ryan Bader
Stephan Bonnar
Jason Brilz (N)
Luiz Cane (N)
Steve Cantwell (N)
Rashad Evans
Forrest Griffin
Matt Hamill (N)
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Keith Jardine
Jon Jones (N)
Chuck Liddell
Lyoto Machida
Tito Ortiz
Mauricio Rua
Thiago Silva
Krzysztof Soszynski (N)

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT & MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISIONS
Vitor Belfort (N)
Michael Bisping
Rich Franklin
Wilson Gouveia
Dan Henderson
Anderson Silva

MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION
Yoshihiro Akiyama (N)
Ricardo Almeida
Alan Belcher (N)
Patrick Cote (N)
Kendall Grove
Dennis Kang (N)
Chris Leben
Demian Maia
Nate Marquardt
Drew McFedries
Dan Miller (N)
Yushin Okami
Nate Quarry (N)
Chael Sonnen (N)

MIDDLEWEIGHT & WELTERWEIGHT DIVISIONS
Martin Kampmann
Mike Swick

WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION
Thiago Alves
Carlos Condit (N)
Marcus Davis
Jon Fitch
Royce Gracie (L)
Dan Hardy (N)
Dustin Hazelett (N)
Matt Hughes
Anthony Johnson
Dong Hyun Kim (N)
Josh Koscheck
Chris Lytle
Karo Parisyan
Amir Sadollah
Georges St-Pierre
Paulo Thiago (N)
Frank Trigg (N)
James Wilks (N)

WELTERWEIGHT & LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISIONS
BJ Penn
Diego Sanchez
Matt Serra
Sean Sherk

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION
Nate Diaz
Frankie Edgar
Efrain Escudero
Terry Etim (N)
Spencer Fisher
Kenny Florian
Hermes Franca
Tyson Griffin
Clay Guida (N)
Joe Lauzon
Gray Maynard
Cole Miller (N)
Ross Pearson (N)
Kurt Pellegrino (N)
Jens Pulver (L)
Dennis Siver (N)
Joe Stevenson
Caol Uno (N)

Images from IGN

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