UFC 2009 Undisputed
Last week, we saw THQ's UFC 2009 (Ultimate Fighting
Championship) on the PlayStation and this week, it's time for the
XBox 360. Once again going beyond its predecessor, this game could
easily be the most realistic fighting game in the console world.
Featuring an in-depth career mode and a mixture of boxing meets
wrestling, UFC 2009 is truly "undisputed" when it comes to realism which
at times makes the gameplay quite frustrating.
At its heart and core, UFC 2009 Undisputed is a no holes
barred fighting game that uses striking (e.g. boxing) and grappling
(e.g. judo) martial arts to
engage the opponents which adds to a plethora of ways of defeatism. Of
course from the TV campaign, UFC is actually a real sport and the
developers have successfully managed to transfer this series to the
console world with real-world fighters and real-world disciplines.
Personalities - Explore a deep roster of more than 80 top names in
UFC competition across all weight divisions. Enter the Octagon
surrounded by the sport’s popular commentators, announces, referees,
trainers, Octagon girls and more.
Realistic Models –
Absorb the world of UFC as it appears on television with
photorealistic fighters who breathe, sweat and more like their
Constant Control –
Gain the upper hand in matchups with a brand new fighting game
engine. An emphasis on innovative, responsive and easy-to-play
controls gives you unparalleled command over your fighter in the
– Take down opponents and get the submission with a variety of mixed
martial arts disciplines. Including Judo, Muay Thai, Wrestling,
Kickboxing, Boxing, and Brazilian iu-Jitsu.
Jumpstart the career of a future champion by customizing your own
physical appearance and attributes. Learn new fighting techniques to
use in the Octagon and manage your training.
Career Mode –
Develop fighter attributes, perfect moves and fight for entry into
the UFC Hall Of Fame.
Although UFC 2009 could
essential be completed as a button smasher, as you progress, so do your
opponents and this is where the strategic element of the fighter comes
into play. Thankfully the developers have thoughtfully mapped the
controls quite well on the controller and depending on your chosen
discipline, these translate quite well to the game. The shock of the 360
controllers also assists in the realism of the title, especially when
you're getting pummeled by an opponent.
Of course, each of the
disciplines is quite different, whether you are a “striker”, e.g.
punches and kicks or a “grappler” where you try to overpower your
opponent, UFC 2009 is thoroughly entertaining and at times quite
frustrating due to the realism of the game.
Another interesting twist, depending on
your discipline is that you can either beat your opponent to victory
through raw force or if you’re a grappler, you can force your opponent
to submit. Best of all, the AI in the game is quite diverse and at times
unpredictable which only adds to the playability of the title and
distances itself from traditional fighters. My biggest gripe with the
game is the realism of the title, it's very real and at times it's
sometimes difficult to anticipate your opponent or try to block at the
right time. Thankfully the game contains a variety of difficulty levels
and yes... I had to try an easier difficulty at the start.
In regards to the learning curve, to master the title is quite
intensive, however casual gamers will easily be able to pick up a
controller and start playing. It’s definitely one of those games that
improve through your mastery of the control system and thankfully the
tutorials assist in this process. Of course, you need to navigate
through the excessive menu system which was like... WTF? Next time my
friends, keep it simple.
The game features a variety of different gameplay modes that include
that include exhibition, classic fights (which includes classic matches,
videos and interviews). However our favourite mode is the career mode
that allows you to setup your fighter from scratch. Of course, you can
create what your fighter will look like in the game and you have the
option of attributing various skills to create a much needed diversity
to your fighter and the genre.
When creating your character, you really need to think of the different
scenarios that you will come up again, ensuring that you have an even
match of defense and offence. The career mode is not all about fighting
as training and sparring assists in attributes and gives you access to
new maneuvers. The only downside to the career mode is the convoluted
menus and “filler”, however the addictive nature of the fights in the
ring will have you clamoring for more. A really cool feature is that
once you have completed your career, the character is still available to
the player in exhibition matches and it’s really fun to take your
fighter online to see how he will do against others.
On the 360, the game looks like pure eye
candy and is extremely realistic. The fighters look amazing and the
attention to detail is pure crazy. It should also be mentioned that this
game has the best collision detection in a fighter and match that with
realistic movements and this title is the bomb, the good bomb that is. The animation is quite slick and fast and best
of all, the fighters take real-world damage such as cuts and bruises.
There are also some
different fighting environments which adds to the multiplicity of the
title and it would have been nice if the environments were a tad more
realistic. However for a next-generation fighting game, it’s pretty
sweet. Add in the realistic commentary by Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg
and it’s almost like watching this on TV. Of course the sound effects
are quite realistic, especially when you’re beating the absolutely
living day lights out of each other that is nicely complimented by some
great bands such as Hollywood Undead.
For those looking for a realistic fighter, than this game is definitely
the choice that is matched with next-generation console graphics, strong
gameplay and an interesting and fun career mode. It's definitely worth
the effort and the learning curve to master this title, UFC 2009 is (pun