UFC 2009 Undisputed
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The latest UFC (Ultimate Fighting
Championship) has finally hit the PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 that
goes beyond its predecessor and offers gaming a sturdy fighter with
enough twists and options to keep even the most meticulous of gamers
The UFC is quite a popular sport overseas
and the developers have ensured to keep the title as realistic as
possible which means real-world fighters and real-world fighting
disciplines. At its heart and core, UFC 2009 Undisputed is a no holes
barred fighting game that uses striking and grappling martial arts to
engage the opponents which adds to a plethora of ways of defeatism.
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.
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. The game contains different
levels of difficult as well, ensuring a broad range of gamers can play.
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.
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.
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.
Graphically, this is one visually
impressive game on the PS3 with realistic looking characters that move
with a human like grace. 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.
Lastly, UFC 2009 Undisputed is a very decent fighter with a huge amount
of soul in terms of gameplay, graphics and sound. The control system is
sturdy, without it being overly complex and the career mode is quite
intensive. Definitely a contender for those that love this genre.
That's enough of this
review, it's time to go back to playing!