UFC® Undisputed™ Review
- 25 high profile, recognizable UFC fighters.
- Combat controls grounded in realism instead of 'arcade'.
- Match-ups restricted to weight-class.
- Stiff, disjointed combat.
- Unbalanced gameplay; submissions too easy to use.
- No additional gameplay modes or features.
UFC® Undisputed™ 2010 provides little challenge to those after intense multi-round fights and fails to capture the flow of combat in MMA despite angling towards more realistic controls.
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For those who don't follow MMA and in particular UFC, watching matches can be an eyebrow raising experience as you witness a mixed bag of tense standoffs and lengthy grapples that seemingly go nowhere. The reality is far more intense than a first glance would assume as the fighters battle wits and strength in a form that's merely not as visually exciting as a punch, but it's still there.
For those wondering, I'm waxing lyrical on the sport as UFC® Undisputed™ 2010 by THQ tries to capture the true realism of an MMA bout, but in doing so the game goes beyond realistic, straight in to uncanny and lands in farcical. Once rounds are started you're presented with a system of zones to swipe or tap to perform your next move, be it stepping forward, back; attempting grapples and take-downs; punching, kicking; or changing positions and going for a submission. But no matter your choice the response is an antiseptic and robotic maneuver, resulting in stiff steps, punch combos that look like a slapping competition and grapples that render the game almost moot as you win within seconds of beginning a fight.
To see well known fighters reduced to a pile of disjointed and disconnected maneuvers is embarrassing to watch and uncomfortable to play. One saving grace is that each fighter is rendered faithfully and clearly enough to recognize despite the low file size, however this is immediately offset by the recycled animations that result in a constant sense of deja-vu. Worst of all, there's nothing else to do other than to pit one of 25 fighters against each other; no multiplayer, character development or detailed championships are in sight.
The attempt to create a realistic feeling MMA title is one I can appreciate, but UFC® Undisputed™ 2010 for iDevices abandons flowing combat for wooden 'realism'. I rarely directly comment on the actual value of a title, but for what's on offer it's a price too high even for a UFC fan like myself.
DescriptionWe’ve read your comments and feedback, now with improved Fighter AI and three skill levels!
So … you want to be a fighter? UFC® Undisputed™ 2010 is the only mixed martial arts (MMA) videogame that delivers the action, intensity and prestige of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC). Step into a simplified virtual handheld Octagon™ on the iPhone and iPad to experience fast-paced and fun MMA action with more than 25 of the best UFC fighters in the world. Experience unique and intelligent combat, competitive gameplay modes, extensive connectivity options and access to the latest happenings in the UFC world. UFC Undisputed 2010 embodies the ultimate essence and supremacy of a UFC fighter. Ready to be one?
•HANDHELD FIGHTING EXPERIENCE – Explore UFC Undisputed 2010’s simplified interface on the iPhone and iPad, including swipes on the touch screen to execute punches, kicks, takedowns and more. Quick and fun puzzle paths are implemented for players to escape submissions.
•UFC FIGHTERS – Navigate a roster of more than 25 prolific UFC fighters from all five of UFC’s official weight classes, each with an authentic appearance.
•EXHIBITION MODE – Choose from any two fighters in the same weight class and compete in a quick-play single match.
•TOURNAMENT MODE – Select a fighter and compete to win a Championship by defeating all other opponents in the fighter’s respective weight class.
•LEADERBOARD SYSTEM – Compare fight results with other players to determine leaders in wins by knockout, submission or decision.
•SOCIAL NETWORKING CONNECTIVITY – Share game progress and achievements with friends through Facebook and Twitter connectivity.
•UFC PORTAL – Stay up to date with UFC through the latest news and information on upcoming events, access to fighter profiles and PPV predictions, as well as an active UFC ticker filled with updates.
Available on iPad in HD
What's New in Version 1.162.0• LEADERBOARD INDICATOR – Indicators appear throughout the game to let the player know where they currently rank on the leaderboards.
• KO FROM ANY POSITION – Players can now finish the fight in new ways with new game mechanics that allow knockouts from any ground position!
• NEW STAMINA DEPLETION – The fighter’s Stamina is tied to the damage they take. The more hits a fighter takes, the less energy they’ll have to fight back.
• NEW SYSTEM FOR ‘BIG STRIKE’ – Now linked to Stamina, players will need an effective defense to get the most out of their offensive skill set.
• SUPPORT FOR NEW DIVISIONS – Using the UFC Portal, players can for the first time pick winners for fights in the lighter weight classes.
• NEW FIGHTER PACK NOTIFICATIONS – Want to know when the newest DLC is available? Just enter the Main Menu or the Fighter Select screen, and an icon will let you know when new Fighters are available!
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