UFC: Undisputed 2010 ReviewPatrick Honeyman
Ultimate Fighting Championship. A fighting institution that by acronym alone brings to mind the brutal fighting that takes place between two trained fighters, fists and feet flying in quick succession with the one strike being the difference between the victor and the loser. Submissions. Throws. Pinning the opponent to the mat. UFC wears its brutality in the fighting on its sleeves and as per the game's title, UFC: Undisputed 2010 is a game that represents all that is bloody and awesome about the world of UFC. Does it successfully improve on last year's title or does it suffer a bout of concussion before being knocked clean out in the ring?
The game starts with the infamous UFC logo flying across the screen before presenting you with a range of options to choose from. Players can choose from a range of options with the Exhibition Match being the default play mode which lets players fight each other versus style. Here they will find at their disposal a variety of controls with the X & Y buttons used for punches and A & B used for kicks. Players can do trademark attacks for their fighter by holding down the LB button whilst pressing any punch or kick button at the same time. They can also us the right analogue stick to grapple the opponent and either jostle to get a clean hit on their head or body or attempt to pin the opponent to the ground in efforts to gain an advantageous position and pummel them into submission. Pressing up or down on the same stick acts a counter which will allows the player to parry attacks and get the opponent into a hold and holding down the LT button & forward allows players to try and take their adversary down to the floor. The RB & RT buttons act as high and low guard respectively to help prevent you from getting your lights knocked and there are also additional maneuvers that allow you to make a quick step in various directions, sway around your opponent's blows and also run towards your opponent in efforts to intimidate them as the match begins. It's a lot to remember and does a decent job of covering all the techniques that are used in UFC fights.
The game has many other modes such as Title Mode which lets you fight to take the top spot of UFC, Tournament Mode which has you face off against opponents to reach the top spot and Ultimate Fights Mode which has players relive some of UFC's most famous match-ups. Career Mode lets you take a fresh-faced fighter from the training gym to some of UFC's most famous arenas and Event Mode which lets you create your own UFC event that will go down in the annals of the sport's history. The modes are in abundance with UFC: Undisputed 2010 but they are just the icing on the cake to what is offer here.
With over one hundred UFC fighters on offer this time around there is a great variety of faces to choose from the game's cover star Brock Lesner to renowned names such as Tito Ortiz, Lyoto Machida, Wanderlei Silva and Quentin Rampage' Jackson to name a few. The game breaks these down into weight bandings from lightweight and welterweight right through to the heavyweight category for the bigger guys in the competition. Furthermore, players can create their own fighters in the game with the ability to customize everything from how they look to their body shape, facial features, hair, scars, tattoos and their fighting style. Players can save up to forty of these creations on their hard drive and either pit them against each other or UFC's finest fighters. As you can tell there is a lot to see here and with all that content it may leave you wondering how the game looks among all the brawling and brutality.
The answer is that UFC: Undisputed 2010 is looking pretty solid to say the least. The presentation of the game from the title screen to the menus to the fight intros is all as polished and smooth as silk as you can get with current-gen graphics. The in-game fighters are rendered in all their mighty glory, their real life images and personas rendered in the highest detail which is quite a feat given the game boasts over one hundred fighters from the UFC's history. The music in the game is as dramatic as they come with a mix of racy orchestral tracks together with hip-hop tracks to fire you up for the fights that will unfold. UFC: Undisputed 2010 works hard to please the player in all areas but it does have some shortcomings that can't be overlooked.
The game could be seen as limited for those who are used to more technical fare with some matches reduced to who can either make the opponent concussed or take them to the floor the fastest and then batter the hell out of them. The game also has many maneuvers that are at the player's disposal but it is a task remembering what does what on the joypad often leading to players not being able to block that left hook that may be coming their way or getting out of that submission they were just put in. There are also no on-screen indicators to show how fatigued the player is getting and therefore the may lead to them becoming disappointed when the next strike landed on them results in a straight knockout without them becoming concussed or having a chance to fight back.
UFC: Undisputed 2010 does a solid job of bringing the world of UFC to the player and recreating the sport faithfully and realistically whilst remembering to keep control in the player's hands and not relegating them to spectator status. It carries the clout of its predecessor if not more so and effectively presents the world of UFC in an invigorating and exciting light. Worth a go for fans of the sport, players in general and just to sometimes see your own freak of nature take out the championship's best.
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