We were recently invited by THQ to check out their upcoming mixed martial arts video game, Ultimate Fighting Championship Undisputed 2010. UFC Undisputed 2009 received much acclaim for being the first great UFC video game to have been released, and would go on to sell 3.5 million units worldwide and win several awards in the US. UFC Undisputed 2010 looks to build on that success and template, and it will be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable. The build we saw was running on the Xbox 360.
UFC Undisputed 2010 uses an enhanced version of the UFC Undisputed 2009 engine. Fans can look forward to improved character models, superior photo-realistic skin textures, better lighting, realistic animations and physics, accurate collision detection and more detailed arenas. The new camera effects and presentation really capture the look and feel of a televised UFC match, while fans will certainly be pleased that it looks almost as good as the real thing.
In terms of gameplay, UFC Undisputed 2010 will play much differently from last year's effort. The main improvement comes in the form of an overhauled submission system, which is now analog based, removing the need of a submission meter and button presses. Gamers will essentially spin the analog sticks around in order to lock in the submission hold successfully. At the same time, their opponent will be able to attempt to stuggle out of it. This system is quite similar to what has featured in recent WWE: SmackDown vs Raw games. While the strike-based gameplay from last year is still present and much more diverse than ever, fans can expect more realism as the new game will focus more on close range grapples, ground grapples and clinches. Another new addition is that the game will make full use of the cage walls, allowing players to trap and corner their opponent.
The game will feature several modes of play, as well as an online 'UFC Camp', which will allow a group of players to start their own online training camp. The game will of course feature a comprehensive career mode, as well as a tournament mode, title defence mode and a versus mode.
The game will feature over 100 UFC fighters, each with their respective fighting styles and signature moves. The game will add some new fighting styles such as Greco-Roman wrestling, Karate and Sambo. Players will be able to play as the likes of Gray Maynard, Joe Stevenson, Yoshihiro Akiyama and of course the current UFC Heavyweight Champion and former WWE superstar, Brock Lesnar. The game will feature other real life UFC personalities such as the commentators (complete with commentary), referees, trainers and of course, the lovely Octagon Girls.
UFC Undisputed 2010 is shaping up to be the most detailed and comprehensive UFC game to date. The build we were shown certainly ran well and all the changes and improvements look well implemented. Fans of the sport, as well as WWE fans who have been following the Smackdown series, should keep an eye on this upcoming THQ sports venture.