UFC Undisputed 3 Review: This Game Scores A TKO Victory!

Posted: February 19, 2012 in Now Playing (Video Game Reviews)
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Pros:
Amateur controls help make the game a bit simpler for newcomers
A much improved career mode
The addition of PRIDE

Cons:
Commentary can get a bit repetitive
Fast moving round clock during the fights

It’s been almost two years since the last UFC game to grace home consoles. Both UFC Undisputed 2009 and 2010 were great games, but there was still some issues keeping it from being the ultimate fan experience. Well THQ listened to the hardcore fans and then went to work. The end result is almost as close to fighting in the actual octagon itself. It’s Time! This is the review for UFC Undisputed 3 and here we go.

Like the past couple of games the presentation is once again top notch. Each of the fighters are well designed just like their real world counterparts. You’ll catch all the familiar personnel like the cut-men, trainers, referees and even the drop dead sexy Octagon Girls. Bruce Buffer has the introductions and post fight results. Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan have the full play by play commentary. From the Tale of the Tape all the way to the final decision the presentation is once again 100 percent authentic to the product.

UFC Undisputed 3 features one of the largest rosters of fighters to date. Champions, stars, legends and current contenders make up the huge roster. Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Matt Hughes, George St. Pierre, Anderson Silva, Uriah Faber, the now retired Brock Lesnar, the list goes on and on. Still no Randy Couture yet, but rumors are speculating future DLC. Bantamweight and Featherweight weight classes have also been added to the mix.

PRIDE fans will be happy to know that the fight club from overseas in Japan has arrived and it’s awesome. Once again the presentation is top notch (Tip: watch the entire opening sequence without pressing Start for an easy achievement/trophy). PRIDE’s rules are a bit different from the UFC especially when it comes to time limits as well as the familiar foot stomps to the head when your opponent is on the mat. While I am a huge fan of the octagon, I have to admit that PRIDE is pretty kick ass as well.

With UFC Undisputed 3, the biggest change is with the control scheme. Some players have complained that performing basic moves in the octagon was a little too difficult. So a solution was made to make the game a bit more user friendly. The new Amateur setup helps making some transitions in the clinch and in the ground game. Now let me just state that the easier control scheme may feature a few flicks of the left or right a analog stick, but it’s not completely “dumbed down.” I tried it out in the beginning and found it very entertaining to work the fight without having to remember all those complex functions.

One of the most notable changes in the controls has to do with pulling off submissions. Sure knocking out an opponent is cool to get a roar from the crowd, however getting your opponent to tap out is even more satisfying. In UFC Undisputed 3, getting your opponent to submit is much easier than in the past. Previous games had you working the analog stick in circles to get the right movement. Now it’s more like a game of cat and mouse. Seriously, I’m not kidding. Once you initiate a submission move an octagon will appear on the screen. You must place your cursor over your opponents to get the submission. This is not as easy as it looks because your opponent’s meter is running away from you instigating the chase. Wait to long to get the cover their cursor and your opponent will gain the advantage.

Another change comes in the game’s career mode. The most noticeable is the fact that you can now select a fighter on the roster and take control of their career all the way to the UFC Hall of Fame. This will make a big difference in the overall fighter numbers as well as make your progress a tad easier in the  process. Of course there’s also the create a fighter option. The numbers will be a bit lower, and the challenge is more difficult, but there is a big payoff when it comes to the game’s achievements and trophies. As for the mode in a nutshell, the buildup to each fight is shorter to work with along with some easy to navigate menus making the experience even better than before. For once, the career mode is actually more fun to play.

Ultimate Fights returns once again with a beefed up new gameplay mode, although the concept is still the same. Here you get to select from a collection of some of the most memorable fights, KOs, and submissions in the history of the UFC and PRIDE. Each fight has a checklist for you to complete marking the fight’s key moments. Your mission is to perform these movements to make the fight as authentic as possible. I found Ultimate Fights awesome yet a pain in the ass at the same time. Sure it’s great to relive key moments from an epic encounter, but to pull each move off at a specific point can drive you mad. The good news is that when you complete each objectives on the checklist it is saved. Complete all the objectives and a video montage will unlock showing the fight highlights.

Online play is back, but nothing much has changed. You still have all the familiar modes like ranked and unranked matches, online fight camps, and much more. THQ also wanted to focus on the community as a whole by allowing you to share highlight videos of your wins which might just add that extra intimidation factor making future opponents just a little scared or maybe a bit more motivated in the process. As for the lag, well of all depends on your opponent, but the majority of matches I took part in were somewhat lag free. Just don’t expect perfection here because you’ll eventually face someone with a shitty connection or your typical rage quitter.

THQ made the long absence of a new UFC game worth the wait. UFC Undisputed 3 scores a huge TKO victory with it’s improved graphics, great presentation, easier controls, a better career mode, and the inclusion of PRIDE. UFC and fight fans all over the world, this game is an instant buy so stop wasting time and go get UFC Undisputed 3 right now.

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