As far as video games go, 2010 it seems is quite the vintage year for great releases. But there is one sports game which stands head and shoulders above the rest: UFC Undisputed 2010. The second release on this console generation, creators THQ haven’t just rereleased last years edition, they’ve bettered it in almost every way.
Let’s be frank, 2009 was a great game. THQ came up with an excellent control system which previous UFC games lacked. Everything was quite simple, and didn’t take long to get used to, and 2010 has stuck with that control system. But the difference is, they’ve added a lot of new positions and submissions. Now, fighters can fight from the battle for control in the clinch, with both tussling for the dominant position while throwing hands. As well as added clinch grappling, the octagon now feels like part of the fight. Pinning an opponent to a cage is a great way of delivering a Shane Carwin on Frank Mir style beat down. The cage can also be used to help or stop takedowns, which are also much more varied than last years, with fighter specific Trips and takedowns added, such as GSP’s single leg, or Machida’s trip with double underhooks.
Last year the makers admitted the only personalized around 40 percent of the roster, with the rest coming off the games create a fighter engine, however this year, every fighter is built from scratch, and the game feels better and more real for it. Gamers should be able to tell the fighters apart, as every one is now so distinct. Several fighters also have personalized moves, such as Jon Jones’ spinning back elbow, Shogun Rua’s devestating muay thai kicks, and Kimbo Slice’s superior ground game(wait, what?)
As well as this, the roster size has greatly increased. This year sees the first appearance of Junior Dos Santos, Shane Carwin, Kimbo Slice (first and probably last appearance) Jon Jones, Ryan Bader and Vitor Belfort, as well as many more. There is over 100 different fighters now in the game. A tournament mode is also added, making playing with friends much more fun.
While last year’s edition had an Ultimate Fights mode, 2010 amps it up, bringing in Ultimate submissions, Ultimate Knockouts, Ultimate Fights 2009 and Ultimate Classic fights. 2010 features classics such as Bisping vs Henderson, Hughes vs Trigg and Penn vs GSP II. Instead of just finishing the fight in the same fashion, users this year have several other conditions to meet, in order to unlock the fight highlight package.
This year the makers have also brought in other modes to increase playabillity. Title Mode see’s users choose a fighter to fight their way through the challengers to win a title shot. Finishing this unlocks Title Defence mode, which allows users to battle against the top contenders to become a truly dominant champ. The most interesting addition is Event Mode. This allows users to create their own dream PPV card, which includes promos as well as build up for matches, and pre and post fight analysis from Rogan and Goldberg. The career mode this year has been completely redone. Now, you start off in the WFA, before reaching the big league’s. Getting their certainly isn’t easy. Fighters need to battle their way to the top and really win the UFC contract. Once you get to the top, if you clean out a division, you also have the option to change weights.
Online play was also a strong point with last year, and 2010 has included the necessary changes to better it. While Ranked play stays the same, a new mode called Fight Camp allows users to join other players, to have private fights, or help train each other, or even spar for fun. On Xbox 360, the official LowKick camp is run by myself and is called “The LowKick.com Headhunters”. Those wishing to join can contact me via LowKick or on my gamertag, DanC1888. Comonson is currently working on the ps3 camp, and more details will follow. Hope to see as many of you out there as possible! All LowKick users are welcome!
Overall, 2010 is a vast improvement on an already great game. With more characters, game modes and features, it is sure to keep your attention even longer than 2010. It offers improvements in every aspect that required tweaking, and THQ should be pleased with themselves. In my opinion, the best improvement is either the new fighters, or that Steve Mazagatti has been removed from the game, meaning no more refereeing mistakes!
Overall, UFC Undisputed 2010 gets a well earned 4.5 LowKick’s out of 5!