|System: PS3, X360||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Yuke's Media||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: THQ||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 19, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Technically, this game is awesome. The visuals in UFC 2009 Undisputed are unmatched in the fighting genre, and even though it might sound cheesy, watching this game from afar looks like watching the real thing. Character models are very nicely detailed, from their muscle definition to their individual tattoos and body markings.
One thing that was particularly impressive was the way that damage is handled. As each fighter gets pummeled, you will start to see bruising, and eventually cuts on areas that have been frequently hit. These injuries dont just appear randomly; they gradually become visible as a fight wears on.
Sound in this title is also very impressive, mainly because of the commentary track. I was continually surprised at how accurate the commentary was during fights, and I rarely heard repeated phrases during my first few hours of gameplay. Although the music in the game is sort of generic, the commentary really pumps up the sound quality, and it adds to the deep immersion value of this game.
As far as control is concerned, UFC 2009 Undisputed is definitely not a title for beginners. Although the face buttons are tied to left/right kicks and left/right punches, in order to perform grappling and submission moves, you will have to perform some complex actions. Although the tutorial mode takes about a half hour to go through, it is definitely worth it, as the matches require quite a bit of strategy and advanced moves for success.
I am not a big fan of the UFC. Sure, Ive seen a few matches here and there, but I dont really follow the sport devoutly. I guess wrestling is more my cup of tea. Now, that said, I have to admit I love this game. UFC 2009 Undisputed takes all the things that makes the UFC sport electrifying for fans, and puts it into a cohesive and realistic game experience. Even if you are not a follower of the UFC, if you like sports games or even just fighting games, UFC 2009 Undisputed is an extraordinary title that wont disappoint! With plenty of modes and lengthy career and classic modes, you may find yourself drawn to the octagon more than you expected!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor