|System: PSP, PS3, X360||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Yuke's||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: THQ||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept. 7,2010||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|
by Amanda L. Kondolojy
UFC 2010 Undisputed is a great game on the PlayStation 3/ Xbox 360, and when it came out four months ago, I was wowed by its high production values, deep combat system, and multitude of play modes. The PSP version, which came out only a few weeks ago, is still quite a good game, and even though there are some areas where it falls short of the console version, if the PSP is your console of choice, you shouldn't feel like you are getting the lesser package.
Like the larger console version, UFC 2010 Undisputed on the PSP has a plethora of modes designed to keep you playing for a long time. The game's flagship mode, career mode, allows you to create your own UFC fighter, develop his fighting style(s), and become the weight-class champion. This mode is replicated almost exactly on the PSP, and you'll be able to go through the game's RPG-like progression system with all of the stats you are used to, including the popularity metric, which was introduced as a new part of the career this year.
In addition to the career mode, there is also an exhibition mode, title mode, and even an ultimate fights mode, which allows you to relive some of the UFC's more memorable moments. All of these modes retain their depth from the console release, and you can expect to get the same twenty to thirty hours of gameplay out of the PSP version that you would out of the console version.
However, there are some big changes between the two versions. One glaring area where UFC 2010 Undisputed on the PSP doesn't quite live up to expectations is in the technical department. First off, the visuals are just not as good as they could be. While no one expects the PSP version to have looks on-par with the big console versions of the game, there are a number of issues that hold this title back from being a good-looking PSP game. While the fighter models do look good, the animations between attacks can be choppy, and there is quite a bit of clipping when you are fighting in close quarters. This can become an especially bothersome issue when you are playing the ground game, as timing is important, and a misinterpreted animation can mean the difference between victory and an opponent recovery.
Another issue I had with the PSP version was the long loading times. Now I know, this is a common complaint, and each person's tolerance for loading times is different, but the loading in UFC 2010 Undisputed is just egregious on the PSP. From the ten seconds it takes to enter a fight to the almost minute it takes to get to a match (each menu screen takes ten to fifteen seconds to load), the experience in this game was hampered by the long loading times. Even the pause menu took two to five seconds to load! Although there is an option to install the game, the performance is only minimally improved.
The sound in the game is also a point in the PSP version of the game that could have been improved. The background music is simplistic, and there is no real commentary during matches, which makes the experience painfully quiet. The only area where the sound is actually decent is during the lead-ins to the "legendary" matches, where a female commentator explains what the circumstances are behind the fight. But aside from these small snippets, the audio content in the game is largely nonexistent.