|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|
Still, despite these gripes, the one major area where I was concerned UFC 2010 Undisputed would falter on the PSP is actually the area where it succeeds most easily: the control. One of the defining features of the PS3/Xbox 360 version of the game was its deep and nuanced control. This type of control is definitely not possible on the PSP, but the way the new control scheme was imported, it works just the way it should.
You should know right off the bat that the controls themselves are much simpler, and you won't be able to do as much in the PSP version as you could before. However, the moves roster is robust, and you'll use the face buttons for your base attacks, and the shoulder buttons as modifiers for these attacks. Although the direction of the attack is pre-determined, you can move around your target (and to a certain extent, the ring as well) using the directional buttons. Of course, this leaves the grapple function, which has been smartly tied to the analog nub. Since the grapple function in the UFC franchise can be used in a variety of ways, it can be used in conjunction with the face and shoulder buttons to execute different grapple moves.
Although the game does not have any online multiplayer modes, the PSP version of the game does include an ad-hoc mode which allows you to play with friends. Though I would have preferred some type of online mode (even a watered-down one), the inclusion of ad-hoc multiplayer is a nice option, and if you are at a UFC gathering with some friends with the game, there's some decent fun to be had with this mode.
If you've already played UFC 2010 Undisputed on one of the bigger consoles, then you'll probably want to skip the PSP release, as there is nothing new here. However, if you haven't checked out the newest entry in the franchise, and prefer your UFC action to go, then this title won't leave you disappointed. It has almost all the content of the previous release (with the notable exception of the online mode) and works well with a modified control scheme. Although there are some technical issues that hold this title back from being as great as it could have been, UFC 2010 Undisputed is still a worthwhile title on the PSP, and is worth checking out if you haven't already!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor