UFC Undisputed 3 Reviewed

The fastest Growing sport in the world returns to the Octagon with new moves and ready to fight

Unless you have been living under a rock, you should know that the Mixed Martial Arts or MMA has been gaining popularity around the world. Even if you have been living under a rock, there is still a good chance you know a little about the sport. Anyone with basic internet connection would not be able to avoid anything with regards to the UFC.

The previous two games in the UFC Undisputed franchise created the most realistic UFC experience anyone could ask for: the remarkable level of details, tons of licensed fighters, and the impressive . However, the steep learning curve and complicated controls, which made the overall experience pretty tough to get into. The developers took all the criticisms to heart and returned with a more streamlined game

There is a lot to take in to understand UFC Undisputed 3 and it might scare off newcomers. The developers help new players ease into the game with a very thorough video tutorial, telling you how to properly execute strikes, transition and submissions. A new Amateur control method has also been added to make it easier for new players to perform certain moves such as transitioning guards. Even with all this, there’s still a daunting amount of information that will be thrown at you and proper execution of whatever you’ve learnt in the tutorial needs practice and experience to be properly utilized. But it certainly won’t be because the game didn’t give its best effort to ease you into it. Commit to the tutorial and the rest of the game will become more enjoyable as a result.

Once the controls are understood, the fights begin. Bouts are very strategic; gauging distance, throwing attacks and properly defending yourself is key to survival. With all of the different moves at your disposal, this can be handled in a multitude of ways, such as punching and combo-ing on offense, swaying to avoid blows, transitioning between standing and ground fighting, and putting your opponent into a painful submission. While fighting, you’ll experience the beauty of the game’s graphics, depicting the struggle for survival so accurately you might think the fight is real. Over the cheers of the fans, you can even hear your trainer give you advice on what you’re doing right and wrong and what you should try doing next. The trainer’s advice can be very useful in a game where it’s easy to forget every possible move you can make. All of this makes the overall experience amazing.

The inclusion of the now defunct PRIDE championship where you can perform head stomps and kicks on a downed opponent, which is illegal in the UFC, with fights going for three rounds, with the first round lasting a whopping 10 minutes and five for the remaining two. In the actual Pride league, the 1st round is a grueling test of endurance but it would’ve been nice to see this fleshed out even more with its own Career and Title Defense modes, but this is a great first step.

UFC Undisputed 3 is not just the best MMA game on the market. But it’s so well-crafted that it would attract both MMA fans and newcomers alike. There is so much to enjoy in this package, for people of various levels of UFC fandom, that even those who are on the fence should try UFC Undisputed 3; they may just find themselves a new passion.

Ratings: 5/5

by Chen KangYi.
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UFC Undisputed 3 is developed by Yuke’s and Published by THQ. UFC Undisputed 3 is available on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 consoles.

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