If I were to sum up my feelings of this game into two words it would be, Fucking Awesome. The UFC haven't got a great reputation when it comes to video games, but as an MMA company have been on a rapid rise over the past few years, so it seems only fitting that they get a game just as good as the product they offer on screen. The project of THQ & Yukes this game is a surprising gem when comparing it to THQ's relatively lacklustre attempts at pro-wrestling games. Unfortunately, whilst this game was being made, the developers faced a few setbacks which led to the removal of star, Clay Guida because of problems with collision detection thanks to his long hair. As ridiculous as that may sound, this was a decision THQ had to make in order to get the game to the homes of people when they expected it.
The game offers a lot to its players and it's obvious that the game is created by the same combo that deal with the WWE series as certain inspiration is drawn from that game and implemented into this, including some of the soundtrack. Within the game there's the typical modes you would expect in a game such as this; exhibition, career, create a fighter and online. There's an additional mode with takes inspiration from the Legends of Wrestlemania game and that's the classic fights mode. In this mode you are thrust into some of the most exciting matches of UFC history and asked to recreate the momentous scenarios from those classic matches. As a reward for completing the task asked of you, you are awarded the match as a video which you can view at any time you wish.
The in game mechanics are beautifully done with most UFC fighters in the game being photo realistic, much like the next gen Fight Night games. There are, however, a few fighters who look like they were created at the last minute and lack that beauty and detail of some of their more famous fighting counterparts. This lack of consistency is a bit disappointing, but it doesn't take much away from the overall experience of the fight. There are 6 fighting styles overall and your particular fighter can utilise two at any one time, these allow for a great combination of striking combos and manoeuvres when standing and an immersive ground and pound experience when you're in the mood for just being brutal. The collision detection works really well and creates a realistic look when you're pounding the hell out of your opponent and watching bruises or cuts gradually develop and become more severe which caters to the more frightening gamer who enjoys a bit of blood and brutality.
Although there is a lot of good that can be said about the game because of its excellent graphics and its even better gameplay mechanics, there is sadly quite a bit of bad that can be said about it too. The career mode although good for the development of a created fighter, is a real let down and becomes massively tedious. To start it, you create an original fighter and your mission in the career mode is to train your guy and win fights to the point in which you can challenge for the title and win your entry into the hall of fame. There's nothing much to it in terms of story, and I know it's not to be compared to the likes of the WWE games, but an attempt at a story would have been massively welcome. As you play through the calendar you can choose to fight your sparring partner in order to gain ability points or you can also take part in the UFC camp in which you have a complete a number of challenges in order to win further experience points, enhance your fighting ability.
The create a fighter mode is pretty basic as you simply choose your fighters height and weight class, assign attribute points, fighting skills and other profile details. Then you enter into the look of your fighter which is disappointing depending on which way you look at it. Considering this is a game created by the same combo that works on the WWE series, they're very much aware that gamers want a large variety offering when it comes to the look of your fighter. However, I am aware that because of the detail that goes into the fighters and the collision detection specifics, a large amount of detail and amazing graphical quality don't really mix. The only aspects of a fighter's appearance that can really be worked on are the facial features in which you can mould and shape almost every portion of the face to give it a look perfect for you.
As of this moment the online experience is quite disappointing also as the developers seem to have overlooked a problem that curses many games of this type when you have players online. Some imbecilic players who can't actually take a loss on the nose have discovered that if they disconnect in time the loss isn't counted on their record. For those who choose to play the game properly and do appreciate that losses can occur, it can become quite frustrating and really destroys what would otherwise be a pleasurable online gaming experience. When you win you gain a number of experience points which can bump you up a level and you also gain a number of fans which I have yet to recognise the significance of. Of course your win/lose record gives you some fun prestige when playing online but, until a patch is released to stop people disconnecting I would really say you're only best entering into matches with people with a modest win/lose record as you can almost guarantee that if you fight someone with a 25 - 0 win streak, then the likelihood is, they have disconnected at some point so it's not really worth you wasting your time.
Overall this is a very impressive game for the first in what is promised to be a long franchise of games for the UFC brand. Looking forward to sequels, the only parts of the game that really need looking at in future versions are the career mode and the online experience. The fighting mechanics are near perfect and if it's possible to speed the fighting experience whilst keeping the same control system, then a future UFC game will be very good indeed.
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