While Ultimate Fighting Championship has been around for more than 15 years, the competitive mixed martial arts sport league just recently became popular in the mainstream media thanks to several television shows.
While there have been several UFC video games in the past, none of it came during the period when the league’s popularity is sky high. Fortunately, UFC was able to work on a licensing deal with THQ. The first game under this agreement is UFC 2009 Undisputed, which is being developed by the same team responsible for the popular WWE Smackdown series.
Can UFC 2009 Undisputed replicate the thrilling action of UFC? Find out in this hands-on preview of the Playstation 3 version.
In the career mode, you must fight your way into the UFC Hall of Fame.
A lot of work has been out in with the character models. As a result, UFC 2009 Undisputed looks frighteningly realistic thanks to the great lighting and sweating effects.
Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg is the commentary team for UFC 2009 Undisputed. The game will also featured licensed music with Flaw’s Get Up Again, Hollywood Undead’s Undead, Papa Roach’s Change or Die, Puddle of Mudd’s Famous, Saliva’s Click Click Boom and Stemm’s Face The Pain already confirmed to be in the title.
UFC 2009 Undisputed is a mixed martial arts fighting game that includes striking and holding moves.
You have a wide array of striking moves. Each face button represent a limb and the strike perform depends on distance. For example, you will perform a normal left kick while in the long and medium ranges from your opponent by pressing the X button. Pushing the same button in a close range situation will result in a left knee.
Height is also important in UFC 2009 Undisputed. You can perform high and low attacks. High ones can cause knockouts while low ones slow the opponent’s stamina and movement. You can also perform several different takedowns in addition to submission moves in UFC 2009 Undisputed.
Offense is only half the equation. In order to succeed, you need to learn how to guard and counter. Guarding will limit damage but will also weaken your strike attack at the same time. Counters are based on timing. If you managed to counter right at the beginning of your opponent’s attack, your reverse will be more devastating.
Needless to say UFC 2009 Undisputed is deep but ultimately fun.
Here is the control setup for UFC 2009 Undisputed:
Left Analog Stick: walk; flick to sidestep, hold to perform strong attacks with face buttons
Right Analog Stick: perform catch counter; takedown opponents; clinch; block takedown attempt
L1: perform clinch strike
L2: changes height of attacks
L3: hold to run
R1: guard against high strikes
R2: guard against low strikes
R3: counter submission
Triangle: right punch
Circle: right kick
X: left kick
Square: left punch
The final version of UFC 2009 Undisputed will include more than 80 fighters from five different weight classes and six different fighting styles. Furthermore, the game will have several new modes including online, classic fights and create a fighter.
While it was a long wait, UFC 2009 Undisputed should please the patient fans of the sport with its depth and authenticity. The Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 game will be released in May.