UFC Undisputed 2010 Reader Review
UFC Undisputed 2010 is much the same game as last year, there have been additions and minor improvements but the game remains largely unchanged. That's not necessarily a bad thing but it is disappointing.
It is now far easier to quickly jump into an exhibition bout and there are two arcade-style modes. The 'Classic Fights' mode, a favourite of mine, returns and has added tasks to complete in order to earn bonuses. You can now organise one-night tournaments to play through alone or with friends.
The tutorial is clunky in its stop-start nature and fails to provide any reason for what you're doing. Little has been done to address accessibility and new fighting techniques only serve to complicate things further for newcomers. This type of game would really benefit from a logical walkthrough.
Career mode has had an overhaul but looks and feels a lot like last year's version. That is to say it is menu driven and tedious. Despite being streamlined it somehow manages to spew even more text, numbers and graphs over your television screen. Progressing through the career option is far more of a chore than it ought to be.
Fights do play out realistically, you'll experience five round wars, quick knockouts and sudden submissions - there is a lot of blood, sweat and tears on display. Efforts have clearly been made to introduce new techniques and movements so fighters are more defined and individual in appearance. The presentation is certainly worthy of praise, the visuals are excellent and the commentary does a fantastic job of keeping up with the action.
The clinch position has been expanded, positioning inside the Octagon is vitally important and use of the cage adds a nice dose of strategy. Applying submissions is easy but finishing them isn't. Sadly you can no longer use brute force as a means of escape. The submission system is not ideal and most of the time I found myself avoiding the ground for fear of being made to feel like a white belt.
The online element rarely works. If and when I do GET IT ON the game suffers from horrible lag. New to 2010 are online fight camps, essentially a different name for the clans found in other games. From what I can tell fight camps produce their own leaderboards and allow clan members to train together. It appears everyone in my camp has given up on trying to compete online and I can't blame them, it's incredibly frustrating.
UFC Undisputed 2010 is a good game but many of the criticisms levelled at Undisputed 2009 are still present. Its control system is complex and the fight mechanics can be awkward. It can be a real blast when playing with friends locally but battling online is a terrible experience. Fans of the UFC should love it as it makes superb use of the licence. However, fans of beat-em-ups have better options available to them. Not the ballet of violence I was hoping for but a good effort.