UFC Undisputed 2010 is a great MMA fighting game that is unfortunately held back by one glaring design flaw. Those who are able to overlook this flaw and work around it, will enjoy a very fun MMA fighting game experience.
Graphics And Sound
The presentation in UFC Undisputed 2010 is top notch. The fighters, announcers, arenas, and introductions all look and sound like the real thing. The damage modeling is pretty accurate in the game, as fighters will get black eyes, cuts, and bleed profusely all over each other and the mat.
This is where UFC Undisputed 2010 loses the most points. When both fighters are on their feet and striking, the gameplay is just fine. If you are fighting against the computer and the fight goes to the ground, however, your chances of winning are drastically decreased. This is because if the computer is able to get an advantageous position on you and slaps on a submission, you will tap out in literally 2 seconds no matter what you do. This happened on the Experienced difficulty level (which is one step up from Beginner) with a Submission Defense score of 70 out of 100. It wasn’t because my fighter was tired either, it happened at the beginning of the fight multiple times.
It wouldn’t be quite as bad if you could do the same to the computer, but you can not. You will only be able to successfully make the computer fighter submit after you have worn him down.
If you have even a passing interest in fighting games or the UFC, then you will have lots of fun playing this game. Whether you quickly knock out your opponent or win a long and hard-fought battle, UFC Undisputed 2010 is definitely a fun game.
One thing that does lessen the fun though, is having to do tons of sparring sessions in Career Mode to get enough points to upgrade your fighter. It got old pretty fast, because you still have to spar several times in between each fight after you have maxed out your skills. This is because your skills degrade very quickly, so you will have to replace the points you lose regularly. Thankfully the developers made it so that your skills will not degrade if they are at 30, 50, or 70. It would have been nice if they added a fourth level at 90 or even 80, but I assume they did not for balancing reasons.
UFC Undisputed 2010 has lots of replay value, especially if you are a big fan of the UFC. You will find many hours of enjoyment playing through the Career Mode, setting up your own tournaments in Tournament Mode, and getting a chance to rewrite history by fighting in classic fights in the Ultimate Fights Mode.
Rent Or Buy?
If you are a big fan of the UFC and/or fighting games, then buying UFC Undisputed 2010 would definitely be a good decision. If you only have a passing interest in this sort of game, a rental will give you long enough time to play through the Career Mode and have a fun time.
One thing to keep in mind when deciding to rent or buy: if you want to play online, a one time code needs to be entered to gain access. If you rent the game and the code has already been used, then you will have to pay $5 to access the online portion of the game.
Overall Score – 86 out of 100
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