“What have you done for me lately?” That is the yearly challenge makers of sports video games come up against: they are always trying to outdo their previous year’s game. If you don’t improve and expand your game’s assets, there is no motivation for customers to go and spend their hard-earned money on the new version when they can just keep playing the previous year’s game. The same, of course, is true with THQ’s UFC Undisputed series. And, thankfully, there are no concerns about the latest version of the game being just a regurgitation of UFC Undisputed 2010. UFC Undisputed 3 is a far superior game.
I loved UFC Undisputed 2010, so saying that the latest version of the series is better is really saying something. The biggest improvement in Undisputed 3 is the submission controls. Submissions were next to impossible to pull off in the previous incarnations of the game (at least for a chump like me), but in Undisputed 3 they are far easier and enjoyable, yet still challenging enough to make you feel like you’ve accomplished something when you force your opponent to tap.
Other changes include PRIDE mode, which features Japanese MMA rules (knees/kicks to head of downed opponent, soccer kicks, etc.) and PRIDE announcers, fighters and presentation. There’s also new moves in the game, an updated online offering, over 150 fighters to play with (including, for the first time, featherweights and bantamweights), and of course, my favourite: create your own fighter mode. All in all, it’s a fantastic game and well worth spending the money to upgrade from UFC Undisputed 2010.
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