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UFC Undisputed 3 Video Game & Career Mode Review

March 12, 2012 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, Video Games

UFC Undisputed 3I am not a big video game fan but I will go out of my way for a few of them. The UFC Undisputed series has made my short list and after playing UFC Undisputed 3 for several hours, I think I may have found myself a keeper.

Let’s start with the positive of the game. It is probably the easiest of all franchises to just turn on and jump right in. If you are just interested in stepping into the octagon or Pride ring and having a strike-fest, you can do so immediately as opposed to previous versions which required about an hour in the tutorial. This is a big improvement to me.

Now if you want to fight a well-rounded MMA fight with cage work, better foot work, takedowns, submissions, grappling, etc. you will have to spend some time in tutorial if you have never played the game. One thing I didn’t like about this version’s tutorial is that you had to complete certain steps before you can jump ahead. That’s a bit of a bummer for someone like me who knows all of the basics, but maybe just wanted to get a refresher on some advanced movements.

The game play is pretty damned good. I found myself addicted for several days to UFC Undisputed 3. The Pride mode is a huge addition to the game. It is like having the option to play an entirely different game. The knees to the head and soccer kicks that are legal in Pride also add to the fun. The graphics are maybe the best of any fighting game I have ever seen.

Game play is very easy in beginner and fairly easy in advanced. I found expert real difficult. It’s a tricky deal because I found myself bored at times in advanced yet I found some opponents almost impossible to fight in expert. For example, trying to defend yourself and work out of the bottom when a superior grappler like Frankie Edgar is on top was almost damned near impossible. I’d be dominating a fight against him but yet if he wound up on top I was stuck and pounded into a loss. Finding that happy medium to keep it fun, yet challenging was a real tough one for me.

The Pride FC tournaments are a lot of fun. The game offers Grand Prix tournaments in the Pride mode. What that means is that essentially you are fighting all of your fights in one night. So it is real important to strategize taking the least amount of punishment possible as you move on so you are the fresher fighter in the later rounds of the tournament. Once again this is just another option to keep the game fresh and exciting.

The addition of Pride FC brings with it a ton of new fighters that you would never see in a UFC game. Some of these fighters include old UFC veterans like Dan Severn, Kevin Randleman, and Royce Gracie while other fighters like Bob Sapp you’d never see in a UFC game. The roster also offers UFC fighters but the skills are tailored to their Pride days. For example, Wanderlei Silva is stronger in Pride than the UFC. One thing I also liked here is that you have the option of playing any of the fighters in the game in any mode. Why not bring Bob Sapp to the UFC to fight Brock Lesnar or bring Jon Jones over to Pride to challenge the Pride version of Shogun Rua?

I was suckered into the DLC pass. So far it seems to be a bit of a waste of money. I already had Alistair Overeem thanks to Facebook and I really don’t care about extra gear. The game offers a Create-A-Fighter boost pack for an additional charge. This leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Why should you have to spend money to boost your CAF to levels that aren’t even at the elite level? If you are going to charge for a CAF boost, boost him to 99 or don’t offer it at all. Paying to boost your fighter up to mid-card levels is a bit of a scam if you ask me.

One thing that I can’t wrap my head around is the idea that you can’t save in the middle of Title Defense mode. In title defense mode, you run through the entire division several times, increasing in difficulty throughout the process. Sounds fun right? Well it could be, if you had six hours to put aside. The idea is to complete 99 fights which is fine if you could stop, save, and return to the mode later to finish it. Unfortunately you cannot do that. There is no save option here which blows me away in this day and age of video games.

I just finished the Career Mode and wanted to offer an update to the blog. First, it was a lot of fun. I was laid up from surgery one afternoon and banged most of it out in several hours. The mode was a huge improvement over the past UFC Undisputed games.

I played heavyweight and started out in the WFA. What I really liked about these early fights is that the game created new fighters specifically for this mode. In past games you would start out your career playing current UFC fighters. Here, you play fictional fighters in the WFA.

You have the options between fights of boosting up your stats in a few different ways. You can do this auto or manual. I did most of mine in auto to save time. The one thing I didn’t like was that you are asked to join a camp, I did, and unfortunately I couldn’t jump camps after (or at least I didn’t know how). So if you get into a camp that is more ground than stand up and you prefer stand up, you are screwed.

I also didn’t really get the hang of all of the different career mode options until about midway through the mode. Unfortunately I lost out on some earlier opportunities to boost my stats but it really didn’t matter in the end. I think I finished my career with something like 3 losses and 40+ wins anyway.

Once you are invited to start fighting in the UFC you can move your way up the cards. I took it slow but you could jump into some top contender’s fights early on if you are feeling ambitious. You are also offered the opportunity to fight in Pride FC in both singles fights and tournaments. I hit a couple of tournaments to keep things interesting.

All in all it was a lot of fun and I am already looking forward to doing it again. I hit all of my goals and finished in the UFC Hall of Fame. For gamers looking to boost their CAF fighters this is the way to go. I finished my career with an overall 82. I then applied the stats booster add-on and was able to boost my stats up to 100 if I wanted to. This comes in handy for those of you looking to make Super CAFs or if you want to create a fighter like Fedor or Frank Shamrock and give them adequate stats as opposed to the low stats you get without completing the career mode. I don’t play online but it is nice to be able to take a created Fedor and jump right into the mix as opposed to being stuck with a fighter with an overall rating in the 70s.

If you have the time to set aside, this was great. It really made the game a lot more fun than it had been after just playing exhibition and title mode games. Quite frankly the only improvement I can even think of suggesting would be adding Strikeforce or a mode to play through The Ultimate Fighter to get into the UFC. Otherwise the career mode in UFC Undisputed 3 is about as good as it gets when it comes to fighting games.

Also, free free to check out the blog I did a few weeks back on UFC Undisputed 3 cheats, tips, and tricks.

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UFC Undisputed 3 Cheats, Achievements, & Tips

February 14, 2012 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, Video Games

UFC Undisputed 3 screen shotsWhile some of you are celebrating Valentine’s Day today, others are getting over their broken hearts by breaking some faces. UFC Undisputed 3 is finally available. Thanks to some handy detective work by savvy gamers, a full list of UFC Undisputed 3 achievements, cheats, and tips are now available.

My copy of UFC Undisputed 3 is sitting behind the counter of Game Stop in Collegeville, PA so I can’t offer any impressions of the game just yet. I have played the demo and thus far, I am more hooked on the Pride FC mode than I thought would be. The new amateur controls also offers up immediate gratification for those of you looking to jump into the action and bypass the lengthy tutorial.

Finally, submissions are interesting. I am not quite sure whether I like the new submission controls or not yet. I have to say that it is much easier to get out of submissions than the previous two games. I find that refreshing. I found in the past, no matter how well I was doing in a fight, I was pretty much done when it came to getting out of submissions.

I’ll have more of a review up on the site in the next few weeks. In the meantime, here is a list of UFC Undisputed achievements that you can accumulate along the way to keep the game fresh. Additionally, check out some nifty tips after the list of achievements.

Puppeteer (5 points)
Create a CAF and modify the face with CREATE A FIGHTER.

Breaking your Toys (10 points)
Win a match against the COM on Experienced Difficulty while using a CAF in Exhibition Mode.

Online Amateur (10 points)
Play 10 or more ranked Xbox LIVE matches.

Online Journeyman (30 points)
Play 500 or more ranked Xbox LIVE matches.

Willingness (5 points)
Select a guided tutorial

Extracurricular (10 points)
Join an Xbox LIVE Fight Camp.

Hall of famer (30 points)
Enter the Hall of Fame with a fighter in Career Mode.

Storied Career (15 points)
Complete Career Mode with a CAF or Roster Fighter.

Chopping ‘em Down (5 points)
Get the TKO win by damaging the opponent’s legs.

GOOOAAL!!! (15 points)
KO the opponent with a soccer kick.

Breaking your Best Toys (30 points)
Win against a CAF that obtained Career Hall of Fame in Exhibition on Expert Difficulty or higher.

PRIDE of a champion (20 points)
Win 25 fights consecutively in Title Defense Mode.

Determined Champion (30 points)
Clear Title Mode without any interruption.

History is Best Both Ways (30 points)
Obtain a 100% completion score with both fighters in a fight in Ultimate Fights Mode.

Dual Division Champion (30 points)
Use 1 fighter in Career Mode to win the UFC championship in 2 weight divisions.

First of Many! (10 points)
Win a ranked Xbox LIVE match for the first time.

Everyone’s a Critic (5 points)
Rate contents created by other players in Content Sharing.

Bragging Rights (5 points)
Create a Highlight Reel.

All About the Show (10 points)
Watch a PRIDE entrance in Exhibition once without skipping.

Finish the Fight (100 points)
After a KO or TKO, land 4 finishing blows and win the match.

Triple Threatening (30 points)
Obtain any level 3 move for 1 fighter in Career Mode.

Pound for Pound (50 points)
Win in each division in Exhibition with Advanced Difficulty or higher.

Practice Makes Perfect (5 points)
Play an Xbox LIVE Fight Camp Sparring match.

Fight Camp Frenzy (35 points)
Win 10 consecutive Fight Camp Exhibition matches.

Brute Force (15 points)
Submission Slam or Stomp Escape the COM in Exhibition on Advanced Difficulty or Higher

Punching is Hard Work (5 points)
Win a match on Ultimate in Exhibition or Tournament Mode with the Simulation Energy Settings.

Making it Rain (15 points)
10,000 or more shop points accumulated.

Prepared to Win! (10 points)
Play through each Training Game with a fighter in Career Mode.

Training Expertise (50 points)
Obtain a 4-star score in a Training Game with a fighter in Career Mode.

Prolific Champion (100 points)
Use 1 fighter in Career Mode and win the WFA Championship, UFC Championship, and PRIDE Grand Prix.

Getting A Leg Up (45 points)
Defeat a COM on Advanced or higher in Exhibition or Tournament Mode with each Leg Submission.

A Quarter Down, Three to Go (50 points)
Clear 25% or more of all game modes.

Prime Time Fighting (15 points)
Play and complete a 6, 7 or 8 card event in Event Mode.

Even Rocky Had a Montage (50 points)
Create a Highlight Reel with 10 or more different fighters.

Exhibition Excellence (30 points)
Win 5 ranked Xbox LIVE matches in a row.

Secret Achievements

Secret Achievement (5 points)
Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement.

Secret Achievement (35 points)
Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement.

Secret Achievement (15 points)
Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement.

Secret Achievement (35 points)
Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement.

As for cheats, here is one great tip I found to get yourself a bunch of points for your CAF. You automatically get 200 points for every fight that you play. One tip I came across suggested that you create a fighter with an overall stat rating of 1 and just pound the crap out of him in the Exhibition mode. Do this often and accumulate as many points as you want.

In career mode, the easiest way to avoid no losses is to disconnect. Sign out of your profile and then restart the fight. It is cheesy and does take some of the fun out of it, but if winning is your objective, than why not?

Finally, quite out to the career top menu during the results screen in training if you don’t get the amount of stars you were looking for. Then, reload your training session and give it another try until you achieve those four stars.

I am sure there are more tips and cheats online, so look around. My best advice is to join a few message boards and do a little research. You’ll be surprised at what some people can find.

Let’s get it on!

Thanks to Gamerevolution.com for the cheats & Stickskills.com for the achievements.

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UFC Undisputed 3 Game Preview & New Features

January 23, 2012 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, Video Games, Videos

Georges St-Pierre UFC Undisputed 3Gamers and UFC fans are getting pumped for Valentine’s Day and it isn’t for the chocolates or roses. UFC Undisputed 3 will be released on that day and a sneak peek at the video game shows big improvement for the MMA franchise.

THQ have released several videos promoting the big day but one in particular has caught my attention. UFC Undisputed 3, “Inside the Octagon” is generating some great buzz for the game. The video points to several improvemets in the franchise with some great in-game action to boot.

The biggest improvement according to the video will come in the Career Mode. Personally, I found the first UFC Undisputed Career Mode a lot more fun than the last one. While THQ certainly achieved their goal in making it more robust, it became a little too robust at times. The new mode promises a more fun experience, allowing the gamer to zoom through the mode at a much faster speed.

One of my biggest pet peeves with the UFC Undisputed games is the inability to move guys into different weight classes. It is a bit of a bummer that you can’t throw Jon Jones into the heavyweight class or move Anderson Silva down to welterweight. Heck, I’d even settle for catch weight fights. UFC Undisputed 3 has solved this and I for one, am really excited.

According the video and several press releases, gamers can take any UFC fighter on the roster and develop their career in another weight class. The downside is that you have to start from scratch, so it isn’t as if you can move GSP up into the middleweight division and fight him competitively with Anderson Silva. However, if you are willing to put the time in, you can get that Dream Fight between Silva vs. GSP after developing GSP’s career as a middleweight. I love it!

The video also goes into great detail about the Pride mode and the difference between the audio in the Pride mode as opposed to the UFC mode. Bas Rutten and Stephen Quadros provide all new commentary for the Pride mode. What I love about this is that THQ have kept Rutten and Quadros as close to their oldselves as possible. Their style of commentary is different than the more talkative Mike Goldbery and Joe Rogan and this is relfected in the commentary. Great job!

These are just a few of the improvements and changes coming to the game. Reportedly, the control scheme will be less complicated. This will allow new gamers to jump right into the action as opposed to sitting through endless tutorials which could delay a casual fan the ability to jump right into the game. For hardcore gamers, your more advanced controls will reportedly be there.

THQ and the UFC are giving away Alistair Overeem as a free DLC prior to the game’s release. All you have to do is like their Facebook page and you will receive a code with download instructions once the game is released. There were some serious issues two years ago with redeeming codes on opening day, so hopefully THQ and the UFC will fix those bugs prior to the release. Regardless, free is free so if I have to wait a day or two to grab Overeem, I’ll happily wait.

UFC Undisputed 3 will be released February 14, 2012.

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Complete UFC Undisputed 3 Pride FC Roster

November 02, 2011 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, Video Games

Bob Sapp UFC Undisputed 3One of the most exciting additions to the next UFC Undisputed video game is the Pride FC mode. The new Pride FC mode will see different rules, a different ring, different announcers, and a Pride FC roster of 33 fighters ready to kick each other while they are down or bloody a downed opponent with a knee to the head.

The return of Pride Fighting Championships may be exclusive to UFC Undisputed 3, but that won’t stop me from getting excited. The Pride roster will boast an assortment of classic UFC and Pride FC fighters that turn this purchase from a maybe to a must-buy in my opinion.

ESPN.com got their hands on the roster with a full breakdown of attributes. It is important to note that while guys like Anderson Silva and Wanderlei Silva will be included as part of both the Pride FC and UFC rosters, the fighter’s skills will in Pride will represent more of what they were like at that time period as opposed to now. In other words, you will get a less skilled Anderson in Pride while Wanderlei on the Pride roster will be a better fighter than the one you play with on the UFC side.

One thing I have not seen anywhere is whether the Pride FC roster is playable in the UFC mode. Since the rosters are being marketed separately, I am guessing they won’t be which is a bit of a fail if you ask me. But again, this is just conjecture on my part.

Here is the complete list of Pride FC UFC Undisputed roster…

– Bob Sapp
– Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
– Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
– Dan Severn
– Don Frye
– Gary Goodridge
– Gilbert Yvel
– Heath Herring
– Kevin Randleman
– Mark Hunt
– Mark Coleman
– Mirko Filipovic
– Kazuhiro Nakamura
– Mauricio Shogun Rua
– Quinton Jackson
– Rameau Sokoudjou
– Vitor Belfort
– Wanderlei Silva
– Murilo Rua
– Jens Pulver
– Marcus Aurelio
– Takanori Gomi
– Anderson Silva
– Chuck Liddell
– Dan Henderson
– Murilo Bustamante
– Akihiro Gono
– Carlos Newton
– Denis Kang
– Paulo Filho
– Phil Baroni
– Royce Gracie
– Ryo Chonan

As you can see, there are some notable snubs from the Pride FC roster. It shouldn’t surprise anyone not to see Fedor Emelianenko on the roster or in the video game. Sadly, Kazushi Sakuraba will also not be in the game. New UFC signee Alistair Overeem is also omitted from the roster. I have seen people going ballistic on message boards over these omissions.

One thing you should keep in mind before complaining is that you can create these guys. There are always tons of UFC Create-A-Fighter formulas online that will get you fairly close to creating anyone left out of the game. Additionally, one of the UFC Undisputed 3 pre-order bonuses will give fans a instant points to boost CAF fighters and make them competitive with the fighters included in the game.

Check out the fighter attributues on ESPN.com.

The UFC Undisputed 3 release date is February 14, 2012…just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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