I 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.
[ad 6]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.
[adinserter block=”1″]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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