Last year, THQ unleashed its first foray into the world of mixed martial arts. UFC Undisputed 2009 had moments of greatness, but had a few lingering issues. The fighter’s movements weren’t fluid, the submissions needed some more work, and the cage itself didn't play into the actual gameplay. It was just a barrier.
At a recent event, I got a first glimpse of UFC Undisputed 2010, with the ever dangerous mammoth Brock Lesnar gracing the cover, and things have definitely changed. The match showcase featured Mike Swick, who was in attendance, against Paulo Thiago, who ended up defeating Swick the next day at the real-world UFC 109. The demo put all of the previous issues to rest. The animations and transitions between holds and submission were much smoother. It actually felt like a real life Pay-Per-View event as opposed to a ridged fighting simulation.
The presentation just didn’t stop with what we saw in the gameplay. The graphics and models, which looked fantastic in the previous title, were much crisper. As Neven Dravinski, producer of UFC Undisputed 2010, loves to say during his presentations, “the physics permeates every aspect of the game”. The blood and sweat look as real as the mixed martial artists themselves. I also noticed upgrades to the fans and camera crew. At one point, Swick had Thiago up against the cage and the camera guy stepped down from the stool to get a better shot of the action. This might seem like a minor change to most, but this subtle addition delivers a more TV style presentation and brings the game to life.
Speaking of the octagon, players can post their opponents up ala Randy Couture and use the metal fence to their advantage. The game also features more moves, submissions, fighting styles, and mixed martial artists to the card. Not only that, you will have the ability to switch stances and deliver left handed blows and have more options when it comes to bobbing and weaving incoming barrage of kicks and punches.
From what I saw so far, the game is shaping up to be a winner. UFC Undisputed 2010 promises new modes, deeper customizations, more online options, and a complete upgrade from the previous version.
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