publisher: THQ Inc.
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet
UFC Undisputed 3 is a sport game based on the Ultimate Fighting Championship license. It was developed by Japanese studio Yuke’s, the creators of previous entries in the series and other sport fighting games like WWE SmackDown vs. RAW and WWE Wrestlemania. The developers decided to improve their product and enrich it with new features, making it the best title that represents the impressiveness and brutality of MMA fights.
The players can assume the role of one of 150 fighters based on actual UFC federation and now-defunct PRIDE organization fighters – including their greatest stars. For the first time in the series there are participants of lighter weight categories available. That became possible thanks to the fact that the UFC federation took over the WEC. In addition to stars like Brick Lesnar, Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz, the game features Dominic Cruz, Uriah Faber and others. Rich customization options enable the players to create their own fighters as well.
The duels in UFC Undisputed 3 for are fought in closed cage called an octagon and on classic ring. The variety of available techniques makes the matches very entertaining and emotional. For the first time in the history of the series the players can fight according to the rules of the no longer existing PRIDE organization. These rules are considered as the most brutal. The matches were recreated in a very realistic way. In addition to introducing previously unavailable techniques, the developers greatly changed the passing system that previously wasn’t working good. Now it is based on two-dimensional minigame and it provides the player with greater control than moving the analog stick. It is also more dependent on character’s skills and his physical state.
The developers of UFC Undisputed wanted their game to deliver great emotions while also featuring a simple control scheme. When compared to previous entries in the series, the game features some amenities, especially when it comes to fighting on the ground. In order to attract some new players, the training system was changed. UFC Undisputed 3 reveals MMA secrets gradually, by highlighting advice and proposed solutions as the fights progresses. This enables the players to become accustomed to various situations faster.
Compared to previous entries in the series, the graphics in UFC Undisputed 3 were improved. Pain can be visible on the faces of characters, and when entering the ring, a proper presentation takes place. Camera was improved and it can now present the action just like in television. Goldberg and Rogan (and Rutten and Quadros in case of PRIDE) are professionally commenting on the matches. Additionally, the commentaries of companions in the corner are important as well. Their advice might tell the players what they are doing wrong and what they should improve.
The title also features multiplayer mode. Fights with other players can be played on a single console or through Internet.