Before I review this game I would like to point out that I enjoy watching UFC and I enjoy fighting games. I have played the last 2 UFC games prior to this new one. I will admit the last 2 games prior to this one weren’t developed as well and could feel stale at times. However, UFC 3 Undisputed corrected a lot of things from the previous 2 games.
The developers completely redid the tutorial from the previous games. It really made the game much better. It made the learning curve for the game much easier to pick up for new comers and learn the fighting system rather than trying to learn it during mid match.
The next thing they added that made this game stand out from the last 2 was that they added a lot more fighters. I have to be a little bias but I was disappointed with the last UFC for having a lack of Asian fighters. I was glad to see that they were able to add all the main Asian UFC fighters from Akiyama to Takanori Gomi. The visuals for each fighter is pretty spot on and they straightened up all the move list for each fighter making them more unique and true to the actual fighters rather than making them feel like skin swaps.
Career mode was also different around this time. They added a good twist by adding videos from actual fighters when you complete a certain criteria like your first loss or first title shot which gives it a bit of depth. They also added a lot more training mini game options like tire flipping or punching bag. They even built up on the make your fighter mode.
Now for the actual gameplay. Once you get situated with the controls, the game plays really smoothly. In the stand up fighting, the game can feel as good as any boxing game. It slows down a bit when you get down to the ground fighting such as submissions and holds but that is how it is when you watch the fights in real life. It makes sense and made the game much more realistic. One of the best things about this game is that submissions have been made easier to submit people in and out of. For example, if you remember the old submission system it was easy to put people in submission holds but to actually submit people it was very grey. I used to spin my analog and hope that it would work but now they changed it to point where a giant octagon pops up on the screen and you have to keep your color on your opponent’s color. Basically stay on top of him til your bottom tug of war bar gets full, the moment it gets full you submit him in. If your opponent gets away from you the entire time and gets his bar full he counters you or breaks out of the submission.
This is one of those games where when you get a kick to the face and you go “ooooh”. A game when you do a highlight knockout and you smack your friend and say “Dude you have to see this?” This game gets competitive not only from playing with a friend but even playing by yourself. In contrast to 2d fighting games where you have to be flashy with a super ultra combo finish to grab attention this game grabs attention from a single punch to even a choke out submission. I would have to say if you like UFC and you like MMA games in general this game is worth a rental.