UFC 2009: Undisputed Review

On November 12th, 1993 the world was introduced to a sport called The Ultimate Fighting Championship.  The first UFC featured 14 fighters in a bracketed system with the winner moving on from the preliminaries to the semi-finals, and then competing in the finale for $50,000 dollars to the winner.  There were no weight classes, very little rules, and in a single night, changed the world of martial arts and combat sports forever.   A young Brazilian named Royce Gracie defeated all of his opponents in first round choke-out submissions, taking most down in less than 60 seconds.  Gracie continued his dominance of the UFC for several years, but the sport was also changing and evolving.  The fighters wearing a gi (uniform) into the ring are gone, and we

The largest problem with any fighting game is collision detection.  Half the time you

Since THQ and Yukes were working hard to bring the most realistic representation of the UFC experience to life, they went straight to the commentary source and picked up Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg.  Recording more than 30 hours of commentary, the two will run commentary throughout your fight, just as if you were watching the fight live or on TV, announcing the big hits, the misses, the submission attempts, and much more.  They

Street Fighter II has somewhat simple controls on the surface.  Punching, kicking, and even throwing a fireball is pretty simple.  Killer Instinct has one of the most complex combination systems I

Fighting games that are as complex as this are really all about hardcore math.  To that end, Omar Kendall and his team at Yukes broke down the UFC skills into six different styles (boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Judo, Muay Thai) and 16 major skills.  These combine with three core stats of Stamina, Speed, and Strength to create your fighter.  The skills include standup striking, standup defense, takedown offense, takedown defense, submission offense, submission defense, grappling, clinch, and more.  You

Sports games and fighting games are somewhat odd to judge in terms of value.  If this were Madden, you could argue that, other than the stats, the teams are technically all pallet swaps for each other.  Now that I

Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).
To Top