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5 reasons why UFC 2009 could KO Fight Night

We love Fight Night. EA’s beautiful boxing series defined how its sport was represented in games. As much as we love knocking men out with uppercuts, jabs and right hooks, though, sometimes we just want a dirty street fight. Thankfully, we’ve now got UFC 2009 Undisputed to satisfy those violent, jail-baiting whims. Read on to see why this martial arts scrapper could KO Fight Night with just one punch.

1) One hit wins

Like Fight Night's one flash KOs, Undisputed has bruising punches that can end a fight in a second. And, because most of the fighters are trained in mixed martial arts, almost every part of your body becomes a weapon. Like crunching kicks that can floor a fighter harder than a pint of premium vodka, knees to send mouthguards flying or elbows that leave the canvas looking like a scene from Carrie.


Above: You can floor a guy in one hit, ending a fight in seconds

2) You can grapple forever

Undisputed combines its uncompromising melee combat with SmackDown-style grapples, handled via the right stick. Unlike the WWE game, though, the purpose of grapples isn’t to showily slam your opponent all over the canvas.

Instead, UFC tasks you to manoeuvre yourself into a position of power where you can score a submission, knockout or technical knockout. In practice the system acts almost like rock-paper-scissors – especially in multiplayer – where every flick of the stick will roll your fighter into a different hold that can be countered with the corresponding flick.

The developers, Yuke's Osaka, also claim there's no limit to the number of counters that can go back and forth between fighters. So you can expect to spend loads of your time in the tight embrace of men's armpits and legs.


Above: Better get some cards boys, you could be there for a while

3) You can tenderise a man's kidneys

A little time choking on your opponent's BO is well worth it, though, if you can gain the upper hand and trap him in a hold. Here, you can go to work on his organs, and repeatedly wailing on a specific part of his body will pinken it like an uncooked steak.

Manage to mount the other man's stomach and you’ve got the fight almost won. From this position of power its difficult for your opponent to reverse the hold into another stance. And, more often than not, finding yourself on the wrong end of this hold will see your fighter get his face punched into mince.


Above: You can see flesh physically wobble when you land a big kick

4) It's Fight Night meets SmackDown

Although they're two radically different games, Undisputed somehow manages to capture the best elements from both. Combining the wrestler's athletic, contortionist-esque fighting with the boxer's immersive HUD-free presentation. The effect that sees the screen gradually greying, letting you know you're near a knockout, is especially reminiscent of EA's beautiful boxer.

5) You can fight any way you want

THQ are quick to emphasise you don’t have to use grapples to succeed in UFC, though. And you can win at Undisputed by playing it like a normal melee-driven beat ‘em up just as easily as using grapples. A fighter, like former WWE Champion Brock Lesnar, is a good example of this. And he's effective at both caving men's foreheads and grappling them to the ground. He's not quite as good at submissions, though. And using a more technical fighter will make it easier to get your opponent to submit


Above: No more man-hugging for Brock (right), this time the former WWE champ's actually got to fight for real

Compared to the FMV footage we saw of this a while back, the current build of Undisputed holds up really well. And with intelligent combat, over 80 fighters and violence far more varied than any boxing match, Fight Night better watch its back. After all, Undisputed only needs to land one good punch.


Above: Mouthguards don't stand a chance against a well-aimed punch

Got any more questions about UFC 2009 Undisputed? PM me at Games_Radar_DaveMeikleham.

Mar 20, 2009


14 comments

  • Benji - April 12, 2009 2:31 a.m.

    Looks awsome as... Cant wait
  • 134duce - March 26, 2009 12:15 a.m.

    dat smackdown commentis dumb plus you no wat happened wen floyd mayweather went to da wwe......
  • SonicX_89 - March 22, 2009 2:54 a.m.

    Sounds cool, don't know much about UFC, but this game looks promising.
  • Ramen_Soup - March 21, 2009 1:18 a.m.

    I love UFC I hope this game doesn't flop though it looks interesting.
  • lewis42025 - March 20, 2009 8:24 p.m.

    Oh, wow. i hadnt even considered renting this game, but i'm sure interested now. if it duznt knock out fight night, it'll at least be a nice alternative. thanx GR
  • Karnageous - April 30, 2009 3:20 a.m.

    This game is much better than Fight night, for the simple fact that there is much more actual fighting you can do. The demo on live is great, I've probably played it more times than anyone on the planet, and if you play it you will understand why. It kicks ass.
  • jorhorror - April 12, 2009 11:21 p.m.

    Im stoked about this game. ive been waiting for likr 2 years for someone to come out with a ufc game. the graphics look beautiful and the game play sounds solid. i just hope it lives up to the hype.
  • 134duce - March 26, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    well i think fight night is way betta den this game i mean dis game is hot but not better than fight night...i jus fight night is a more simple game to make better approvals on than ufc...ufc is jus to complicated to make a very advanced game out of unlike fight night
  • fallendude2 - March 25, 2009 1:10 a.m.

    these reason are so true except for the smackdown reason
  • Maxstats69 - March 24, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    QFT indeed. I remember playing the hell out of UFC Sudden Impact for the PS2 . . . even though it was a horrible game, but it was the ONLY UFC game out. So yeah, I've been waiting for this game for a looooong time. The only thing that scares me is that I heard they cut the development time on this game short for an early release so as not to have it compete with the heavy hitters that would have accompanied it's original release date. <---(run on sentence FTW!) Oh well, keep them fingers crossed UFC fans and hopefully we'll all be having a great time beating the piss out of each other online and having fun doing it in May . . . .
  • Akiira - March 22, 2009 8:34 p.m.

    "it's the UFC game that the fans have been waiting for for a long time" QFT
  • Octaviux - March 22, 2009 4:05 p.m.

    As a hardcore MMA fan I can't wait for this game and destroying people online
  • Captain-Gorbster - March 22, 2009 2:25 a.m.

    They have the full roster of fighters out already, and it's a stacked group of fighters, they did leave out a few of my favourites (Clay Guida) but there is no way that they won't offer more through DLC. Even if this game doesn't get a 10 it's the UFC game that the fans have been waiting for for a long time.
  • asspills - March 21, 2009 6:12 a.m.

    Man, i'm pretty psyched for this game. Only thing i'm disappointed with is that it looks a little too slow/sluggish. But thats kinda necessary to make everything, like blocking, wrestling etc, possible. But, It'll all be good so long as i get to see my man Herb Dean!

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