UFC 2009 Undisputed review

  • Controls are great
  • Career mode is deep, solid
  • Attention to detail
  • Loading times
  • Presentation could use extra gloss
  • Why no unlockable fighters?


In Classic Fights, there are 12 fights from UFC’s past that you replay. If you satisfy the win conditions, then you unlock a video montage of the actual fight. However, the conditions are kind of difficult. A few fights want you to win by decision meaning you go all three rounds, which sounds easy, right? Well, not if you’re used to pouncing and trying to knock the other guy out. You may be better suited for reliving the Liddell/Rampage fight, which just asks you to knock out Liddell in the first round. No sweat. Liddell goes down like a chump.

Above: Relive!

The presentation is pretty cool, but we’d hoped for better unlockables then a short-ass montage video of the fight, like the whole fight for example. Okay, if that’s too much video to compress and put on a disk, then how about unlockable legends?

And what about the downsides? How about the long load times? Actually, it’s not that they’re slow, but like WWE SmackDown, THQ loves to put you through several…

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Get used to it! ‘Cause it kinda blows. Can any of this be optimized or happen in the background? It’s getting bothersome and cumbersome to sit through a loading screen for another menu. All told, it does take a while to begin a fight.

That’s because we slowly watch an overhead shot of the Octagon with no sound to speak of, before the tale of the tape (stats on each fighter). And then we see a good six skippable screens of Bruce Buffer announcing the fight, the fighters themselves, more introductions, and then an unskippable cutscene of the ref asking if we’re ready to fight. YES WE ARE. It’s kind of why we have the game. So we can play it. Watching WWE entrances are fun because there are pyrotechnics, intro themes, and animations of wrestlers running down the aisle. In UFC, it’s two guys prowling a cage, hopping up and down and getting ready to fight for real. That’s kind of boring to watch.

Above: Sexy

And the multiplayer? It works very well. A glance at the Achievement list makes it known that THQ really wants you to hop online and play against other people. While we didn’t do that for this review, we did play against other humans locally and had a blast. Also, please don’t be a dick. Let your buddies get used to the controls before you start putting them in hammerlocks and whip kneeing them in the face.

WWE SmackDown! vs RAW 2009
Not necessarily. Both are different beasts when it comes to replicating “sports.” SmackDown is a game of timing, reversals and grapple controls but feels completely different from Undisputed. It’s probably because we felt like we were training and improving our skill set to actually dominate and destroy our opponent. The match options for SmackDown are robust, but that’s because UFC doesn’t have matches that allow the use of flaming tables and barbed wire bats.

Fight Night Round 3
Not entirely. Fight Night handles the boxing controls extremely well, yet doesn’t allow for kicks to the face or tackling your opponent.  So if you want more of a fight, we’d say go for UFC. If you want something that appears a little less like men writhing around on the ground, hit up Fight Night.

UFC: Sudden Impact
Oh god, yes. Sudden Impact blew.




May 15, 2009

More Info

Available Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
Genre: Fighting
Published by: THQ
Developed by: THQ
Franchise: UFC
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Alcohol Reference, Blood, Language, Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
PEGI Rating:
Rating Pending


  • DasavageJ - May 15, 2009 9:22 p.m.

    Sweet, for some odd reason I would like to the this depth of physical combat in a Metal Gear title, anyway nice review (although it was more like instructions but hey still good). Thanks again GR I wanna say it but I won't!!! =)
  • - May 15, 2009 11:04 p.m.

    Cool, I tried the demo but all I could manage were punches and kicks without any of the fancy stuff and I couldn't figure out how to run haha Good in-depth review by the way
  • Cheeze16 - May 16, 2009 1:29 a.m.

    This game is amazing, Im a big UFC fan. It deserved more than an 8.
  • TheHumbleSlave - May 16, 2009 7:46 a.m.

    I'm sorry, I mean biased.
  • Ryanell - May 17, 2009 4:45 a.m.

    Im a g
  • realybored666 - May 18, 2009 8:09 p.m.

    i completely understand the picture that says "how non-fans see ufc" but i dont get the pic where it says "how actual fans see ufc" im a big fan and i think its awesome
  • Mackster-901 - May 18, 2009 8:57 p.m.

    ive played the demo and i cant stop playin it its such a good game and im definatly gettin the game
  • Mackster-901 - May 18, 2009 9:14 p.m.

    i agree wiv realybored coz im a big fan 2 and wen i fink of ufc i fink of brock lesnar kikin da shit outa sum1 else
  • bron1417 - May 19, 2009 7:09 p.m.

    me and my brother love the demo so i'll hopefully get this sometime soon.
  • bonerachieved - May 19, 2009 7:33 p.m.

    BONER ACHIEVED! I've played the XBL demo over and over.
  • xboxgirl - May 20, 2009 11:04 p.m.

    absolutely loving this game. especially the CAF and career modes - going through and managing all the pre-fight training and setting up fights and growing their career is alot of fun. definitely a must-have in my book.
  • Benji - June 16, 2009 5:37 a.m.

    Best Game EVER....!
  • nightjacobs - June 17, 2009 6:19 a.m.

    great game but the ground game is awful
  • adrianpeterson - July 17, 2009 1:13 p.m.

    My sister never plays video games and neither does my dad but they both LIVE this game. INCREDIBLE GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
  • spliffsucker93 - July 22, 2009 1:25 a.m.

    best party game ever
  • Ocelot - May 15, 2009 9:21 p.m.

    interesting review, Fight Night 3 had loooong loads for seemingly normal menus
  • DasavageJ - May 15, 2009 9:24 p.m.

    and now Im glad I didn't. Would have felt like a thief. lol sorry for double
  • BubbaLsL - May 16, 2009 12:38 a.m.

    Already have mine pre-ordered at Gamespot ( I just had to have the 2 extra fighters). I have the Strategy guide already on its way (should be here at least a day before the game comes out). The demo itself has been played more than any other demo I have. This game is going to rock!!!
  • C-C-C-C-ComboCro - May 16, 2009 5:52 a.m.

    i love GR reviews because they have the section where the compare the game in question to similar games. it really gives you a feel of what the game is like.
  • TheHumbleSlave - May 16, 2009 7:42 a.m.

    @Cheeze16: If you love UFC, then how can we trust that it deserves more than an 8? Your opinion can be just bias.

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