Man, finally a Community Review for a game that I've actually played! It's been a while coming...
Some context -- I rather enjoyed the first UFC Undisputed and felt as though Yuke's did a top job of juggling the smorgasbord of disciplines that is the world of Mixed Martial Arts. The second effort was in a similar vein, although made a few missteps.
UFC Undisputed 3? Well, oh boy, I'm enjoying it so far. The big addition is, undoubtedly, the introduction of Pride Rules -- soccer kicks to the face, knees on the ground, all that career shortening stuff. I'm a fan. Yuke's has put a lot into replicating an authentic 'Pride' experience: recreating the ring, the extravagant entrances, even going so far to 'restat' and 'reskin' fighters that were in their prime during Pride, such as Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua.
I can't believe I'm writing this sentence, but UFC Undisputed 3 feels like a game made by fans for fans (oh gawd, I did just write that sentence...). Accommodations have been made for newbies to make the ground game side of things more palatable, but for the most part it's a game made for those fully embroiled in the world of Mixed Martial Arts.
My only niggling issue -- and I'm sure it's a question of resources -- is that, post Fight Night Champion, I would have loved to see a narrative driven single player campaign in UFC Undisputed 3. In the same way that Fight Night Champion drew so effectively on the cliches of boxing cinema, the UFC Undisputed series would surely have a ball regurgitating the plotline of a movie like Warrior. And I would have a ball playing through it.
Maybe next year.
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