Platform: PS3/Xbox 360
As the popularity of the Ultimate Fighting Championship has grown over the past few years, the more people automatically assume it's something they've already seen before, and dismiss it as a circus sideshow, categorizing it the same class as a show put on by those extravagantly sized monsters in WWE - it's staged, fake and for kids. However, as soon as that bell tolls and that first punch is thrown, it becomes immediately apparent this assumption could not be further from the reality. So, much like in real life, the UFC is not trying to topple THQ's WWE Smackdown Vs Raw's crown as King of Grappler's on the consoles; because UFC Undisputed 2010 is not a grappler - it's something completely different.
The UFC is brutal, it's violent, and this is probably the reason it's become as popular as it has today. And the violence is not quelled one crimson drop here; each punch takes its damage, much like Fight Night in such a realistic way you could easily loose a bout by simply admiring in awe at your opponents' damage. All the famous MMA fighters are available, across all weight divisions, from the loud mouth Quentin 'Rampage' Jackson, to former wrestling star and current UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. Each is an exact photo fit for their real-life counterpart, down to the slightest mannerisms. Production is this game's greatest strength.
Unfortunately patience is something required to master the Octagon as this is one tough game to master. There are a large number of combos to master for each fighter, each reasonably difficulty to pull off, especially during a bout. But even if you only learn a fraction of what's available, it is a hugely satisfying experience. A game that looks this good has to be. Career mode is a solid effort too, allowing you to create your fighter in a weight class of your choice and guiding him to UFC glory.
Not the groundbreaking title fans of last year were expecting, but a definite party-game for the lads if ever there was one.
Rent or Buy: Buy
Replay Value: 4/5
Reviewed By: Simon Rubbathan