UFC 2009 Undisputed Hands-On

We finally get to grips with the controls in this impressive-looking brawler from Yukes.

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Our previous looks at Yuke's and THQ's UFC 2009 Undisputed left us eager to get our own hands-on time with the game. After all, with its impressive visuals flooring us each time we saw it, we needed to see for ourselves if UFC had more than eye candy going for it. We finally managed to get our brawl on recently, and it seems that the game based on one of the world's most brutal sports has definite potential. The control scheme will probably take some time to get used to, but UFC is certainly shaping up to be one of the more interesting fighting games slated for this year.

Mat-based moves take some getting used to.

In our earlier looks, we saw real-world UFC fighters like Wanderlai Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Frank Mir, Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin, and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson duking it out. The final game will ship with 80 fighters spread across five weight divisions (lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight). Some of the new faces we saw in this build will be well known to fight fans. As well as fighters like Chuck Liddell, B.J. Penn, Anderson Silva, Michael Bisping, Roger Huerta, Matt Hughes, Brock Lesnar, Kenny Florian, and Joe Stevenson, there will be plenty of other UFC celebrities, including commentators Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg; ring announcer Bruce Buffer; referees Herb Dean, Mario Yamasaki, and Steve Mazzagatti; cutman Jacob "Stitch" Duranand; and Octagon girls Arianny Celeste, Edith Labelle, and Rachelle Leah.

During our play session, we set up two-player bouts using Griffin, Jackson, former WWE star Brock Lesnar, and the two Silvas to test out the control scheme. Each of the controller's four face buttons is mapped to a different limb, making it easy to chain together basic attacks. Holding down the left trigger while attacking with any limb will modify the strike as far as low or high, while holding down the left bumper will initiate one of your chosen fighter's special attacks. These attacks will cause serious damage if landed properly, and they are also context-sensitive, meaning you won't suddenly go for a midrange spinning back fist when standing toe-to-toe with an opponent. Blocking is done by holding the right trigger to block low attacks and the right bumper to block high.

Of course, stand-up brawling is only one part of most UFC matches, with mat work being just as important and valuable a method for beating your opponents. It's here where Yuke's has tweaked tried-and-true fight-game mechanics--the right stick is now used to initiate, perform, and repel grapple attacks. To initiate a mat move, you'll need to move the right stick towards your opponent when in close range. Depending on things such as your opponent's stamina and his ability to repel your move, you'll soon find yourself on the mat, positioned over your not-quite-hapless prey. From here, you can try to pummel your opponent, or you can reposition into a submission move. For example, to shift into an armbar, we had to do upward quarter-circle moves until our onscreen character shifted into position. To get out of a submission hold, you have to perform similar right-thumbstick movements, keeping a close eye on your character on the screen to see which way he needs to maneuver to dislocate himself from his precarious position. It's a little odd at first, but we're hoping with more hands-on time the system will become second nature.

As always, we were quite impressed by the visuals UFC pumps out. And it's not just for show, either. The character models show real-time damage, which you can use to determine which body parts to continually target. Bruises will show up on ribs, and cuts will appear on faces--when you see this, it's a cue for you to continue your attack on that one spot for a possible knockout.

From our short hands-on time, it looks like UFC will offer a control scheme that will be easy to pick up but difficult to perfect. Keep it tuned to GameSpot for more UFC 2009 Undisputed updates as we get closer to the game's midyear release date.

Discussion

65 comments
19robson
19robson

Caint wait for this game

Omega-Pyre
Omega-Pyre

Just got done with a few bouts on the 360 demo. Very, very impressive. Like everyone's saying the controls are gonna take practice but it's not aggravating by any means. Fairly challenging too, at least when dealing with grapples and submission moves (I only got one armbar on Rua in I don't know how many fights) otherwise anything can happen. So I'll probably be picking this one up.

analgrin
analgrin

Played the ps3 demo for at least 2 hours last night. It takes a good hour or so to get used to the controls, especially the grappling. Very enjoyable and realistic, I even managed to knock out my opponent with just one kick 10 seconds into the fight, graphics equal that of fight night but with an added ref who stays in the ring. Will definately be getting this

HOCKEYSTUD09
HOCKEYSTUD09

I HAVE BEEN PLAYING THE DEMO FOR LIKE 2HRS OR SO LMAO. AND THIS GAME IS F***ING AMAZING WOW!!!! I KNOCKED OUT RUA IN 40 SECONDS LMAO DAMN I LOVE THIS GAME CANT WAIT TILL IT COMES OUT SO I CAN CREATE MYSELF IN THIS GAME AND SEE HOW IT IS.

nyc218
nyc218

I played the DEMO over the weekend. This game is going to be sick. I had only two fighters to pick from and let me tell you it was a blast. It will take time to get all the controls down but its not super hard. The visuals can't get better, you see every cut and bruses plus longer the fight the more sweat you will see. This was the best demo I played ever since Call of Duty WOW. This game is going to be a must have for any UFC fan. Pre-Order NOW!!!!

milosc
milosc

Does any1 know how much is this game gonna cost in the US? if you do, pls mssg me, cause I'll probably forget that I ever asked for this..lol...thx

diedante
diedante

Cant wait, looks awesome, with whats becoming as big a franchise as UFC, you just gotta hope they don't bang it out quick.... i love UFC and i'd (as well as millions of fans) be gutted if they half a$$ed it .... " Let's get it on !! "

HershalCrusto
HershalCrusto

I've been pretty fired up for this game since I first saw it about a year and a half ago. Definitely going to buy it, but still have concerns about the game. It has got to be really difficult to make a UFC game that feels realistic. Here's to hoping for the best though.

Mitten123
Mitten123

This and FightNight...mid year is gonna be abrawl fest...bring it on

lunchboxx10
lunchboxx10

i hope they make some moves complicated and some moves easy to do just like in real life. I am going to buy this no matter what tho because i love watching ufc and following the fighters. Hopefully they can incorporate the ground game and grappling in better than the last ufc game i played where you could knock out people in 30 seconds

drock4lyfe
drock4lyfe

THis game will either be a hit or miss. I hope they pull of the control scheme nicely, and not be too complicated. Im looking forward to creating my own fighter and using him in a career, nicceeeeeeeeee

Battlefield53
Battlefield53

Probably one the only fighting games I'll ever buy, looks pretty good, I hope it lives up to its name. And I hope theres going to be a NON ONLINE multiplayer, that would top this game off .

Battlefield53
Battlefield53

Probably one the only fighting games I'll ever buy, looks pretty good, I hope it lives up to its name. And I hope theres going to be a NON ONLINE multiplayer, that would top this game off .

TheSicknessX
TheSicknessX

I've got a feeling this is going to be one of those games like Street Fighter IV (No flak please), since it seams the control scheme could be one of those minute to get used to, lifetime to master sorts.

ticonorico21
ticonorico21

I'm not expecting for this game to be perfect. I'm just hoping that the fighters in the game will play to thier attributes. If you remember in the first UFC game for the Dreamcast Mark Coleman was able submit people with a triangle from the guard, so I don't wanna be able to knock guys out playing as Matt Hughes just as easily I would if I were to play as Anderson Silva...Ya know what I mean.

felipenet7
felipenet7

brazilian fighters rule baby!!!! but this game won't have the best name of them all i.e. Give a G, R, A, C, I, E!!!!

fourthgeartappe
fourthgeartappe

You guys can pray all you want, Fedor's NOT going to be in a UFC game. They don't own his rights. Quit hoping, it's not going to happen until he fights for the UFC.

fourthgeartappe
fourthgeartappe

@ newf360 I think that's St. Pierre fighting in the picture they have, against Penn.

halo1579
halo1579

i hope the controll scheme on the ps3 works though!

halo1579
halo1579

this game is going to be sick!!

mcstan12
mcstan12

this sounds like a really cool control scheme, i really hope they work out well

newf360
newf360

I hope GSP will be in the lineup.

Jebbers
Jebbers

im looking foward to this one, yukes have done good work with the wwe games, so i think it will turn out ok. love mma (pride for the ps2 wasn't bad, not great, but better then the old ufc games)

HarriersArmy
HarriersArmy

I hope to see a demo released on either PSN or XBL nearer the release. Looks like a game to watch out for.

simonsworld
simonsworld

this game looks jacked! its obvious it gonna be better than the last game from years ago, it not often the gameing media get excited about a game,made or aimed at a specific market,so great sign there, control system looks neat,and it be tottally cool if brock lesner in it.

halo1579
halo1579

this sounds like a better game than fight night round 4!! and might be a lot better than prototype

Blanestar
Blanestar

This game sounds and looks brilliant, I have been in to brazilian jiu jitzu so will be interested to see how realistic the ground fighting is!!

DubYew
DubYew

Your favorite fighter may not be in the game immediately, but if UFC makes any major acquisitions, don't be surprised is they release some download packs.

Xeythe
Xeythe

aw man!!! Give us FEDOR!!!! hahaha!!

Xeythe
Xeythe

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iFIGHT4FUN
iFIGHT4FUN

Seriously cant wait for this game.. the next 4 months is going to be pure TORTURE! I hope we get a demo at least one month before the actual release

parhar67
parhar67

@hove 313 The game is developed by the same company. Yukes

mkreku
mkreku

No bonus Fedor appearance? :P He could be the endboss!

123outlaw
123outlaw

i'm going to be doing some ass kicking when i get this game.

Symbiote_Venom
Symbiote_Venom

there will be a create a fighter how deep it is we dont know cro-cop prob wont be in the game seeing as he aint in the ufc right now

gc88
gc88

i hope this is gonna be good! it looks amazing!

El_Esbirro
El_Esbirro

This game is totally tight!!! damm can't wait any longer....well probably that's better...they can fix any little detail....but 4 more months' c'mon!!! Yo! but i got a question...will there be a Create a Fighter??? and will Mirko "Cro-Cop" Filipovic will be on the game???

Hove313
Hove313

wwe games are gonna get destroyed by ufc games in wwe games theres like 20 moves that every single wrestler does and it requires no thought process at all.... hopefully this game will require skill and technique to win the matches

Symbiote_Venom
Symbiote_Venom

Jfisch93 the UFC is fake you must be like 8 years old or something go back to you WWE forums

dnathug
dnathug

As Real As It Gets!!!! I can't wait for the Octagon, all these little tidbits about the game get me even more excited, I have to Pre-order this Game.

risbo_23
risbo_23

LOL the show is fake... I would like to see you in that "fake show" Jfisch93... let me guess, you're 9 years old and you still think that WWE is for real, and that those clowns do real damage to each other in the ring, right?

B_Chon_Go_Bosox
B_Chon_Go_Bosox

This is going to be the greatest game ever I guarantee I will get a divorce over this game lmao

StvSolano54
StvSolano54

I hope this game is nothing like wwe svr ... ...

trollkind
trollkind

Finally something more akin to a Fighting Simulator than a Beat'em'up, nothing wrong with them but this fills a gap.

Jfisch93
Jfisch93

it sucks that this might look like a very detailed wwe game, since the show is fake but in the game the fighting is technically real. hopefully it will be unique.