UFC 2010: THQ Lifts the Curtain

THQ shows its upcoming UFC game in action for the first time in Las Vegas.

Earlier tonight, THQ officially unveiled UFC 2010 Undisputed here at Mandalay Bay, just one day before UFC 109. Most of the details that were released were covered yesterday in our exclusive Q&A with THQ's Omar Kendall. However, there were still some interesting odds and ends on display during the presentation by THQ producer Nevin Dravinski. Here's a rundown of the things I noticed during tonight's unveiling:

UFC boss Dana White introduces the game.

-- The gameplay demo featured fighters Mike Swick and Paulo Thiago and covered a lot of ground specifically designed to show off a bunch of the game's new features, including fighting against the cage, a revamped submission system, and a tweaked control scheme. In terms of the cage, the main point discussed revolved around how the cage will affect striking power. In the demo, Thiago was shoved against the cage by Swick and tried some leg kicks while pinned against the cage; the angle of his body against the cage, however, didn't allow him to get full extension, and as a result, his kicks were much weaker than normal. On the other hand, using the additional leverage available to him, Swick was able to land much harder punches on Thiago. You'll also be able to do takedowns off the cage--during the demo, Dravinski performed a single-leg takedown on Thiago, ending up on the ground on top of Thiago in half guard.

-- For UFC 2010, the developers have essentially doubled the number of available submissions in the game--including more esoteric finishers like BJ Penn's arm trap to rear naked choke. When attempting a submission, the camera has been revamped--if you're winning a submission, the camera will pull in to give a closer view of the action. If you begin to lose it, the camera will pull back, adding a new level of immediacy to this crucial moment of the fight. Another addition is the introduction of submission transitions, which will let you move from one submission hold to the next by holding the left bumper and then pressing the right trigger (on the Xbox 360 controller). Depending on your position, you might move to a more advantageous position, or you might end up in a worse position than before.

-- There are multiple control tweaks to go along with all the other changes. For instance, the quarter- and half-circle transitions that were such a big part of the ground game are now used in the clinch. In fact, the clinch has been completely reanimated, which should make it a bit more exciting than in the first game. There's a new sway system in play as well that can help you avoid punches and kicks. Sway can also be effective offensively; if timed correctly, you can add additional power to a blow by leaning into it.

-- Posture will play a big role in fights. Each position on the ground will have several sub-positions. It wasn't entirely clear how this will work in the game, but from the sound of it, these sub-positions will determine your proximity to your opponent on the ground, making it easier to deliver hard shots from certain positions. The result, it seems, will be more opportunities to knock out an opponent from various positions. In fact, as Dravinski put it, in UFC 2009, you could knock out an opponent from only a couple of positions, but in 2010, you'll be able to do it from any position.

-- Another small change to the ground game involves the mount position. In UFC 2009, when in full mount, you could throw only one or two punches before having to try to block a transition attempt from an opponent. This time around, the game has more of a sense of an "inherent" transition block, one you won't have to manually control. As Dravinski told me, the idea here is to let people punch each other in the face more. Sounds good to me.

-- Lots of little UFC details abounded. During the post-fight decision announcement, the fighters were wearing T-shirts and caps, and you'll be able to unlock all of this gear and more as you go through the game. Bruce Buffer's patented "Buffer 180"--where the veteran ring announcer dramatically points to each fighter--is in the game. There are even new refs on the roster, including UFC vet Yves Lavigne.

-- Arianny Celeste is still in the game. This makes me smile.

-- While THQ wasn't talking career mode tonight, one detail caught my eye as it flashed by on the main menu screen as a hint of what to expect from career mode. It seems that disrespecting a fighter before a fight "will gain you more popularity and will also negatively affect relationships." Just what this means and how this will work in the game is unclear, but it seems that career mode will be significantly more robust than in 2009.

UFC 2010 Undisputed is due for release on May 25 on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and later in the year on PSP.

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Discussion

33 comments
neon925
neon925

when can all the gamers expect to download the demo?

wrestler4life45
wrestler4life45

well QuanSue, it would then be a pioneer game if it is the first by thq and the first on this gen of systems

Synnerate
Synnerate

Heck ya! I just can't wait! I just hope the character line-up is bigger this year!

SkeetWeetSlappy
SkeetWeetSlappy

not really excited, but that's just my opinion peace 8) ;)

QuanSue
QuanSue

well Hercules, this is actually like the 5th UFC game they have put out. It's just this is the first one for this gen of systems. but this past years version was far superior than the others.

francislopes
francislopes

I hope that this UFC the BJJ moves gets better and easier to do then the last UFC. 'Cause there much to do in Brazillian Jiu-jitsu moves. And the sound that makes the body when you hit that doesn't sound realistic at all. And the game is kinda slow to hit and... then the others.

Pyrenus
Pyrenus

Looking forward to EA and Fedor.

hrothgar99
hrothgar99

i hate the fact that games like dese r not made for pc

Hercules321
Hercules321

First one was great and I consider it sort of a "pioneer" game as it is the first one in the series. Naturally the second one can only be better and hopefully in every aspect. The one thing I did not like about the first one was after you won the belt in career mode, you pretty fought the same 6 or 7 guys repeatedly from there on out. I hope they fix that and I'm sure they will because I've seen a lot of other comments with people mentioning the same thing

arsenal32
arsenal32

i hope they add more demension to the fighting in 09 it always seemed like you wer ider goin towards or away from each other to avoid strikes there was steping around fighters to create angles and there was too many fighters like bisping that had no high kicks which was stupid

Mason-McGlasson
Mason-McGlasson

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DKyleM
DKyleM

I really hope there are more options when creating your fighter in career mode, and I'd like to be able to progress my fighter a little faster in career mode.

xtoda7
xtoda7

I hope they make the movement more fluid this time.This was the one issue I had,the game was bordering on robotic

devintheskater5
devintheskater5

i sure hope they fix that dumb hold back on analog bull crap OR ELSE....ill just play ea mma whenever it comes out

Fatherofangels
Fatherofangels

i really love ufc 2009 i still play it today it is probably my fav game of all time it is a hard pick between it and gears of war 1` but i really think 2010 will be the best game of all time i know that may sound crazy to some of you but for a real mma fan such as myself and not a real fan of war i have to say ufc is better to me i love how you can plan your attack and in pose your will and unlike most games. in ufc the person with the most skill will win 99% of the time that is what makes a good game and ufc 2010 is going to be a great game i cant wait

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

I like the last one but that career mode better a very serious overhaul and I mean more than anything to do with relationships.

REAL_BALLER_69
REAL_BALLER_69

Thats one sexy video game cover. and i wonder if this will be better than ea mma 10 cause i know for sure that ea mma will be better than ufc 2009. Ufc 2009 felt like it was unfinished, but it appears that this will be fully done

boybrushdred
boybrushdred

disrespecting opponent in career mode. hmm. looks like you can make decisions that will lead to wwe-like feuds and drama

Hitman9
Hitman9

hell no carreer was one of the best parts... And I hope diffrent sparring

bigloco_ufc
bigloco_ufc

hopefully career and the sparring will be longer

UrinalGoonie
UrinalGoonie

hopefully all the fighters fighting styles differ i dont want to see brock lesnar standing and fighting and looking the same way George St Pierre does give them character and make them differ.

MasonChaos
MasonChaos

Hopefully, in ufc 2010, you won't have fighters that only sit on you and reverse your transitions the whole match, like in ufc 2009, or atleast a way to get out of it.

jadefury27
jadefury27

fix the save\load issue in career mode and i'm good with everything else.

Fatherofangels
Fatherofangels

just from what i do know about changes to this game it is going to rock and i cant wait to find out all the stuff they have done

G4m3_0n
G4m3_0n

Sounds very promising so far can't wait to see more screens especially video's of the updates in action..