UFC Undisputed 2010 Career Mode Impressions

We play God and make the move from the gym to the stadium with a look at the career mode in UFC Undisputed 2010.

We recently got the first opportunity to slip on our gloves with UFC Undisputed 2010 and used the chance to take a quick look at the career options inside. Eager to delve into the intricacies of building a name for ourselves as an up-and-comer on the beatdown tour, we stepped back into the ring to find out how career mode has changed since last year’s game.

Fans of Undisputed 2009 will be pleased to hear that while some tweaks and adjustments have been made to the training mechanics and character customisation, returning fighters should have no trouble getting back into the swing of things since neither option has received a complete overhaul. The range of physical attributes available to create your fighter when starting from scratch has increased and once again provides the opportunity to give your virtual pugilist a distinctive look and feel through a mixture of body types, skin tones, facial features, and branded clothing. Character height still scales relatively to your intended weight division (and you can go up or down in weight division this year once you’ve conquered the crown), while tattoo placement is now simpler to set by dragging designs around on your flesh until you’re happy with their position. The amount of branded clothing available to wear before and after matches has grown, as well as the ability to purchase caps, T-shirts, and hoodies by spending credits earned through career mode.

Once you’ve designed your appearance--either to mirror your own chiselled good looks or as a mockery of nature--it’s time to load up on skills to win fights. Before you go doling out attribute points like candy, you’ll want to take a step back and decide what kind of fighter you want to create. If you’re more interested in stand-up-and-swing gameplay, you’ll probably want to stack points into punch and kick offense and defence to help land that haymaker for the highlight reel. Ground-and-pound and submission specialists, on the other hand, may opt to go thinner on these upright points to focus their spending on a mixture of clinch and mat attributes. The limited number of spending points available initially means that returning series fans will quickly identify their own strengths and spend for their preferred play style. First-time brawlers, however, may spend thinly in lots of areas to try to cover all the bases with more balanced point allocation, but may find their game lacking in a standout ability.

No way dude! This is my Snickers bar!

You don’t get any better without practice, and training is an integral aspect of UFC 2010. Fight preparation is split into two categories: management-style gym workouts where you pick strength, speed, or stamina workouts in one of three intensities (light, medium, and heavy), or more hands-on cage workouts with a sparring partner or a bag. As was the case last year, doing more exhaustive training will help raise your stats faster but will require more recovery time as you juggle your depleting stamina bar. Frequent moderate training sessions won’t wipe you out as quickly, so you don’t need to rest to recover as often, but this has the obvious side effect of slower stat growth.

Skill points are earned in free spar by using any combination of your fighting styles against an AI-controlled character by successfully landing hits and keeping holds. Points earned in free spar can be spent on any of your abilities, while in the focused spar mode you’ll earn points only by performing nominated skills on a punching bag, and you’ll spend only in the areas you earn for training. Since there are a set number of weeks between bouts and you don’t earn points fighting in matches, your only way to build up your character’s stats and skill repertoire is by training.

You will need to make a decision about whether or not you want to pursue new fighting skills and styles or focus on raising your raw character stats to help with the stuff you already know. Fight camps give you the chance to learn skills outside of your primary martial art that you would not have otherwise learnt, such as karate kicks for a boxer or Greco-Roman wrestling moves for a Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter. Multiple ranks of abilities are available by visiting gyms, but you won’t ever need to retrain a lower level skill by switching trainers. Likewise, since there are only so many mappable buttons on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation controllers, you won’t be able to create an unbeatable super fighter by training at every style and learning in every gym.

Hit the various fight camps to learn skills outside of your discipline.

Like the stamina juggle dance associated with training, matches cause your skill points to decay over time. To top them back up you’ll need to train between fights. You won’t endlessly be chasing your tail though, with skill safe havens at 30, 50, and 70 points setting new minimums where your points can’t erode below the new benchmark. For this reason you’ll want to ensure you top out your most important stats to the 30 marker first, lest you always be refilling them after the fight.

UFC Undisputed 2010 will also include plenty of nonfighting periphery stuff to manage outside of the ring, and while we didn’t see it in action, our guide explained the importance of attracting clothing sponsors and raising your fan count. Dissing on other fighters in pre- and postmatch conversation (which will play out like multiple-choice role-playing game dialogue text) will win you followers, pushing you up the popularity charts and in turn attracting more lucrative sponsors. But doing so will also damage your reputation with other fighters in the UFC. Letting your fists do all the talking and winning matches also helps to attract new sponsors and in turn opens up new clothing lines to represent and wear.

You’ll begin the game as an unknown fighter training in a local gym, but once you’re ready to make the step up, you can either indefinitely battle as an amateur against other no-names to train your skills on live opponents, or join the World Fighting League (WFA)--little brother of the UFC.

As an amateur you’ll hone your abilities and earn skill points but won’t be rewarded with money or fame. Making the step up to the big leagues and turning pro gives you the chance to make your fortune, and you’re sent on your way with a speech from your coach and promises of support from your training buddies at your gym.

Another new aspect in UFC 2010 is the ability to set one-time game plans. These are essentially bets that allow you to put your faith in one aspect of your game, singling out one part of your attack and giving you a temporary stat boost for that fight in the nominated area. These are short or long fight length, standing, clinch, ground and pound, or submission. As an example, selecting standing strikes as your plan reduces your submission abilities by a flat 10 points for the next fight, which will give your hitting game a boost but make you vulnerable to ground attacks. It’s a risk-versus-reward system that will become useful only once you master the controls and basic gameplay, but it adds a new dynamic for seasoned UFC brawlers in the career mode.

Yeah, I can do that one. Can you do The Worm?

THQ has also confirmed that PlayStation fans have an extra something to look forward to in the box when the game ships. The PS3 version of the game will include more than an hour and a half of live-action classic UFC matches on the disc and exclusive playable fighters: Royce Gracie, Jens Pulver, and Dan Severn.

UFC Undisputed is due out next month on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Keep an eye out for the GameSpot review fighting out of the red corner soon.

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Discussion

54 comments
zaiken755
zaiken755

Xbox 360 version is way better then the PS3 version they favoured the graph for this game.... and we got a better dashboard and soon project natal come

jjlinnnnn
jjlinnnnn

psp version really worth it???

irishdude199210
irishdude199210

come on ps3 lads!! xbox losers get jack while we get the good stuff! NICE!

boricuasnake04
boricuasnake04

the demo felt exactly the same as the old game and I dont know why but they where talking about the swaying its worthless

ninjarob2007
ninjarob2007

I'm still not convinced, having played the demo the submission system still sucks ass & thats one of the main problem areas I always thought the first game had. It just looks like an uptaded "shinier" version to me.

badron11
badron11

As an Xbox 360 owner, I could care less either way if the PS3 gets more for the game. We usually get more than them, and it's not fair. Examples (Fallout 3, GTA). They had to wait FOREVER for that stuff.

CuRSe1986
CuRSe1986

That's garbage that ps gets exclusive fighters and xbox gets jack. Man up microsoft, we wanna use bob sapp >

YIRock
YIRock

i played the demo and this game is just like 2009, except for improved graphics and more players...hopefully the new features make it better than 2009, or else it would just be a waste of $60 =/

teknomonky
teknomonky

ive had the demo a week before it came out

green_dominator
green_dominator

I've been seeing the trailers and previews for this for awhile now and I was kinda skeptical at first, I know the series has a strong history but I'm not usually the type to play fighters loke this or boxing though I have from time to time..... I just played the demo for the game and I'm seriously gonna grab this.....The action is actually fast but none of the fighters fight the same way, a tactic that works with one guy may not work for everyone. The option to create your own fighter sounds good too......

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

My problem with 2009 was that the career ended, didn't have too much options. And after career, I had nothing else to do.

Izz_Tip-C
Izz_Tip-C

@Boricuasnake04. Lol kid your still in middle school. Get a girlfriend, lose your V card, graduate high school, and stop mooching off mom and dad. I'll say no more to you sir, for one small complaint to mommy and I get in trouble for harassing a child. I swear man AGE LIMITS......now on to the next one ;-)

blackfire83
blackfire83

Looks like it's retaining a bit too much of the annoying bits of 2009's career mode for my liking. May have to pass it up.

boricuasnake04
boricuasnake04

@Izz_Tip-C and Kaeban First of all dumb Gamespot erased my message not me ohh and yeah mi literacy really depicts me as being 13 but you saying dont be mean doest and tip stop reading the dictionary and go back to school so that you can actually memorize the meaning of words without having to go back to it. lmao both of you probably dont own any other console no wait i take it back you both prob still play the N64 or Gamecube jajaja- owned once again and the battle is won so now you two can get together drink lemonade and play Pokemon together cause im out im bored of both of you and this dumb Gamespot for getting involved in our conversation

Kaeban
Kaeban

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Izz_Tip-C
Izz_Tip-C

@ Boricuasnake04 By the way, do you even know what "constructive criticism" means? "Constructive criticism, or constructive analysis, is a compassionate attitude towards the person qualified for criticism. Having higher experience, gifts, respect, knowledge in specific field and being able to verbally convince at the same time, this person is intending to uplift the other person materially, morally, emotionally or spiritually" (WIKI). Now try real real hard to remember what you said in your first post and compare if you can. ;-) OWNED

Izz_Tip-C
Izz_Tip-C

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boricuasnake04
boricuasnake04

@Kaeban ohh im so sorry i hurt your feelings besides if your like five years old you shouldnt be offended because your parents are probably paying for it anyways well the point i was trying to make is constructive criticism about the fact that Xbox charges people all this money and then the fanboys say its for DLC but the reality its to make a little extra cash so if you Gamespot have a problem with critics then i really dont care i will just go to IGN.com so get over it and stop taking points away for facts and worry about more important things...owned

shinspikes
shinspikes

Really, exclusive content for the ps3? No way? Don't tease us :p

Kaeban
Kaeban

@boricuasnake04 you are angry or something? don´t cry, i mean i don´t believe guys that said " i have all the consoles, so i am being objective" because that´s not true, every kid says that. Besides before my 360 i had a ps2 and a ps1 and before that a Snes, i just choose between the generations, I don´t support any brand in particular, anyway...i didn´t tell you retard or nothing like that, so, don´t do it.

Revolution316
Revolution316

how the f is jon jones rated so low and even lower then mat hammil? he beat hamil...wtf, just because of this im not buying. rubbish ratings....

Wam11
Wam11

@issizots ha and it barely says anything more then i already knew... and as an xbox360 guy. i am so sad i cant use Royce Gracie. that guy before matt hughes was like a god. all the Gracies were. But ya i cant wait to make a fighter and take him to the top. im guessin overcoming the bordom will help me fight and train agenst all the other no-name fighters to get big stats to take with me when i finally bash in the door of the UFC :D.. hopefully

issizots
issizots

that video has been out almost a MONTH, can't we get some NEW video footage IF we're going to watch a "new" preview 4 a game

MrDrew816
MrDrew816

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boricuasnake04
boricuasnake04

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boricuasnake04
boricuasnake04

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Kaeban
Kaeban

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Seifer-fx
Seifer-fx

Wish this game had Randy Couture :(

boricuasnake04
boricuasnake04

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hondustar37
hondustar37

About time us Sony diehards get an exclusive. And dont tell me its because the content couldnt fit on an HD DVD. If thats the case, Microsoft screwed its consumers with obselete software.

ciancr
ciancr

awesome..cannot wait for it to come out

peon_frenzy
peon_frenzy

@thorughfire Yea....but more likely because they can't fit the extra footage on a DVD :(

JLMRacing
JLMRacing

pre-ordered and cannot wait for may 25th

thorughfire
thorughfire

I own a 360,Why dont get get exclusive stuff? Oh yeah thats right cause we sell more on our console.

xnjones
xnjones

same here pete merlin cant wait

papa_beer
papa_beer

cant wait i have the game pre-ordered and have booked time off work