UFC Undisputed 2010: Spotlight on Fight Camps

Training and fighting are more fun with friends, as we find out in our look at online fight camps in THQ's upcoming MMA game.

This year, you're not just fighting for yourself when you take your fighter online in THQ's UFC Undisputed 2010. You'll also be fighting for the pride of your fight camp--where you and your online buddies can gather, train together, and take on a world full of virtual UFC wannabes in octagon matches. Online fight camps are just one part of UFC 2010's impressive list of new features, and they're the focus of our look at the game today.

In one sense, fight camps are nothing new to the UFC series--in last year's game, you could train in fight camps during your career mode, and in UFC 2010, you'll also be using fight camps to learn specific moves when going through your single-player career. By putting fight camps online, however, the developers at THQ and Yuke's have taken things to the next logical step by getting your friends involved. Once you're in a camp with buddies, there are a number of things you can do to make one another better fighters; there's even a tie-in to the game's single-player career mode that will help your created fighter improve.

First things first, you need to create a fight camp. Creation is simple: you pick a name for your camp and a banner, which you can design from the ground up using tools similar to the tattoo-creation tools found in the game. The tools aren't as flexible as those found in the Forza Motorsport series, but with a little time and some imagination, you can come up with a cool-looking banner that will be displayed in your gym and in your fighter's corner during matches. Once your camp is created, you'll be able to go back and redesign your banner if you like or create custom messages that your fellow campmates will be able to read when they log on.

With your camp created, you'll need to invite some members to beef up your ranks. When you invite a friend (or perfect stranger, for that matter), his or her rank is automatically set to "recruit." Recruits cannot train other members, and any losses incurred by recruits do not negatively affect your camp's leaderboard status. In essence, leaving a new member at recruit status serves as a probationary period--once a recruit has proven to be a valuable member, the camp captain (or other high-ranking members) can promote the recruit to a member. Camp members can train one another, and their wins and losses will count on the camp's overall record. The next level of promotion is "trainer," which gives that player a degree of administrative ability over the camp. Finally, as captain, you can promote another member to captain, but you'll automatically be demoted to "trainer" if you do so.

When you're logged on to the fight camp, you have a number of options available to you, including chat, train, exhibition, view camp stats, camp news, invite new member, and leave camp. First up, the train option is where you'll be able to hook up with fellow fight camp members to spar or learn some new moves. The sparring option puts two fighters in the octagon and lets you duke it out for as long as you like with no health meter, and all of your controller inputs appear onscreen--a perfect opportunity to work on specific moves or watch another player in action without having to worry about getting knocked (or tapped) out.

The trainer gets taught a lesson by the trainee.

The training session is a bit more involved. Here, one camp member acts as the trainer, and the other is the trainee. Once the session loads up, both fighters are in the octagon, and a series of instructions appear below the fighters. The idea is to perform the moves or sequence of moves as they appear onscreen, and you'll have a short period of time to perform each set of moves--if you complete a sequence before the time limit runs out, you immediately move on to the next sequence; if you don't, you fail that task and move on anyway. Once you've gone through the entire sequence, you'll be required to perform the whole thing over again.

So why take part in a training session? There are a few reasons. First off, you earn cred for your created fighter for any of the training session tasks that you successfully complete. Second, while you don't learn new moves for your fighter that you can add to his arsenal, you can still learn something as a UFC player, especially if you have a good trainer that you're talking with. All of the training sequences have a beginning and end point--they aren't just a set of moves chosen at random. If you pay attention to the sequences and how they transition from one move to the next, you might just learn something that you can apply to a real fight the next time you find yourself in the octagon. According to THQ, there are around 20 grapple programs, 20 striking programs, and 15 clinch programs to play through.

Best of all, online fight camp training sessions are built into your single-player career mode (you'll see the option to visit your created camp in the fight camp menu). If you choose to visit your camp, your fighter won't take a hit to his fatigue or conditioning and won't lose a week of training as he would when training or sparring otherwise. However, you can only attend online fight camp training sessions once per fight; so once you've trained you'll have to move ahead to the next fight in your career before you can train again. Essentially, training in online fight camps is a chance to earn some bonus cred and, if you've got a good instructor, maybe learn a thing or two in the process.

Free sparring gives you lots of time and unlimited life to try out new moves.

When it comes to fighting, you'll have a couple of options. You can have exhibition fights with fellow camp members or fight in ranked fights against other camps, the results of which will count toward your camp's record. Just as in a ranked match, these camp matches are random in order to prevent people inviting friends from one camp and exploiting the leaderboards. Over time, members can earn milestones for the camp--think of them as group achievements. Examples include winning five ranked exhibition matches in a row or winning 60 percent of all ranked matches, and there are milestones for overall position on the leaderboards, total number of ranked matches won, and more.

The implementation of fight camps in UFC 2010 seems like a good start for a feature that could evolve and grow in future installments of the game. The training session instructions tend to be somewhat vague, and as a result, it's often tough to correctly finish a sequence, especially the complex grappling programs. That said, as another aspect of your single-player career mode, or simply as a place to gather around with your friends and take on the world, fight camps should be a popular addition. UFC Undisputed 2010 is due for release on May 25.

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nwbsdapwner1174
nwbsdapwner1174

OMG GAMESPOT PUT UP THE REVIEW ALREADY. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Viper2076
Viper2076

Can you already create a Fight Camp now or do you have to wait until the servers are up?

sh4rkAttak
sh4rkAttak

The whole aspect of fight camps seems silly. It reminds me of what Skate 3 has done putting so much emphasis on online play.

bentleg
bentleg

I hate the social aspect of gaming. So does this mean I will be prohibited from making my single player career fighter any good. As I am pretty sure I will not want to join a camp.

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@Hkshinfug -- As we all know, UFC is all about grown men hugging each other.

Hkshinfug
Hkshinfug

The picture link on the main gamespot site made me lol. Looks way too passionate to be coincidence.

Sniperfzerox
Sniperfzerox

can they let you take picture of urself and post it in the game to create new fighters?

Khaos_Kiwi
Khaos_Kiwi

Demo looks really good. But sometimes when I'm facing an opponent on the highest difficultly they're dodging like they're f*cking Anderson Silva or something!! That guy is actually from the Matrix :)

Stryfe86
Stryfe86

@ Artyom007 "kung-fu flying masters from the old movies" if you are talking about the kicks that both Shogun and Machida have you need to go back and watch their fights as they have used those kicks ever so often. Secondly, Shogun has demonstrated even more flashier kung fu like movie kicks in his fights when he was in PRIDE...... sigh ignorance is a bliss. On Topic: Badass demo, cant wait for the release, hopefully the lag is fixed but so far, great game!

badron11
badron11

@Khaos_Kiwi Totally agree with you about that lag man. I hated getting "pwned" just because of the internet failing. It's always the same thing too, they say they'll whip your ass in real life blah blah blah. Good comment.

metalmoog
metalmoog

Can't wait to knock Brock out! Hate em, hate em, hate em!

Wam11
Wam11

yea really artyom007. this game is gonna dominate 2009's.. maybe the physics are better and you cant keep up? :P

Artyom007
Artyom007

I don't know how about full game version, but what i've seen in the demo put me to angry condition - this game is suxx! Players moving like a dolls or kung-fu flying masters from the old movies. Nothing real, nothing to belive. UFC 2009 was a hit, but this game is truly sucks.

pete_merlin
pete_merlin

Game should be pretty good. I'm refusing to play the demo anymore, the wait will be worth it :)

Khaos_Kiwi
Khaos_Kiwi

This will be an awesome new feature! I just hope they have gotten rid of that gay ass lag from 09!

hahnasty
hahnasty

This is a great new feature that will make the online world much more competitive and more realistic to the way things are in the real world. I hope some real good team on team rivalries pop up online.

lozvil
lozvil

omg, can't wait!!!

TrapMuzik92
TrapMuzik92

funny their showing machida..too bad he got his eye swoll

petaman00
petaman00

I have spent hours on the demo great improvement over 09 good job guys.

hunterallen2010
hunterallen2010

This game is looking pretty awesome. Looks like I need to save up to buy it

squirly636
squirly636

wow this sports camp idea is pretty brilliant. Clans for an mma game...pretty cool.

FraserAlexander
FraserAlexander

Operation Sports fight camp will kick all kinds of arse

mechberg
mechberg

@aermeus -- I've only played the 360 version and on debug hardware so my experiences are quite limited. That said, it's played fine so far. The real test will be when it's up and running with thousands of players online.

aermeus
aermeus

Opinions on online experience with xbox vs ps3? Im trying to decide which platform to get this for? More peeps on xbox live?

_4aces_
_4aces_

sounds like great online play