UFC Undisputed 3 - Being the Next Great Fighter

A varied training regiment and more expansive career path make the dream of becoming the next great virtual UFC champion possible.

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Respected journalist Malcolm Gladwell came up with an interesting concept entitled "The 10,000 Hour Rule" that stated in order to be really good at something, you have to invest at least 10,000 hours into it. Those people who have reached that goal can lay claim as the best at their respected professions. The best athletes manage to hit this mark early in their lives, but others aren't that lucky. Thankfully, in THQ's upcoming UFC Undisputed 3, creating a virtual fighter and becoming the best won't take you 10,000 hours.

The Career mode has seen a number of changes and adjustments to ensure that the experience doesn't drag on too long. While UFC 3 still lets you create a customizable character, this time around, preexisting fighters can be thrown back in time and given the opportunity to rewrite history. If you're a fan of a particular underdog fighter, now you have the opportunity to change his career and make him a champion.

Regardless of the fighter you choose, your career starts off the same. At the start, you'll be asked to complete in three tutorials: Standup, Clinch, and Ground. Your performance in these will dictate the fighter's initial stats. Once that's all said and done, your character begins in the World Fighting Alliance as an up-and-coming fighter. There, you'll face off against other wannabe MMA fighters in the hopes of catching the eyes of the UFC. Your time in the WFA can vary based on your performance. In as few as four fights, you can fight for a shot at the title and a potential call-up to the UFC. Winning the WFA title opens the door to the UFC, but if you think your fighter still needs additional training, you can hold off and join the next time an offer is made. But once in the UFC, the real magic starts and the highs and lows of an MMA fighter are shown.

Some of the other changes in the Career mode include a wider array of training options. In regular training, there are eight drill exercises, as well as six different sparring challenges. Each of the 14 training minigames focus on different aspects of your character's skill sets, and mixing up which ones to work on will factor heavily into your success.

This isn't where your training ends. In fact, there are two additional training options available. The first of these is Camp Sessions. The development team has included six real-world fighting academies, such as the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, CA and Greg Jackson's Gym in Albuquerque, NM. There, you can spar with other fighters, level up your character's skill on particular move sets, and learn new ones. Because these are real gyms, the actual fighters who frequent them will be among those your character interacts with in training. On top of that, the gym you choose to be a part of will become your entourage and the trainers will be by your side at fights.

The final training aspect is Game Plans. Just like in real life, fighters will go into an upcoming fight with a plan of attack. This lets you choose from eight different approaches your fighter should use going into the fight, such as focusing on counterattacks, working the clinch, or improving your ground and pound. Prior to the fight, your character takes part in a sparring exercise, and success here will give you a significant edge when it comes to facing off against an opponent in the ring.

One of the facets gone from Career mode is computer-generated cutscenes. In their place, THQ and the UFC partnered up to create a series of miniclips with footage from real fights and interviews with current UFC fighters. These clips highlight specific moments in a fighter's career, including discussing his first professional fight, first loss, and his training regiments.

San Jose's American Kickboxing Academy is one of the six gyms your fighter can train in.

Having a successful Career mode in place is important in ensuring that fans of the sport and the series are kept entertained. The changes and additions made to Career mode, including the ability to fight in Pride, should do a great job of keeping you playing for long periods of time. If playing through the life of a fighter isn't what you crave, then there are a number of additional options, such as Title Defense, Ultimate Fights mode, and the ability to create customized UFC events. UFC Undisputed 3 will be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in North America on February 14.

Discussion

32 comments
codymcclain14
codymcclain14

It looks desent IMO. I'm on the line about picking it up day 1. I might wait for reviews, and discounts. The fighting looks pretty good, and smooth. All of the flaws we seen in the video, was probably just a user mistake. Even if it was a AI mistake, it won't bother me. I mostly want this game to play with my neighbor. We played the hell out of 09. Carear mode looks like a nice change, 09 got pretty boring. But again. I'm only wanting this for me and my friends to play. So far from what I've seen, it will be a good game. For user vs. user atleast.

jkwon0709
jkwon0709

WOW. Could there have been a worse game clip to show than the Fitch vs. whoever he was. I really hope that was user vs. user or the AI is absolutely atrocious. Two year cycle and they still couldn't get anything near a proper simulation to represent this great sport. Clunky slow paced slug fest. Fighters don't even put there hands up or move their heads.

RhysDaye
RhysDaye

why does fitch not attempt 1 takedown and let marko stand up on 2 occasions?

xcslimjim
xcslimjim

looks godawful and robotic, I'll just wait for MMA 2

Tedxtasy
Tedxtasy

I hope the submission system isn't as difficult as the previous. I see they have done something different but doesn't necessarily means that it is easier to escape or initiate.

dizzyrhino
dizzyrhino

I don't know who these guys in the vid are since I haven't really been followig these new guys, but I noticed the guy who starts on the left is actually kind of flabby in the stomach. That's a bit more realistic. I remember playing UFC 09 thinking their physiques were completely exaggerated in the game. Chuck Liddell looked completely unrealistic in the game. Glad they're siding with realism a bit more now.

69ingChimpmunks
69ingChimpmunks

Striking looks a lot better, no where near as clunky as the first two games. I am happy that they finally fixed the submission system too (though I am not 100% sold on the mini-game but I will give it a shot) because the old one left my hands blistered and sore. The graphics look about the same as the previous game but again this is just a demo and not the final product. I am glad Career mode has gotten a reboot as well. I cant wait to pick it up.

ilantis
ilantis

I invested more than 10,000 hours playing videogames, am I the best player ever ? XD

hrothgar99
hrothgar99

the players look far too stiff ... and the grappling looks bad .. the graphics look identical to the previous ufc .. might skip this 1

lilhinkle4
lilhinkle4

WOW! Thanks to all the douchebags that have to hack our controls we're forced to play a stupid minigame in the middle of our bouts, when we could use a more suitable style of escaping submissions like the first and even second one. Mashing the buttons, or rotating the stick as fast as you can seemed natural in escaping the submissions, but now this?!

itchyflop
itchyflop

it got tediously samey quickly on the dream-cast, im sorry t doesn't look much better.

JDFS
JDFS

Yeah looks way too arcade for me too, the animations are ugly and what's so different in this one? and worse... no PC version again, I'm quite disappointed.

GetafixOz
GetafixOz

I own the first 2 games and Im getting increasingly worried that this is looking like yet another step backwards. The first one was an impressive attempt to bring UFC to gamers. The second in my opinion did little to improve the original and worse yet it made training even less enjoyable. The grafix for this one so far look not even as good as the first one. I will be waiting for reviews and discounts I think.

dmoretti
dmoretti

Career mode should be fun to play with the real fighters, re-writing history. I like it.

thejokerman1992
thejokerman1992

Looks far too arcadey for me. I'd hoped it would be a bit more realistic this time round. Also doesn't even look that different from 2010. I hope EA make a second MMA game.

dizzyrhino
dizzyrhino

Ah, the game which caused my girlfriend to dump me. What did she mean I was keeping something repressed anyway?

wilson336
wilson336

...Doesn't sound good to me that the changes "ensure that the experience doesn't drag on too long". One of my biggest disappointments in previous installments was starting career mode and being champion 4 hours later.

BilkeLegenda
BilkeLegenda

If the ground game is the same as 2010 i wont bother with it.My right analog stick on my rotating d-pad controller is broken cuz of this.

silviugora
silviugora

cool! more blood..more violence....more fuuunn!!!

SouL-Tak3R
SouL-Tak3R

Honestly...I'd rather see an EA MMA 2. That game was much better in terms of combat. The ufc game is just too clunky feeling.

dj_pulserfan
dj_pulserfan

I wonder if they'll actually do something to make the fights in the UFC games not turn into "Sweaty and hairy men hugging"

BH14
BH14

The fighters still look so stiff. They need more different animations. A kick to the thigh is the same exact animation kick to thigh every single time. I'll pass.

Terminator95
Terminator95

I like the stand up fighting the Grappling is the worst part.

evildead6789
evildead6789

This looks the same as ufc 2010 which was quite similar to ufc 2009. I bought both games but I think I will skip on this one. Soulcalibur is coming out end of the month, that will satisfy my fighting needs.

aceofspades187
aceofspades187

good ideas plus you can mirror another MMA fighter

Delroc
Delroc

lol in the first video he went to touch gloves and he gave him a two piece. good sportsmanship

sexyweapons
sexyweapons

Looks great, I'm not big on the fighting genre but this looks great!