UFC Undisputed 3 Hands-On Preview

The king of the octagon is making its return in 2012, and we had the opportunity to get into the ring and get pummeled with hits.

One of the most fundamental issues facing most fighting games is accessibility. If you've played a series for years, you have a grasp of the controls and can more or less dominate any new opposition that comes your way. With nearly two years between games, the guys at Yuke's and THQ have taken that time to make the upcoming UFC Undisputed 3 accessible to a wider audience. While veterans of the series will be able to grab a controller and fight as they always have, a number of new additions allow for newcomers to grasp the controls and still be competitive.

For starters, Undisputed 3 looks at teaching you in-game rather than having you jump into a tutorial and learn from a very static lesson set. When you're beginning a fight, small pop-ups will appear during key situations to explain what you should do at that particular moment. The first set of notifications will explain the face button attacks, how grappling and clinching work with the right analog stick, and the differences between quick hits and more-focused ones.

This gradual learning of the controls and basics of the game let you jump into a fight and have fun. Since these notifications occur at specific moments, you learn what you need to know at the relevant moment rather than learning it elsewhere and then trying to remember it when that scenario occurs later in the octagon. These notifications can be easily turned off so that seasoned players aren't bothered by bits of information they already know.

Onscreen notifications are not the only way the game teaches you. Audio notifications will also assist you in learning what you are doing right and wrong, through the commentary between longtime UFC commentators Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg and from your corner-team. Rogan and Goldberg do a fine job of pointing out key situations that are happening in the match; the same goes in regards to directions coming from your corner. If you so choose, you can turn off all outside noises and be able to hear the guys in your corner yell suggestions and point out things. If you're not blocking your face and getting countered too often, they will make sure you're aware of your faults.

Feeding you with information also happens between rounds, with a nice text comment telling you what you're doing right and wrong. To go one step further, when you're being informed of the aspect of your fight that is weak or lacking, a simple click of a button reveals a more in-depth hint detailing what needs to be done to address this fault.

Another way the fighting is being made more user-friendly is through the inclusion of two different ways of handling transitions. In the past, to perform major and minor transitions, especially when trying to get up from the ground or putting someone down, you had to do specific movements with the right analog stick. While this more advanced system is still in place, the introduction of a simple transition system lets less experienced players remain dominant on the ground without worrying about more technical motions. Rather than having to flick the analog stick in specific rotations, you flick up to perform a minor transition and flick down to perform a major transition.

Of course, there are limitations in place to prevent this use from being too one-sided or easy. Those who stick with the advanced transition system will be able to cancel their moves midway through an animation if they see something they don't like; those who use the simple system will be stuck in a particular animation and will not be able to prevent their opposition from performing an action.

Grappling and clinching are not the only aspects being addressed; a new submission system is in place that not only is easy to grasp, but is even more reliant on the fighter's skill in determining success. This time around, when you're pressing the right analog stick and attempting a submission, a 2D octagon appears on the screen along with two markers signifying each fighter. Here, the fighter trying to perform the submission needs to move their cursor to be on top of the cursor of the other fighter and keep it there long enough for the submission to take place. The length of this cat-and-mouse-like minigame is determined by the type of submission taking place and the skill of the two fighters.

This system won't be exploitive. Over time, not only will the ability to perform a submission become more difficult, but the length of time given to perform the minigame will also be drastically cut. Depending on the fighter, though, in some situations, if you are unsuccessful with one type of submission, you may be able to quickly transition to another one, have a fresh bar, and finish off the fight. Also, the person performing the submission has a slight edge and can move their marker closer to or on top of their opponent's bar before they have the opportunity to move. This window of opportunity is very short, but it could very well be the difference between success and failure.

Fighting on the ground is significantly easier this time around

UFC Undisputed 3's launch in January is still a ways off, and the fact that so much focus is being put on delivering a strong product that can be appreciated by a wider audience is very promising. There is still a lot more to be seen, especially in regard to the inclusion of fighters from Pride and new weight classes, but so far the time between Undisputed 2010 and this upcoming release is being used wisely. Expect that as we move closer to launch we will get more details on all the additional features.

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Discussion

41 comments
paradamed
paradamed

pls bring back pride game submission sytem. The shining stuff sucks. Id rather mash up buttoms and feel like Im in control than the new system which feels random

ChuckLinasty
ChuckLinasty

@clockworkengine Nobody is trying to get you to watch MMA. You're the loser who pretends only gay guys watch when most guys watch period. You're afraid to watch cause it reminds you of your school days when you were picked on constantly... and you are reading this.

ChuckLinasty
ChuckLinasty

@clockworkengine Yes you did! Which is why you came back here... again. lol You're already convinced but I also said that you're gonna quit cause I'll keep replying. PS - You suck, which is why you haven't won one post and you're the only male who doesn't like MMA cause you're a sissy and it scares you. lol Poor girl.

clockworkengine
clockworkengine

@ChuckLinasty Didn't read that, but I don't know what you're trying to prove here. If you felt like a winner, you wouldn't feel the need to try to convince me. PS- MMA sucks.

ChuckLinasty
ChuckLinasty

@clockworkengine LOL Look at how I got under the trolls skin. You said you're done because you can't win and yet you come back cause I proved all of your BS wrong and embarrassed you. Yeah you are reading these BTW... the eyes pick out certain words which I know your curiosity can't ignore. Plus UFC makes more money on PPV and will do even more after the network TV premiere so i made you looked dumb by providing facts again loser! lol Keep playing the "I'm pretending not to read this" angle because you suck.

clockworkengine
clockworkengine

@ChuckLinasty Another unread novel. Keep posting, maybe one day I'll read them, lol! It's not like anyone is looking anyway since no one gives a crap about MMA, ha ha!

ChuckLinasty
ChuckLinasty

@clockworkengine Of course you didn't cause you know you're wasting your time and can't win just like I said you could never do geek. You were done from the jump chump! lol Way to bow out and show everyone how weak you really are. Never seen such a pathetic troll get burned so easily. Man up lil girl, it's only the internet. Maybe watchin MMA will fill your confidence.

clockworkengine
clockworkengine

@ChuckLinasty I didn't even read those last two novels you posted. You lose, so get over it. I'm done here, chump.

ChuckLinasty
ChuckLinasty

@clockworkengine Watch this HL vid or... be smart enough to look at my avatar and show me something homoerotic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLIZZ1QwErs I'm still laughing about how desperate you were to lie by saying "most of the fans of MMA around my town are homosexuals, and that's a fact." That is the weakest thing I've heard anybody say ever. When I call it weak it actually holds up unlike you who can't point anything out. Seriously, you're the type of guy who angry cause he's never had a woman and gets off on tranny porn. There's no way around it, nobody think MMA is gay but you. lol Now you're getting picked apart for attempting to troll and you can't handle it... you can handle a dild0 but not my insults? Sad! lol

ChuckLinasty
ChuckLinasty

@clockworkengine I know I won. Also, thanks for proving my point and showing everyone how you view MMA. I don't know anyone that looks at 2 high level fighters and sees it as watching sweaty, half-naked men rub all over each other on the floor. That shows what's on your mind. I bet you're also the type of person who can sit on a popsicle and guess the flavor. None of the MMA fans in your town are homosexuals, you're drowning yet again. They're the people who used to stick your head in the toilet and shove you into lockers in high school. You haven't even watched MMA, you think it's guys rolling around on the ground like you said. Don't tell me not to post my opinion when it's you who can't handle the criticism. I'm laughing and clowning you... don't come into a forum when you don't like the sport and lie lie about my post being weak. That's easy, anyone like you could lie and say a post is weak. Where is it weak? I've slaughtered you easily and NOBODY will disagree with that. Not one person will come out and said that you won. lol You know this so don't lie just because I worked you like a part time job here. Don't talk about stuff you don't know and so you won't get embarrassed next time girl. lol

clockworkengine
clockworkengine

@ChuckLinasty You're right: you win. I'll let you be the one to enjoy watching sweaty, half-naked men rub all over each other on the floor. Most of the fans of MMA around my town are homosexuals, and that's a fact. I don't have a problem with you being homosexual, I think everyone ought to be free to make their own choices. Don't post your opinion if you can't handle someone else's. PS- thumbs-upping your own post is pretty weak, dude.

ChuckLinasty
ChuckLinasty

@clockworkengine Don't pretend to teach anyone a lesson here kid. If you wanna give lessons than how about you learn one yourself. If you don't like MMA for whatever weird reason then don't come here. It's not you liking the GAME or not, you said MMA is boring which it obviously isn't. You might think so, so say "I think" instead of pretending to state what you think is a fact. You finally got that right with this last reply. Also, you're still pretending that I'm mad and acting like saying so is somehow bothering me. That angel isn't working which I already told you so you continue to look bad every time you try that. Plus I'm winning here which you can't disagree with so how can the winner be mad? Sounds more like you are girl. Mad because you're the only guy you know who can't get into MMA. Don't cry though, I'm sure I'm not the only person who got over on you today alone... cheer up girl. :P

clockworkengine
clockworkengine

@ChuckLinasty Here's a lesson for you- if someone posts their opinion about a game and you become insulting and combative toward the person as a result, you definitely come off as angry. I think MMA is boring, nothing you can say will change that or make me wrong, it's just an opinion. I know a lot of "red blooded males" who agree, and something tells me you don't exactly have a degree in profiling for that matter. Don't be mad, it's ok man.

ChuckLinasty
ChuckLinasty

@clockworkengine I def didn't think that came off as angry cause I know it's awesome. You say it's boring but I know it's because you haven't really watched it. You prob watched a few fights that weren't great and think that's all there is cause no young red blood male can think MMA is "boring". Maybe you're angry and upset being the only person NOT into it cause you don't understand it. Don't try to pretend that's me when it's clearly not. lol You struck out there but why come here to this post if you and only you, thinks MMA is "boring". Figured you were a bitter boxing fan which is why I assumed that.

clockworkengine
clockworkengine

@ChuckLinasty I don't know about you, but I've never felt any emotion besides boredom for either boxing or MMA. Certainly not anger, as you suggested. And I wasn't comparing sports, which tells me you angrily skimmed my post rather than read it. I think both sports are boring. You are the one who seems angry about it, lol!

TheMe3Account
TheMe3Account

submissions weren't impossible, we just didn't know how to do it... wait your right they were impossible 0_0

Evandemocracy
Evandemocracy

UFC Undisputed Keeps Getting better and Better and THQ Doing a Fantastic job in the Improvements also including PRIDE FC and making it more authentic they have Bas Rutten Doing Commentary when your fighting in Pride FC in the game that's a nice touch For MMA Fans And I'm Loving it

AQWBlaZer91
AQWBlaZer91

I guess that there's going to be more punch ups this time around.

nickz_fpk
nickz_fpk

Sounds good, i'll definitely be keeping an eye on this game.

InfamousPhilthy
InfamousPhilthy

Submissions were impossible, Im glad to see they are fixing it.

phv86
phv86

Making More Accessable = Dumbing Down! i dont like it

SickStench
SickStench

I'm assuming this wont be released for PC. =\

xman91g
xman91g

this is going to be the best one yet cant wait!

Xenuri
Xenuri

That picture might just be a tad on the homosexual side, I do believe.

grim0187
grim0187

I wanna play a demo to see just how accessable this really is.

ChuckLinasty
ChuckLinasty

@clockworkengine "MMA is so boring. They spend too much time laying on top of one another instead of fighting toe-to-toe. What's the button combination for laying down for a nap on the mat?" Could be worse... like guys with big pillows on their hands that can ONLY punch but decide to throw to point score and then hug their way to a 12 round decision way too frequently. lol Don't kid yourself about which sport is more exciting. There's a reason why UFC took over the PPV market and is still growing instead of fading out. Don't come here with your anger. You obviously haven't given MMA a chance based off of what you said. If you did then you'd like it better like everyone else who really watches it.

Jimbowesker
Jimbowesker

Cool I liked the last one, just thought the submissions needed work which according to this is what they r improving.

Arturo84
Arturo84

gimme a demo then ill get excited

Cataclysmm
Cataclysmm

nice trailer great game can,t front it,s MMA.

monkeypants
monkeypants

I'm having a hard time visualizing the submission mini-game, wish they would have shown a pic or video.

quinholo
quinholo

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AiGeeEn1
AiGeeEn1

Of all the "moves" in MMA, Gamespot chooses this one. LMAo. Now says alot!! hahahahah. You're welcome to come out of the closet anytime.

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

soccer kicks=getting ****ed in the head #PRIDE forever!

quinholo
quinholo

Could I performe a goal kick with the head of the opponent?!

quinholo
quinholo

Sound great so far. And the Pride addition, even greater. Pride was the best!!

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

Has anyone else noticed that in the picture the guy below has two right arms and the guy on top has none? It is literally impossible. The guy on top is wearing red glove straps and there is no way the right arm with the red glove strap can belong to his torso...

clockworkengine
clockworkengine

MMA is so boring. They spend too much time laying on top of one another instead of fighting toe-to-toe. What's the button combination for laying down for a nap on the mat?

Evilnator
Evilnator

The caption should have been: "It's not what it looks like".

advanracer
advanracer

LMAO.. love the HOMOEROTIC pic Choice Gamespot.

gamerchao999
gamerchao999

I'm liking the fact that they're taking the easy to learn controls from EA's MMA game, and actually making adjustments so the game is fun to play.