UFC: Tapout officially unveiled on the Xbox

Crave's UFC fighting series is coming to the Xbox. We have the first in-game screens and further information on the game.

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Crave has released the first in-game screenshots from and new information on Ultimate Fighting Championship: Tapout for the Microsoft Xbox. The Xbox version of the game--Crave will also release UFC: Throwdown on the Sony PlayStation 2--is being developed by Dream Factory, which is also working on Project K-X for the Xbox and is the creator of The Bouncer for the PS2. Tapout features a wide range of gameplay modes, but the meat of the gameplay is in the career mode. Here players will start out fighting generic brawlers in progressively difficult tournaments in order to advance to a possible world championship bout. Other modes of play in UFC: Tapout include eight-player or 16-player tournaments, arcade, training, and versus mode.

The Xbox game will also include more than 25 fighters, including UFC light heavyweight world champion Tito Ortiz, as well as a variety of classic brawlers. The full lineup of fighters in Tapout includes Jeremy Horn, Kevin Randleman, Pedro Rizzo, Evan Tanner, Marco Ruas, Mark Coleman, Tsuyoshi Kosaka, Chuck Liddell, Maurice Smith, Pat Miletech, Tito Ortiz, Bas Rutten, Mikey Burnett, Frank Shamrock, Gary Goodridge, Guy Mezger, Pete Williams, Eugene Jackson, Jens Pulver, Caol Uno, Josh Barnett, Mark Kerr, and Dan Severn. Matt Hughes, Andre Roberts, Ron Waterman, and Tim Lajcik will appear exclusively in the Xbox game.

"Ultimate Fighting Championship: Tapout is like no other fighting game ever created," said Holly Newman, executive vice president of publishing at Crave. "The Xbox has allowed us to detail the characters in such a way that every minute detail is displayed. UFC: Tapout has proven to be a tremendous franchise, changing the face of fighting games altogether by mixing both standing and ground combat, combined with the most realistic gameplay and graphics ever created. Crave will be represented in full force in the first wave of Xbox titles."

"I was amazed by the Dreamcast UFC; it was just a step away from being real," said Tito Ortiz, current Light Heavyweight Champion of the UFC. "The Xbox version of this game is going to be unbelievable. I sat down at E3 and watched the clips they had, and it was even more amazing."

Ultimate Fighting Championship: Tapout for the Xbox will be released by the end of the year.

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