MMA finally makes its way to the iPhone, but does it live up to the hype?
The game is pretty simple, you fight your way in each of the divisions to earn the championship belts. That’s really the whole story mode. Besides that you can also just pick your fights in the exhibition mode. The fighting is extremely simple to do, there is a punch and kick button for your attacks. To move there is a virtual d-pad and there is a clinch button above that to put your fighter in the clinch against your opponent. You also use the d-pad for take downs, only to have to furiously tap your screen to earn successful take-downs. Knockouts will depend on energy left (I’ve had no flash KO’s so far), and submissions are achieved by tracing outlines that will pop up when you attempt one. Almost forgot about transitions, those are done by accomplished by doing circles where the d-pad normally shows when the opportunity arrives. All this might sound a little complicated but once you actually start playing, it’s all extremely simple.
– Universal App (one price, works on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, all in full resolution)
– Game Center support
– Social integration
– Online leaderboards
– Over 25 UFC fighters
Even though UFC 2010 Undisputed is a pretty fun game, there is room for improvement here. The whole championship/story mode isn’t really a story mode at all. It’s just a four fight tournament where if you win all four fights then you are the new champ, the last fight being against the current champion. There is no create a fighter mode, that would have been more then a welcome addition as well, some type of mode where I can create my fighter and level him up the way I want him to. Another missing feature is multiplayer, so many iPhone games now support multiplayer, it would have been nice for UFC 2010 Undisputed to support this as well.
Steve’s final say: UFC 2010 Undisputed for the iOS devices is a fun game. It brings something new to the table and provides a great way to pass time. The problem with the game that I have though is that it’s just oversimplified and it’s hard to warrant it’s current $4.99 in the app store. Now, THQ has added Game Center support and they have upgraded it to become an universal app so this really does make the price more digestible, I would just like to see the features added like the create a fighter or multiplayer, then this would definitely would earn a buy rating from myself, until then, I suggest just keeping an eye on this for it to have a sale like it did last weekend when it was only $1.99, or wait for a lite version so you can try it out for yourself.