The good news is that THQ kept their promise by releasing the highly anticipated demo for “UFC Undisputed 2010” on Thursday. Unfortunately, most of the world was already in bed by the time the freebie was made available.
Luckily, 5thRound.com was wide awake watching Game 6 of the NBA Playoffs between the Portland TrailBlazers and Phoenix Suns and managed to get a few rounds in so we could give you our first impressions.
We decided to run the demo on the Playstation 3 unit, although we’re sure the XBOX 360 edition is very similar to what we experienced on the PS3.
The graphics on this year’s edition are slightly enhanced from what we saw in “UFC Undisputed 2009,” with some minor detailed changes made to the fighters’ shorts, shirts, etc. The most noticeable graphical improvements were the characters outside of the octagon (The row photographers standing cage-side seemed to have a lot more depth to them).
It appears THQ really wanted to create a true UFC environment in this year’s game, and they did a fantastic job with that. Special props to our personal favorite … Bruce Buffer’s ultimate fakeout!
Anyways, back to our “detailed” analysis … When we played the demo, we used all four of the light heavyweight characters available, (Quinton Jackson, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua), but couldn’t really tell the difference between their respective styles.
Outside of a move or two, and possibly their fighting stances, for the most part the contestants fought the same. For example, I didn’t feel any more elusive with Machida than I did with Jackson, which is clearly a problem.
Because it was only the demo version, we didn’t get to scope out any of 2010’s newest additions. Particularly, the “Fight Camp” feature, which allows you to work with specific coaches and training camps to improve your skills.
Overall, we were pleased that the game makers didn’t reinvent the wheel and stuck with the formula that worked last year. With the popularity of 2009’s edition, coupled with this year’s minor improvements, expect “UFC Undisputed 2010” to do very well in sales – perhaps eclipsing its highly successful predecessor.