UFC 2009 Undisputed

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
UFC 2009 Undisputed Game Poster Image
Violent, fighting game based on Ultimate Fighting.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Players participate in Ultimate Fighting matches where their goal is to knockout their opponent or make them submit.

Violence

Players use punches, kicks, knees, elbows, chokeholds and other grapples to either knock out their opponent or force them to quit.  Hard hits send blood shooting to the mat.  Damage to the fighters is shown through cuts and bruises on their faces.

Sex

To signal the next round, girls in tight and skimpy outfits briefly parade around the ring.

Language

The worst words used were "sh-t" and "ass."

Consumerism

Sponsor logos cover the ring, while players can add logos to their shorts for credibility bonuses. Almost all the sponsors are affiliated with UFC, including Tapout Xyience.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In dialogue, characters can be heard making references to drinking, to bars, or to people being drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a sports simulation based on the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Players use a series of punches, kicks and grapples to knock out opponents or make them give up. These can range from flying knees to the face to chokeholds. Blood sometimes shoots out after strikes, while fighters show signs of injury such as cuts to the face. In between fights, ring girls wearing skimpy outfits briefly parade around the ring to signal the next round. The game is playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend to children under the age of 12.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byPlague April 8, 2010

UFC 2009 Undisputed

Very addicting and easy-to-play game. I've always been a big fan of UFC, so this game is a must for me. Parents dont have to worry about safety issues. Thi... Continue reading
Adult Written byfallout June 28, 2009

good- but brutal

very good but also very brutal, much like the show.
Teen, 13 years old Written bym8x3w August 27, 2012
Teen, 13 years old Written byCSKY42 April 8, 2012

GOOD ROLE MODELS

lots of positive messages like fighting. When they fight blood spills every were.

What's it about?

After a five-year hiatus, mixed-martial arts returns to video games with the release of UFC 2009 UNDISPUTED, a robust and rousing simulation of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The goal of each match, fought in an octagon-shaped ring, is to defeat your opponent by either knocking him out or forcing him to give up. Each fighter employs a series of fighting styles ranging from boxing and wrestling to judo and ju-jitsu to achieve victory. The game has a 30-minute tutorial that shows the basics of Ultimate Fighting.

Players can either control famous fighters such as Chuck Liddell and Rampage Jackson in exhibition and online fights, or create a fighter and move him through Career Mode. Like boxing, fighters break down into different weight classes such as lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight. In between brawls, players assign training times and sparring sessions to prepare for battle.

Is it any good?

UFC sports an impressive level of depth. Players can customize their fighters' looks, style, and outfits, down to even the color of their mouthpiece. There is plenty to learn in order to master the fighting, from simple strikes to takedowns and grapples. Fortunately, the game is still easy to pick up and play, as players can easily mash buttons to deliver flurries of punches and kicks. The fighters look realistic, closely mirroring their real-life counterparts.

Fights are intense and unpredictable. If you let your guard down for a second, opponents can unleash a powerful punch to knock you out cold. Attacks also look painful, based on the grimaces and other expressions from opponents on the receiving end. With practice, you will learn how to deliver that crucial punch that puts opponents on the mat. Overall, UFC provides an exciting alternative for gamers tired of the standard boxing and wrestling games.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the UFC's rise in popularity compared to similar sports such as boxing and wrestling.  What makes the UFC so popular?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: THQ
  • Release date: May 19, 2009
  • Genre: Fighting
  • ESRB rating: T for Alcohol reference, Blood, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate