What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that UFC Undisputed 2010 simulates the brutal action of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a mixed martial arts league. Fighters enter the ring and do battle, using varied violent physical maneuvers. Victory is earned after knocking out an opponent, or forcing them to quit with painful submission moves. Players can get cuts, bruises and bloody injuries as a result of fights, and blood sometimes soaks the ring. The game also features some racy elements such as scantily-clad ring girls and PG-rated language. The game is playable online with live unmoderated voice chat, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend for children under the age of 12.
What's it about?
UFC UNDISPUTED 2010 is the follow-up to the franchise's debut last year. The game features more than 120 fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a mixed martial arts league. Players can choose a UFC fighter and guide them through exhibitions or Title modes. They can also create their own brawler, choosing fighting styles such as boxing and wrestling, and guide them in Career Mode. Not only do players fight, but train to hone their skills and improve their techniques. Through Xbox Live and Playstation Network, the game also features online matches and online camps, where groups of players can fight and spar together.
Is it any good?
UFC 2010 is very similar to last year's release, but introduces some smart features to create more well-balanced fights. Players can learn fresh strikes and submission moves, and can quickly dodge attacks using the Sway system. Training in the game has been tweaked as well, forcing players to pay as much attention to preparation as the main event. Skills now degrade over time, meaning players must be on their toes to keep their fighter in tip-top shape. Most training is simulated, and it would have been nice to give players greater control during that prep work. Also, the menus are a bit awkward and slow -- a problem since certain sections require players to navigate menus often. However, the game is just as gratifying and exciting as its 2009 predecessor, with incredibly detailed visuals and deep controls.
Online interaction: The game features open chat with other online players.
Families can talk about...
Fighting in UFC can be bloody and violent, but so can the action in boxing or wrestling games. How does it differ? Are any of those fighting sports games better than the others?
Do the ring girls depicted in the game serve any purpose? What does their presence say about the way female characters are used in violent video games?