A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There are mixed messages in the game. While there's an element of sportsmanship, these fights are quite brutal and bloody -- and women are objectified at the end of every round. One positive note: The game emphasizes elements such as training and practice to hone your skills.
Positive Role Models
It depends on player choices, but the game gives you the option to show respect to other fighters in post-fight interviews, as well as thank fans for their support.
Ease of Play
The game is relatively easy to pick up and play--a novice can get away with just jamming buttons to deliver flurries of punches and kicks. But to master the game, players must dig a bit deeper into the controls. This requires some practice. Fortunately, the game includes a thorough guide to controls and techniques.
Violence & Scariness
In this mixed martial arts competition, players use their fists, feet, knees and elbows to pummel opponents. Some attacks appear quite brutal, often resulting in blood spewing from fighters' faces and onto the canvas, where it may form into red puddles. The goal of each match is to either knock out an opponent or force them to quit using a painful submission hold such as an arm or leg bend.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Between rounds, ring girls wearing low-cut tops and short shorts parade around the ring signaling the next round of a fight. Their breasts jiggle as they move.
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The words "ass," "b-tch," and "sh-t" appear in the dialogue.
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Products & Purchases
Logos from companies such as Affliction, Tapout and Lugs adorn rings. In Career Mode, fighters can earn endorsement deals, sprucing up their outfits and other gear with logos from these sponsors.
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.
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.
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