UFC Undisputed 3

Common Sense Media says

Bloody brawler is knockout for mixed martial arts fans.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although the game emphasizes training and practice to bolster your skills, the action can be bloody and brutal at times. Women are objectified at the end of every round.

Positive role models

Depending on how the player responds, fighters can behave like good sports before and after events.

Ease of play

Players use the face buttons on a controller for hand and leg strikes, while the right thumbsticks executes grapples and submission moves. The latter involves complex gestures with the thumbstick, but players can opt to use a simpler scheme requiring basic flicks in one direction. The game also features a robust tutorial system that carefully teaches players.

Violence

Fighters use their fists, feet, knees, and elbows to strike opponents, or grapples and choke holds to get their opponent to submit. Action can get bloody, and some strikes can look particularly vicious. Fighters will show bruising and cuts as they are repeatedly pummeled. Unlockable live-action footage shows fighters being hit repeatedly while being pinned to the floor.

Sex

Ring girls wearing little clothing with jiggling breasts often prance around in between rounds.

Language

Players will hear words like "ass" and "sh-thouse."

Consumerism

A variety of sponsors including Affliction, Xyience, Boost Mobile, and Lugz appear at events. During Career Mode, players can take on sponsors and adorn their gear in logos for special bonuses.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Creates safety and privacy concerns. The game features online play with open, unmoderated chat. Players may hear profanity and be asked personal questions by strangers.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that UFC Undisputed 3 is a simulation of the mixed martial arts league known as the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Players compete as either popular brawlers or they can create their own fighter as they try to win a world title. Since this game involves mixed martial arts, combat is very physical and often brutal and bloody. Scantily dressed women are objectified in the game. The game is also playable online with unmoderated open chat.

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What's it about?

UFC UNDISPUTED 3 is a straight-up simulation of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Featuring dozens of mixed martial artists, players can choose a fighter or create their own and guide them to a world title in a variety of weight classes. Game modes allow players to climb the ladder toward a championship or defend their title. They can also relive classic moments from the UFC and fellow organization Pride Fighting Championship. There's also a Career Mode, where players can create a fighter and guide them to a legendary career.

Is it any good?

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UFC Undisputed 3 is an incredible representation of the sport, adding some fresh wrinkles to make the controls simpler. Grappling and submissions are easier, but longtime fans can still use classic controls if they prefer the difficulty. The game features a thorough tutorial making it very easy to learn. Game options are very detailed, especially the Career Mode where players train a fighter, find sponsorships, and even customize their entrance music. The level of graphical details are striking, as every fighter mirrors their real-life counterpart accurately. For fans of the UFC, this game is a knockout.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the game compares to real-world UFC. How well does this game accurately represent the sport?

  • They can discuss the impact of media violence on kids.

  • Families can also discuss how this game presents the ring girls. How are most female characters presented in violent video games?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:THQ
Release date:February 14, 2012
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 11 years old July 10, 2013
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13
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Very Violent

It's a good game but it has a lot of violence and blood
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old April 22, 2013
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13
QUALITY
 

A few things to consider.

This game is not really that violent, practically speaking. The game is more of a simulation. You can plaster your body with whatever kind of tattoo logo you want. The only really other thing is that the ads for energy drinks that occur frequently.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 6 years old March 13, 2012
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14
QUALITY
 

UFC Undisputed 3

This game is a fun one but there are some things you should look out for. There are ads and sponsorships along with the fighters using some bad words. Also ring girls wearing little clothing walk around the ring in between rounds. Another thing is there is violence with the fighters kneeing, punching, and kicking each other. Overall it is a fun game but may not be appropriate for younger kids.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

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