A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Ring girls wearing little clothing with jiggling breasts often prance around in between rounds.
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Players will hear words like "ass" and "sh-thouse."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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