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Ultimate Fighting Championship

Ultimate Fighting Championship by SVG Distribution Ultimate Fighting Championship
by SVG Distribution

Platform: Xbox
ESRB Rating: Teen

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• Based on the real-life martial arts spectacle of the same name
• Contains many of the sport's famous fighters
• Jam-packed with full-contact fighting
• Realistic moves and athleticism
• Modes include Tournament, Arcade, and Training Product Description: Packed with a full roster of accomplished martial arts athletes, including UFC light-heavyweight champion Tito Oritz, Ultimate Fighting Championship offers players tons of full-contact fighting and a variety of game modes for depth of gameplay. The game takes you through a grueling career mode as you work your way up the rankings. You will start out battling generic brawlers, each victory bringing you closer to the marquee matchups of real UFC bouts. But you will need to train diligently to reach the championship.

The game's music and overall presentation are similar to the UFC telecasts. Whether players are using a custom-made brawler or a real-life UFC athlete in the eight-player or 16-player tournament, arcade, training, or versus modes, the realistic moves make for a compelling and immersive experience. The shader technology of the Xbox allows clear definition of every bead of sweat--as well as the blood and bruising that occur throughout each fight--adding to the game's intense realism.

Customer Reviews:
Very realistic, November 13, 2002
Reviewer: JT from St. Louis, MO
Great game. The graphics and gameplay are amazing. I would like to be able to adjust the damage so that multiplayer matches would last longer or to handicap better players, to make for more exciting matches. The control setup seems a little awkward in comparison to other fighting and wrestling games, but they're relatively simple, and can be mastered quickly. Overall this is an outstanding game.

Great game., July 27, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Nowhere, USA
If you like UFC buy it. If you want a good fighting game buy it. If you don't know what to buy, but it. It rocks but it is too easy, I unlocked all 7 hidden characters in a few hours.

watched it,played it,loved it !, July 21, 2002
Reviewer: rys aaron from Ostend,Belgium
this game really makes you feel like you're dealing with the real thing,the fighters are true to their real-life counterparts in terms of moves,styles and appearences.definitly a game to own!

Fast and steep learning curve, July 17, 2002
Reviewer: eduardo_marquez from Mexicali, Baja California, México
It's a good game, specially if you play it with a friend, but the move list doesn't say what are you doing. For example, it tells you that standing up when moving forward you can press X and Y, or A and B, or B and Y, or X and A, or A, or B, or X, or Y, and so on, but it doesn't tell you what each keystroke does. You have to experiment a lot and start to figure it out and it takes time because it doesn't respond exactly the same, specially if your opponent is making his/her own moves.

The level of gore doesn't do a lot, just add some blood drops on the matt on its max level, but that's it.

The fights can be very very fast, specially if you and your opponent don't know exactly what moves are doing, and that will happen because you won't know wich combination of buttons to press in each situation you'll encounter. You will probably end up pressing a couple of combinations for every match and that's it, or maybe connect the other control and play against your self to try to figure out what does what and how each character respond to what you have found.

I really recommend that you find yourself a guide or something if you're planning to buy this title. Or rent it beforehand.

All that said, it's a fun game.

great game, July 3, 2002
Reviewer: will wittmann from bradenton, florida United States
this game is one of the best fight games i have played. there are some aspects of the game which are annoying (which someone else listed in there reviews but the actuall game is alot of fun like their supposed to be

Ok but matches go to fast, May 20, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from USA
I am a owner of this game and i think it is the worst game i own. for one thing the matches are to fast all it takes is a couple hits and punches and there down. so if you want a game like this i recomend WWF Raw or another fighting game.

Wrestling?.. I DON'T THINK SO!, May 5, 2002
Reviewer: Fawaz Al-Sayer from Kuwait
Wrestling is for sissies. At least when compared to the real blood and bruises found in Crave's Ultimate Fighting Championship: Tapout. Drop two men (or women!) in an octagonal cage and have 'em duke it out. No gloves. No holds barred. The result is a fast-paced, brutal battle utilizing strength, speed, and strategy.

shhh.. that's all you need to know.

LAAAAME....., April 17, 2002
Reviewer: chrisshadybell from Down in tha Dirty South
This game could be good. If they had a more variety of moves and a more variety of types of matches and arenas. It does'nt have some of the great people I though it would like Ken Shamrock and some others. But It lacks variety. I'd choose WWF Raw over this anyday. This game is straight up GARBAGE. The people who rate this game good obviously don't have good taste or they are just too big of UFC fans. Please for your own sake DO NOT BUY THIS GAME ever.

Somewhere in the middle., April 2, 2002
Reviewer: goatman_1 from Japan
Being a big UFC fan, and having dabbled with martial arts and ground-fighting in the past, I was looking forward to this Xbox title above all others. The screeenshots looked great, and the official web page sent me into a frenzy. I never owned a Dreamcast, but I have friends who loved that version, and others that loathed the Playstation edition. I was hoping that the designers had ironed out any bugs from those installments and the Xbox would provide a better system to present the complexities of true NHB, mixed martial arts fighting.

Unfortunately, after the long wait, it could not live up to my high expectations. While the designers have done a great job making the fighters look like their real-world counterparts, they could have done a better job on the shading and textures. All the graphics look a little unfinished to me, and when the action gets fast, they can get really glitchy. I've noticed that when throwing punches and kicks, the fighters tend to flicker or blink. Once you notice it, it becomes hard to ignore and very irritating.

The gameplay is a little lopsided as well and it's far more strike-oriented than I'd like. In the arcade mode the first night I owned the game, I got 47 victories in a row using Tito Ortis and all I had to do was punch, punch, punch. I liked the ground-fighting a lot more (which isn't surprising for those who know me) but victory seems to have a lot more to do with chance than skill. While I really liked the realistic submissions and takedowns, most of the grappling is clunky and not very fluid at all. It seems that they have a ways to go before they can really simulate the feel and flow of this type of fighting.

It's not all bad though. I really liked the create your own fighter feature. I was disappointed that Royce Gracie wasn't in the game, so I made my own version of him. There are lots of different advantages you can use to specialize your fighter, and several different fighting styles. On the down side, I wanted to create Tank Abbot, but the game doesn't seem to offer a model for the less "defined" body types. Seems sort of unfair. I was hoping the unlocked characters would be actual fighters, but most of them turned out to be fictional characters more at home in a "Street Fighter" game than the UFC. The two exceptions are referee John McCarthy and, my personal favorite Ice T. Yes, that Ice T. I got a good chuckle out of that one.

So far the big saving grace of the game is playing with a friend. I played it for a couple of days alone and was very disappointed. When a buddy came over and we started playing it, I warmed up to the game considerably. The AI is nothing compared to a real person, which is true of most games. This game is a great distration and the quickness of the matches is nice when you don't have time to get into something long-term like NFL fever or Halo. It's a pleasant distraction.

I would suggest to anyone looking to buy this game: rent it first. It has it's high points, and big UFC fans will undoubtedly be interested, but the flaws are not easily ignored.

I really wanted to love this game., March 30, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Hillsborough, New Jersey United States
I bought the Dreamcast version of this game and thought it was one of the best. When I got my X-Box, I figured that the X-Box version would blow away the Dreamcast version. I guess my expectations were too high.

There are alot of extra features compared to the Dreamcast version, but I honestly don't think that the quality is as good. The voices don't match up with the animations and the graphics are average. What happened to Card Girl!? She looks so much better on the Dreamcast.

The sound of the audience is absolutely annoying. I have to play this game with the volume off. It's a very tinny, high pitched background noise that is just irritating.

Would I buy this game again? Heck yes!

This is one of the best fighting games out there. The moves are realistic and there's actually alot of depth to the fighting system once you really learn how to play. The lasting value of the game comes from playing against your friends. Everyone seems to have their favorite fighter and style that the arguments never end. That's o.k., because it's easily settled with a video smackdown.

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