posted by allisean05 (SOMERVILLE, MA) Feb 22, 2012
Member since Jan 2008
gamers (62%) found this review helpful
First off I have to say I do not follow UFC or Pride, but this game is great. I started off like everyone does... EXHIBITION. I do not need tutorials, I just want to FIGHT!!!! I fought a few times and just pounded the CPU til I won. Then I went to Career Mode. I created my person (I wish it was a little more robust) and started playing. That is when I noticed the thing that erks me the most about this game... the loading screens. I think since I have been playing the game I have logged over 3 hours, however I have only fought and trained for 1 1/2 hours of that. The rest of it is loading. It takes a good minute load between training, camps, and plans. Also the other thing that takes some time is that it takes a good 3 minutes to get into the game even trying to skip the pre-fight intros and movies. Once the action starts forget it, it is all out greatness. The collision factors are pretty much spot on. I have yet to see a phantom punch or kick that makes the characters grimace of flinch. The list of characters is so extensive that I even fight against my ultimate hero Royce Gracie. Watching the first UFC, I was in awe watching him... but I digress.
in closing, if you can get past the loading screens this game is awesome.
Love the graphics, loved everything about it, however, I found it hard to control. Got more and more use to the controls but kind of took the fun out of the game! I was concentrating so hard on getting the moves done that it took some of the steam out of the game.
This is a great game... if you like load screens. I mean a lot of them. Get used to the UFC and assorted logos, you will see them a LOT. I'm sure this is exactly what being a fighter is like. You schedule a fight, then get to do two things before your fight. You can train (a really unenjoyable experience), attend a camp (more training, but more enjoyable), or mess with getting sponsors logos on your clothing, which is an unbelievable beating.
Don't worry, each task you do takes about 30 - 45 seconds to load both going in and coming out of the task. Then you go to the fight. It takes about 30 seconds to load the event, then 30 to load the fight, then 30 more to load the intros, then 15 to start the fight.
And then, finally, there you are, a UFC fighter!!!! Ready to go to town!!!! If you are a ground guy, get on the ground fast and go for that submission.
If you are a stand and hit guy, DON'T go to the ground.
Regardless of my strategy I rarely had a fight go through Round 2. Which meant that it took about 25 minutes from scheduling a fight to the start of a fight (actions and load times) to experience a 3 minute event. All while listening to some annoying music and a very worthless "guide" in the form of the announcer telling you what to do.
Make no mistake, this is a MMA sim, not a fun game. If you think you are a fighter, but only have muscle in your thumbs, this game is for you.