As well as updating its popular predecessor, UFC Undisputed 2010 has increased its repertoire in-depth to make sure you really feel like you're in The Octagon. Combat is more intuitive, meaning there are even more strikes, submissions, stances (including southpaw), transitions and positions than before. Fighters can sway their upper body and head to dodge attacks, and counter with a stinging strike if the timing is right, offering a clever risk verses reward mechanic to master.
As a result, the gameplay is quick and deep and extremely satisfying. Learning the advantages and disadvantages of the different disciplines is made easy with a comprehensive tutorial, while the game is smartly designed to make sure you learn from each bout. Tips are given through the lively commentary and trainer talks, while the in-game camera zooms in and out to increase tension, or turns a stylish black and white to indicate your fighter's critical condition.
Making sure you want to take advantage of all this great gameplay are a number of play modes. Title and Title Defence Modes let you fight through one of the five weight classes, with a defence of your belt should you reach the top. Career Mode lets you create and customise your own fighter from scratch, build up their cred, popularity and sponsorships through successful match-ups and even interviews and weigh-ins where you can trash-talk your opponents and build bitter rivalries.
There is also the Ultimate Fights Mode, which allows you to relive some of the more memorable fights in UFC history, complete with a pre-fight montage to explain the history and relevance of the bout. Then you can either try to recreate the outcome of the battle, or re-write history by upsetting the real result. Adding more incentive and replayability are the Challenges in each fight where you have to perform certain moves, avoid damage or something else which reflects the bout's original outcome.
There are 20 Ultimate Fights to play, five exclusive to PlayStation 3, including the explosive conflicts of Nate Marquardt vs Demian Maia, and Matt Hughes vs Royce Gracie.