Do you know kung fu? What about Muay Thai? Kickboxing? Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, karate... and a host of other fighting disciplines are at your command in UFC 2009 Undisputed. You may have the courage to walk into the fight... the question is, do you have the skill to be able to walk out on your own two feet?
Step into the Octagon
UFC stands for Ultimate Fighting Championship, an increasingly popular sport where tournaments are held between some of the most skilled fighters in the world, no matter if the combatant is good with his feet or hands. Most styles are accepted and strict rules are enforced to make sure there's no foul play in the brutal proceedings.
UFC 2009 Undisputed brings this explosive action to your home with over 80 top fighters available across all five (Light, Welter, Middle, Light Heavy and Heavy) weight classes. Not only will fans recognise the big name warriors, such as Chuck Liddell, Brock Lesner and Mauricio Rua, there are also a number of popular commentators, referees, trainers and even Octagon Girls that grace the fights.
If you're not so familiar with the sport, never fear. A comprehensive tutorial mode eases you into the deep fighting system, teaching you everything from basic movement, to full on submission moves that can have your opponent tapping out in pain. Naturally you'll have to discover a fighter's signature slants on these attacks, as well as other more specific moves - and experimentation during fights is all part of the fun.
Fight for your right... and left
Aside from an anything goes exhibition mode, there are a wealth of options to jump into, allowing you to choose from creating a character and building a seven-year career from rookie to UFC contender, taking part in recreating some classic matches based on real life fights, or going toe-to-toe with an on or offline friend in the multiplayer mode.
Regardless of what type of fight you go for, the action is suitably rough and ready, with an accurate portrayal of the high impact, skilful and sometimes brutal brawls that envelop UFC. Elbows, fists and feet fly, blood and sweat clearly show on the fighter's bodies and the ring floor, and wounds or cuts help tell you where damage is being made - which in turn lets you know which body part a combatant is struggling with.
Skilful application of your fighter's strengths is key to winning in UFC 2009. Button mashing won't help, as fatigue can set into an arm flailing slugger, leaving your blows tired and weak. Constantly guarding against attacks isn't wise either, as soaking up blocked punches and kicks eventually weakens the striking power of those limbs under attack. Just like the real sport, balanced and measured fighting, with clever use of combos and counters is the way to progress in UFC 2009.
Packing a real punch
UFC 2009 Undisputed is a dream for fans of the sport or those who want a deep, rewarding fighting game that will rock and shock you with its authenticity. Take your best shot - this is as real as it gets.