UFC Undisputed 3
I bought this game and after a week I sold it. The reason was that I could stand seeing people even in a game getting beat up like that. How can I enjoy playing this when I' seeing my opponent.... It's savage. other than that everything else was good
Solid MMA Action
A good mindset to start this game with is to know what you're buying here: an MMA game. Calling it a "fighting" game may give people the wrong idea of what to expect. This game doesn't rely on fist/foot striking alone, it also incorporates a strong emphasis on wrestling skills and grappling.
THE GOOD: Improved Career Mode, responsive controls, improved submission system, graphics in the ring have improved, many modes to play through, acceptable Create-A-Fighter (CAF) options, and online mode adds nearly endless re playability. PRIDE competitions integrated into the whole package, even career mode.
THE BAD: Unorganized and overly-fragmented menus (especially in Career Mode), menu layout leads to a lot of unforgivable load times, load times are lengthy and over abundant in general, in-between matches the load-screen and video portions of presentation are low-resolution, character-select screen has multiple rows of fighters which is not explain by the game in any way because there is no game manual (not even a digital on the disc manual), Online Pass so you can't bring this to a friends house and play the online portion, character select screen avatars and character models look cheap and cartooney.
That's my UFC 3 experience. Looking up, it seems I had more bad to say than good. But that's only because the good stuff didn't need a lot of explaining. Despite the frequent and unnecessary load times, and lack of basic explanations on some of this games layout, this games shines. The quality of the fighting is what's most important here, and this game gets few complaints from me in that department. The only complaint I have is that despite the fact ground grappling controls have been simplified, there is still a very steep learning curve involved when compared to the "stand-up" fighting.
Career modes menus are poorly laid out and in effect, lead to extra load times that could have been avoided. But I found this mode to be very addictive. I'm playing career mode every night with my CAF, and I don't know when I'm going to stop. Career mode has been simplified compared to 2010, but has been left with just the right amount of depth to feel valid. It doesn't feel "dumbed down" it fells just right. The mode has you collecting "Cred" which is basically the points you earn after each fight. Cred is used to power up your characters stats and abilities.
I'm having a blast with this games career mode, and playing online with my friends. It's a solid effort, but I'm expecting them to step up the presentation for the next installment and work on streamlining those menus. For example: Have my cred meter displayed when I'm in the Shop so I know better what sponsorship decisions I need to make. Don't hide them 2-3 load screens away. I got 10 sponsors to rotate and develop, and I can't remember every shuffle I need to make every time. Combine the Store and the sponsorship customization options into one menu please.
Bottom line: This game delivers awesome MMA action, you will not find a better video game MMA package anywhere else. It has some presentation issues, but not enough to truly dismiss this as a bad game. Recommended to anyone looking for some MMA action on their PS3.