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Aside from the customisable own creations there are a host of unlockables to increase the interest. Competitors, training schools, combination moves and appearance all add to the mix. Again this helps the single player game, although probably doesn’t matter if you just want a tear up with a mate. As a versus game it’s probably less satisfying unless you’re a fan of the reality, particularly as the finishes are a bit muted and there’s little you can do by way of button bashing if you’re forced to tap out. There are no flashy camera angles or stunning stop motion effects. Pure reality but console gaming isn’t often that simple – who would want a car game where you drive a Ford Mondeo to work? – unfortunately for all the drama and shock of the no holds barred world it just doesn’t have the same impact when stacked against some of the hugely graphic, often controversial offerings we’ve seen before.
UFC: Sudden Impact will break down into three categories. Number one: those who really like the series and have bought it since it was released on Dreamcast. For readers in this category, Sudden Impact’s new Career mode and minor gameplay alterations may just be worth your $20. Number two: bought the previous games and realized they were too similar. If so, Sudden Impact won’t change your mind. Number three: never have played a UFC game. If you fit here, give Sudden Impact a try. It’s only $20 and provides a reasonably good experience.
UFC: Sudden Impact will have a long-lasting impact on UFC fans. Will Soul Calibur junkies love it? If my review didn't already make that point clear, the answer is no. When Opus Studio began developing Sudden Impact, I doubt they thought of Soul Calibur or its fans. Sudden Impact is a different kind of game for a different audience. It has more in common with wrestling games than fighters. That's likely due to the real-life fighters, many of which have a background in wrestling, or at the very least choose to use grab moves in combat. At $19.99, this game is the price of a DVD. UFC fans shouldn't miss it.
Game Informer Magazine
Ultimate Fighting Championship titles may be the only licensed game that suffer from being too faithful to their source material. Real UFC matches are quick, dirty, and usually over before you can figure out who's who. The same can be said about UFC: Sudden Impact. The matches themselves typically last less time than they take to load.
When I first turned UFC on and saw the intro, I thought it looked pretty cool. Trouble is, then I started to play it! I feel it's sort of a 50/50% with this game. You're either gonna love it, or it'll drive you nuts. Truth is, I'm more than happy with my beat 'em ups. It's entertaining for a while, but I feel the novelty soon wears off. Whenever I want to play a wrestling-style game, I'll happily stick to Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain.
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All in all, UFC: Sudden Impact is a mediocre fighting game that doesn’t provide any new ideas to the fighting genre let alone the licensed games that have already come out. Don’t pick up this title unless you are a fan of the content and you haven’t previously owned one of these games.
In fact, that's just what I did. UFC: Sudden Impact is a very average fighting game in a market cluttered with good alternatives, so I can't really recommend it. I'll be saving my review copy for the occasional blow off of post-pub steam, but that's about it. It's a shame, I have a feeling there's a market for an overly brutal fighting game in the same way that UFC filled in that real life gap, but Sudden Impact doesn't have that little bit extra that a triple 'A' title should.
When it comes right down to it, UFC: Sudden Impact is just another languid translation of the exact same game you've been playing since the days of the Dreamcast. Sudden Impact is pretty much on autopilot in every aspect of its execution, presenting just the bare minimum to make a playable UFC game. If you own any other entry in the UFC franchise, you don't need to own Sudden Impact, because the minimal number of additions--such as the few added fighting positions and the incredibly lame career mode--do absolutely nothing to further the UFC name in any meaningful direction.
UFC: Sudden Impact is a step -- albeit a small one -- in the right direction for the series. The gameplay has been deepened, as has the career mode. Where it still needs work is in the presentation. Fans of the genre might still be better off with THQ's Pride FC, but at a budget $20 price, Sudden Impact isn't a bad way to go if your wallet's a bit light and you're just looking to vicariously pound someone into submission.
To its credit, Sudden Impact has some cool additions, such as new moves and a solid career mode. But with better fighters already available, including older UFC games, Sudden Impact doesn?t quite make the impact it used to.
Game Informer Magazine
My appreciation of the ebb-and-flow of the grappling moves is undermined by this game's inconsistency. I never really felt that I was using skill to play because either the match would end in an inexplicable flurry, or the combos I was imputing weren't connecting.
Fans of UFC (if they still exist in large forms) know what to expect with UFC Sudden Impact, and the depth of the game modes will probably appeal to them and overcome the dull gameplay. Everyone else can just pass up the $20 pricetag and move along to other games in the same price range. If you want a fighting game, Tekken 4, Soul Calibur 2, and Virtua Fighter 4 can be had. There’s two WWE Smackdown games for that price. If you can find Pride FC, another MMA game, it’s about that price and much better. It has its moments, but UFC Sudden Impact wallows in mediocrity, mirroring the real-life organization. There’s worse out there, that’s for sure, but still, Sudden Impact is not even worth the pricetag unless you are head over heels for UFC. This is a ‘fans game’ to be sure.
UFC: Sudden Impact is mainly geared towards its fans. It doesn’t seem to differentiate itself much from previous UFC titles, and the previous ones seemed to fair better with both UFC fans and non-fans alike. Essentially, there’s no reason to rush out and grab this unless you have to complete your UFC collection. It’s only appeal lies in playing with your friends and settling a grudge match. The stilted and repetitive gameplay may bore you quickly, and even more so played solo.
UFC has two major problems – the fighting isn’t particularly good, and there’s absolutely sod all here you’ll have not seen before. If you’re after a fighting game, you already know there’s a heaving wealth of titles out there better than this. If you’re a fan of UFC, the fact that this is only £20 makes it a slightly more appealing prospect, but chances are you’ll already have one of the other UFC titles which will contain pretty much everything that’s good in this one. So, one for UFC’s three fans who haven’t bought a UFC game already then. Hmm.
Overall, as I said earlier, your opinion of this game will just come down to how big of a UFC fan you are. If you really love the UFC you'll find this game well-worth picking up for the $20 pricetag- it's fun, simple to play, and does a fairly good job at simulating real fights (taking into account the problems with the stand-up mentioned earlier). However, if you're expecting a high-quality, high-end videogame, you won't find one here- this is obviously a budget title for die-hard fans, and purely judged as a videogame it's no better than average. Anyone other than UFC die-hards will want to avoid this game. But if you eat, breathe, and sleep the UFC, it will be the best $20 you've spent in quite some time. Enjoy pounding your virtual fist into your opponent's skull!
Video Games Daily
Is this game worthy of a full price tag? No, which is probably why this has been released as a budget title. But even given the cheap price tag, it's unlikely this game will entice you into splashing out 20 notes - there's a whole market of vastly superior titles out there at a similar price, budget or otherwise, that warrant your attention.
With that said, to whom does Sudden Impact appeal? Fans of UFC who are interested in, but have never played the games may get a kick out of pummeling foes as their favorite fighter. Those who mastered previous UFC titles may be interested in the new characters and Legend mode, though the basic gameplay remains unchanged from past UFC offerings. Unfortunately, that?s about it. While the budget price makes UFC: Sudden Impact easier to afford, in the end, it?s still a bitter pill to swallow.
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When it comes down to fighters, UFC: Sudden Impact is just another game in the pack. I haven't played previous UFC titles, but I presume that the gameplay mechanics from one game to the next, in a genre like this, can't change too dramatically. Thus, purchasing Sudden Impact should only be reserved for the greatest of fans.
I'm a huge fan and devoted practitioner of this sport, so it's not like I don't "get" what the UFC games are supposed to be all about. But reissuing the same game, same mechanics, and same exact animations is not a recipe for success. This franchise needs to evolve a bit in order to regain the original game's shine.
As I’ve stated so many times already, Sudden Impact is just a slightly damaged version of the game we’ve been playing since the waning days of Sega’s Dreamcast. It does sport a few additions (all of which are either useless or serve to further tarnish the reputation of the series), but it has a few downgrades also. If you don’t own any UFC games yet, I would recommend you pick up either the Dreamcast version, or one of the earlier Playstation 2 releases, because Sudden Impact is the worst UFC game to date.
For fans of the UFC Sudden Impact is till worth considering, especially at its budget release price. The developers have worked closely with the UFC to create a game that closely resembles the real thing, and in terms of the look, the roster, the styles and the sounds they have succeeded. It is just a pity that the gameplay doesn't quite measure up to the atmosphere created.
As is UFC: Sudden Impact in general. If you want to play a mindless, masterless fighting game or if you don't want your little brother to use your copy of Soul Calibur 2 as a Frisbee, use this game as a ringer.