In this week’s Red Bull Gaming Blog, Glen Ferris goes toe-to-toe with the latest Ultimate Fighting Championship game, gets the komplete Mortal Kombat experience and takes a gander at the king of the swingers, aka The Amazing Spider-Man...
UFC Undisputed 3 review
Like Marmite and Michael McIntyre (for the record, the former is awesome, the latter is not), the UFC Undisputed series will not be to everyone’s taste. If the idea of tssling with a sweaty man on a canvas mat in front of a baying crowd while being unable to randomly bash buttons to get out of your predicament doesn’t get your blood pumping then perhaps you should stop reading.
If you’re still with us then we can probably safely assume that Undisputed 3 is right up your proverbial alley. The latest in THQ’s admirably realistic beat, kick, punch and grapple ’em up series introduces a number of welcome updates while still staying true to the series’ modus operandi.
What you get then is an updated roster of fighters made up of the current UFC crop and a brace of extra weight classes, plus a new fighting mode. Everything else pretty much stays the same, albeit with some subtle tweaks, in a game that favours realistic technical tussling over the showy shenanigans of, say, THQ’s WWE titles.
With real-life ass-kicking top of the agenda then, the game requires a certain amount of dedication from the player. The controls see particular buttons assigned to delivering blows to the head, body or legs and the right stick controlling the transitions when you’re in a clinch or grappling on the ground. The end result is that you have to know your fighting onions before you dare to step in the ring; Go in half-cocked and you’ll spend the duration getting your butt handed to you on a plate. Properly prepare to bring the pain, however, and you’ll be amply rewarded.
If you can get your head around the long loading times and the faintly meh graphics (to be fair, it’s tough to make any ring-bound fighting game look lush), you’ll find that Undisputed 3 is an impressive affair that satisfyingly becomes increasingly challenging as the game progresses. Coming complete with one-off, career and (vastly improved from the previous instalments) online modes, there’s plenty here to ensure you keep coming back for more….
• Looking to get the complete and unabridged Mortal Kombat experience but can’t be bothered with all those DLC downloads? If you answered yes, then your lazy ass is in luck because the Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition has hit the shelves on PS3 and Xbox 360, and every single bonus character – from Skarlet to Freddy Krueger – is ready and waiting to rip your spine out without the need for any extra shelling out. Check out the launch trailer here...
• Fans of Big Daddies, Splicers and creepy little psychokinetic kiddies will be glad to know that an international release date has finally been set for the latest instalment in the Bioshock saga, BioShock Infinite. The bad news is that it’s October 19, 2012, which is bloody ages away. “After BioShock, we had a vision for a follow up that dwarfed the original in scope and ambition,” says Irrational Games’ Ken Levine by way of explaining the long wait until release day. “BioShock Infinite has been our sole focus for the last four years, and we can’t wait for fans to get their hands on it.” If you can’t wait then release it sooner says we.
• While the movie trailer bore more than a passing resemblance to the free-running game Mirror’s Edge, The Amazing Spider-Man tie-in title is looking altogether less copycatty. The game, which follows on from the events of the movie, sees a teenaged Peter Parker ‘obsessed with solving the mysteries of his past’ and subsequently coming up against a host of evildoers – chiefly among them the big, bad Rhino. While the POV shtick from the movie trailer may have made for an interesting game, we’re glad to see that a less gimmicky free-roaming style has been put in place. Whether it’s as good as the brilliant Spider-Man 2 game, however, remains to be seen…