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Developed and published by Crave, this is a beat 'em up based on the real UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) where all sorts of different styles of fighters attempt to get their opponents to submit, or just pummel them into unconsciousness. There are s

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      08.10.2009 22:56
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      "Ultimate Fighting Championship" is a video game which was released for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000 by Ubisoft. It is a sports themed title with martial arts being represented. In the European marketplace, the game received a guidance rating which deemed it suitable for ages 15 and above. "Ultimate Fighting Championship" showcases mixed martial artists who represent the organization of the same name. The game pits the player against single opponents in hand-to-hand combat within the confines of an caged octagonal ring. Featuring a wide array of true to life fighters, who are each equipped with their own unique styles, the player is able to access training, exhibition, UFC and career modes. For me, the career mode creates the bulk of the gameplay experience. Players begin this mode by naming and designing their own character. The name is somewhat deceptive, however, as completing the career mode requires the successful completion of a few sparring fights which grant the player points to allocate towards the "purchase" of new holds and strikes. After these sparring rounds are through, the newly created character becomes accessible in the game's other modes. The UFC mode could perhaps be more accurately described as the proper "career" mode. Here, players enter a chosen fighter into a series of eight bouts with aims of capturing the "silver" championship. After silver has been acquired then a player may continue in an endurance style contest where the fighter can not regenerate health in between rounds, and must survive a further 12 bouts which wins the "gold" championship. The overall feeling of the game is that of an arcade release. The action is fast, engaging and generally fun to play but is very brief in terms of its lasting appeal. The game does become slightly repetitive after capturing the gold championship as the player will resume from the initial fight should he or she wish to participate once more. The graphics of this title are both hit and miss. While the three dimensional appearance is suitable for that of a Dreamcast video game, the fighters appear somewhat "flat" and not as bright and vivid as some other fighting video games for the console. There is also little differentiation in terms of the ring and arena audience. The game suggests that fights take place in varying locations but due to the generic appearance of the arena this isn't obvious. The audio is also somewhat lacking. Developers of this title have abandoned action-packed musical scores common to other fighting games in favour of a more realistic setting. The result was to include subtle crowd noise against apparent, sometimes hearty, strikes and bodily contact. Overall, Ultimate Fighting Championship is not the best of fighting games for the Sega Dreamcast but does pack an acceptable punch for fans of the organization. I would be able to recommend it to fans of mixed martial arts but it is not likely that general fighting fans would appreciate this video game.

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      03.09.2009 19:21
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      Could do with more to it but fun for a little bit

      By now, in 2009, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is a pretty hot commodity - it currently has a higher buy rate than alternatives like the WWE, although back when this game was released on the Dreamcast, they were still struggling with their violent reputation and trying to become recognised as a legitimate sport. Nevertheless, they managed to get licensed for a game. At the time of the game's release, UFC went by a mostly "anything goes" rule, and aside from crotch shots and hair pulling, they still let a lot go (although had to make some concessions to the Nevada State Athletic Comittee to get legal status as a sport) - you can pummel your opponent in the face as much as you like, and the referee will stop the fight if the opponent defend yourself. Also, a fighter may tap out or call "stop" if he wants the fight to end. Sadly, too many of the real UFC fights do simply end in a judge's decision, but in the game, this is rare - it is far better tailored to the audiences who just want to see someone get knocked out, and whilst solid in this regard, it's still a mildly flawed game that isn't quite as satisfying as it should be. You can just do normal exhibition fights either against the computer or a buddy, or you can put yourself into UFC Tournament Mode, where you will have to plough through a number of opponents to become the UFC Champion. Whilst it's not a particularly comprehensive game, and you'll get pretty sleepy with the lazy presentation (particularly that there's just one arena, and the crowd pretty much always look the same), what the game succeeds with best, though, is the visual package - even 8 years later, it still looks pretty good, and the entrances as your fighter enters the octagon is rather pleasant to look at.

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      24.10.2001 09:12

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      Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC as it is also known, could this be the king of fighters? Sadly not, but it does have some great strengths, but also a few flaws too. It features a training mode – harden up your fighter, no matter what style of fighting they posses – anything goes in UFC. There’s also a superb tournament mode, probably the best mode other than the 2 player versus mode – the idea is simple, pick a fighter, find an opponent and knock the wind out of them, using any fighting style you care to perform – it’s a very, very realistic game, you can hear every punch, every cry of pain, it’s not for the faint hearted, definitely not for the kids! Graphics are brilliant, but graphics don’t always make a game, although this and the control system are the strong points of Ultimate Fighting Championship, it lacks a certain something – something called depth. The game won’t hold your attention for very long really as there isn’t a really lengthy decent one-player mission or anything, and the fact that there’s only one arena – the same boring hexagonal arena, will help the boredom pour in. It’s good, just longevity what be it’s saving grace. Overall, the fighters are excellent, the graphics are realistic, but don’t expect this to last – so get it if you can find it for less than £20 I would say. 3 stars.

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      15.09.2001 01:36

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      Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC as it is also known, could this be the king of fighters? Sadly not, but it does have some great strengths, but also a few flaws too. It features a training mode – harden up your fighter, no matter what style of fighting they posses – anything goes in UFC. There’s also a superb tournament mode, probably the best mode other than the 2 player versus mode – the idea is simple, pick a fighter, find an opponent and knock the wind out of them, using any fighting style you care to perform – it’s a very, very realistic game, you can hear every punch, every cry of pain, it’s not for the faint hearted, definitely not for the kids! Graphics are brilliant, but graphics don’t always make a game, although this and the control system are the strong points of Ultimate Fighting Championship, it lacks a certain something – something called depth. The game won’t hold your attention for very long really as there isn’t a really lengthy decent one-player mission or anything, and the fact that there’s only one arena – the same boring hexagonal arena, will help the boredom pour in. It’s good, just longevity what be it’s saving grace. Overall, the fighters are excellent, the graphics are realistic, but don’t expect this to last – so get it if you can find it for less than £20 I would say. 3 stars.

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      29.08.2001 06:34

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      Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC as it is also known, could this be the king of fighters? Sadly not, but it does have some great strengths, but also a few flaws too. It features a training mode – harden up your fighter, no matter what style of fighting they posses – anything goes in UFC. There’s also a superb tournament mode, probably the best mode other than the 2 player versus mode – the idea is simple, pick a fighter, find an opponent and knock the wind out of them, using any fighting style you care to perform – it’s a very, very realistic game, you can hear every punch, every cry of pain, it’s not for the faint hearted, definitely not for the kids! Graphics are brilliant, but graphics don’t always make a game, although this and the control system are the strong points of Ultimate Fighting Championship, it lacks a certain something – something called depth. The game won’t hold your attention for very long really as there isn’t a really lengthy decent one-player mission or anything, and the fact that there’s only one arena – the same boring hexagonal arena, will help the boredom pour in. It’s good, just longevity what be it’s saving grace. Overall, the fighters are excellent, the graphics are realistic, but don’t expect this to last – so get it if you can find it for less than £20 I would say. 3 stars.

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      29.03.2001 16:09
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      I was a little dispappointed at the wrestling games that were developed for the dreamcast, as the two WWF games were quite poor and short lived in terms of the fun stakes. But I needn't of feared as this game more than makes up for it. The game uses the Ultimate Fighting Championship Licence. This is a world fighting contest to see who is the best it involves all different fighting techniques from Shoot Fighting to normal wrestling and there is no faking it here. Most of the people involved are recreated here, the graphics for the game are not the best I have seen but they certainly do the job well. The options available, are UFC, this allows you to enter a fighter in a small quest to win the Silver belt. Championship, once you have the silver belt you can enter him in this, where your fighter was survive 12 fights, one after each other, and if you lose the belt you have to go back to the start. Career This is where you can enter a made up fighter from the skins that you have won, (You get different types for winning the silver belt with each contender). You start with no skill points and the gain more until you are the champion. There is also an exhibition mode, which is just a straight one on one battle. The learning curve of the game is great, as to start off with I was thinking this was the hardest game in the world, I remember my second match with was against this japanese bloke, he ran across the screen jump at me and got me in a submission hold, that took like 4 secons and the match was over. But after time and you have found your favourite person, you will have great battles. Which are much more involving than any WWF game.

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      31.01.2001 19:21
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      First of all I have to start with a word of warning. ******************************************* This game is NOT for children. I would say 12 and over is the minimum age for this. I know that this sounds like an over-reacting old man thing to say but some games are just not for younger people and this is one of them. ******************************************* But if on the other hand you're all grown up: Based on the real event of the same name, Ultimate Fighting Championship is a tournament where some of the world’s roughest and toughest fighters compete. There is no messing about here - the better fighter wins. Two fighters and a referee will get into a caged octagonal ring and fight until one of them gives up. (I will point out that the referee is not fighting – just refereeing! – I know that some smart alec will say something in the comments if I don’t make that clear!). So, the fight begins but in essence there are no strict rules. The only time the referee will step in is if there is excessive bleeding from a fighter or one of them submits. Boxing, wrestling, submission fighting, karate, any and every style of fighting is allowed here. There are of course some rules (no biting etc) but generally speaking the fighters are left to get on with it until one of them is either knocked out or submits. I have actually seen the real thing and believe me there is no messing about once these guys start. One of them (or even both) will get hurt – possibly seriously. Broken limbs are not uncommon and if you don’t like the sight of blood then this is definitely not for you. Go on then, I know you’re just dying to ask. Is this the most brutal game ever then? Well, in a word, yes. As with the real thing you have access to many different fighters (who are real competitors in the UFC) al l of which have their own strengths, weaknesses and fighting styles. You will find out soon enough which style of fighter is best suited to your approach. It’s quite likely that for the first few fights that you’ll be spending a lot of time on the canvass being beaten around the head by your opponent. Game Modes: The two main ones are the UFC tournament – this is where you progress further by beating your opponents. Lose and it’s all over. Very unforgiving but that’s how it works in real life. You’ll be put against an opponent and as long as you keep winning you will progress to the next stage. The other one is the single fight mode – essential of course to any fighting game. Choose your fighter and choose your opponent for a quick session of fisticuffs. Oh, that’s something to mention. Fast. Performance yes, but also the duration of the fights. In a game like Soul Calibur you will fight for around 30 seconds and probably two fights. In UFC the fights can be VERY short indeed, a quick few kicks or punches to the head of your opponent (or vice versa) and it will all be over. I had one fight that was over in less than ten seconds. OK, it’s realistic, but this began to annoy me after a while Once your opponent is on a good series of punches it will become very difficult to defend yourself. Again, it’s meant to be like the real thing and that’s exactly what you get. Moves The amount of moves that can be performed is perhaps the most impressive aspect of the game. Because there are so many fighters with varying styles means that there are plenty of moves that you will need to learn. A top tip here is to pick a fighter and try to master him. (‘Him’ is not being sexist, women do not fight here and to be blunt it’s probably because they’re sensible!). The usual punch and kick combo’s will see you through most of the time but you can also grapple and even bundle your opponent to the floor. This is the key – get him on the floor and the fight SHOULD be yours. One of the moves counter-acts this though so you may find yourself on the receiving end of a good kicking in a flash! Graphics Not exactly ground breaking but they are pretty good. The fighters look impressive with rippling muscles and appropriate body/facial hair. In the tournament there are some pretty impressive intros. The main announcer introduces the fighters in a TV broadcast style, the fighters walk to the ring, dramatic music plays and you’re in the mood for whipping some poor bloke’s ass. One very annoying part here is that when you get a close up of the announcer (or referee) the lip movements are nothing like what they should be. The voice comes out but it looks like a badly dubbed film. The arena is simple but not as much of a key factor as in games like Tekken Tag or Soul Calibur (where the arenas are stunning, as you may know). Part of the graphics is of course blood. A little over the top I felt. Punch your opponent and a fairly copious amount of pixelated ‘blood’ will be sent flying. It serves its purpose and by being a little over the top makes the fighting a little less ‘real’. Sound Good. Punches and kicks sound exaggerated but that’s only to be expected. You do feel that you’re being hurt when someone starts laying into you as your fighter lets out a few groans. There isn’t music during the fights, but the music in the menus and in the tournament intro’s is suitable to the occasion (fanfares etc). Control As there are so many moves to get to grips with you’ll find that controlling your fighter is without a doubt the key to mastering this game. The Drea mcast controller works well, but I’d imagine that the DC arcade stick would really come into its own with this particular game. Once you’re involved in a fight you really need to get those moves and button presses just right and the DC controller is a little weak for this task. If you’re a fan of fighting games you’ve probably got the arcade stick anyway so this should not even be an issue. Fighting styles Lots of them. I find the karate and kickboxing styles are the easiest to use but submission fighters are incredibly effective. It’s when two different styles meet that the fun begins. You’ll be trying to kick your opponent whilst he’s trying to get you on the floor to twist your arms or legs into seriously painful positions! I wouldn’t say that any particular fighting style works better than another – learn a fighter’s moves and that will be half the struggle. Fighters My personal favourite has to be Tito Ortiz. Never heard of him no doubt but I chose him because he just looked so damned mean and hard!!! I also noticed that his virtual equivalent was fairly accurate if not a spitting image like the characters in Virtua Tennis. You’ll probably end up choosing a character by looks but make sure you consider their fighting style too. If you don't fancy any of the fighters that come with the game then don't worry. You can create your own ones too. Choose their name, strengths and even their outfit (as long as it's not pink). The general presentation of the game is good. Menus serve their purpose and your progress can be saved onto a VMU – very important if you want to gain access to the depths of the game and save your title belts as your EVENTUALLY start to win the occasional tournament!! It’s a good game and a very good representation of the real thing but again I must stress that it's not for the kids. I don’t find myself coming back to it as much as Soul Calibur but this game isn’t just about extreme violence – there is more to UFC than meets the eye and if you persist and master some of the characters this becomes a very rewarding game. For most this will be a bit hit or miss and I’d have to say it was more miss than hit for me. If you’re after a challenge then this could be for you, for everyone else Soul Calibur is the one to go for. Phew.

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        10.12.2000 23:03
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        After the disappointment that was WWF: Royal Rumble, the Dreamcast is still in desperate need of a top quality wrestling title. I think that the closest we're going to get is this. Crave have never published a fully fledged beat 'em up and this is Anchor's first game, so you'll forgive me for being a little apprehensive, I'm sure. The fact of the matter is that UFC is a no-holds-barred, any style fighting tournament involving fighters from all over the world. Sumo, Wrestling, Kickboxing and Karate are all represented and it makes a refreshing change from the excellent but sometimes dull WWF/WCW style fighting. Graphics I have to say, that the graphics in UFC are quite simply some of the best I've ever seen. The real-life warriors look EXACTLY the same on DC as they do in the octagon on TV. Their muscles are suitably ripped and they have the same facial expressions to boot. The animation is just SO good, that it has to be seen to be believed. If you do purchase UFC, go into UFC mode, choose a fighter and press start. Sit back and watch the intros. The crowd near the entrance seem to be individually rendered, as are the cameraman and his camera. Excellent all round. Sound Almost on a par with the graphics, the sound in UFC is amazing. The crowds sound real, the referee (Big John McCarthy) has his real-life voice and everything just smacks of professionalism. Gameplay It's funny, but although you can only do a few moves to start with, learning the more tricky moves proves to be compelling stuff. You'll be lucky to last more than 3 minutes in your first few fights, but once you start to get the hang of the Soul Calibur/Tekken style controls, dropkicks, clotheslines, armbreakers and a plethora off other attacks will come easily to you. Career mode is interesting. Create your fighter and train him up from a useless wreck to become a combatant in the Ultimate Fighting Championship Tou rnament. In order to do this, you must beat 32 different opponents (some more than once) to gain skill points, which you can use on your fighters different abilities, or even "buy" new moves for him. It's an amazing feeling when he steps out in the tournament for the first time, cameras clicking and crowd cheering. The bouts area little short, but as with everything else in UFC, it's true to life. How many roundhouses to the head could you take before you are knocked out? Not many, I'll bet. Overall To be honest, I enjoyed this more than the hyped-up Dead or Alive 2 and the mediocre Royal Rumble. It may not appeal to all, but I think that wrestling and beat 'em up fans should at least give this a try. Superb and well worth £40 of anyone's money.

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          01.11.2000 23:31
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          When a game comes along with a name like this you prepare yourself for the worst. With games like Soul Calibur already on the Dreamcast some people may wonder why they need another fighting game. The reason they need this is because it is the best fighting game i have ever played. Initially the game is quite dissapointing as the moves seem limited and the fights last a matter of seconds. What becomes apparant is the depth inthe game that you fail to notice when you first pick up the game. After a couple of days you will have learnt some of the finer points of the control scheme and the game wil come to life. Rounds last for minutes as you and your oponent grapple with each other, both looking for the move that will send your oponent to the floor and to give him the beating of his life. If you can put down Soul Calibur for five minutes, and give this a go, you will see that the Dreamcast has a new king of the ring!

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