UFC Undisputed 3 is third and final instalment in the UFC Undisputed franchise developed by Yuke's Co Ltd and published by THQ. The game differs significantly from UFC Undisputed 2010, the biggest change is the addition of the PRIDE mode where you are allowed to knee, stomp and kick to the head of a downed opponent. The game also boasts many improvements that you would expect such as enhanced visuals, more moves to perform, a new submission system, better online play and new camera angles. The game features the newest divisions in the UFC, Bantamweight and Featherweight, and a huge roster of over 150 UFC fighters. The PRIDE FC experience has been recreated along with the Saitama Super Arena, legendary ring announcer Lenne Hardt and commentary provided by Stephen Quadros and the legendary Bas Rutten.
A video editing mode new to the UFC Undisputed series. UFC Undisputed 3 will save your 50 most recent rounds of fighting and give the user the ability to edit them together to create their own unique Highlight Reel. Videos can be uploaded the UFC Undisputed Community Hub or to YouTube for mass sharing. Also added is the "Smart Highlight Reel", which uses an algorithm to automatically make a highlight reel.
For the first time in the Undisputed series, players will be able to see their favorite fighters walk out to the Octagon. The entrances are not only a show of presentation, but are treated as a way to inform users about fighter's strengths through commentators Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg.
Paying homage to the home of some of the best MMA fighters, UFC Undisputed 3 features PRIDE FC with its own mode and roster. PRIDE FC uses a different rule set and a different pace compared to UFC. First round is 10 minutes and the following two rounds are 5 minutes. Knee to a downed opponent, soccer kicks and stomps are completely legal. The mode is rounded out by the authentic presentation using ring announcer Lenne Hardt and holding the bouts at the Saitama Super Arena.
Finish The Fight
A feature that was in the first UFC Undisputed game, but was taken out in UFC Undisputed 2010, was the ability for players to attack an opponent after a KO. For UFC Undisputed 3, THQ/Yukes brought the feature back as the Finish The Fight feature. As soon as your opponent hits the floor from a KO, players are able to jolt to the downed opponent and start swinging away to assure their win adding the much needed physical exclamation point to all KOs.
Amateur Control Scheme
Making sure UFC Undisputed 3 was accessible to all interested players, UFC Undisputed 3 includes an Amateur Control scheme. Instead of performing quarter-circles for Minor Transitions and half-circles for Major Transitions on the Right Analog stick to advance positions, players using Amateur Controls can now just flick up or down on the Right Analog stick to advance in position. However, using this control scheme will take out some techniques like the ability to fake your transitions.
A week before release, THQ released their DLC schedule for UFC Undisputed 3 which includes a couple Fighter Packs, a handful of Ultimate Fights Packs, and a Season Pass.
FIGHTER PACKS (400 MSP/$4.99 PSN):
Fight Of The Night Pack (March 2012)
A pack dedicated to fighters who have earned the prestigious Fight Of The Night honors.
International Pack (April 2012)
A pack of some of the most notable non-North/South American fighters including the other half of 2010's Fight of the Year and an Ultimate Fighter participant.
Contenders Pack (Gamestop Pre-Order Bonus/240 MSP/$2.99 PSN)
A pack of four fighters that once were considered to be in top title contention.
Ultimate Fights Packs (400 MSP/$4.99 PSN)
Ultimate Submissions (FREE AT LAUNCH)
Fights which include a highlight reel submission ending.
Ultimate Rivals (FREE AT LAUNCH)
Match-ups that famously had a lot of verbal heat leading up to the fight itself.
Ultimate Upsets (March 2012)
Fights with the least predictable outcomes.
Mixed Bag (April 2012)
A mixed pack of fights for each Ultimate Fights category including Best of PRIDE and Ultimate Knockouts.
Ultimate Knockouts (Walmart Pre-Order Bonus)
A pack of fights showcasing devastating knockouts.
Alistair Overeem (Free on Facebook/80 MSP/$.99 PSN)
To build the UFC Undisputed 3 Facebook page, THQ offered former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion and current UFC Heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem as a free download for an exchange of a "Like" on Facebook. The offer has since ended, but the fighter is currently available for purchase Xbox Live and Playstation Network for 80 MSP or $.99 respectably.
All Unlockables (160 MSP/$1.99 PSN)
A pay-for-convenience pass to immediately unlock all in-game content.
Create-A-Fighter Boost (240 MSP/$2.99 PSN)
Another pay-for-convenience fee to add skill points to your fighter without spending the time to do so.
Following the trend of other THQ games, Saints Row: The Third and WWE 12, UFC Undisputed 3 will offer a "buy all at a discount" Season Pass. The Season Pass will allow players to download these assorted DLC packs when available:
- Fighters Pack - Fight Of The Night Pack (March 2012)
- Fighters Pack - International Pack (April 2012)
- Ultimate Fights Pack - Ultimate Upsets (March 2012)
- Ultimate Fights Pack - Mixed Bag (April 2012)
- Alistair Overeem
- All Unlockables
The Season Pass does not include The Contenders Pack, Create-A-Fighter boost, or the Online Pass. The Contenders Pack and the Create-A-Fighter Boost will be available for purchase on launch day. The Online Pass will be included in all new copies of UFC Undisputed 3. The Season Pass will cost 1360 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live or $16.99 on the Playstation Network.