• Publisher: Crave
  • Release Date: Aug 29, 2000
Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 91
    Deep and complex yet easy to play, the tight game mechanics and beauty of the visuals serve an invitation to brilliance.
  2. Aside from playing as the actual UFC fighters, there is also a career mode, where you can create and name a fighter, then take him through several levels of sparring.
  3. 100
    You've never played a fighting game or wrestling title like this. UFC is the best man-to-man combat title ever, on any system.
  4. It's not a flawless victory, however, and in the end doesn't quite reach the plateau of a masterpiece like "Soul Calibur."
  5. Pounding a guy in the head never sounded quite this good.
  6. The first game that I find worthy enough to bestow Da Gameboyz Player's Choice Award upon.
  7. It's safe to say that UFC is bloody hard, in all senses of the word.
  8. It soon becomes a tedious exercise in reversals and grappling, but until you master your technique to that point, it's a great game.
  9. The most realistic fighting game ever. Period.
  10. Easily the most realistic, and definitely one of the most fun, fighting games to ever come along.
  11. UFC doesn't KO the rest of the Dreamcast's brawling lineup as the best title on the system, but its solid fighting-game engine and distinct mixture of realistic fighting styles and brutal moves make it one fun, tough customer.
  12. The best fighting game I have ever played. I don't think the game is perfect, but is solid in every area.
  13. Even the amazing graphics can't save the game from its shallow and poorly thought out gameplay.
  14. The backgrounds are some of the best public arenas presented so far in a game.
  15. 90
    What is absolutely stunning is the total absence of formulaic gameplay. Even the best video game is somewhat formulaic after a fashion, but UFC is almost entirely unpredictable.
  16. You have to truly learn this game to appreciate it, and if you can get past the learning curve, you'll find a very deep game.
  17. You'll be playing forever -- building your own character and trying to defeat UFC Mode and Champion Road. This game has tons to offer.
  18. With UFC, I experienced a sub-par game with great graphics and a main menu that you get to see a whole lot of.
  19. Hell, anybody who enjoys a well-made game should get a more than a few kicks out of UFC.
  20. Whether you're a fan of Bruce Lee, Lennox Lewis or Dalton the bouncer (Patrick Swayze's character in "Road House"), you're bound to find someone who fits your needs.
  21. A perfect blend of simple fighting action and sports simulation, and some of the most realistic looking and moving fighters around.
  22. The game LOOKS like the UFC, FEELS like the UFC, PLAYS like the UFC.
  23. 91
    The messiah of the fighting genre. It has resurrected the ailing category, which left with the meager pickings of "ECW Hardcore," "WWF Attitude" and "Royal Rumble."
  24. Believe it. This game is on the level of the almighty "Soul Cal." It's better than "DOA2," It's better than "Power Stone 2"... it's THAT good!
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. [Anonymous]
    Jul 4, 2002
    10
    This is the best game u can get for Dreamcast. THe graphics are clear and smooth, the sound it perfect, the gameplay is addicting. Anyone who This is the best game u can get for Dreamcast. THe graphics are clear and smooth, the sound it perfect, the gameplay is addicting. Anyone who plays it is hooked. Sure the playstation version didnt even come close, but this game is intense. A sure buy for any gamer liking any type of game. Full Review »
  2. JamieG.
    Jun 23, 2002
    10
    I can't believe how much I keep playing it!
  3. Apr 8, 2014
    8
    Keeping in prospective that this was the first UFC game to be developed it's amazing how much it got right on it's first go. I hate to compereKeeping in prospective that this was the first UFC game to be developed it's amazing how much it got right on it's first go. I hate to compere versions but while the PS1 game is impressive, the DC version of this game takes everything up a notch. Even though the gameplay feels the same, with the addition of better graphics and smoother animations, it takes a better than average experience into an excellent game.

    The roster is deep for the time, and the presentation is excellent, far better than any wrestling or boxing game at the time when it comes to looking like the product that you order on PPV. Compared to this generations UFC titles, the gameplay isn't as impressive as the visuals. But whilst you won't be having any technical bouts that go on for 5 rounds, you will have some intense brawls that could last from 5 seconds to 5 minutes, much like the original UFC events themselves, things get physical and brutal real quick.

    The Dreamcast was the king of arcade style intense quick fixes, and while UFC wasn't a DC exclusive it works best on the little white console.
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