Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 80
    With 25 fighters and a comprehensive create-a-character option, it's amazing to me that advancing someone's career or winning and defending a title wasn't possible.
  2. Delivers deeper, more fluid gameplay than any mixed-martial-arts game to date, making for an especially exciting two-player game.
  3. A very deep, engaging fighting game, although the single player experience leaves much to be desired.
  4. Gameplay-wise, it is probably the company's best effort. Where it fails is replay. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  5. 82
    Pride FC has one-upped UFC's efforts and is clearly the champion of MMA games. Though they are very similar on paper, Pride FC has more depth than its UFC counterpart.
  6. 60
    Pride FC’s gameplay style is exactly the same as all of the "UFC" titles, which shows that THQ put little thought into making this game.
  7. Carried over from the last generation, this fighting game just feels old and fights with no heart whatsoever.
  8. 80
    Simply put, Pride FC shines with details that will make any Pride fan or former match attendee misty eyed with nostalgia.
  9. Big fun... The only real problem I have with the game is the inability to build your fighter's attributes through climbing the ranks. [Apr 2003, p.63]
  10. I found myself losing interest quickly... Pride is a bit too one dimensional for most fighting fans. [Mar 2003, p.126]
  11. A strikingly realistic fighting game that will be immensely fun for those to rent, but I can’t imagine getting more than 15 hours of enjoyment out of the game.
  12. The no-holds barred combat fails to provide the variety you’d want and the gore of the real event isn’t in evidence.
  13. The most impressive and unique highlight of Pride FC is its international cast of playable fighters. Unlike UFC, which only has a handful for foreign-bred entrants, Pride's line-up consists of a wide-range of fighters with different fighting styles from around the world.
  14. The game features an abundance of fighting styles, and everything from the grapples to the counters comes off incredibly well. [Feb 2003, p.108]
  15. The biggest problem with the finished version, however, is the lack of a career mode... That problem aside, Pride FC is still an incredibly playable sports adventure. [Feb 2003, p.29]
  16. Not only gives you a realistic fighting challenge, but also manages to make it look really good while doing so. However, it does suffer from some setbacks, like a poor selection of moves, and a very steep learning curve.
  17. Exaggeraged violence is all Pride has; matches often conclude in less time than the game takes to load the match. [Mar 2003, p.66]
  18. With impressive graphics, a deep combat system, and control that lets you throw out the moves like a Disco dancer on Speed, fans of Mixed Martial Arts and Pride competition will find Pride FC a very accessible and transfixing game.
  19. 91
    A bloody, intense game that almost perfectly captures all of the excitement of the world's premiere fighting sport. [Mar 2003, p.49]

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