Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 29
  2. Negative: 9 out of 29
  1. You can button mash your way to victory, trust me. Even the hardest of hardcore UFC fans should pass on Sudden Impact. [Bryan; July 2004, p.98]
  2. There's nothing here you didn't already pay for with "UFC Throwdown." [July 2004, p.34]
  3. The frontend system looks like it has been pulled from a PSone title and the loading times are about as quick, whilst in the octagon, the fighters seem to have lost a little definition and gained a few of the dreaded “jaggies”.
  4. Sudden Impact is just a slightly damaged version of the game we’ve been playing since the waning days of Sega’s Dreamcast.
  5. 40
    It retails for only $20, which is hard to beat. On the downside, you can probably find used copies of old UFC games for even cheaper than that, and many of them are better than Sudden Impact.
  6. There's a respectable fighting engine at the game's core, but nothing was done to really make it worth your while. [July 2004, p.96]
  7. The wet slapping sound of a fist traveling across a face is a sound I’ll always hold dear, and Sudden Impact sure does deliver in that department.
  8. This is the most disappointment I've ever felt playing a game. [July 2004, p.7]
  9. I kept telling my girlfriend while I was playing, "It has to get better once you get into the actual story." Truth be told, THERE IS NO STORY. It’s just the longest character creation mode I’ve ever seen.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. AndreM.
    May 17, 2005
    Good game! Needs mor blood and where is royce gracie, frank mir and tank abbot, ufc just isnt the same with out its ledgends but it only a game and will be better next year, i hope! Full Review »