Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 29
  2. Negative: 9 out of 29
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  1. The gameplay is very similar to previous games. If you haven’t played any, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
  2. I think the game modes are lacking, and the fighter creator is very rudimentary. But the controls and gameplay are still as good as they used to be.
  3. It's a simpler fighting game, but I think that the UFC followers will really get into it. The cheap price doesn't hurt either.
  4. Weekly Famitsu
    6 / 7 / 7 / 8 - 28 [Vol 802; 30 Apr 2004]
  5. Overall UFC isn't the worst wrestling/fighting game around and does a good job in feature many different disciplines of fighting but lacks the polish to push it from moderate game to decent game.
  6. The matches themselves typically last less time than they take to load. [July 2004, p.115]
  7. The game feels fairly lacklustre and gets old fairly quickly.
  8. A mediocre fighting game that doesn’t provide any new ideas.
  9. 60
    The drawback in executing these moves comes in the form of slow button response. It’s tough to pull off a counter if the buttons don’t register at the exact moment, and it’s hard to attack with a flurry of side-step combos when, in combination with a button press, the directional pad and analog stick just don’t react efficiently.
  10. While there are some very basic, jam-the-buttons-as-fast-as-you-can, fun moments to be had with the game, in general, there are similarly-styled, better games at comparable prices.
  11. Cheat Code Central
    Same old tired gameplay with a new name a big-ticket price tag...I haven't seen so much rehash since I caught Pauley Shore's act at the Comedy Store in L.A. a few years ago.
  12. A very average fighting game in a market cluttered with good alternatives, so I can't really recommend it.
  13. Just another languid translation of the exact same game you've been playing since the days of the Dreamcast. Sudden Impact is pretty much on autopilot in every aspect of its execution, presenting just the bare minimum to make a playable UFC game.
  14. 60
    You can duke it out in one weight class in the Champion Road mode, but it’s more fun watching flyweights pepper lumbering hulks with a couple of kicks, take ’em down and elbow them into oblivion.
  15. UFC:Sudden Impact just doesn't deliver enough that hasn't already been seen in existing UFC titles.
  16. It’s only appeal lies in playing with your friends and settling a grudge match. The stilted and repetitive gameplay may bore you quickly, and even more so played solo.
  17. While it’s hard for UFC fans to go too far wrong at that price, Sudden Impact isn’t exactly a joy to play with its dull visuals, antiquated sound and clumsy, monotonous gameplay mechanics.
  18. GMR Magazine
    Despite the evolution of the UFC itself, the series has gone absolutely nowhere. [July 2004, p.92]
  19. While the budget price makes UFC: Sudden Impact easier to afford, in the end, it’s still a bitter pill to swallow.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. 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 aGood 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 »