Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 60 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. Feb 9, 2012
    90
    The sheer amount of new content in UFC Undisputed 3 is staggering. The devs have managed to combine elements to make the experience less intimidating while still adding in a ton of new features to keep hardcore fans engaged.
  2. Feb 10, 2012
    91
    And really, that's what makes Undisputed 3 work. It's super accessible for anyone moderately familiar with fighters, yet has an insane amount of depth for those willing to spend time with the game. That generally seems to be the hallmark of any great fighter, and I think UFC Undisputed fits that bill. There are still a few kinks to be ironed out, but certainly less than were present in previous years.
  3. Feb 13, 2012
    90
    UFC Undisputed 3 takes no prisoners. Even though the franchise remains as imposing as ever, it's nigh-impossible to claim that this installment is not a staggering improvement. Short of bludgeoning and bloodying us over the head, UFC Undisputed 3 will handily convince its hardcore audience of its new conditioning.
  4. Feb 15, 2012
    87
    A real treat for any MMA fan. Deep, strategic and very, very fair. [March 2012, p.90]
  5. Feb 17, 2012
    90
    UFC Undisputed 3 is the new edition of THQ's popular franchise dedicated to mixed martial arts. The improved combat system, the simplified and fun career mode with a huge roster make this game the best MMA simulation of all time.
  6. Feb 15, 2012
    92
    Fans of mixed martial arts will find a must-have in UFC Undisputed, a very complex and demanding game with lots of content. Newcomers will enjoy a more approachable game thanks to the new Amateur control. THQ has achieved to improve the series and again delivers and impressive chapter that it not only a good game for UFC and MMA followers, but also one of the greatest simulation and combat games around.
  7. Feb 13, 2012
    95
    Despite its flaws, I'd say that the game as a whole is a must-buy for fans of the series.
  8. Feb 10, 2012
    90
    A superb experience, sure to both delight fighting game fans and bring complete newbies into the fold.
  9. Feb 10, 2012
    90
    An example of what every sports simulation game should be. By choosing not to be bound by how people think of the sport, Yukes managed to deliver a product that is both more realistic and enjoyable than both of the previous UFC titles. Any game that can make me a fan of its subject matter overnight is a winner in my book.
  10. Apr 4, 2012
    90
    Despite a learning curve, gameplay is very smooth, with a first-class presentation, from the fighter introductions, to the actual UFC announcers and referees, to the good audio features of the crowd and impact of punches and kicks onto each fighter.
  11. Feb 17, 2012
    90
    UFC Undisputed 3 is the new king of realistic fighting games. It may not innovate much, but what it does, it does perfectly.
  12. Feb 10, 2012
    87
    After putting in more than a dozen hours, it is very clear to me that UFC Undisputed 3 came to play. The improvements across the board show the results of the extended development cycle, and it has paid off. Every facet of the game has been made more accessible, and the new submission system removes a huge issue with the two previous games.
  13. Feb 10, 2012
    87
    Longtime fans may appreciate the engorged roster and Pride rule set, but others may not find the extra purchase, or year long break, justifiable by any other regard. Bear no reservations if you're looking for another year of top notch brawling in the octagon, but if it's evolution you're looking for, Undisputed doesn't deliver.
  14. Feb 20, 2012
    90
    UFC Undisputed 3 is the standout of the series thus far, gameplay is the best yet and the amount of content on offer is incredible. Career mode may be the main focus for these games, but it is the Title and Ultimate Fights modes that offer up the most rewarding experience. Whether you are new to the series or an old pro, this is worth picking up and is easily the best sports fighting game on the market.
  15. Feb 29, 2012
    90
    This third iteration is by far the best one. It's as pretty as ever, deeper and richer content-wise, and probably the best MMA "realistic" title today. Its only shortcoming : the new submission system, that seems a little too random. Other than that, if you're a fan, get it!
  16. Feb 14, 2012
    89
    The new submission system copies a page out of EAs MMA conceptbook, but it works well and adds depth to the already convincing fighting system that gives you loads of options to try and dominate your opponent, regardless where the fight takes place in the octagon.
  17. Feb 21, 2012
    90
    Undisputed 3 is a hearty revival of a franchise that has successfully managed to bottle the essence of a sport rapidly growing in popularity, and the brutal strategy contained within offers a little bit of everything for stalwarts and newcomers alike.
  18. Feb 10, 2012
    90
    UFC Undisputed 3 is an all-around major improvement over previous games in the series.
  19. Feb 13, 2012
    90
    THQ and Yuke's bring the sport to life, and it says something about their efforts when the worst aspects of their product are minuscule in comparison to its overall value. UFC 3 makes it easy to get wrapped up in the tactical strategy of MMA fighting while maintaining the pace and difficulty at a challenging level.
  20. Feb 10, 2012
    91
    There is plenty of rich content, gameplay, and unlockables in UFC Undisputed 3 to crown it the champion of MMA games. But with little to no competition, lets hope each installment can continue advancing as much as this one.
  21. Feb 10, 2012
    96
    When the dust settles, and you head to your local game store, or big box to buy Undisputed, you won't be disappointed.
  22. Mar 26, 2012
    90
    While I still feel as though EA made a better, and extremely under rated game, MMA fighting game with EA MMA, I do think that THQ has been able to match them with the newest UFC game, due to a great overhaul of the control system and an all most never ending amount of fun available, because of all the added features like Pride FC, and the Title Defense section.
  23. Feb 26, 2012
    87
    Definitely the best MMA game around: deep, complex and satisfying, UFC Undisputed 3 improves THQ's series in almost every area, delivering us a must-have game for any ring sports lover. Our only complaint is about the still shaky net-code, an area in which Yuke's should focus all its efforts for the next game.
  24. Apr 12, 2012
    90
    The game is fun and exciting to play, and it's great fun leading your fighter to championship glory. [May 2012, p.65]
  25. Feb 10, 2012
    91
    With a far more approachable career mode (as well as the title modes and awesome title defense mode which plays out like it sounds), robust and deep combat system, great atmosphere, sexy graphics bolstered by entertaining and spot-on commentary by Rogan and Goldberg, UFC Undisputed 3 is easily the best iteration of the series.
  26. Feb 13, 2012
    90
    UFC Undisputed 3 offers a tremendous amount of content. It is the best UFC title to date and one you shouldn't miss out on.
  27. Feb 15, 2012
    90
    The detailed Pride Mode and the new control settings for beginners alone would make UFC Undisputed 3 worth the money. Add the great career mode, over 150 original athletes and a perfect UFC atmosphere and you have a dream product for every MMA Fan.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Feb 15, 2012
    10
    Finally. THQ have done the right thing for the first time in the series. They listened to critics of the fans and made the game even betterFinally. THQ have done the right thing for the first time in the series. They listened to critics of the fans and made the game even better than it was. Career is now even better that it used to be, filled with a lot more action and a lot less of "managing". Submission system has been revamped to BETTER, now with indication how close you are to a victory. 100+ fighters will guarantee that not a single fight will ever be the same. And have I mentioned amazing commentary? As far as it goes for me, this game is just as good as you would expect from an UFC game. Full Review »
  2. Feb 14, 2012
    10
    Go buy this and kick some butt. You'll feel better. You pick from pretty much anyone out there today and can unleash the pain. Or start as aGo buy this and kick some butt. You'll feel better. You pick from pretty much anyone out there today and can unleash the pain. Or start as a noob to the circuit and earn your way up. Either way, kicking butt is awesome again. Full Review »
  3. Feb 25, 2012
    10
    UFC Undisputed 3 is the best game of the UFC/THQ series, a must have for any MMA fan, and especially if you are a Nick Diaz fan. The roster isUFC Undisputed 3 is the best game of the UFC/THQ series, a must have for any MMA fan, and especially if you are a Nick Diaz fan. The roster is pretty deep, this time including Nick DIaz, although a few guys will probably need be offered as DLC in the near future, it's enough to keep most of us happy for now. The graphics are great, and the gameplay is over the top addictive, plenty of subtle tweaks to the striking and ground game have put UFC Undisputed 3 above the rest of the games in the series. Go buy this game so I can knock you out online! Full Review »