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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 78
  2. Negative: 10 out of 78

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  1. Sep 11, 2012
    2
    This game could have been a beautiful thing. Ignoring online play, this game has very few downsides. And, At first I was totally happy with the $80+ I spent on the game and DLC. But, that was before THQ showed that they have no respect for their customers. The online play is in desperate need of a patch. 8 months later, after repeatedly being told by THQ (on their forums) that it willThis game could have been a beautiful thing. Ignoring online play, this game has very few downsides. And, At first I was totally happy with the $80+ I spent on the game and DLC. But, that was before THQ showed that they have no respect for their customers. The online play is in desperate need of a patch. 8 months later, after repeatedly being told by THQ (on their forums) that it will be out soon, and that their customers and fans are important to them, they still haven't released the patch. At this point, as evidenced by the forums, the entire UFC3 community has been alienated by THQ. There was one employee who tried to mediate, but he left for a new job a couple months ago and no THQ employee has communicated a word since.

    Most replay value in a game comes from online play. I could still love this game, if on-line play was fixed and not completely broken. But, it seems it will always be broken, because THQ isn't concerned with their word or ethics, just $$s.

    The whole situation is just sad for everyone that bought that game.
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  2. Mar 9, 2012
    4
    Pro's:
    Great selection of Fighters, Great selection of Moves, Plenty of game modes, PRIDE (Both Exhibition mode and Career), Commentary is good, Graphics are good.
    Con's: Still the same problems as the last 2 games like Poor Animations, i.e. A hook, In Real Life if you Punch with your Palm facing toward the floor you will end up damaging your Wrist. The animation should be Palm facing
    Pro's:
    Great selection of Fighters, Great selection of Moves, Plenty of game modes, PRIDE (Both Exhibition mode and Career), Commentary is good, Graphics are good.

    Con's: Still the same problems as the last 2 games like Poor Animations, i.e. A hook, In Real Life if you Punch with your Palm facing toward the floor you will end up damaging your Wrist. The animation should be Palm facing inwards. Robotic movement, especially when dodging punches. Button mashing, Submission system (Elements are good, but you wouldn't expect some of the fighters to have such a Giant Blue bar that moves extremely fast, while yours moves extremely slow. Doesn't give your fighter in Career mode a chance when your selection of fights early on becomes too difficult for your own fighter to handle). You can't change Difficulty during Career Mode. Career mode is boring. You just Train and fight just like the last installments. Not really over 100 fighters, some copy and paste with Pride next to them and weight classes. Some fighters you have to Download, such as Nick Diaz and Overeem. Fighters Overated such as Chael Sonnen. Great Wrestler no doubt, but his Record in the UFC isn't the best. When I fought him, he stood up and traded. He was quick and accurate. When has he ever stood and traded? when has he ever been quick and accurate standing up? Some fighters don't use the skills they have, but they are stronger on weaker points, something you never see in Real Life. When rocked and down, you can move your head and block so you don't get hit. The Ref still stopped the fight even when my opponent MISSED every shot. Poor...

    Part of the Submission system has been taken from EA MMA. Also so has the variation of Rules and Surrounding such as Cage or Ring.

    It's the same game as the last 2. But better Graphics, more fighters, More Moves and Pride. Clearly the Button mashing, poor Animations etc remain exactly the same. THQ should never do another UFC game.
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  3. Apr 3, 2012
    4
    Yikes, if Mr. Mike Goldberg would shut up I would have enjoyed it more. I have liked all the previous games and the blood physics were great. But it felt uninspired and clunky throughout. Enjoyable experience as the previous but not my favorite of the series.http://liquidgamer.podbean.com/
  4. Mar 9, 2012
    0
    Pro's:
    Great selection of Fighters, Great selection of Moves, Plenty of game modes, PRIDE (Both Exhibition mode and Career), Commentary is good, Graphics are good.
    Con's: Still the same problems as the last 2 games like Poor Animations, i.e. A hook, In Real Life if you Punch with your Palm facing toward the floor you will end up damaging your Wrist. The animation should be Palm facing
    Pro's:
    Great selection of Fighters, Great selection of Moves, Plenty of game modes, PRIDE (Both Exhibition mode and Career), Commentary is good, Graphics are good.

    Con's: Still the same problems as the last 2 games like Poor Animations, i.e. A hook, In Real Life if you Punch with your Palm facing toward the floor you will end up damaging your Wrist. The animation should be Palm facing inwards. Robotic movement, especially when dodging punches. Button mashing, Submission system (Elements are good, but you wouldn't expect some of the fighters to have such a Giant Blue bar that moves extremely fast, while yours moves extremely slow. Doesn't give your fighter in Career mode a chance when your selection of fights early on becomes too difficult for your own fighter to handle). You can't change Difficulty during Career Mode. Career mode is boring. You just Train and fight just like the last installments. Not really over 100 fighters, some copy and paste with Pride next to them and weight classes. Some fighters you have to Download, such as Nick Diaz and Overeem. Fighters Overated such as Chael Sonnen. Great Wrestler no doubt, but his Record in the UFC isn't the best. When I fought him, he stood up and traded. He was quick and accurate. When has he ever stood and traded? when has he ever been quick and accurate standing up? Some fighters don't use the skills they have, but they are stronger on weaker points, something you never see in Real Life. When rocked and down, you can move your head and block so you don't get hit. The Ref still stopped the fight even when my opponent MISSED every shot. Poor...

    Part of the Submission system has been taken from EA MMA. Also so has the variation of Rules and Surrounding such as Cage or Ring.

    It's the same game as the last 2. But better Graphics, more fighters, More Moves and Pride. Clearly the Button mashing, poor Animations etc remain exactly the same. THQ should never do another UFC game.
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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. 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]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.