STAFF REVIEW of UFC: Tapout (Xbox)

Tuesday, February 26, 2002.
by l Maximus l

UFC: Tapout Box art The overall appeal to this game is that I was very impressed! I never normally like games like this...I usually am into traditional fighting games like Mortal Kombat and the like, but, this was a nice addition to my video game library. I have never really liked WWF wrestling games, but, I was very impressed with UFC Tapout! The graphics, the gameplay, the skills you can gain on this game as opposed to a "button masher" make this game a must see!

I love the gameplay! The fighters maneuver very fluidly. I really enjoy that fact that this game is not a "button masher"...not in the least. I mean, you could get by with mashing the buttons, however, don't be suprise when a skilled UFC Tapout fighter blocks them all and comes back with a ruthless combo!

Each fighter has their own moves, and plenty of them. There are a lot of counter strikes, tackling, and combinations. This game even makes ground battles very interesting...much more interesting than the real UFC! Seriously! It's unbelievable on how extensive the ground techniques are...flipping around, changing seat position, blocking, counter-striking while on your back, elbow shots while on top...this game is great!

Also, the amount of fighters is amazing and impressive, to say the least. I even have a friend that fights in the UFC and even he's on the game! His name is Jens Pulver...I played him for about 3 hours alone and then started playing with Tito Ortiz. Both are great fighters!!

Visually, the game is impressive. The introduction graphics trick your eye as if it's real. They really did themselves over on the introductions (while the fighters make their way to the octogon). The crowd is utterly amazing in completely fools you into thinking that they are just graphics! They look so real!

The fighters have a lot of muscle tone detail, body hair, and tatoos. The blood is great, but, admittingly, it looks a little too perfect when it comes to even spots all over the octogon, but, certainly nothing to complain about.

Also, there is a create a fighter mode on it. It's pretty cool, but, I don't imagine that it's as extensive as WWF RAW's create a wrestler. But, again, nothing to complain about...atleast it has it on there. There are a lot of options with it regardless.

The sound is good. There is a little improvement that can be done here, but, it's not all that much to complain about. I scrolled through the sound board in the options menue, and they include tons of different sound effects. The crowd has pretty consistent screaming and yelling which keeps the action going. The punches sound nice, too. My biggest qualm is that the announcer's lips don't move exactly to what he's saying. It's a minor detail, but, considering how much detail this game has visually, it seems they could have worked a little harder on this and concentrated on it a little more.

Just work on the announcer's voice being timed with his lip movement. Also, more lip movement would be better, too. It's a minor detail overall, but, considering how much time with detail that the developers did, it actually sticks out like a sore thumb...but, not too much to complain about, because the game is great!!!

Overall: 10.0 / 10
Gameplay: 10.0 / 10
Visuals: 10.0 / 10
Sound: 8.0 / 10


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