UFC: Tapout (Xbox) by Crave Entertainment

UFC: Tapout (Xbox) by Crave Entertainment Box Art

Release Date
February 12, 2002.

Average Overall Score:
8.12 / 10

The overall appeal to this game is that I was very impressed! I never normally like games like this.."

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User Reviews

Score: 81
Overall User Average: 8.03 / 10 (81.2%)
Gameplay User Average: 8.00 / 10
Graphics User Average: 8.31 / 10
Sound User Average: 6.94 / 10
Date reviewed: June 8, 2005.

Overall: What could be a decent premise, is bogged down by the ultimate prerequisite... UFC isn't that exciting to begin with.
Gameplay: Very easy to learn controls like mosting fighting and wrestling games.. and decent depth to the modes isn't enough to save this. The matches can end very quick.. 20 seconds in on some cases. UFC is all about submission and holds.. which doesn't make for a very exciting experience. UFC does not need a game about itself... it doesn't deserve it.
Graphics: Standard XBOX grappling graphics. I don't judge the graphics overall.. but based on what the XBOX can do. So this is just slightly abover average. A game like this doesn't need to have good graphics..it needs good gameplay.. which this also misfires on.
Sound: Standard sounds you would hear from UFC are there. "UGHHHH" and "OARRRRGHHHH" are the classics. Then there is the "YEAHHHHHHH" from the crowd. You can see how deep this game is.
Suggestions: Don't make a 3rd game. You shouldn't have made the 2nd.

Overall: 60 %
Gameplay: 70 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 50 %

Date reviewed: December 9, 2003.

Overall: This game will appeal to people who like wrestling, or any kind of fighting games. It is such a good fighting game that people who don't like fighting games might like this one.
Gameplay: Totally bad ass. This is one of the best Xbox games out. By far the best fighting game ever made. I was intantly addicted. It is shocking how deep this game is. That is the reason I am so shocked about it. It is not like most figthing games where a beginner can just come in and mash their buttons. An experienced player will KO or tapout and unexperienced button masher with ease. You actually need to have a strategy and use skill to kick some butt on this game.
Graphics: Graphics are great. I wish they would have only made this title for Xbox so they would have been a little better. But it was good.
Sound: Sound is good. I love the punching noises. Very realistic sounds and grunts. I was pretty impressed.
Suggestions: One thing. WHERE THE FU$# IS TANK ABBOTT???????? Jesus that was very dissapointing. You are also missing a ton of other fighters that need to be on here such as Vitor Belford and some of the old UFC fighters like Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie, Pat Smith etc....

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: December 9, 2003.

Overall: I finished this game in every way possible within 2 hours. fun at first, but then when you get to know what your doing, your unbeatable. This was the worst game i have ever played, not just including xbox titles.
Gameplay: Gameplay is what made this game crappy. There was very few modes, and was very easy to fisish it.
Graphics: Looked not too bad, fighters looked like they do in real life, and moves were pretty smooth.
Sound: sucks, put on some music when playing this one.
Suggestions: Dont listen too anyone who gave this a good review.

I have no idea how it made the top 100, but if your like me and hate this game, boycot it, lets get it out of the top 100, so suckers dont come in and see that its in the top 100 and go and buy it or something stupid.

I registered at this site just to give this game a bad review!


Overall: 30 %
Gameplay: 20 %
Graphics: 40 %
Sound: 30 %

Date reviewed: November 5, 2003.

Overall: A game based around the UFC. Sounds good doesn't it? Well, it sure as hell doesn't make a good game.
Gameplay: Way too fast, one guy put me in a hold, my guy tapped out in 11 seconds. What the ****???? It kept doing it too. This game is bs. I never went through 1 round.
Graphics: It's Xbox what do you expect. Good graphics, good caracter movements. I guess they are average in the genre.
Sound: Sound? Where? There was sound? huh! I must have missed out this all-star cast for music too.........
Suggestions: I got an idea, how about you make a game that matches last a little longer than 10 seconds.

Overall: 40 %
Gameplay: 40 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 20 %

Date reviewed: January 6, 2003.

Overall: I love fighting games, and I'm a huge wrestling fan, and with this being the only other wrestling game apart from legends of wrestling available before WWE:RAW came out, I just had to play and I wasn't dissapointed, it is totally awesome.
Gameplay: Great controls that are easy to get used to, easy free flowing action, but one player mode is a bit repetative with not much variation, but you will never get sick of multiplayer.
Graphics: Looks awesome, the fighters, announcer and the referee look great, the octogon and cage look great, so does the crowd.
Sound: Great fighting sounds, punches kicks and bone cracking sounds great, so does the announcer and crowd.
Suggestions: Keep it up, training modes would be good, more variation, mini games/fight.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: July 22, 2002.

Overall: Nice character models, somewhat realistic fighting styles, defensive moves lacking, and no effective combos. Lipsync was non existent.
Gameplay: The Gameplay was lacking, but the only Xbox fighting game I can compare it to is DOA3. I know these are two different types of games, but the combos are non-existent, the defense is not that terrific and the fighting styles all seem to play about the same.
Graphics: Nice Character modeling. The cinematic in game graphics leading up to the events, when the fighters are getting ready to enter the ring are nice. The interface screens are very plain and could be jazzed up and have a nicely designed look to them but seem rushed to market, not well done. Lip synch is not present. I think it is not a great attempt at utilizing the Xbox's graphics prowess.
Sound: The sound in the game is a bit to be desired too. The referees have no lip synch, the ring announcer and the refs always spew out the same verbage. In game fighting sounds were sufficient.
Suggestions: Have a graphic designer come up with a contemporary look for the interfaces. When creating a fighter of your own, in the matchup screens show the 3D model preview in the matchup pic instead of a sihouetted outline of a headshot. Make the fighting styles "more their own". Get rid of the same old repetitive verbage from the ref and the ring announcer. No bugs in the game but it looks like it is still rough around the edges, polish a couple of months more, before trying to scoot it out the door.

Overall: 40 %
Gameplay: 40 %
Graphics: 40 %
Sound: 40 %

Date reviewed: May 27, 2002.

Overall: This game is pretty fun and I'm only giving this a 4 because of the lack of replay value. But at first it was so fun, especially watching the computer fight a computer. There is a wide variety of fighters in this from sumo to submission. I recognize the old man named dan severn from the actually ufc.....all time winner. But this game is pretty fun fighting cause you kick and punch with combos on guys and the graphics are pretty awsome as well with the different faces and different clothing. Not to mention the create a fighter mode because i always go to that and make a really fat guy with a specialty of just plain bad, likes the taste of blood and openents carried out in boddy bags. But back to the game.....Another bad thing is the movemnet of the mouth. I mean I was watching the announcer reffree guy talk and his mouth was like way out of tunes is was weerd. But the music at the begining of the game and when a guy comes out is very cool. This game is soso but i have trdaed it off of here because it got too boring for me.
Gameplay: There is a couple modes worth playing the championship mode and exibition. Another mode which makes me mad is the one where you have to try to make as many knockouts as possible in a row. That just gets plain boring especially with someone like tito ortiz. I got so far with him that it like froze or something and i had to turn it off saving nothing which kinda blew. But other modes are fun playing against a friend or btter yet.... family. The ufc mode is cool because you have to go up to get a belt which is cool. Also this game is very easy to learn and there is different combos and different cool moves you can pull on your opponent.
Graphics: The visuals are very good everything from the desighns on the players shorts over the bodies, to fat ugly men walking while the crowd roars on and the ring and of coarse the facial expression and looks. But the thing that really mad me angry was the lips moving to the talking it was like me sounding out f**k but am really saying choclate. Sorry for the weerd example but yeah so thats what made it a bit weerd.
Sound: The sound is very good in this game i really like the opening music for it. That is cool while it shows punches into guys. Also the guys grunting when being pounded down into the ground is great too. They go oof then the ground goes yeaaaaaaaaa again the talking of it really sucks and when seeing a real ufc match then comparing it to this game you get a different thing which is well.....different. The bell is good though lol thats all i can think of now for sound. Oh and the music for when the guys come into the match is cool as well.
Suggestions: Make a cheat or somehting where you take a hammer out a pound some dudes face in. Its not like the real thing but hey itd be cool. Also FIX THE TALKING.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: May 1, 2002.

Overall: I love this game, but it does have some major issues. First off, the matches are way too short. Second, there could have been a lot more moves in this game. Several positions that are very common in the real UFC were ignored in the game. Overall though, it provides realistic combat and a whole lot of fun.
Gameplay: The gameplay is by far the best feature of this game. It is simple, but it takes quite a bit of practice to master all of the moves and combinations. Anyone could pick up this game and compete with a veteran. The gameplay should remain the same in all future versions of the game.
Graphics: The character model are unbelievable. They are the best that I have ever seen in any videogame. The entrances are amazing as well. The crowd looks great in this game. However, the animations are not always great and collision detection is often inacurate. The ring and area around it are very dull.
Sound: The sound is really lacking. The sounds are not realistic, and there is no commentary. This game really needs announcers. Hopefully the sound will be improved in the next game.
Suggestions: The matches are too short. Do not leave out moves that are in the real sport. Of course, adding more fighters would be good. The sound definately needs improvement, but overall the game is almost great.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 70 %

Date reviewed: April 24, 2002.

Overall: Another game that sucks the big one but gets good reviews. I'm sure mostly by people that love the sport. But are they actually playing it? I have to ask that question because pushing an attack button just to have your character execute it half a second later is very frustrating. It's almost as if you have to put in a series of button and movements and then let it react afterwards like a turn based strategy. GEESH come on folks!
Gameplay: I was completely impressed with the movie demo on the XBox site. It had lots of fast paced action, guitars rocking out, screen movement, etc. But now after playing it I wonder why people are still giving it good reviews.
Graphics: The graphics looked really nice but when I saw the fully rendered 3D characters moving out to fight with a backdrop of a fuzzy CD movie animation I was let down pretty fast. From there on, the game play just destroyed the graphics and it didn't matter after that point.
Sound: Sound was ok. There were some good uses of the audio but again the game play destroyed it from that point.

Overall: 40 %
Gameplay: 30 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 70 %

Date reviewed: April 9, 2002.

Overall: UFC:Tapout is a game I would and will buy! I like the overall han of players moves, and the graphics aswell. Now only if WWF had that speed?!lol
Gameplay: It's all good in my hood when it come's to gameplay. I love the handling and moements of the characters.
Graphics: The graphics are pretty good. But like I say,they can be a little better. Either way, I was to busy beating the crap out of people to really notice details anyway!lol
Sound: Did'nt notice a support for soundtracks in this game. that was a bummer but the game is still cool with me.
Suggestions: Where's Ken Shamrock? Add a soundtrack support to the game.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: April 1, 2002.

Overall: Utter garbage. I cant think of a reason for anyone to buy this title. The gameplay modes and graphical detail, as well as gameplay itself is severely lacking. I didn't much care for this game at all.

If the game was more fun, I'd say it was "challenging" but after about an hour of play, it's just no fun, and too frustrating.

UFC got some pretty good ratings at this site, which lead me to think "am i playing the same game? This really isnt' what i'd expected!"
Gameplay: The gameplay has some good aspects, but the graphics, sound and controls are sup-standard for an xbox game. The limited number of moves is disappointing too.
Graphics: The graphics, though well textured at some points, for the most part are just awful. They've got a guy standing with a microphone, who's mouth isn't moving.. but you hear a bunch of dialogue..
Sound: The game does have some satisfying smack and punch sounds, but the crowd is hardly convincing, and the voices of the announcers are just plain lame.
Suggestions: I feel so mean and nasty now, I really tore into this game.. but It had to be said. It is one of the top rated games at xboxaddict, and after playing it, I cant understand why.
UFC Tapout lacks in some very key areas. I think that had they worked a little harder, and a little longer on this game, it could've turned out half decent.

Overall: 50 %
Gameplay: 60 %
Graphics: 40 %
Sound: 30 %

Date reviewed: March 14, 2002.

Overall: I really enjoy this game. For all the people that were burned by the god-awful "WWF: Raw is War", you might want to consider giving this title a try. Some reviewers have complained about the fact that matches can end as quickly as ten seconds in - this is true at first, but after you play the game for a while, you see that you actually have to develop a strategy before going in and just wildy throwing punches; it's not Mortal Kombat, people. You might have to actually think a little for this title.
Gameplay: The gameplay is good. You have to understand fighters strengths and weaknesses in order to be competetive in the UFC, and the game is no different. Some fighters are better on the ground while grappling; others are better staying on their feet and throwing punches and kicks. Don't listen to reviews that say once you're on the ground, the game is over. That's simply not true. You can maneuver your fighter into the guard position, or push your opponent off into a standing position (if you want to; remember, some submission fighters WANT to be on the ground). The only problem with the gameplay is replay value. I'm not sure how much fun this game will be after beating most of the characters.
Graphics: The entrances to the octagon are spectacular, but the actual fighting sequences are nothing special.
Sound: The sound is nothing great. There isn't much to the sound, actually. It's mostly just the sound of punches, kicks, and the occasional groan or moan.
Suggestions: The instruction guide for this game is pretty much useless as far as determining your fighter's moves, which I can understand; there's not enough room for all that. However, there should be some feature on the game where you can see a list of your fighter's moves, rather than just seeing what buttons to push to perform a move without even knowing what it is. A training mode would be nice as well.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 70 %

Date reviewed: March 5, 2002.

Overall: This game is a complete package. I can't stop playing this game one player. The two-player mode I played with my friend from 2 P.M.- 5 A.M. It does feel a lot like the DC version of UFC, and it is. The counter system is still as fun as it was in the old days. You can get around a couple matches smashing buttons but playing against the computer on a higher difficulty or a experienced player will gurantee you getting your a** kicked. Still a fun game to play.
Gameplay: No problems executing combos or grabs. Very easy to learn but a lifetime to master. It's a bit odd on the Xbox controller but you'll get use to it.
Graphics: The graphics on this game are top notch. I'm not too familar with all the UFC fighters, but all the ones I know of look just like their real-life counterpart. The intros are very awesome as well. McCarthy (the referee) also looks great. My only complaint is the audience which still doesn't look that good, but I've yet to see any game with a incredibly detailed audience so I can live with it.
Sound: The impact of kicks and punches aren't that great. Crowd noise is nice. The impact of tackling someone onto the ground is very life like.
Suggestions: I love this counter system. Continue using it. Also, get guys like Shamrock and Abbott in the game. Think of something new besides a match being over once a submission is locked in. Try to improve the crowd graphics as well. Add more to the create a fighter.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: March 5, 2002.

Overall: I haven't had the pleasure of playing a more realistic fighting game for any console. They packaged this game together perfectly, with only a few flaws.
Gameplay: The gameplay is awesome. It's not hard to learn, anybody used to the XBOX controller should be able to play and win at this game..on easy mode.
Graphics: The graphics..they just blow the mind away. This game truly shows the power of the Microsoft XBOX. It's great.
Sound: The sound? Well, I never paid attention to it, but I notice sound that annoys me (commentating on wrestling games). Nothing bothered me, so it gets the perfect score.
Suggestions: Update the roster. Quite a few have joined, and quite a few have left. I really wanted Ken Shamrock in this game, oh well, maybe next game.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: March 3, 2002.

Overall: this game is great....i have played it so much and i only bought it yesterday. i was getting a bit angry that this game was delayed so long, but now that i got it i love it. and hey maximus.....i havent posted in a long time, but a friend of mine is in the game too....mark kerr.
Gameplay: gameplay is great. timing is definatly a big part in doing any moves besides just hitting punch and kick. when i fist played it i was shocked that i lost the first 6 matches within about 30 seconds. but i learn how to play and now i love the game
Graphics: graphics are great. i thought my cd might have been messed up though becuause you get some flashing lines during the fighter intros. but another guy posted that so i guess it isnt my disk. other that that the game looks great
Sound: music it fine. i dont pay much attention to it usually.... but the music in this game is go. .........
Suggestions: i wish you could chose what moves your fighter had. and a career mode that kept track of your recond and stuff

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: March 2, 2002.

Overall: Ever since I got this game I've been hooked on it. I usually don't like fighting games; however, this game is definetely an exception. This game lacks variation in single player modes, but is great to play with friends if you have any.
Gameplay: The gameplay is what makes this game so great. Every character has totally different moves and submission techniques. Also everyone has a different style of fighting so that strategy is vital. For instance if fighting with Goodridge, a big strong guy, you want to get your opponent on the ground and pound him, where you will have an advantage. Tanner on the other hand is a kickboxer so he is only useful if he is standing up, but his kicks if delivered properly can lead to a fast knock out. Other guys like Shamrock are submission specialists and with him you want to mix up punch combinations and eventually surprise the opponent with a tap out.
Needless to say this game is very deep and there are so many different types of fighters that you can choose to match your personal style. A strategy guide is highly recommended to get the most out of the game.
Graphics: The visuals are not too impressive but they are nice. I was hoping that blood would be coming out of cuts more realistically and the characters sort of slide as they walk. Other then this it is an average game graphics wise, not a stunner like DOA3 for instance.
Sound: Sound is not something I pay attention to too much in a game. The fans cheer your name sometimes and there are various sounds that you hear while fighting. The sound is 'average'.
Suggestions: As usual please allow custom sound tracks to be entered into the game, and an online mode :)

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 60 %

Date reviewed: February 27, 2002.

Overall: This game is great. Even though its pretty much like its version on DC. But still the graphics put me in awe. Fast and intense action also puts the game over the edge. I do admit you probally have to be a fan of no hold bare fighting, to really appreciate the details they put into the fighters.
Gameplay: Controlls are pretty easy to figure out, and the matches can end pretty fast. I say this acutally puts a real element in the game. But playing against a good friend, the matches can last the whole three rounds. The create a fighter is great, in that it lets you create a fighter who's disipline is not like anyother fighters. Plus there are several different modes to choose from. Arcade lets you pick a fighter and just go at with everyone form the UFC. UFC lets you choose your weight class and fight in a 8 man bracket for the championship belt. Tournament lets you create you own 8 man bracket. And Expedition lets you fight againts your friends.
Graphics: Visually the game is just awesome. The details they put into the fighters is outstanding. they only thing that bugs me is when the announcer is introducing the fighters. He and the fighters tend to blink rapidly, also if the fighter is jumping up and down you'll see lines cut through you fighter. But other than that the graphics are perfect.
Sound: Sound wise the game is just fine. With the crowd roaring you on and sometimes yelling your name, what else could get you pumped to kick some butt.
Suggestions: Stop everyone fom blinking so much. And add some more of the UFC greats like Tank Abbott, Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie and ect...

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: February 26, 2002.

Overall: This game is awasome, it really makes up for the huge disappointment of Raw, which by the way is nowhere near the 4.00 rating it has been getting, but anyway Tapout offers great game play and awsome graphics. This is a must have game for everyone.
Gameplay: Top notch gameplay. The controls offer a unique approach to combat gaming. Every offensive move has a counter move that can be done but timing is essential. Fighting towards your players strength also is very important. With all the different styles and fighter plus the create a fighter, this game won't ever get boring.
Graphics: The graphics are awsome, especially the way the blood squirts out of your oppenent when you land a clean crip punch or kick to the nose.
Sound: The sound is good, it coud be a little better if they added music during the fight and more souds of the fighters as they struggle towards victory.
Suggestions: Add a career mode, and make the create a fighter option more detailed

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: February 24, 2002.

Overall: Fun fast action, a real good time if you know what the UFC is all about. Fun from the time you put the disk in even when you lose.
Gameplay: Fast gameplay and the smoothest graphics I have seen on a console game. Moving your player is very easy and the controls are very responsive.
Graphics: All I can say is wow, if you have ever watched a UFC event, you will feel like you are watching one live as you play. This game looks awesome, best graphics on XBOX to date. The crowd looks great, and so do the ring girls.
Sound: Sound is about as good as you could expect from a game of this nature. would have been cool to put in some of your own music.
Suggestions: Need a better career mode, like after you win an event you get better stats and move onto the next event. For such a great game, it could have been a perfect 10 win a better career mode.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: February 24, 2002.

Overall: UFC: TAPOUT is GREAT! Crave has outdone themselves with the excellent graphics. The sound is fun to listen to, and the create-a-fighter is cool and holds it done for sure.
Gameplay: The fighting is the closest thing to the real UFC you're ever going to get. This game is for sure the best fighter along with Raw, for the XBox. Even better then those PS2 lamers.
Graphics: WHEW!, they just blow you away. Nothing on the PS2 and compare. The gamecube can't do this good either. What else could I say except for excellent graphics.
Sound: Sound is kind of pleasing but left some out some noise. Crowd is alright, the fighting sound great. The announcer Bruce Buffer is a close comparison to his real life.
Suggestions: Best game, just add some fighters, career mode and training back on too.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 50 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 90 %

The Fn Show
Date reviewed: February 23, 2002.

Overall: We'll im not a man of much words so let me keep this short and sweet
UFC: TAPOUT kicks ass! When i first purchased the game i though it would be just like raw but there 2 completely different games UFC: Tapout is as close as the Real ufc as u can get..With a variety of wrestlers like Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddel, Frank Shamrock and Some Vet's like Dan "the beast" Severn this game is a blast on multiplayer.
Gameplay: The Gameplay of UFC: Tapout is Genious If u come off thinking this game is an all out buttom smasher u can be mislead. It's all about using your stamina and technique. Like if your a Submission fighter like frank shamrock and your fighting someone who is a kickboxer you don't want to stand up toe to toe with him you want to get him on the ground my simple pressing a two button combo A+X i think
Graphics: Visually i think this is where it attracts most gamers..I think the visuals are better then WWF RAW..Most UFC fighters are dead on..the tatoos are just on point

Bottom line: 5* baby
Sound: This is what i hate the most...It jsut does not sound like a UFC match..THe fans are completely dead and u here someone's name about once in the beggining of the fight. i think they should just add some more voices cuz it just seems sooo dead and boring.
Suggestions: 2 things
1. we need some more legends like Tank abbot in the game! not enough legends
2. Make the sound more realistic!

Other than that for all my xba addicts this is a must own

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 50 %

Date reviewed: February 22, 2002.

Overall: Went you first see the game you will think its pure violence with a LOT of blood. Until you play it. Its like wwf raw but it dont have the graphics, but what i like is that is faster than wwf raw and easier to play.
Gameplay: Easy to control, fast game it make this game for playing it in multiplayer. Not to much option to choice in the game... I play this game in Babbage, I pick a susmition fither and i just make a move throw him to the foor and i maked him a susmition move and he always lost. I thinik susmition fighters are to mucho for the other kind of fighters.
Graphics: The graphics are just ok, i think the xbox have more power than that, if you dont think so check "Wreckless". I habe good animations.
Sound: The sound its ok. I domnt know if you got the possibility to play your music. I think it dont.
Suggestions: Work on the graphics.
Make a violent game like the real UFC.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 70 %

Date reviewed: February 21, 2002.

Overall: good game but it could be better, its very difficult but when you get the hang of it, its pretty fun.
Gameplay: very good controls there basically the same as the excellent dreamcast version. the moves and they could have made the reversals and moves easier to pull off.
Graphics: good graphics even during the fighting. the faces look very realistic, i think that the graphics are some of the best on x box but not as good as "raw"
Sound: not great sound but not that bad. the openings were pretty good but still the sounds effects could be better like when you get hit and make an annoyed grunt.
Suggestions: make a career mode, and a better create a fighter

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 60 %

Date reviewed: February 20, 2002.

Overall: Get ready to suit up with the rest of the mixed martial arts fighters. Ranging from sumo's to kick-boxer's, you sure do get the lethal dosage of combat in this game. If you didn't get enough action and pleasure out of 'WWF: Raw' then you should pick up UFC, since packs a good punch with the fighting genre of games. Also this would be a great addition to your library so when you have friends over, you all can go and duke it out with each other. Surely a pleasurable game to play for the Xbox and show's the true power of the Xbox.

Gameplay: This game is so fast and electrifying, its almost too fun. Combining all techniques of fighting with different styles how they approach everything is great. With 5 modes of play, it's really fun to play multiplayer and just by yourself. Arcade mode is your slobber knocker/gauntlet type of match. You face a series of opponents(and I mean lots of them) until you can fight no more. You either can become champion or can try to get the best record(most consecutive wins). This is where you will unlock most of your secret wrestlers. UFC Mode is an 8 man tourney with 3 different classes to face in. The Open Weight, for everyone from any division can face each other. The Heavyweight Division, this is only the big men with the weight of 205 lbs and over. The last one is the Lightweight where you have to be under 205 lbs to compete, lightweight includes both middleweight and welterweight, including the lightweight division too. After each match, your stamina and health will recover and you have to participate in 3 matches. Could you continue on with 3 matches in a row with little health? Well find out for yourself! The create a fighter is a great addition to the game. Its unique in ways but lacks in some areas. First you have to chose your name and nick name. You have many faces to pick out of, allows you to chose your weight, height, age, country and hometown. Then it goes in detail of your strengths, voice, faces, discipline(style/technique). You can chose from Jiu Jitsu, Street Fighting, Wrestling, Sumo, Shoot-fighting, Prowrestling, Kick Boxing, Muay Thai, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Capoeria for your discipline. After you have accomplished picking all that, you go on to your attributes which include life, stamina, punch skill and kick skill. Next you mode of play you have the Exhibition mode. You may face computer, watch computer or go one on one with a friend. This mode actually allows it to keep track of your records so you know who's the best fighter when you face your friends. Lastly you have the Tournament mode where is puts 8 players into a tourney. Only difference between this and UFC Mode, is that you can play multiplayer in this mode with a friend picking however many you want to control. You can adjust from three different types of difficulty levels if you start to become really good at the game. Rookie, Contender, and Champ, all in order from easiest to hardest. With over 27 fighters and about 7 hidden, you are allowed many fighters to chose from which is always good. Many of the positions are fun to fight with while in the match. The standing, guard, full mount, back mount and much more, are easy to control and get used to while fighting. Speaking of the controls, they are very easy to and are very well crafted on Xbox controller. When playing its a very great game to hold on to for awhile.
Graphics: The visual graphics are just fantastic. The wrestler models are I would have to say the best on any system. Even better then THQ's 'WWF Raw'. From Tito Ortiz to Frank Shamrock, they all look totally real. The wrestler bodies vary with muscles, tattoos, bruises, fat and even hair on their body. The entrances are very well done. The wrestler comes down with a totally animated crowd pumped up. Some of the crowd is drawn into the background, but pretty much every single crowd member is up and moving. The ring side announcer are looking over stats and "Big" John McCarthy is in the ring while you fight which is totally great. Bruce Buffer looks good but when he is talking on the mic, it looks like a Japanese movie. No offense! Just that they aren't very well coordinated. Spit and blood are shown throughout the match flying around. The blood just disappears after it's shown coming from the opponent. The blood sometimes stains on the mat. Seeing the Cat carry here sign after rounds is good. The wrestlers are shown taking a breather or two in between the matches. Loading times are to a minimal, the frame rate is just the splendid 60fps which is a plus with almost every Xbox game and well done movements of the fighters. They will moves back and forth, doing their warm-ups before the match as they are introduced and look great.
Sound: The crowd is always cheering through the match. Crowd enthusiasm is good. This crowd though is fluidly the same throughout the whole match, they don't really change their pitch really and never really stop. Bruce Buffer, John McCarthy and Mario Yamasaki all sound close to life like counterparts. While fighting, the sound is realistic. Though the punches and kicks sound kind of stiff but that is natural since its all out brutal fighting. All the grunts, growls and cries from the fighters throughout the match are very exciting. The Cat sounds kind of annoying I might add though when you fight here. She sounds kind of like a man. When going through the menus, the music is tight and upbeat. Nothing to really nag about.
Suggestions: When I turned on the Xbox and put in UFC, I instantly thought of the WWF Raw combat system when you wrestle. When I went into my first match, I was blown away by the opponent. The combat system is great and countering back and forth is a good way to play. Don't change it one bit. One minor suggestion is the addition of uploading of our own music like every other game we ask for. The hidden fighters/superstars aren't really that enjoying except for Ice-T really. Maybe have some more hidden UFC fighters and great fighters like Ken Shamrock, Tank Abbott the rest of the legends. Maybe let us win more options in the Create a fighter option. Like faces, shorts and shirts, nicknames and anything else you could add. Also spruce up the create a fighter option. Its a little past the basic type of create a fighter. Maybe let us pick more techniques for our fighters to use, more faces, more clothing, let us structure our own body too. Not much else to ask for, just keep up the good work.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: February 20, 2002.

Overall: Can Crave bring the UFC to the xbox with unsurpassed realism? That's what Crave and Dreamfactory tried to do from the start and after month's of delays the game has arrived, was it worth the wait? An astounding yes. Owner's of the Dreamcast title will feel right at home, and quickly step into the octagon full throttle. The controls are very similar if not indentical to the Dreamcast version, except you can completely customize the controls to your liking. I found the default controls perfect, just changed the Left and Right Triggers to make grabs and counters easier.
Gameplay: The gameplay is basically the Dreamcast version with a few upgrades. The overall speed of the matches is near perfect. The timing on the counters and the ground attacks are very well laid out and theres no slowdown in gameplay at any point. This game runs at a smooth 60 FPS and you can feel it every step of the way. The newly added fighters add alot to the game, enhancing the UFC and Tournament Modes giving you more options for opponent types. The CAF (Create-A-Fighter) is much better than the DC version, but could still use some improvements. The amount of Faces are nice, on the negative side your body type is only determined by your height and weight, which isnt a bad thing at first but, the fact that wether you're 6'5 220 or 5'5 380 you're still fairly muscular in both. The clothing could be a bit more indepth, overall there is plenty to chose from and it pretty much is limited to only real UFC outfits, so I think thats a good thing. I personally wouldn't want over-the-top, wierd and wacky outfits in the UFC, save that for the WWF.
Graphics: The graphics are what really bring this whole collaboration to life. A giant leap from the DC graphics and comes pretty close to their real life counterparts. I am very impressed with the muscle flex, tattoo's and even the hair on the fighters. It's all very well rendered and you can tell the high poly count is really utilized well here. The blood is still the dreaded cranberries, but the blood stains that end up on the mat are done very well and add to the overall appeal. Only gripe about the graphics would be Bruce Buffer and his ring announcments, there's alot of be desired here. His mouth hardly ever moves, and when it does it's certainly not in conjunction with what he's saying. The Hidden characters are all also very well done, just wish they had atleast 1 or two hidden real UFC fighters. The Hidden characters are, Femme Fatal, The Cat, Ice-T, Bruce Buffer, The mask and the two Referee's, John Mcarthy and Mario Yumazaki (sp?)
Sound: The only real downside to this game is the sound, which is unfortunate because that seems like such an easy thing to accomplish. The majority of the fighters all sound the same, and all grunt or moan from every punch or kick. The audience is also rather bland and could use a complete overhaul. As with the DC version, Bruce Buffer and John Mcarthy sound perfect no complaints there. The kicks are punches are decent, and with my sound system the bass from the Punches while on the ground really add a bit a touch of power and enjoyment.
Suggestions: Please for the love of god add a current UFC roster. Would you play Madden 2002 with outdated rosters? Would you play any sporting title with 3-4 year old rosters? I doubt it. Keep all the current fighters, just add current champions atleast! Much better sound please, and maybe consider using computer generated images with the ring announcement, that sets the tone for the whole match and it's just missing something hearing words but not seeing any mouth movement. Of course add side mount and realistic blood and bruising. Also, thanks for a great game.. look forward to the next installment on the xbox.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 60 %

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