UFC Undisputed 3 Debut Trailer

Back in 2009 THQ released the unexpected hit UFC Undisputed, and they followed that up with the less than impressive UFC Undisputed 2010. Now, THQ is hoping that UFC Undisputed 3 can recapture the magic of the original. To that end, they have released the debut trailer for UFC Undisputed 3, and it looks like they’ve taken notes on what fans of the series wanted.

The MMA fan base is one of the fastest growing markets in the world, and THQ was able to capitalize on that with the first UFC Undisputed, which was a critical and sales success. UFC Undisputed 2010 was THQ’s attempt to make the series an annual powerhouse. Instead, the game felt like the exact same game with a new coat of paint. THQ is banking that their third installment will bring fans back. The UFC is rooting for THQ too, as the publisher has the exclusive rights to the league through 2018.

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The first thing that people will notice is that matches are no longer relegated to the octagon. THQ has included a new mode dubbed PRIDE Mode. Players will be able to play inside the famous PRIDE ring using official Japanese MMA rules. Japanese MMA rules allow fighters to use soccer-style kicks, head stomps and ground knees to the head on their opponents, all things that are outlawed in the UFC and can’t be done in any other mode of UFC Undisputed 3. The clips in the trailer of PRIDE mode show a classic fight between Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Liddell. This could mean that we’ll only be able to recreate classic PRIDE fights in the mode, but no official announcement on that has been made.

The trailer shows off some new abilities for players as well, mainly a new ground work mechanic. Players seem to be able to have more options and transitions when they engage a downed opponent. This was one of the biggest complaints with the first two games: the options that players had when attacking a fighter on the ground were incredibly limited in comparison to real MMA fights. There’s also a glimpse of new moves players can pull off while they’re on the ground, specifically a ground-to-air head kick.

While UFC Personal Trainer looks to capture the fitness gaming crowd, UFC Undisputed 3 looks like it has the pieces to bring people back to Undisputed series. What do you think of the debut trailer? Let us know in the comments and on twitter.

UFC Undisputed 3 is scheduled for release in January of 2012 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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