Tonight’s the night! – PRO MMA’s UFC 2009 UNDISPUTED LAUNCH GUIDE including store listings for midnight opening and video game review

Canadian edition has GSP on cover

Tonight is the night video gamers and UFC aficionados have literally been waiting years for. At exactly midnight tonight, GameStop stores all across the country will open their doors as the brand new THQ developed video game UFC 2009 UNDISPUTED goes on sale.

Because we are both video game and UFC / MMA fans here at PRO MMA ( we have put together the PRO MMA UFC 2009 UNDISPUTED LAUNCH GUIDE just for you our readers.

Make no mistake, video games today are expensive, so the first thing you need to do is take a look at least at a review or two of any game before you make your purchase to make sure it is worth it. GameZone has one of the most thorough reviews of UFC 2009 Undisputed. They break down every aspect of the game, give it a score in each category, and then an overall rating. The categories consist of gameplay, graphics, sound, difficulty, concept, multiplayer, and overall. Here is what they found…

Gameplay: 8.6
With a few exceptions, UFC 2009: Undisputed incorporates everything that a MMA fan could possibly dream of.

Graphics: 8.6
While a few fighters don’t look like their real-life counterparts, THQ did a fantastic job with the animations (there’s no clipping!) and fighter models.

Sound: 7.5
The soundtrack becomes redundant after 15 or so minutes to the point you’ll want to mute it. The commentary by Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg is great, but even then they’ll repeat their lines in the second match that you throw together between the same fighters.

Difficulty: Medium
It’s recommended that all newcomers go through the Tutorial modes to learn how to play.

Concept: 8.7
The craving for a new MMA game can finally subside for fans of the sport.

Multiplayer: 7.9
The options for online aren’t extravagant. Lag was apparent right from the get-go, but it shouldn’t be too big of a problem.

Overall: 8.5
MMA fans can finally rejoice as the five year drought of UFC games has come to an end. UFC 2009: Undisputed is a great start to a franchise as the foundation has been set and THQ can improve on what they have already set in place.

Overall, especially for THQ’s first attempt, the game is a resounding success. Sure there is room for improvement. For instance, the cage is not used at all; there is no clinch work against the cage or pressing your back against it to help you get off the canvas, there are also no illegal blows, and fights can not be stopped from a cut.

One might consider these faults minor, and they would be right. However, with the UFC’s motto “as real as it gets,” it would be nice if the game coincided perfectly with its real-life counterpart, or at least as close as possible.

The above category review rankings for the game is a summation. To read the entire in-depth review of UFC 2009 Undisputed visit the GameZone website at  It is also never hurts to get a second opinion so here are some other in-depth reviews from more sites that specialize in video game analysis:,, and

Ok, so you have researched the game, read the reviews and know you want it, so where are you going to make your purchase? There are a few things you should know. If you buy it in America, Forrest Griffin is on the cover. If you buy it in Canada, Georges St. Pierre is on the cover.

UFC 2009 Undisputed - U.S. cover

Also, If you pre-order/reserve the game at GameStop (last day), as a bonus, you will get unlock codes for Ryan Bader and Efrain Escudero as playable characters.  Otherwise, these characters can be unlocked via down-loadable content 90 days after release.

Alternatively, if you pre-order the game at Best Buy (last day), yes you will be forced to wait 90 days before you can download the Efrain Escudero and Ryan Bader characters, however, they will throw in a free UFC DVD, a $10 Best Buy gift card, and a $10 voucher for a UFC purchase on Pay-Per-View.

Now, for those die hard fans who plan to show up tonight at the Gamestop midnight release, whether you pre-ordered or reserved it or just plan to take your chances and hope you can snag a copy of UFC 2009 Undisputed before it sells out, then here is some advice:

First of all, get there early. The doors open at midnight but people will most likely start standing in line hours ahead of time. Take a magazine with you or some food, something to keep you occupied. Lastly, make sure the GameStop you are planning to go to is on the list that will be open tonight. You can check the list HERE.

Finally, enjoy the game! If you have your XBOX 360 or PS3 connected to the Internet and want to play online against other MMA fans, post your gamertag in the comments section below so we and others can add you to our friends list. PRO MMA’s ( gamertag for both XBOX 360 and PS3 is “supersonicjoker.” Hit us up.

As a special treat from PRO MMA (, here is a cheat code for you: To unlock Brock Lesnar, go to the ‘Unlock Code’ menu and enter: BROCKCHAMP in all capitals.

By:  Jack Bratcher