Joker’s visit to THQ!
First of all I want to thank THQ for bringing me all the way from the East Coast of Canada for the opportunity to come down and meet the team and get some hands on time with the game.
I arrived at Los Angeles Airport at about 1130 local time to a guy holding a sign with my name on it. The guy carried my bags to the car and we proceeded in a polished black Cadillac to my hotel. We arrived some 40 minutes later at a nice hotel nestled just 500 meters from THQ’s worldwide headquarters. I spent the day roasting my Canadian Eskimo skin in 100F California sun.
The following day I met up with THQ’s Community Director along with 3 other fellows, 2 from the official boards and one from the popular Operationsports.com and we proceeded to THQ headquarters for the demonstration with the development team. Neven Dravinski came in and gave us a rather detailed look into Career mode after creating this alien like creature in the Light Heavyweight Division. There was something about watching an alien ground and pound another fighter that made my stomach somewhat restless. During this demonstration myself and the others brought up several questions that the development team answered for us.
- Your created fighter will receive camp invites depending on what type of fighter style they decide to pursue. IE, someone who chooses BJJ will have a different coach than that of someone who chooses Wrestling.
-An in game currency called Cred will allow you to unlock more fight stats, increase your fame and allow you to unlock more equipment to train with.
- If you decide to retire your fighter, that fighter can no longer progress in skill.
- Your created fighter will receive emails from Dana White, Joe Silva, Sponsors, Photo shoots to increase fame and also a newsletter which gives you a heads-up on other fighters
- If you do a fill in fight you will not know detailed information about your opponent such as their cred etc.
- When training your fighter you can choose between cardio, speed, strength etc and you can choose to work either light, moderate or intense. Depending on which you choose you will lose more stamina. You will need to use basic math to make sure you can rest enough to be 100% for your fight.
- The more you listen to your corner during practice the more stats you will get.
- After your fights you will have a breakdown of points you received for specific areas such as clinch, takedowns etc.
- As you progress through your career the stats to buy become more expensive.
- You can receive performance bonuses and bonuses for fight of the night
- There is no spectator mode
-There is no computer vs computer
- Beating the game on expert and receiving a bonus is unconfirmed
- Have roughly 40 fights per career
- 6-10 hours per career
- Can edit fighters during career mode but only facial hair or hair.
- Fighters will not update, if a fighter moves up in the UFC the game will not update his stats at this time.
- In classic fights, if you win the fight the exact way it happens you will receive a video clip to watch from the fight. All classic fights are presented by Rachelle Leah.
- Practice mode in the tutorial allows you to work on everything, you can have an opponent sit and take it or you can make him continuously do a move.
- Clay Guida is not in the game because the development team did not have time to develop hair technology. The team spent their time focusing on more important aspects of the game however this technology may appear in a possible second installment of the game.
- If a second installment of the game is made it may contain flash submissions and possibly looking into including WEC.
- Matt Hamill is not in the game as Joe Silva never included his name on the list of fighters to be included.
- There is no tournament mode at this time.
- THQ currently holds the UFC license until 2011.
- There are no plans for downloadable content at this time.
- During a decision, the scorecards showing before Bruce Buffer announces it is in fact a bug that was unfortunately overlooked.
Ill just give you guys my thoughts on the game this far and what I played when I was at THQ. We will be doing a full game review very shortly but heres a quick read on what I played. I used Georges St Pierre quite a bit mostly because hes my fav fighter. I did a classic fight of Georges St Pierre vs Matt Serra. Playing as a different fighter from the demo is obviously something many of you haven’t done yet. I played over 8 matches when I was there and never once did it end the same or did I look away while playing. This game is absolutely phenomenal in every aspect and I know the replay value on this game is going to be crazy. I played Tito vs Wanderlei, Tim Sylvia vs Mirko Cro Cop, Sean Shrek vs Diego Sanchez, Matt Hughes vs Georges St Pierre and each fight felt different and each fighter acted different. The guys at THQ have really out done themselves on this one, its so clean and so much fun whether playing the computer or against one of your buddies. This game is a sure fire hit and from my experience down with THQ these guys are very passionate about this game and how the community reacts to it. I think everyone is going to be pleasantly surprised with how much fun this game is and im sure that with the success this game has, we can expect another iteration in the future.
THQ and Undisputed Online
THQ is very excited with our site here. We presented THQ with a thank you poster from all of us here as well as the first event poster.
(the background has the most active forum users names)
They are blown away by your dedication to the game and have offered to help the Undisputed Online staff with everything we need to make this site even stronger by providing us with high res images for posters and anything else we need. They want us to continue to make suggestions to them on how they can improve the game in the future. I can assure you that everything you post on this site will be read by someone from THQ as they are constantly browsing the boards. I can also let you know that a few members of THQ’s development team are fighters here in the UOC whom you may fight at some point in your career here. Use this site as your connection to THQ, post your suggestions or pass them along to us so we can help take all feedback and provide THQ more ideas to give you guys what you want, they will listen as they feed off the community.
Anyways, that basically sums up the trip to California. I had a blast meeting the team and finally getting my hands on the final game. I’m more excited than I was before leaving and I know you guys are going to love it! If you guys have anymore questions feel free to post them and ill try and let you know. I may have left some information out so don’t hesitate to ask. Again, thanks to THQ for everything, had a blast and hope to do it again sometime!
Thanks guys! Just a few more days now!
Here is me in front of THQ headquarters.