I picked this up today for my son as a reward for making the honor roll. He's usually really good with fighting games, considering his age and ability level, but this one was exceptionally easy for him to adapt to. He racked up something like five different trophies withing the first hour or so of play. This game is very, very good, but shy of being great.

The graphics are about on the same level with the UFC games, with good representations of the fighters. The transitions between holds and moves are fluid, but sometimes the general movements around the cage seem kind of strange looking. The controls are what really differentiates this from the UFC titles. The controls are much simpler than the UFC games, making it more worth your time to learn all of the grappling versus kick/punch button mashing.

The roster is ridiculously deep with some great names, including Randy Couture (who signed on before the dispute with his most recent UFC contract was fixed). Others include (but not limited to) the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Nate Diaz, Frank & Ken Shamrock, Dan Henderson, Josh Barnett, Andre Arlovski, Bobby Lashley, Bas Rutten, Kevin Randleman, Robbie Lawler, Cung Le, Matt Lindland, and Pat Miletich,

The training modes are kind of vague, at best. The higher ranked opponents are generally tougher than the rest of the roster. Depending on how you look at it, the unbalanced AI either makes the game frustrating (as in too difficult to formulate a strategy) or challenging.

Overall, I'd put it no less than on par with UFC Undisputed 2010. Consider adding to your "buy" list if you're any kind of sports/fighting game fan.