First the games controls, they are similar to other games with a right kick & left kick done with X and Circle and the punches with Triangle and Square buttons, Pressing one of the two punch with one of the kick buttons produces a grapple move which can be linked into another move. The first and most important missed opportunity lies in the execution of the grapples. In other games, pressing different directions on the digital pad results in different kinds of moves, in Pride FC only your position determines the manoeuvre, not the command you input in your controller. And while some will argue that that's how real fighting is, I'm inclined to disagree. But the game has so many positions to start grappling from it almost overcomes this problem.
Second, The Create a fighter mode is no Smackdown, But it's the fighters appearance customisation that lets it down by not having as much stuff as the WWF games have had previously, meanwhile the characters moves editor is really worth buying the game for!!! it really is all that you would want from a no holds barred fighting game!
the graphics are not all that special but there are enough blood splatters to keep anyone happy (although the blood effects look like polka dots rather than haemoglobin.)
This game is a real Gem and is the best of its type so if you like Wrestling or cage fighting or just the chance to pummel something into the ground then BUY IT !