This is not on the demo, I was lucky enough to recieve my copy last night and how lucky I was.
Firstly, I was not a UFC fan before this game, no scratch that, before the demo. It offers a rare insight into one of the worlds fastest growing sports. Whether that insight is watching two men punch each other until they collapse in the infamous 'Octagon' or whether thats watching how they men prepare for a fight in one of the game-type option, 'Classic Match'.
Overall opinion is pretty much flawless. This game is amazing, hopefully it isn't overlooked for any awards and deserves being top of the charts for many pre-ordering websites/shops. Lets get the negative out of the way, and believe me it is a very small picky negative coming from someone who has followed this game for a long time. Up-close punches/kicks are different from 'striking distance' punches or kicks. When you are upclose they turn into elbows, or knees! This is not the flaw, this is realistic and a great touch. The problem arises when the opponent backs off slightly and is inbetween the two, close-up and striking distance, and you throw an elbow as default when you press 'punch' which is useless and doesnt reach them, thus leaving you open for attack. There, it is off my chest, thats it!
Positives; and believe me there are a lot. Graphics are amazing, seriously. Player bruises and cuts become apparent over time, or if it is a seriously hard hitting punch it swells up quickly. Bruises on the body are apparent and blood on the octagon floor is also obvious when your pummelling a guys head in. Sound is great, the crowd noise rises if you are on the attack, or boos if the fight isnt to their taste. Commentators are accurate and informative. Relating fighters currently in the Octagon to previous famous fights, i.e. Forrest Griffin beating Shogun Rue (on the demo) by submission.
Career mode is fantastic. You can choose anything from what your figher looks like to how they fight, what sponsors you take on and what photo-shoots you do. However much 'cred' (needed to fight bigger opponents and get sponsors) these things give you, you need to be careful. A photoshoot before a big fight wastes a week when you could be training on an important part of your fight, i.e. speed. This happened to me before a fight against chuck liddell and it cost me the fight because my speed was good enough to counter his strength. Sparring is an option which puts you up against an opponent like the one you will face in your next bout. This is a nice touch and gives you an insight as to what to look out for.
The opening sequence is fantastic, showing you special moves in the game with a brilliantly chosen soundtrack.
This review does not do it justice however and you must buy the game to realise what a hit this is and hopefully it is the beginning of a bright series of UFC games.
Good luck in the Octagon.