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'Ultimate Fighting Championship' For PS2 Ships To Stores

by Thomas on June 5, 2002 @ 10:24 p.m. PDT

Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of videogame entertainment, announced today that its latest Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title, UFC: Throwdown, for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system has shipped to retailers. Crave is anticipating the release of UFC: Throwdown for Nintendo GameCube later this month.

"UFC: Throwdown is the first "real fighting" game, for the PlayStation2 that offers the raw, full contact mixed martial arts fighting found in the pay-per-view phenomenon known as Ultimate Fighting Championship," said Craig Owens, Senior Group Marketing Manager at Crave Entertainment. "Both the PlayStation2 and GameCube versions of Throwdown have their own subset of exclusive UFC fighters and both have the most in-depth create-a-fighter and career modes to date."

The "real fighting" genre, created by Crave in 2000, features actual UFC champions and all the real-life mixed martial arts moves they use in the
Octagon. UFC: Throwdown has 28 announced fighters, including past and present UFC Champions such as Tito Ortiz and Jens Pulver. The game also includes four exclusive fighters for the PlayStation2: Carlos Newton, Elvis Sinosic, John Lewis and Vitor Belfort.

Players will see the most realistic, jaw-dropping fighter entrances ever as the modern day gladiators enter the Octagon, and the detailed graphics
don't stop there. The facial and body animations and special effects are so realistic that muscle movements and bloodstains can actually be seen.

UFC: Throwdown has several game modes: UFC Mode, Arcade Mode, Career Mode,Tournament and Training. In the ultra extensive Career Mode, the player is able to create and train a fighter. The increased variations in the create-a-fighter mode allow the player to customize the face, body, skin color, clothes, hairstyle, etc. Once created, the fighter can be trained using skill-up challenges and mini-tournaments. As the player works his way up the ranks, he will upgrade his roster of moves and even master new fighting styles. Once he has what it takes to be a UFC fighter, he'll
challenge seasoned UFC veterans for a spot on the UFC Championship card.

Challenging friends to get it on in the Octagon continues to be a fan favorite. Once again, you can ground and pound in an eight-player Tournament Mode, which lets you set up single elimination, winner-takes-all matches where it's put up or shut up.

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