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UFC 2009 Undisputed Demo Release Date and Details Confirmed

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OuchGamespot.com has up some new impressions of the upcoming UFC 2009 Undisputed video game including some details on the demo:

That disgusting pink spot in the middle of my palm is the blister I got from a result of that extended play session. Yes, I got a blister playing a videogame. I can't remember the last time that happened to me.

Why that blister appeared on the middle of my palm (and not, say, on my thumb) I'll get to in a bit. First, let me set the stage for you. Last week, we received the PS3 version of the upcoming downloadable demo for UFC 2009 Undisputed. The game, being published by THQ and developed by Yuke's, is the first licensed UFC game since 2004's mediocre UFC Sudden Impact. The demo, which will be available on PSN and XBL on April 23, features two modes: an extensive tutorial to get you used to the game's in-depth controls, and a single exhibition fight between Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Chuck Liddell.

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Over the past few days, I've played the demo over and over against both the CPU and against other folks in the office. The demo is passable in single player, though the AI lack of aggression and skill leaves something to be desired. And while I'm hoping the AI poses a stiffer challenge in the final version, Undisputed really comes to life when playing with a friend, preferably side by side on the same console, where the smack talk and the non-stop shouting can flow.

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It's those submission moves that did my right palm in. You see, it wasn't until later that I realized you could use the buttons to defend against submissions so, in my zeal to protect my fighter from a tapout, I palmed the top of the right analog stick and moved the stick around as fast as I could. It wasn't until an hour later that I realized that the motion was slowly eating away the skin of my palm, leaving a disgusting weeping wound in its place.

Sounds like there are some concerns over the difficulty which could hamper the game for those who, like me, aren't crazy about playing games online.  It's the one thing that really killed the replay value of Fight Night Round 3 for me.

Still the preview is almost all very good news and having a confirmed release date is exciting.  It's a bit disappointing to see that we're only getting a single fight with the demo but that makes more sense compared with the rumors of 10 selectable fighters in a demo.

I've got my copy for the 360 pre-ordered.  What's everyone else's status?