Reviews and Problems with WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010
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WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2010 (PS3)
14 January 2010
Excerpt: The sport of wrestling is often written off by most people as just another soap opera. The actors are not that great at acting, and the production values can be better. The story line contains the usual love triangles and revenge plots, while inevitably someone will end up in a coma in hospital. But the same people miss the point of what wrestling really is.
Excerpt: Much like the Madden NFL and NHL series, WWE video games have a tendency to suffer from “incremental-itis.” This little-known (because I just made it up) affliction affects games with annual iterations, and results from repeated new versions of a game that feature tiny, incremental improvements instead of sweeping changes. Despite the disease’s minor effect on games’ review scores, it doesn’t seem to have any detrimental consequences from a financial standpoint.
Excerpt: Just like the big-name pay-per-view events that regularly punctuate the WWE's show schedule, Smackdown vs. RAW is back for another year. The latest entry in the long-running series picks up where last year's game left off, continuing to focus on user creation and true-to-TV action. The biggest new additions this year are on the user creation side, but the action itself also benefits from some refinements.
Pros: New story creator is easy to use and full of possibility, Action flows more smoothly than last year, A lot of single-player content, Training mode is great for experimentation, You can design your own logo or tattoo
Cons: Incongruously weak sound effects, Online matches have nagging lag, Imprecise targeting system, Matches can last way too long
Summary: Smackdown is a game that's been continually delivering what fans of the franchise have been asking for and this year isn't any different. This iteration though has a few new features to encourage new players and also provide those that obsess about the sport enough creative freedom to make endless new scenarios.
Excerpt: I was never into wrestling as a child. Even in the golden era of Hulk Hogans and Hitman Harts I found all the costumes and soap opera spats slightly farcical and vaguely embarrassing. Plenty of my friends fell under the spell however, spending hours recreating fights with the action figures, even finding excuses to take their plastic combatants round to the rich kid's house as his parents had bought him the official wrestling ring toy set which emitted realistic...
Excerpt: Another year another recycled Smackdown game or is it? The WWE Smackdown vs. Raw franchise is struggling to keeps it’s popularity just like the WWE programming. The fans crave for something new and extravagant but developer Yukes only have so much development time to create a new instalment every year. This year’s instalment focuses on creative content, something that is used the most in SVR games and pushed aside in the past.
Pros: � Strong support for creative content, � You can submit your created wrestlers, moves, replays and storylines online as well as download others created content
Cons: � Still using the same game engine since PS2 days, � Clipping issues and same old bugs from past installments still not fixed, � Instead of overhauling something such as the ageing and small hell in a cell, Yukes decided to change Shawn Michaels facial features and body proportion. The result is a blocked shaped upper body for Shawn Michaels, there was no need to change him.
Summary: WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2010 improves on the series by adding so much out-of-ring content, whilst making slight improvements to other areas (Royal Rumble mini-games, blood). Still has flaws, but this is an upgrade from last year's game. Add 5% if you're a big wrestling fan.