Reviews and Problems with WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011
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WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 Review
19 January 2011
Excerpt: Smackdown vs Raw has been given an easy ride for far too long now. Yes, the 2011 edition will be adored by hardcore WWE fans who love the fact it's got tens of match types, ring variations, customisable rules and all the big events, as well as a large roster of the most popular WWE Superstars, but the fact remains that very little is changing year-on-year.
Conclusion: SmackDown vs. Raw is definitely a rare franchise that seems to be getting better with age. Though I was initially concerned about what new features they could add to make the game seem like a worthwhile experience, it seems that enough has been changed to warrant attention from fans. Though we haven't been able to check out the full package yet, we won't have to wait for long, as SmackDown vs. Raw is coming to store shelves later this month!
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Smackdown Vs raw 2010 was undoubtedly a great game, and so the level of expectation for the next iteration was to at least match if not exceed. The guys at THQ always have something to make the WWE franchise more lovable and addictive every time they build upon the previous Smackdown vs Raw games to give us a new one. If you are a loyal WWE fan like me, you would be to happy know that THQ hasn’t let us down, at least not completely.
Conclusion: After the massive improvement of last year, we're glad to see the WWE brand is back on track. Smackdown vs Raw 2011's major new features add longevity to a series that often lacked staying power. Throw in an addictive online mode, and this is going to make the fans happy. We expect to see the roster of 70+ superstars added to over the coming months, and who knows, maybe John Cena will be removed after his recent 'firing' from the corporation (Note: This will never...
Excerpt: We’re just going to have to accept that THQ and Yuke’s, the publisher and developer of the WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw series, aren’t going to make sweeping change to the core of their wrestling games. For years, reviewers have decried the series’ clipping, targeting, and collision detection issues, as well as its reliance on a slightly modified grappling system that’s been in use for more than half a decade.
Excerpt: WWE Universe mode is basically a career mode that never ends, but gives the player quite a bit of freedom. You’ll go through WWE’s usual calendar of events - Raw, Superstars, SmackDown, and PPVs, complete with show-specific stipulations, so you’ll have the option of competing in the annual Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber, or Money in the Bank matches.
Excerpt: As a gamer I’ve always enjoyed THQ’s wrestling series, although as a reviewer I’ve found it very much lacking in certain areas and some features have even been broken. This year, the series has once again received attention in certain places, although does it raise its game enough to stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of No Mercy? Each annual release of WWE SmackDown vs. Raw is typically filled with delightful little touches alongside more significant changes.
Conclusion: Though the online arena can be both enjoyably tough and frustratingly flawed, it's fun to have access to a wide range of creative output. Those who buy the game new receive a code that grants them access to all the online features, while those who buy the game used have to pay extra for the privilege. All told, Smackdown vs.
Pros: Tons of ways to set up matches, Extensive creation tools, Plenty of powerful moves., Tons of ways to set up matches, Extensive creation tools, Plenty of powerful moves.
Cons: Problematic collision detection, Excitement-dampening sound effects, Online modes, including the new Royal Rumble, hindered by lag and other issues., Problematic collision detection, Excitement-dampening sound effects, Online modes, including the new Royal Rumble, hindered by lag and other issues.