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.
Conclusion: The game includes a huge roster of more than 70 wrestlers, but as fans of the WWE know, the talent roster at the WWE is constantly changing, and with the final roster for the game finalised many months ahead of the game’s release, you’ll see many names, such as Batista and Matt Hardy that aren’t with the company anymore, while wrestlers like Wade Barrett and David Otunga of Nexus, who have been the focal point of the latest WWE storyline are missing.
Pros: WWE Universe mode, Storylines in Road to Wrestlemania, The new physics system, Mammoth roster of 70 plus wrestlers
Cons: The horrendous lip-syncing, Poor voice acting, The backstage area
Conclusion: I have to say it has been fun playing a wrestling title once more, but Yuke’s and THQ still haven’t managed to find the exact balance to make the series truly great once again. Removing the career mode is a mistake I feel. Its replacement is close to being very good, but perhaps would have been better if they kept the career mode and merged it with the new universe mode.
Cons: Career mode has gone. Far too easy at times. Animation some times has problems.
Excerpt: Let’s make something clear right away before it crops up in the comments , professional wrestling may be sports entertainment but wrestling games are very much sports games. The matches you wrestle in don’t have pre-arranged endings and the gameplay is more like a very fleshed out fighter than a simulation of what actual wrestling is like. With that out of the way let’s talk about the 2011 entry in the WWE SmackDown vs Raw series of games.
Pros: New physics system makes the title feel more real and flow better, Tweaked controls make you feel in control of the action, Storylines in Road to Wrestlemania feel deeper, WWE Universe works well to create a dynamic world
Cons: Backstage area in Road to Wrestlemania controls awfully, Voice acting is terrible for the most part, Movesets feel pretty limited on some characters
Summary: This year's game is just as good as last years title, but outside of WWE Universe there hasn't been a lot of innovation. It's time to fix some long-standing flaws for this to reach greater heights.