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.
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.
Summary: The Smackdown vs. Raw series has been around for more than a few years now, and like a time-worn WWE superstar, it is starting to get creaky in its old age. The core mechanics that fuel the entertaining action still set the stage for some great fights, but the perennially problematic collision...
Pros: 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
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...
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
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...
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.
Cons: Career mode has gone. Far too easy at times. Animation some times has problems.