Excerpt: THQ has let a majority of its Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 roster out of the bag and there are a few good surprises such as Bret Hart, Finlay, Yoshi Tatsu, Goldust and Vance Archer. The final game will apparently feature over 70 superstars this year so expect more to be ...
Excerpt: The SmackDown series is a major part of our annual gaming diet, and for very good reason too. The franchise may not be perfect, but it offers the very best of grappling action and multi-player amusement. Here Comes the Pain was critically acclaimed for its solid engine and attention to detail. The question is, does this new instalment build on that?
Excerpt: To give you an idea of the last time I sat down and watched professional wrestling, Stone Cold Steve Austin was the champ of the WW F . Apparently, gone is the Rattlesnake, as is the “Federation,” which has been replaced by the word “Entertainment.” All of this is nothing new, I realize. However, this paints the picture of how long it’s been since I watched the male soap opera. And speaking of painting a picture, THQ does just that with WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW .
Excerpt: Ah, professional wrestling - one true bastion of bona fide sporting competition, full of battles of epic proportions, the absolute purest form of gladiatorial combat this side of Caesar's Rome... oops, wait - Professional Wrestling you say? Ah, the multi-million dollar sports-entertainment-come-soap-opera. Yuke's Smackdown! series has been held in high regard ever since the first game was released way back in 2000, and Smackdown!
Excerpt: The best-selling virtual wrestler by far, THQ's hugely popular SmackDown! series gets a sixth instalment just in time for 2004's Xmas stockings: lurid lurex, bad attitude and rippling muscle to the power of two, it's Smackdown! Vs Raw. This time around, the game features more than 50 WWE Superstars, including Rey Mysterio, John Cena, and Randy Orton, and for the first time in any wrestling game anywhere, players can compete in head-to-head online play. The SmackDown!
Excerpt: One thing is for sure here, and that is that over the last few years, THQ seem to have accepted “slightly above average” as a standard for their wrestling games. The RAW series for the Xbox is/was absolutely laughable after extended play, the GBA iterations have only done what is required, the Gamecube’s Wrestlemania titles have been fair to middling, whilst the Smackdown! releases for the PS2 have been the best of the bunch.
Excerpt: The third reason you may not find many players online is due to the absolute lack of match types available to be played online. You only have two choices: normal singles match or bra and panties. That's it. No tag teams, no hardcore, no TLC, no hell in a cell, no nothing. Just one-on-one normal rules matches, or a one-on-one bra and panties match.
Excerpt: WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw is THQ's latest 'rasslin title for the PS2. Some of its most talked about features don't quite live up to the hype, but the gameplay is better than ever and that is what counts. Find out what went right and what went horribly, horribly wrong in our full review.