WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010

(Playstation 3, XBox 360, Nintendo Wii, Playstation 2, Playstation Portable and Nintendo DS)

by – “Tiger” Oliver

Pros
Impressively short load times, despite the renovations
Great – but not amazing – graphics on PS3 & XBox 360
More new modes than you can shake a pair of tights at
The best create-a-character mode just got even better
Ability to upload and download created stories, character AND finishers on PS3 & XBox 360.

Cons
Create a Diving Finisher mode, while well needed, is horribly disappointing
Wii, PS2, PSP and Nintendo DS graphics horribly lacking
Online play very choppy and has
HORRIBLE lag, with none on PS2 & Wii consoles.
Create a Story mode allows only 10 scenes with Created Wrestlers
While controls are improved, flying moves seem more linear and unrealistic than last year’s installment

Time to lace up your boots, strap on that mask and squeeze into your spandex, Wrestlemania has finally returned – this year’s installment of the legendary WWE Smackdown! franchise could quite possibly be the WWF No Mercy of our time.

SvR ’10 is more than an upgrade to last year’s game, it’s an overhaul like we’ve never seen. New graphics engines, a new appearance and a plethora of new features leaves this as one of the more impressive wrestling games for the current generation of consoles.

Now, it’s neigh impossible to review every single version of the game, which varies from system to system (besides the PS3 & XBox 360, which are nearly identical). In fact, to even do a worth-while review like I’ve done with the rest of the games I’ve scored, I’d have to play every single version, something in which I just can’t do. To even talk about the XBox 360 version would make this article too long for you to read. So, I’ll just condense everything down as much as I can and still make sense. Just note that I can’t touch everything in the game right here.

To put it in a nutshell, they took Smackdown! vs Raw 2009 and revamped it the way it should have been. First off, the horrible load times have been cut down to 10 seconds at the very most, most averaging five-to-seven seconds. This may not seem like much, but considering the upgrades and what they added to the game from last year, this is mind-boggling.

The graphics are stunning on the 360 and PS3, second only to the visual presentation. The usual status bars from the last 10 games have been replaced by a heads-up display around the feet of your wrestler, making it seem more realistic by opening up the field of vision. Along with the WWE logo at the corner of the screen and various other broadcast elements, the presentation of this game is lovely.

On the PS2, DS and PSP, the graphics look a little bit… blah. After viewing screenshots, SvR 2007 looks better than this game on PSP, the PS2 can’t compete with the next gen versions, and someone please tell me why they still bother porting this game to DS with these graphics? The Wii, however, is neither good nor bad. I mean this in a good way, considering the hardware limitations.

The controls don’t vary as much, it’s still the same system this go ’round for the XBox 360. This time, instead of a two-button reversal system, there’s only one button, which is a tad easier to remember. The Nintendo DS, however, has went from using the stylus to using the actual buttons, which critics have praised as a step in the right direction.

The sound is alright, it would’ve been better if they had included the full versions of the wrestlers entrances (partially because I seriously want Story of the Year’s cover of “Just Close Your Eyes” on my iPod), but the ability to import tracks as entrance music (on 360) makes up for it. The voice acting is great, except for the pre-match introductions, which sounds like crappy RPG dialogue at times due to awful tone.

The creation modes are back with a vengeance. You can still create your own finisher, plus the ability to create a diving move. This mode, however, is seriously lacking because, in the end, every move you make looks horribly unrealistic.

You can also create your own entrance video using Highlight Reel footage. I never figured this out, so you’re on your own here.

Create a Wrestler mode, just wow. That’s all I can say, this is the best it’s been since WWF No Mercy for the Nintendo 64. Plus, the load times for all of the parts is astonishingly fast compared to earlier titles in the SvR series. For the attributes, all you have to do is play and focus on the specifics for each attribute. For example, strike often to unlock more of the Strike attribute meter, do more submissions for the Submissions meter and so on. To upgrade, all you need to do is play in ANY mode. Depending on the match stipulations, title implications, the outcome and what you do in the match depends on how many attribute points you get. Easy as that.

There are several new match types, including the Championship Scramble, Gauntlet, Mixed Tag and a completely revamped Royal Rumble match. Due to the Mixed Tag addition, intergender tag matches from the regular tag match menu is no longer possible.

The Road to Wrestlemania mode returns with Triple H, John Cena, Mickie James, Shawn Michaels, Edge, Randy Orton & even your created wrestler as those walking the path this year. The season mode is much like last year, except the scores needed for each match ranking (one-to-five stars) has raised, dramatically.

Ultimately, at least for the XBox 360 & PS3, this has got to be the best wrestling game since WWF No Mercy. Yes, I’ve said it over 9000 times already, but that’s how good this game is.

Overall Score 4/5

Buy? – Hold off a while yet
If you’ve got the extra coin or you’re a WWE fanboy, I’d say go for it. Otherwise, hold off until it drops, which will probably be around the Christmas shopping season. Seriously, hold off until after Thanksgiving, you’ll thank me.

If it’s the DS or PSP version, I wouldn’t, period. The PS2 and the Nintendo Wii, however, buy it only if that’s the only console you own.

Rent? – I’ve got two words for ya… DO EET!!!
Seriously, that’s the beauty of wrestling games, they’re the perfect rental, regardless of console. Besides, if you’re looking to buy it, this will curve your jones until the price drops after Thanksgiving thanks to Christmas.

This will be the last review I’ll ever do like this, and possibly for this franchise. The best advice I can give you on these games – just rent it before you consider buying it. There’s a lot more I couldn’t go in to here, and I’ve played this game to the point of warping the disc.

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2 Responses to “WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010”

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