The Smackdown vs Raw series has seen its most impressive update to date with its latest installment, Smackdown vs Raw 2010! The game features an array of options, matches, characters as well as story designer mode.
For all of you out there that want to follow in Vince Russo’s shoes and write wrestling story-lines, here is your chance! The game features over 100 preset scene animations as well as the option to include whichever character you would like and even create dialogue for them to repeat. These storylines could be saved and uploaded and utilized by other gamers online. This creates a boundless combination of stories and situations that would please any wrestling fan.I recommend that you use your USB keyboard on your Xbox 360 and PS3 for optimal data entry since your can dictate what is said by each superstar.
Controls: At first, the game was a bit cumbersome for me, since I was a devoted Legends of Wrestlemania player. The controls are much different in this game, it took me a few hours to get used to grappling with the right control stick. It also took me a long time to figure out the importance of momentum. At first, I would pound on my opponent mercilessly with clotheslines and attacks off the top turnbuckle. I soon realized that to build momentum, you had to hit your opponent with an array of attacks. Once the momentum meter builds up, then the opponent can perform his finishing attack. The cut scenes during the finishing attack really capture the essence of destroying your opponent!
Nostalgia: Being a seasoned gamer, I always consider this category when reviewing games. This game does very well in the nostalgia category. I had a chance to complete the road to Wrestlemania with Randy Orton. I loved the fact that they included, “Cowboy” Bob Orton in the game! (He was even wearing that chronic cast which Bobbo always claimed it was to heal a hairline fracture in his arm!) Throughout the scenes, Ted DiBiase also made an appearance and the developers hit the character right on the spot with a very accurate voice, full beard and shiny black suit!
American…..Dreaeeeaamm! Yes, Dusty Rhodes also makes an appearance in the game and hearing his entrance music put a big smile on my face! Dusty has to have one of the best, opening songs of any wrestler! The game ranks very very high in this category, mixing new stars with the legends!
Graphics: Are superb, great detail to body definition, large characters are well depicted and cut scenes are outstanding. The collision control as well as the speed of the characters performing moves is dead on. My only gripe is action that is outside of the ring. Your view doesn’t zoom in, and you must peer from a long distance view to control the action.
– Superb graphics
– Variety of matches
– Innovative and comprehensive storyline mode
– Good mix of new and legendary wrestlers
– Controls a bit cumbersome at first
– Outside ring combat sequence awkward
– Difficult to perform reversals
Overall Comments: THQ has really put a lot of effort in their latest Smackdown vs Raw installment. The game has so many bells and whistles that it should keep you busy during your off thanksgiving week and beyond. The mix of controls, nostalgia, variety and most importantly, its fun factor really makes this a game to add to your library. The Xbox live feature also is dead on and allows you to take your game on the road, literally!