Real Talk By: Kimulus
Alright kids, finally the yearly update of Smackdown Vs. Raw has arrived in THQ’s latest installment of the ever popular WWE franchise. Of course every year they always hype that this is the best wrestling game you can ever get your hands on. Well I am here to tell you I am a veteran of the Smackdown series, I have been playing it ever since the original Smackdown. Wrestling fans and gamers alike, can be assured that my experience with this the WWE and the Smackdown series are legit. So let’s get started.
Okay, as soon as I pop in the disk, I noticed it was pretty much the same set up as SVR 10. You can wrestle in the main title screen by following the prompt on the top right corner. Let’s get right to the biggest and latest edition to the series, the WWE universe. This mode is basically exhibition matches on steroids and THQ claims that we control WWE. However, I noticed some odd things when I started to play it. First of all, I was trying to get a title match with John Cena (who is the default WWE champion in the game) but it won’t let me at all. It turns out you have to climb a ranking system….in the EXIBITION MODE. What happened to “you can control the WWE universe”?! I mean I want the title off Cena, I mean every wrestling fan can agree Cena as champion is like watching paint dry. If you insert your create a wrestler in the title match, the match just turns normal. I do not get that at all. They claim that they give us the power to control rivalries and every aspect of the WWE, I believe this is 100 percent false advertising. It is frustrating to know that you have to win series of matches to get the title…in a EXHIBITION MODE. A lot of people are finding ways around this it seems theres a “title glitch” that gives you the power to put anyone in a title match. Wow THQ… I mean people shouldn’t be finding loopholes in something you control.
Speaking of matches, the game play has been tweaked yet again. I was actually satisfied with the SVR 10 grappling system, but THQ and Yukes managed to f-up things seriously this time. They had to tweak the grapple system. Now it seems that you can only do 4 grapple moves. Almost everyone that has this game is baffled at the grappling system and wonders why they pull off the same four moves. Plus now it only takes one button to reverse everything. I mean seriously?! Did the kids complain that the SVR series was too hard? The two button reversal system was nice, but I do not get why they even changed the grappling system at all! The matches are short and boring. Because of the lack of moves involved in the game, all it takes is just 4 grapple moves, your signature, and your finisher to finish a match. How lame is that? I mean yeah they are going for realism here, but they gotta realize that this is a video game. You want a match to last more than 1 minute. Of course you can argue well don’t play singles and play some other match type… well I did play other match types…. Without the moves they are still boring.
The other part of SVR 11 is the road to wrestlemania storyline. You can pick your CAW, Cena, Christian, Jericho, and I forgot the other but I think its Edge. Now here is the thing. I did not dig the story mode for SVR 10 at all. It was way too linear and boring, they practically downgraded on the story mode. THQ and Yukes decided to keep this portion of the game. I do not get why they don’t touch something they need to improve on, and yet they touch something that they don’t need any improvements on instead.
The other part of this of course is the Create modes. NOTHING new, in create a story line mode, and create an entrance and create a finisher. I cant blame create a finisher, I mean what can u do besides add new animations… same goes for create a storyline. However, Create an entrance seems to be downgraded. I could have sworn you can pick camera angles for the create a entrance, but some reason that is out of the game now…. All I can say is wow. Another flaw I found in the create a wrestler mode is that they took the transparency for tattoos out. So if your wrestler has a tattoo it looks like they just pasted a giant goofy ass picture…I mean seriously, why they took the transparency option out…. That was something that baffled me.
If you think the single player was something to talk about, you can pretty much guess how the online mode works. One button reversals are a nightmare. Nobody can ever hit each other anymore, and not only that THQ decided that people need online access codes to play online. Way to sell out THQ do you seriously need to reap more money?? How about you start making wrestling games better?
Overall, casual gamers should stay away from this game. Unless you are new to the Smackdown series and not much of a wrestling fan, you would probably enjoy it for an hour. However, long time Smackdown veterans will be very, very disappointed. I still do not get why they don’t follow AKI’s grappling system like in No Mercy. People on the boards seem to say oh I enjoy this game and such, but that’s because your trying to justify your purchase for 60 dollars. I have to be the biggest fool to spend 60 dollars on this, but I am a wrestling fan, and a hardcore one at that. This game is only recommended for hardcore WWE fans because we all know anything Vince throws at us, we will eat it up.
Smackdown vs Raw 2011 gets MF M out of five
+WWE Universe mode is a fresh Idea.
-New grappling system
-There is no “absolute” control in WWE universe
-Did not improve anything on Story mode.
-Baffling downgrades with create mode.
-Smackdown now needs online codes to play online. Otherwise its 10 bucks.
While im at it, THQ and Yukes if you are seeing this here are the list of things you definitely need to improve on.
- WWE universe mode needs to give absolute authority to the players.
- Grappling system needs to be like No Mercy
- Stop downgrading create modes and stop using the same animations over and over again
- Don’t betray your fans by adding an online code to access online material.
- Why are you guys not improving on story mode?????
- If at all , please just stop making WWE games period.
- Yes this is my last game with the series. I’ve had enough.
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