Review by ThePWBPoster

"Relive the Smackdown just one more time"

The Smackdown series has been down many roads, spawning out many hits and misses along the way. What keeps on bringing back the loyal fanbase to each upcoming game is a promoted new feature or a improved match type. This year Smackdown vs Raw 2010 still proves that not only is it an addicting game to play, but it also shows that the Playstation 2 has life left in it.

There are improved and updated match types, awesome new modes to try, and 6 new Road To Wrestlemania modes in this years version, dispite the slightly outdated roster which all wrestling games have in the past few years its not a big deal. Now lets get into the very review.

Story: The key story here is the Road To Wrestlemania mode. This year you can choose between Brand Warfare, Randy Orton, Shawn Michaels, Edge, Mickie James, and even your own Created Wrestler to take on the likes of WWE superstars. These stories are a blast to play, some stories branch out into alternate directions based on what you do and who to beat in the ring.

Storys will also require you to complete tasks like beat a certain wrestler or perform your finisher a set amount of times to unlock in-game wrestlers, attires, and backstage areas.

Career mode also makes a return, you can take your wrestler and start from the bottom and work your way up capturing titles along the way.

Perhaps the coolest feature is the new Create A Story mode. This mode allows you to make WWE the way YOU like it, even right down to what a WWE persona says. You can add cutscenes, matches, and stipulations. This mode will take plenty of time getting used to, there is a good amount of scenes and matches you can choose from. You can also change the facial expressions on the superstars, add music, add crowd reactions and crowd chants. Its WWE the way only you can think of.

Controls: You are in for a treat if you played the 2009 version of this game. The controls are pretty much the same. Royal Rumble has now been improved to allow you to eliminate your opponent in a few ways, those of you that are not into button mashing might not consider this fun. But it is worth a go.

Gameplay: The gameplay seems fluid and more realistic than last years version. Reversals are now subjected to one button and require percise timing, this make the game even more challenging. You can also change the difficulty if you like, from easy to legend choose one that feels suitable to you.

Graphics: The graphics are great as usual. Some wrestlers may have outdated attires and some new, but that shouldn't be much of a hassle. The HUD display on top has been replaced with a meter below your wrestler. Backstage areas are roomy and offer plenty of space to move around. Wrestlers look great and some have pyros in the entrances.

Create an entrance and Create a Superstar have also returned, the clothes still look painted-on but with a little bit of time you'll make some good wrestlers. Overall great graphics.

Sound: The sound is just like what you would expect from a wrestling match. All the grunts and groans are there. Weapons have improved sound, like the ring bell for instance. The crowd will also chant, yay, boo, or even do a countdown for the Royal Rumble.

Overall: This game is worth a buy, the only thing I didn't like was the is a slowdown in certain matches. But other than that, the Road to Wrestlemania mode, Career mode, Create A Story, plenty of matches, game options, and unlockables will keep you quite busy.

Total Score: 8/10


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 10/23/09

Game Release: WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 (US, 10/20/09)


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