Review by oldtonewgamer

"Still some flaws as usual, but a lot of greatness"

Graphics: 9/10
- The superstars have definitely been enhanced this time around. The superstars look a little less overdone than before. (cough, cough Triple H, cough) The havoc game engine is a little less buggy now with superstars not getting tangled up in the ropes, but having their legs rest on them after a move.

Gameplay: 9/10
-This is where the game truly shines. Moves are now not as easy to pull off so matches aren't as repetitive. Generally you have to weaken your opponent in order to do high power moves. A whole new addition to gameplay are the throw-moves. These are moves such as suplexes, scoop slams, and some finishers that allow you to land them on tables or ladders.

The match types have been enhanced a lot from last year's. Mostly this consists of new physics due the the Havoc engine. But some such as the hell in a cell which is bigger and FINALLY has the ability to use weapons from under the ring, and the tlc and ladder matches that have more tables and ladders to have fun with. The ladders can be snapped in half, but in a very unrealistic fashion which is the a small problem and isn't really that noticeable.

A.I. 6/10
-This is where the game truly suffers. The a.i. is a lot like the first two SvR games: They counter A LOT and use a lot of the same moves over and over again. They are however decent help in tornado tag matches.

Features: 7/10
-WWE Universe mode is the new star of the game with some small flaws. You can only win titles in this mode now and only the CPU can set them up. There are some cutscenes in this mode, but only about five or six. If you're playing as or against a heel, they will almost always attack the face before the match and make the match totally unbalanced.

Road to Wrestlemania makes its way back this year. There are five diiferent RTWMs this year: Rey Mysterio, Christian, John Cena (of course), Chris Jericho, and one where you face the Undertaker at WM. The ability to roam backstage isn't as great as Shut Your Mouth. You can talk to people backstage or provoke a fight. The latter only rewards you with points to upgrade your abilities, however this is utterly useless. Most people when you talk to them will tell you to get lost. A few will set up a match at ht e following Superstars event. These lead up to unlocking a legend in an extra match at WM. The rest is all the same as before with unique storylines and blah, blah, blah.

Overall
-If you are a pro wrestling fan, this is a must-buy. If you aren't research is more or rent before you buy.


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 11/01/10

Game Release: WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 (US, 10/26/10)


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