THQ has taken professional wrestling to new heights with user creation side and noteworthy refinements in the game play. New match types also were also added, but these have been overshadowed by the removal of online play.
WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010 is a professional wrestling video game following suit to the big name that we get to watch on pay per view. THQ has taken professional wrestling into new heights with user creation side and noteworthy refinements in the game play. New match types also were also added, but these have been overshadowed by the removal of online play. We are now to be contented (boo!) with our friends.
There is a new control scheme that allows for more precision and support for the various controllers. The special abilities of each character introduced before are now more solid and concrete in this version, and all have descriptions. Some are passive such as demonstrating resilience to pins and submissions, to active abilities such as quickly escaping the ring, or regaining some health by hitting yourself in the head with a chair. Prompts appear on the screen to aid you in using the active special abilities the perfect timing for them, and how to use each properly.
Character movements are more fluid this year, and they all respond better in terms of quickness. However, there are still noticeable lags such as when there are multiple characters in the ring, which quite spoil the fun but overall everything is quite realistic and forgivable.
Of course, no game will be truly yours unless you can modify your pro’s physical attributes. The wardrobe can be changed, as well as the color of their signature looks. Logos and tattoos can be further tailored to suit your own taste, but that’s not all! Entire move sets, finishers, and entrance movies can be customized as well.
In Story Designer mode, a player can create their own episodes and upload them online for other players to download and enjoy. This serves a big potential for endless fun as you are put in charge of your pro’s career in a level never before experienced by WWE fans.
Smackdown vs Raw 2010 made a lot of subtle improvements, and now have a varied content. The new tools for customization cannot be fully enjoyed by anyone as there is no online mode, so we’ll never know how far our created character can go; but those with a friend to play with will appreciate the refined action and numerous match types. SDVSW 2010 could have been a great game, but the limitations just keep coming, this area could be an improvement for the masses.