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WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2010 Review (X360)

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WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2010 Review (X360)
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For a few years there it seemed like the SmackDown series was getting stagnant and not really moving forward. That definitely isn’t the case with WWE SmackDown! Vs. Raw 2010. There are improvements and additions all over the place, from being able to create your own story to sharing custom characters online to an overall improved gameplay feel, SvR2010 is a big jump from 09. This is, without a doubt, the best wrestling game on the Xbox 360.
Game Details

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Developer: Yuke’s
  • ESRB Rating: “T” for Teen
  • Genre: Wrestling
  • Pros: Tons of creation options; custom content sharing; improved Royal Rumble; fun gameplay
  • Cons: Targeting issues; online lag; A.I.

Gameplay

The mechanics of the gameplay haven’t changed much. It still uses the same right analog stick grappling and stuff as the last couple of years. There are lots of little tweaks that make big improvements, though. You have huge move lists now and the wrestlers perform just like they do on TV and each wrestler has signature moves you can use when they are in the right position. The gameplay overall is smoother and flows together better, but the hit detection has also been greatly improved and the result is a more realistic, better playing game than ever before.

One immediately noticeable area of improvement is in the Royal Rumble match. There are hot spots in the corners that make it easier to throw people out and when you’re on the ropes trying to throw someone out (or trying to avoid being thrown out) a button mashing minigame pops up. You can also use stored finishers to easily knock people out of the ring. Overall it is just a lot better than before and a lot of fun.

Some final gameplay notes. First, the A.I. is terrible. The CPU just never really puts up a fight, so it makes Achievement chasing easy, but if you want a challenge you need to play with other people. Second, targeting is a bit clunky, so matches with multiple opponents can be tricky as you don’t always attack who you wanted to.

Features

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Those handful of complaints aside, the gameplay has always been a strong point with the SmackDown series so it is no surprise that SvR10 is still a fun game to play. The problems in years past have been with the features and modes list, and this is one area where the new game makes some huge strides forward. Creation modes have always been vital to wrestling games, but now you can not only make custom characters, but you can make new moves, tattoos, logos, entrances, and custom storylines and share them online for other people to download and use.

This solves a few of my biggest problems with the last couple of games. Any problems you have with the included roster (a weak point in previous games) are immediately solved by downloading any and every character you want that other players have created. Likewise, we love the Road to Wrestlemania story mode, but it only covers a handful of characters. Now you can create your own storylines or download them from other people which make the game essentially last forever with fresh stories being available all the time.

The game also includes a full suite of gameplay modes both on and offline with any match type you could want. Online play suffers from a bit of lag, which does affect gameplay, but you do get used to it. Local multiplayer is smooth and perfect, of course, and definitely the way to play the game.

Graphics & Sound

Graphically, WWE SmackDown! Vs. Raw 2010 is a great looking game. The real WWE stars look just about perfect and are animated to move and act just like their real world counterparts. The animation overall is very smooth and the hit detection is much improved and the whole game looks a lot better because of it. The entrances are spot on and generally stunning and the arenas you fight in look great. No complaints here.

The sound is also quite good overall. All of the theme music along with a bunch of other licensed tunes are available to use and you can use your own tracks from your 360 hard drive or PC as well. The commentary also flows pretty well and keeps up to the action, but they still tend to repeat themselves a bit too often.

Bottom Line

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All in all, WWE SmackDown! Vs. Raw 2010 is pretty easily the best wrestling game on the Xbox 360. The gameplay is smooth and fun and is a surprisingly close representation of the action you see on TV. The presentation is near perfect and, once again, almost exactly like what you see on TV. What makes SvR10 really stand out, however, are the deep creation options that let you make your own characters, entrances, finishing moves, and even storylines and then share them online with other people. Fans have begged for content sharing like this for years, and to finally have it – and not just for characters but for a wide range of stuff – is a dream come true and truly raise this game from just a polished-up yearly update to something special that all wrestling fans are going to love. Even if you have the last couple of games, there is enough new stuff in SvR10 that make it definitely worth a purchase.
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