For the most committed of them wrestling fans, no amount of MMA game titles would be enough to stir them away from playing the longest running wrestling game on the planet – WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011.
Professional wrestling hasn’t had the spark it needs from wrestling addicts-turned-MMA-fans, but the comparisons should end now – WWE’s sports entertainment is a far cry from the fighting sport of MMA.
Still, the WWE SVR series has been a glimmer of hope for those who don’t have access to WWE’s weekly broadcast.
The game series keeps itself updated by the year, now with a fresh roster, new game modes, and returning features we loved from previous games.
As always, this decade belongs to Randy Orton, John Cena, and Rey Mysterio, along with future hall of famers Triple H, The Undertaker, and Kane. And so they remain as the headliners for this year’s version.
New in the game are WWE superstars Sheamus, The Hart Dynasty, Drew McIntyre, Yoshi Tatsu, and Nexus prodigies Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, and David Otunga.
WWE legends will make an appearance once again, featuring the likes of The Rock, Ricky Steamboat, Rob Van Dam, Bret Hart, and – check this out– Lex Luger.
While professional wrestling are going PG these days (WWE promises to be gory no more), the game makes up for it by being realistic with the use of ring weapons – chairs twisting according to level of impact, steel ladders breaking into pieces, and cell walls getting bigger.
A new game mode called WWE Universe also replaces the career mode from last year’s version. On it, your superstar can roam around the arena and develop storylines based on matches your character has wrestled in.
But the biggest come-on has always been the Road to WrestleMania mode, this year letting you choose storylines between Rey Mysterio, John Cena, Christian, Chris Jericho, and Randy Orton.
The game creators also developed a RTW storyline involving The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania, and your superstar’s journey to breaking that unprecedented record.
Also new is the Match Creator mode that allows players to create their ideal match types. Returning to the game are the Create a Finisher mode, the Online mode, and the Story Designer mode, where run-ins and backstage cut scenes are possible.
Gameplay has never been a problem for the WWE SVR series, but they made a few adjustments on the grappling controls that modify depending on the pace of the match and the health of your opponent. That means a move as vicious as an RKO can come any second now.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 and its realistic display of WWE matches should have no problem prolonging the legacy of the popular game series. Much like our love for WWE’s 24/7, 52 weeks a year programming, we could play WWE SVR 2011 just as much.
WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO