Having sold over 50 million units worldwide, the Smackdown vs Raw series is the biggest wrestling game franchise in the industry. Being a wrestling fan, I have purchased each one every year to keep an updated roster and try out the newest additions. This year’s Smackdown vs Raw 2011 is looking very promising in many ways though due to some new announcements that will bring back some older features and be adding some new things that will be sure to get any wrestling fan running to their local video game store come this fall.
“WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 is on track to deliver the most incredible WWE simulation experience to date in our storied franchise,” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. “This year’s game will offer players a variety of intuitive new gameplay features, impactful upgrades, industry-leading creation and customization tools, as well as unparalleled freedom to experience their own virtual WWE moments in line with those seen weekly in WWE.”
The first new mode up is the WWE Universe mode. In this gameplay scenarios will change based on player decisions, allowing for new rivalries, alliances, championship matches and more spontaneous WWE action in and out of the ring. Additionally, the popular, story-driven Road to WrestleMania mode will return with significant updates and new storylines, including the ability to freely roam through locker room areas, select opponents, break into impromptu matches and fulfill destinies based on player choices.
If you are huge fan of the CAS (Create-A-Superstar) function in the game, you will be glad to know that SvR 2011 will offer the largest offering to date of top notch creation and customization features. Players will have more creative tools than ever to customize their created Superstars, finishing moves, story designs, paint tool creations and more.Searching and sharing content will be greatly simplified through improvements to the highly regarded WWE Community Creations feature, which generated nearly 10 million downloads in its franchise debut.
Of course players will also be getting a huge roster that will be fully updated with over 70 Superstars. 100 match types will also be available including TLC, Money in the Bank and Hell in a Cell which can be fought among several new arenas. A brand new physics system will ensure all matches and object interactions look and feel unique, dynamic and unpredictable to capture the full essence and authenticity of WWE.
Oddly enough the first DLC package has also been announced. WWE Superstar Chris Masters (playable character), WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio (“Dia de los Muertos” Halloween-themed attire) and WWE Diva Kelly Kelly (“Devil” Halloween-themed attire) will be the first DLC that will be available at launch, but don’t worry as all gamers who buy the game new will be getting this content for free as a code in the instruction manual.
The feature I am most hyped about is the new physics engine for weapons such as tables, ladders and environments. If you slammed someone into a ladder in the old games, nothing really happened. Now the superstars will feel more pain and have animations set to go off upon interaction with many types of weaponry.
All in all WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 is shaping up to be huge this year and things are getting addressed that the fans have wanted. The 12th entry of the much loved Smackdown franchise releases October 26th for all systems (Yes, that includes the PS2). Take a look at the newest trailer which shows off some of the ways you can recreate your favorite moments of the WWE Universe with this new title.