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E3 2010: WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 gets a little TLC

Over the past several years, THQ's WWE SmackDown franchise has evolved into a real champion, most recently offering a thick pro wrestling package loaded with awesome community features, an impressive story designer, and a wide array of today's top wrestling personalities.

Based on what we saw at E3 this year, it looks like THQ is holding on to what's worked so well in recent iterations with WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011, while adding on and refining when needed. While many of the new details and wrestler announcements are being held for later in the year, THQ used its E3 demo to debut the new TLC - that's tables, ladders, and chairs - matches in the game. As WWE fans well know, TLC matches are typically packed with intense slams and brutal falls (as well as comically slow ascents up the ladder) as wrestlers attempt to fight off their opponents in any way possible while claiming the belt suspended high above the ring.

Bringing this memorable match type to the series answers a lot of fans' requests, but what really seals the deal is the further addition of Havok physics to the game engine, which kills the canned animations of previous entries and gives players more control over how they execute moves. Havok physics also allow for better item placement, and one example in the TLC matches is the ability to arrange a ladder against the ropes outside the ring and use it as a ramp to jump back into the action.

Otherwise, THQ promises a variety of minor tweaks, including muscle flex textures and enhanced controls, but it'll be a bit longer before THQ spills the further details on this anticipated October release.

Jun 16, 2010

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  • mlouro - November 16, 2010 7:08 p.m.

    test
  • mandarpednekar - September 9, 2010 2:41 p.m.

    FOR PS2 ONLY * do ps2 will also have havok engine and new physics system * how much slots for ps2 for CAW and CAF WHAT WILL BE PS2 LACKING ????
  • Ebbie34 - August 13, 2010 11:28 a.m.

    the past two years i really dont like the story lines of RAW vs SMACKDOWN the previous ones where you dont know your opponent is better than to choose whta belts you want to fight for. hope they bring the old story line back
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  • TwistOfFate94 - June 17, 2010 8:12 a.m.

    I really hope that Shawn Michaels is still in the game.
  • TwistOfFate94 - June 17, 2010 8:10 a.m.

    It looks like The miz and Chris Jericho are confirmed.
  • azrael37 - June 17, 2010 2:03 a.m.

    i wish they would make a new wrestling game using the old no mercy engine. all that great game play with state of the art graphics....that just might get me back into wrestling games
  • ColonelKc - June 16, 2010 11:22 p.m.

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  • nuno004 - June 16, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    i hope its better than other ones

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