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WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010 review

Improved in some ways and worsened in others

Pros

  • No awkward stylus scribbling
  • RPG-like longevity
  • Nine different match types

Cons

  • Slightly unresponsive controls
  • Slower pace to overall game
  • Could've used more new ideas

Moving the control system away from awkward stylus scribbling to good, old fashioned button pressing instantly makes SmackDown vs Raw 2010 a more approachable and playable wrestler. But the issuing of commands is not as responsive as we’d like.

Meanwhile, the freedom to roam around the ECW, SmackDown and WWE headquarters, train your character with muscle-pumping minigames and interact with the mighty wit of WWE superstars adds decent RPG-like longevity, but it also slows down the pace of the action. Although there are nine different match types and performance-boosting trading cards to use in matches, it still feels like a step backwards to move forwards.

Oct 20, 2009

More Info

GenreFighting
Description

With the added story designer and online community modes, this is a massive step forward for the series’ already rich feature set, while continuing the steady improvement of the in-ring fundamentals.

Franchise nameWWE
UK franchise nameWWE
PlatformXbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, DS, PS2
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor rating16+
Alternative namesWWE SmackDown vs Raw 2010 Featuring ECW
Release date20 October 2009 (US), 23 October 2009 (UK)