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WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010 review

AT A GLANCE
  • Improved presentation of fundamentals
  • Insanely deep creative aspects
  • A possibly unending flow of user content
  • Won't convert many non-fans
  • Improved load times still aren't great
  • Community will only be as good as others make it

Oh brave new world! That has such wrestlers in it!

Say you’re the type of player who appreciates that creator modes exist, but you just don’t have the time needed to make the characters or stories you desire. Or maybe you’re one of the very devoted, and have long made intricate created wrestlers that you could only share via complicated guides. That’s where the truly revolutionary part of the game comes in: the new community aspect. Thanks to the ability to share tons of created content, those two types of players can meet and share with one another, enjoying the game in brand-new ways.

The new community system is where players can upload any stories, characters, finishers, screenshots or highlight reels they created. Did you make the best early 1998-era Mankind right before he added Socko to his move set? Then put him up there for all to see. Did you remake the John Cusack film High Fidelity nearly scene for scene (we actually saw this online, by the way)? Let everyone enjoy it. And the user rating system helps a bit with separating the good stuff from the crap, so the lazy or less dedicated can finally enjoy the work of more promising creators.

Still, we can’t see into the future and know for sure that the community will really support it with anything worth downloading. It could become a virtual ghost town, but we highly doubt that. After seeing for years the dedication players have shown to making wrestlers that aren’t all that easy to share, we’re almost guaranteed to at least see that same amount of work put into filling out a much easier-to-navigate system. There’s one downside, though: content is locked to the type of console on which it was created, meaning 360 creators won’t be sharing anything with PS3 fans, and vice versa. So it’s possible one could end up being better than the other.


Is it better than…

WWE Legends of Wrestlemania? Yes. While filled with lovely nostalgia and a nice pacifier for those waiting for SvR2010, this was a slightly fuller expansion pack to Smackdown 2009 marred by overly simple controls. It wasn’t the full sequel that 2010 is.

 


UFC 2009 Undisputed? Sort of. It really depends on whether you prefer pure brawling and grappling to the much more dramatic elements of wrestling. Plus, the Smackdown series has more than a decade of annual releases and updates under its belt, making it much fuller than publisher THQ’s inaugural UFC game.

TNA iMPACT!? Oh hell yeah. This also-ran tried its best to keep up with WWE, but it came nowhere close. Leave it in the bargain bin where it belongs.

 



Just for you, Metacritic!

With the long-overdue additions of a story-creation mode and an online community, SvR2010 is a massive step forward for the series’ already-rich feature set, while still continuing the steady improvement of its in-ring fundamentals.

Oct 16, 2009

More Info

Release date: Oct 20 2009 - Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, DS, PS2 (US)
Oct 23 2009 - Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, DS, PS2 (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, DS, PS2
Genre: Fighting
Published by: THQ
Developed by: Yuke's Media Creations
Franchise: WWE
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence, Mild Language
PEGI Rating:
16+

12 comments

  • swagger21 - November 2, 2009 5:27 p.m.

    i just hope that the create a player is better, it usually tends to be limited. And it should have the finisher F5, best move ever
  • beefyokeefe - October 20, 2009 2:39 p.m.

    I have and im Gunna follow him through the threads he's comented on and gunna report every one of his comments :) hothawaiian is going down ReCaptcha: MacManus ukulele 0_o
  • WouldYouKindly - October 20, 2009 12:57 a.m.

    I was skeptical at first, but this review won me over. I need this game. re Captcha: pike 22
  • urbancowboi87 - October 18, 2009 3:01 p.m.

    i will most definitely be picking this up in the next few days. i just gotta decide what system to get it on...ps3 got dlc faster and got a patch. 360 didnt. also anyone have a spare ban hammer for the dip sh*t named hothawaiian?
  • hothawaiian - October 18, 2009 1:45 a.m.

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  • hothawaiian - October 18, 2009 1:40 a.m.

    or il enhlish that word means HI
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  • lippuck79 - October 17, 2009 1:38 p.m.

    Wooo.....thats great...
  • shalcool - October 17, 2009 11:14 a.m.

    ThIs IS mY TrAgEt nOw >>! HEHEHE
  • TheWebSwinger - October 16, 2009 6:38 p.m.

    Shane's definitely lurkin'. No way he could resist the sweaty, sweaty men. Also, that "It's still real to me dammit!" video is absolutely priceless.
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - October 16, 2009 5:13 p.m.

    Shane, we know that's you.
  • understudybass - October 16, 2009 4:09 p.m.

    I like Henry, but i miss Shane.

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