WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2011: Sven’s ‘Quickie Review’
Yes, dear readers, WWE 13 is just days away and the fine folks of Sven’s Lazy Video Game forum…are LAZY to give you a full review of the past two games that came before it. So, here’s what we have instead. Enjoy.
WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2011 is the final installment of the Smackdown vs RAW series for the WWE games being made by THQ. Released in the last quarter of 2010, this game ushered in ‘WWE Universe’ one of the best new features of the THQ-made WWE games so far.
+ WWE Universe Mode: Make no doubts that it was utilized to the fullest (unlocking certain superstars by x amount of matches in a certain show, retain/winning a title belt, face/heel turns, etc.). This was the bread and butter of this game
+ Create-a-Move: Added a ‘corner’ finisher sequence as well as the trajectory feature. Adds a slight creative control to the users
+ Practice Ring: It’s nice to ‘practice’ before going to the main menu. For me, it was an innovative way of letting a new player be introduced to the game series
= The Road to WrestleMania: Some had solid stories (John Cena, Jericho) while others bordered on the absurd (The Undertaker and Rey Mysterio). The poorly lip-synced gives this minus points to what would’ve been a good feature.
= DLCs: If you were to compare from the last game, yes it’s more. However, Chris Masters, the Nexus and Layla aren’t solid DLCs. Bret, Luger and Bulldog were ok, but there were more legends who should’ve been included if that were the case.
– Lip-synch: The Road to WrestleMania feature showed the poorly lip-synched mouths of the WWE Superstars and Divas. I just can’t get over how poor it was.
– Online: The lag was so bad…just had to say it here
The game did give a proper ‘send off’ to the SmackDown vs RAW franchise of the game series. In fact, the introduction of the WWE Universe was a show of what was to come in the next game. With these new building blocks in place, one knew that SmackDown vs RAW 2011 would usher in a new era in this series. How good of an era? Well check out the next review for WWE ’12 to see if it was very good, very bad, or just stuck in the middle.