WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 - Xbox 360

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E3 2010 Preview: WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011

E3 2010 Preview: WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011

By Joe Rybicki - Posted Jun 17, 2010

WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011

What We Already Know:

Only that a sequel to the successful franchise was a no-brainer. THQ announced WWE: SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 here at E3.

What We're Seeing Now:

Wrestling fans have nowhere better to go for realistic (well, such as it is) WWE action than the SmackDown vs. Raw series, so it's no surprise that we're seeing a new edition this year. And it should probably be no surprise that not a whole lot has changed from last year's edition. The 2011 version appears to bring a series of refinements rather than anything approaching a complete overhaul.

One of the game's biggest improvements is the way objects and weapons are handled in the ring. Where previous version featured only the most rudimentary physics for objects in the ring, now things like tables, chairs, and ladders will break and deform convincingly -- and stay in the ring once they've been demolished. Furthermore, wrestlers will be able to interact with them in more convincing ways, like smashing an enemy's head between the legs of a folding chair.

Of course, THQ has made some changes to the actual wrestling engine, as well. For one thing, combos are now simpler to execute, with multiple taps on the same button stacking up to create different combinations of moves. For another thing, grapples have been refined, with different moves and animations based on not only the position of both wrestlers, but their condition as well. And grapples and throws can now be guided a little better, allowing players to direct where their opponents will fall. And speaking of grapples, the game now includes button-mashing segments that pop up anytime both wrestlers attempt a grapple at the same time. Tap the button faster than your opponent and you'll shrug off his grapple and engage your own.

Outside the ring, wrestlers will now get more realistic feedback from the crowd, who will shy away from action on the floor, or rush to high-five a celebrating favorite. And those taunts and celebrations will look better than before; wrestlers look more lifelike and move more realistically thanks to subtle muscle-flexing animations that have been added to every movement. Characters also take location-specific damage over the course of a match; for example, a wrestler who's spent a lot of time getting slammed to the mat will have a reddened, bruised back by the end.

WWE Raw 2011

Character customization has been a longtime feature of the series, and this year's edition aims to increase the options available to players with more designs and physical features, as well as more points available for adding more detail to your character. In addition, the game will allow for more scenes and matches in the story designer.

None of this is terribly revolutionary, sure. But the series is now in its seventh iteration (not counting the previous WWE games from THQ), and the formula appears to be working just fine for the company. And if it ain't broke...



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  • mommy

    Raw vs Smackdown 2011 was a awson !

    Posted: October 18, 2010 7:29 PM
  • ChesterW2

    If this video game smackdown vs raw 2011 is going to be successful the last two people who should be on the smackdown roster should be Umaga and vickie guerrero and the last two legends who should be on there should be chris benoit and bill goldberg!

    Posted: October 11, 2010 8:39 AM
  • rettort19

    please give rey mysterio a color bar so we can change the color of his outfit. put in a NXT. please put a 6 on 6 match, stretcher match,lumberjack match and strret fight match. please let the unified tag team champions come out with both titles. add the nextus and the straight edge society. put the pay perview wwe bragging rights. put in the punjbi prison match.

    Posted: August 11, 2010 5:32 PM
  • sizablehercules

    My only wish is that they bring back barried alive matches I was very disapointed they didnt have it in 2010 or 2009. So I hope they add it to there matches

    Posted: August 3, 2010 12:31 PM
  • Kiranth

    ok i love the smackdown vs raw series!! but the stories lines suck!!! so far the best story lines (but graphics suck) was here come the pain, it was fully playable with any character even made up! and it when on and on not end tks for playing try agian i hate the fact that you go through all the time to build your character up to end, so if they really do read messages from fans i have 2 requests one allow the game to keep playing even if the stories repeat some it nice to see how long you can hold a belt or all of them!!! and allow the divas to play in the stories or quest like Here comes the pain) my daughter plays the divas on the normal story mode and she loves kicking but

    Posted: July 27, 2010 12:09 PM
  • jkw98

    Well for starters these people need more freeckin guys in their demo how bout divas. I'm sick of playing with the smae 4 guys over and over

    Posted: July 1, 2010 4:31 PM
  • SdotX

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =S_nxsU4ovWI
    Hope all these glitches were fixed in my video above if not this game will still be bad

    Posted: June 28, 2010 7:00 PM
  • SdotX

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =S_nxsU4ovWI
    Hope all these glitches were fixed in my video above if not this game will still be bad

    Posted: June 28, 2010 6:58 PM
  • Mazariegos1

    All stars... OMG funny, im just gonna laugh when i see the big show or the undertaker show up.. even horswoggle haha

    Posted: June 25, 2010 9:07 PM
  • HoustonOutlaw

    Hopefully they'll allow 4 on 4 matches so you can have full,true Survivor Series matches.

    Posted: June 18, 2010 12:34 PM
  • madmik72

    i hope there will be more nicknames to choose from, and hopefully sheamus and swagger have a "road to wrestlemania" storyline, and i look foward to unlocking everything, "fellar!" oh and c.m. punk is better than you!

    Posted: June 17, 2010 6:00 PM
  • tjmac510

    I am actually pretty excited for this edition. Despite not really following wrestling as closely as I did in the past, I always enjoy the video games for the solid gameplay, good selection and balance of characters and the deep customization. I think 07-09 were slacking a bit in the innovation department pulling a Madden basically by only adding one or two gimmicks but 2010 was pretty good especially in the creation department, which is where I get most of my fun from. This edition actually answers a few of my consistent gripes like wanting to see bruising, wanting to see fatigue in the moves (a la your really tired so you do differently then when you are energized) and of course a warzone look with tables and everything laying around. I want to see carnage and the battle scars left behind in the ring.

    So all in all I think this will be a good editon

    Posted: June 17, 2010 4:57 PM
  • kenady16

    they really need to tone down does all star characters

    Posted: June 17, 2010 1:38 PM
  • kenady16

    hell yea hopefully u get to edit all the downloaded caws

    Posted: June 17, 2010 1:35 PM