The WWE Smackdown vs Raw series has gradually started to overcome it’s lacklustre predecessors reputation in recent years, with the 2008 version in particular reaching new lows. So, how good is the latest effort?
A fair few changes have been made to this years’ Smackdown vs Raw, the most noticeable being with the control system. Basically it’s been revamped in ways which I’m personally not too fond of, in previous series entries the control system has always been smooth and enjoyable to use; Smackdown vs Raw 2011 is almost the exact opposite and takes quite some time to get used to. Fortunately as soon as you fire up the game you’re greeted with a training ring, so you can thankfully get used to the difficult controls at your own pace.
Unusually for a Smackdown vs Raw game very little information has been revealed for the latest instalment in the popular franchise. All we know is that a release date is scheduled for November, which has been the norm for the series for several years. What we don’t know is… practically anything else, oddly.
Usually by about mid-August we have a vague idea of a roster, any new match types, what type of game modes there will be an so on, but this year there’s absolutely nothing like that – not even any footage or a working demo to my knowledge. To me that suggests they’re behind schedule and will therefore rush the finished product, or that they have so much in store for us they’re saving it for one big surprise down the road. Apparently a playable demo of the game is being showcased at the SummerSlam fan event later this month, so I’ll be sure to post more details as and when they’re available.
Upon trawling YouTube I managed to discover one thing of interest however, which is that ‘customisation’ is the theme for this years Smackdown vs Raw game. Last years was all about tag team wrestling so by comparison this is a little bit more interesting to those of us who don’t have friends or family members who appreciate and enjoy wrestling, so over to John Morrison to explain a little about what to expect.