Smackdown Vs Raw 2010 Wii Game Review

Smackdown vs Raw 2010A decade ago, a game debuted that changed wrestling in video gaming forever. Of course, I’m speaking of the first WWF Smackdown game and it was a true classic on the PS1. Now a decade later, the WWF is now the WWE, and the Smackdown Franchise’s newest game is Smackdown Vs Raw 2010. While the last few versions on the Wii have not been the greatest in the series, it hit’s a new high with this year’s newest version.

To start with, the roster is massive. There are 67 wrestlers to choose from, all with their unique attributes, moves, look, and style. Practically every major wrestler in the WWE is in the game, as well as a few legends such as Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. This is by far the largest roster ever assembled for not just a wrestling game, but any game in the fighting genre.

The presentation is solid but not outstanding. The reason I say not outstanding is due to the graphics. The graphics are mediocre due to the lack of power under the Wii’s hood but everything else is top notch. The sounds are dead on, and the wrestler entrances are really something to see. The new and improved HUD is a vast improvement as it is simply a momentum meter below each wrestler. The simplification created by this makes the new HUD outstanding.

The controls are solid and as good as I’ve even seen in the Smackdown series. There is about a ten minute learning curve from previous games and a twenty minute curve for rookies. The motion controls are all gone which is not necessarily a bad thing as it wasn’t the best of features in the previous version of the game. I personally love the controls as it’s simple for novice gamers and gets complex for more hardcore gamers. There are still some quirks in switching who you want to hit in matches involving more than one adversary, but it is the only thing wrong with the controls.

As for the gameplay, it is solid. All of the previous game modes are back including new modes including a revamped Royal Rumble which vastly improves the experience, and a championship scramble match. The actual matches are fun and challenging. The gameplay is possibly the best in the entire Smackdown series.

For true wrestling fans there is the storyline creator which is really an expanded GM mode. It is very complex and hard to master but it allows you to make your matches, feuds, and programming as if you are a writer for the WWE. It is hard to learn but is enjoyable for the truly hardcore fans. Skip this mode altogether though if you’re not a big wrestling fan.

All in all, Smackdown Vs Raw 2010 is definitely the best wrestling or fighting game ever made on the Wii. While the other consoles may boast a better create-a-superstar mode and much better graphics, the Wii version still provides a great experience that is well worth the money. I highly recommend Smackdown Vs Raw 2010 on the Wii to all wrestling fans.

Game review by Anthony Lifrieri.

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One Response to “Smackdown Vs Raw 2010 Wii Game Review”

  1. I have unlocked the Rock with the code”The Great One”but the apparent code to unlock stone cold”The Teaxas Rattlesnake”does’nt work so can you please tell me the real code.
    Please Stone Cold is my favourite legend.

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