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Review: Smackdown vs. RAW 2010 (XBox 360)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 in Professional Wrestling (Views: 3548)
There's a weak spot in my heart for Professional Wrestling games, and of course, I had to try Smackdown vs. RAW 2010. If nothing else, even if the gameplay didn't change, it right from the beginning gets a big thumbs up from me for one simple thing - downloadable content.

I've been asking for this for some time, and the good thing about this content is that it serves a few things:

- People can create their own content - wrestlers, storylines, and more and publish them for use with other users.

- Of course with some custom content comes pure crap as well.

- If other users can do this, THQ (the game designer) can also release new content as well, keeping the game fresh between versions.

Like Guitar Hero, this game would be better served keeping its base gameplay engine and working more towards content than anything.

Like previous versions, it had a Road to Wrestlemania mode, with some wrestlers pre-built such as Edge, Shawn Michaels, John Cena and HHH (together, but seperate, was kind of weird). Each Road to Wrestlemania had a different set of objectives (like beat someone in 3 minutes, execute a certain hold on one or both opponents). I did like, in the storyline mode, how there were no apparent screwjobs that caused matches to be lost out of your control.

Of course, achievements are all good - same as every year. One of the more challenging can be winning the Royal Rumble as the #1 entrant. You, of course, get them for playing in various modes, finishing Road to Wrestlemania, training, etc.

Is it worth the upgrade from 2009? I would think so personally, just for the content creation. If you don't like what's out there, then no big deal - just create more and share it with everyone else. I'm planning on a couple of storylines someday and seeing how they would do as uploaded content.

Overall, it's last year's game with some new twists in it. The one thing I really could do without is a "Diva" road to Wrestlemania, where the storyline is about not taking women seriously in Professional Wrestling, by the intro to it. Honestly, they shouldn't - they're glorified eye candy and most of them could be knocked over by a stiff breeze (not to mention spoiled).

I'll try to keep from ranting. I've enjoyed this game so far, and if you get the chance, I would recommend at least renting this one.

 

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