OXCGN’s WWE ’13 Review
Best In The World?
by Chris Fox
© 2012 Chris Fox
The question is; does WWE ’13 raise the quality margin or is it simply a set of ditto marks under last year’s release?
Slobberknocker or sleeper hold?
©2011 Gav Ross
Though the Smackdown vs Raw series from THQ has been the premiere WWE video game experience for several years now, they are largely simulations of Vince McMahon’s product and the controls can be a little daunting to newcomers, especially kids.
If the brand’s action figure sales are anything to go by, an even more over-the-top, stylized fantasy version of the WWE universe is close to being just as popular – and WWE All-Stars fits the bill perfectly.
One thing that WWE has no trouble in taking advantage of is their legacy – which now extends back over 27 years to the first Wrestlemania. A cable channel in the US runs ‘greatest hits’ collections of matches from the past and the company’s Hall Of Fame induction ceremony celebrates revered past superstars each year on the eve of Wrestlemania.
vs Raw 2011 Review
Not quite the Smackdown you were expecting…
©2010 Arthur Kotsopoulos
Regardless of how good last year’s iteration may have been, each year it’s never the same, as there is always some options that never make it into the final cut. In Smackdown V’s Raw 2011′s case, rather than make the game easier for the casual gamer, the team at Yukes actually made it a great deal more difficult.
Whilst the general core gameplay is still present, certain options that were once there have just disappeared altogether and make you question what the guys at Yukes were thinking when they decided to leave them out.
Such as the option to remove the door from the Hell In A Cell (caged) match. Sure, this keeps the fight within the boundaries of the ring, but the ability to NOT have a door is frustrating to say the least. Competing against your friends in multiplayer matches you will almost never get the chance to be able to complete moves on your opponent to the point where the wall finally caves in and you can exit the ring safely, leaving them to their fate.