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WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010 £17.99 @ Play.com [PS3/Xbox 360 Games]

Matt Gardner
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WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010 £17.99 @ Play.com [PS3/Xbox 360 Games]

Do you have a particular proclivity for men and women in their underwear slapping one another silly? Well if you do, your dreams might just have been answered in WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010 as the wrestling sim returns with a bolstered roster, expanded gameplay modes, more creation programmes with which to tinker, and a whole host of other additions and tweaks.

Thankfully, violence junkies out there can now celebrate the descent of this game into the sub-twenty retail section as Play have lowered the price on both PS3 and Xbox 360 versions to £17.99, which is a good five pounds less than the nearest competitor (Gameplay - £22.99).

WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010 is the latest in THQ's massive successful and uber-shiny wrestling series and there are a few overhauls from the 2009 incarnation to make this particular game the most feature-stuffed instalment of the series so far.

I'll be honest, I'm actually quite a fan of the series, but only the most blinkered of die-hards would profess that the last few years have seen anything other than purely cosmetic changes and tune-ups. Smackdown vs Raw 2010, however, is something of a revelation in terms of progression both with regard to gameplay and content.

The biggest change comes in the manner in which THQ have blasted the game wide open to the community. You can create pretty much anything from wrestlers to highlights reels to finishing moves to (for the first time) storylines, and share the fruits of your labours with your buddies online. There are some limitations, but it's still a big step and will lead to hours of virtual puppet mastery that's pleasingly USB keyboard-compatible.

Road to Wrestlemania returns with six character-specific storylines, in addtion to a lengthy Career Mode for your created superstar. The Create-A-Superstar engine has been massively expanded so that your minions no longer look like plasticated freaks when pitted against existing wrestlers, and the new updates mean that they'll also earn valuable skills points over the course of any match, not just in Career Mode.

Ultimately, THQ's latest effort succeeds for the same reasons that the FIFA franchise has finally overtaken Pro Evo: gameplay presentation. Everything fits, from the slick televisual graphics to the atmosphere of the ring, from the way the wrestlers move with the updated Havoc physics engine to the rich vein of authenticity that permeates absolutely everything. Loading times are still a pain, but they're much shorter than they have been in the past, and the HUD has been removed to bring you closer to the action. All of these things won't convert anyone who hates wrestling, but it's excellent news for fans.

Thanks to golfer2007 at HotUKDeals

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