WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010
|a game by||Yuke's Co. Ltd., and Tose Co., Ltd.|
|Platforms:||DS, XBox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||6.1/10 - 14 votes|
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|See also:||WWE Games|
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 would be the 11th game in this series! I am a huge wrestling fan and have been since 1989 so I have seen every WWF/E game that has come and gone. With this game, I felt it had a great deal to live up to as the 2009 edition of the game is one of my favorites and introduced the Road to WrestleMania mode which was one of the best single-player modes we had in this series up to that point.
More Modes Than You Can Shake A Barbwire Stick At
Before I get to the main modes that WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 has to offer. Once again, Yukes and THQ went all out with game modes. This game is stacked and pretty much every match type you can think of is here. You have your standard one on one and tag matches. However, you also have matches such as the Hell in a Cell, a ladder match, Royal Rumble, cage, championship scramble, Elimination Chamber, and much more.
The Road to WrestleMania
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 introduced The Road to WrestleMania mode. The idea of this mode is that rather than play a long drawn out season mode. You play as a specific wrestler from the period of January up to WrestleMania. This year’s game features Road to WrestleMania modes for Edge, Randy Orton, Shawn Michaels, Triple H & John Cena and brand new to 2010 was one based on a Diva, Mickie James and also one based on a created wrestler. I think that this mode was once again a lot of fun. It features some great voice acting and I much prefer the more structured series of events that you get here rather than just random stuff thrown together in a season mode.
You Are The Booker Man Now!
A huge new addition to WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 is story designer. This mode lets you create your very own WWE stories. This was huge at the time. You could not just set up matches. You could also have lots of text telling a story, highlight packages, and more. This was a mode that was pretty huge back in the day and many people would have YouTube channels dedicated to their own version of the WWE.
In sticking with the creative aspect. Once again, create a wrestle mode is back and this game was cool in that it let you download other people’s creations online! While the idea was cool, I will admit it took a few years for them to really get this right, but at least this was a step in the right direction.
Living In The Ring
Not a great deal had changed in terms of the in-ring gameplay over what the previous game offered. There were tons of grapple moves that you could now do so there were more moves than ever. However, if you are a diehard wrestling fan like me. It would drive you nuts how most of the wrestlers in the game would do moves that they would never in a million years do in the ring. The game does allow you to change move-sets, but it is a lot of work.
The core gameplay is not bad, but by this point, the series was really starting to feel a tad stale. The AI could be altered with these sliders and you simply had to do that as the default AI was either super dumb or would play super cheaply which could be so frustrating that it would make you want to shut the whole game off.
I would not say that WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 is one of the best games in the series, but it is a decent enough effort. Once again, the real star here is the Road to WrestleMania mode which is just an absolute blast to play through. For those that love the creative side that these games offer, Story Designer is going to be something you get a great deal out of, but the following years game did do it better in my opinion.
- Tons of wrestlers from RAW, Smackdown, ECW and Legends to play as
- The game looks great
- Road to WrestleMania mode is a lot of fun
- Plenty of match types to enjoy
- Story designer is great for those with a bit of a creative spark
- The core gameplay is starting to feel stale
- The AI can be very cheap and annoying