What can I say, I haven’t had as much time for my blog as I would like to. However it has been FAR too long since I have last established any form of contact on here. This time I am not going to guarantee anything but I certainly would like to nail out some more articles while I have the time. Now onto my latest article…..
I am going to talk about a certain xbox 360 game that is due out on Tuesday November 22nd 2011. That’s exactly one week away. I don’t think I have been this excited for a wrestling game in some time. If memory serves me right it was around the “attitude era” when a gem of a WWE (at the time WWF) game came out and caught my attention and put a sleeper hold on me for an absurd amount of time. That game I am talking about is of course WWF No Mercy for the Nintendo 64. The game certainly looks dated as far as graphics go but to this day stands the test of time when it comes to game play and mechanics.
I haven’t been so crazy about the last few iterations of the now defunct or I should say renamed and repackaged Smackdown vs Raw series. This is coming from a guy who has owned nearly every wrestling game that has come out in the last 15 years. I even stopped purchasing them for a couple years because of my lack of interest in the game and the WWE product as a whole during 2009-2010. I did not get Smackdown vs Raw 2009 or Smackdown vs Raw 2010. I only rented 2009 and didn’t even bother with 2010 at all.
Last year around Christmas time I started to get back into the WWE product and I decided that for me it seemed like it had been more than two years without owning a wrestling game. I went out and purchased Smackdown vs Raw 2011 with mixed emotions. The game itself played different than the last one I owned. The extra few years of work I think paid off for me. It felt fresh all over again with new superstars, new modes and updated AI (that still needs work). The downloadable content (most specifically WWE superstars) I thought was a great idea since I had never owned a wrestling game that supported any DLC. I purchased the” Fan Axxess pass” which enabled me to own every piece of DLC that comes out for the game. It was well worth it and satisfied my taste for new/updated content. There were still some issues with the game but overall I was happy with my experience. Looking back at it now, I am pleased that I gave the wrestling games a break for a couple years as they were starting to get stale.
Now they have renamed the longstanding WWE video game series to just WWE ’12. A very clean yet approachable title. There was no need to have the “vs” in there anymore as lately Raw and Smackdown have seen talent from both shows show up on the opposite show many times. Particularly Raw with their “Supershows”. The brand separations don’t have the same value as they did when they first separated the roster.
It was a great time to introduce new features to the game such as “Create an Arena”, “Predator Technology” which is essentially an overhaul to the core game play from the maneuvers to the AI and how they react. Another interesting upgrade is what they’ve done to last years “WWE Universe” mode, dubbed “WWE Universe 2.0”. They took a lot of community feedback and incorporated it into this new game which I won’t lie, it sounds more and more promising with each day. They have yet to announce the complete roster but you can expect to see three DLC packs of wrestlers starting on launch day up until January with a Legends pack. To round it off the Diva’s pack is due out in December and that is all that’s confirmed at this time for DLC. I also wanted to throw in that the game will have 23 different championship titles with the current 6 and 17 “retired” championships, giving your WWE Universe a lot of flexibility for us creative fans.
I’ve gone as far as pre-ordering the game this past Sunday, that is how well THQ has done in promoting their game to the audience. At least in my eyes, they’re heading in the right direction when it comes to these games. It appears this year around they won’t be plagued with the dreaded “addition by subtraction”. Veterans of the series know what I am talking about but for the people who don’t let me explain. What I mean by that is they won’t be removing a feature we have been accustomed to just to make room for a new feature. Anyways with the pre-ordering of the game I at least get a bonus out of it, with a code to unlock The Rock and an alternate Miz attire (AWESOME right?).
Look for my initial thoughts on the game when it becomes available to me on the 22nd. Until then I am going to remain patient and play Smackdown vs Raw 2011 before I trade that game in.