I picked up my pre-ordered copy of WWE ’12 in the morning of release day. I had high hopes reading and watching reviews as they came across the board as favorable for this rebirth of the WWE video game franchise. I felt that the Smackdown vs Raw series was getting stale and a “rebirth” was greatly needed.
I wasn’t able to get a lot of time to play it on day one, however I have put a substantial amount of time into the game last night. Here is what I’ve come across in my first couple go a rounds of this game. I’d like to mention that I am playing this on the Xbox 360.
|• Great variety in championship belts||• Issues connecting to community creations|
|• Impressive roster of Superstars||• AI tends to reverse/counter moves too frequently|
|• Original menu music||• Inability to change the ramp in CAA mode|
|• Creative tools are fantastic||• Despite improved servers, lag is still a factor online|
|• Controls feel smooth (think WWF No Mercy)||–|
|• Universe 2.0 feels really beefy (new twists)||–|
A few things I’d like to touch upon on that list is the community creations. It’s a fantastic feature for the community to upload content for the rest of the world to preview and download should they not want to take the time creating a favourite wrestler that is not in the game. There has been an issue going on since the release in regards to connectivity. People (including myself) not being able to connect most of the time to the community creations function. In fact I’ve had a hard time connecting online to any of their features. This is a well-known problem and THQ is working on it, to resolve that and any other issue people may be experiencing.
The Create-an-Arena feature is fantastic on its first build into this new series. I was able to customize nearly everything that is important about arena’s. The only thing that they missed out on was the ability to change the ramp, that remains the same. You can create nearly anything your imagination and paint tool allows you to. I’ve created an ECW Arena and a fantasy CCW Arena which happens to be my old federation that I had growing up as a teen. (Backyard wrestling anyone?) I was able to even have the ring’s canvas as grass, which was a cool addition. If fantasy arena’s aren’t your thing you can also recreate every WrestleMania from the past or other now defunct pay-per-views.
Other smaller things that I feel can be worked on in coming iterations are the custom entrance video for your created superstar. I’d first like to say that feature is very cool, I would have thought I’d have to save footage myself and clip it in a video package. However it works by certain specifications towards your created superstar. For instance it may ask you what colour you want your font to be, It will ask you if you want to upload a logo that you may have created for him. I created a superstar known as “The Canadian” Ryan Hacker who in appearance has some resemblance to me.
It created a video of my superstar in the foreground in front of red maple leaves falling from the sky. A nice close-up of a Canadian flag with my name transitioned in front of it. It also showed a video highlight package of me doing signature moves to Eddie Guerrero.
I like how it’s setup to create a video package, however they could touch it up next year and give me an option of what superstar to have in my video. I’m not sure why they decided to throw Eddie Guerrero in my video package, I’ve had no rivalry with him. Overall it’s just small things that could be touched up in future games but it doesn’t alter my perception of the game.
I’ve went and played almost every new feature in the game and I can say truthfully that I’m satisfied with most of it. I still need some more time with the game to gauge a very appropriate rating but this is my initial response to the game. This is one of the best wrestling games to come out in the last decade.