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SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 easily represents the biggest leap forward for the series. While previous entries certainly piled on the match types and character rosters, the new creation aspects of SvR 2010 make it the best and most immersive WWE video game experience to date. Between creating your own WWE storylines, playing other community-created stories, taking on one of the six new Road to Wrestlemania modes, or being challenged in multiplayer versus matches (online or off), there are plenty of ways to get into SmackDown vs. Raw 2010. So get in there, get creative, and above all, make sure to lay the SmackDown!
GamesRadar (Oct 16, 2009)
With the long-overdue additions of a story-creation mode and an online community, SvR2010 is a massive step forward for the series’ already-rich feature set, while still continuing the steady improvement of its in-ring fundamentals.
GamePro (US) (Oct 13, 2009)
Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 has managed to stay fresh and appealing by authentically recreating the WWE experience and providing a bevy of tools to support user generated content and community. It doesn't reinvent the wheel with new gameplay mechanics or revamped graphics, but WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 excels once again as the definitive pro wrestling game on the market. Fans of the series and pro wrestling alike should definitely put it in their queues.
Extreme Gamer (Oct 26, 2009)
Like each annual release features seem to come and go, but we hope the changes made in SVR2010 are here to stay. WWE Fans there is no question that SVR2010 is a worth your purchase, this could be the Smackdown game you have always been waiting for, and for all those who have been scared off of the WWE Smackdown series since it debuted on the next-generation consoles, SVR2010 could be the one to you out of retirement and back into the squared circle. WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 might not be the ultimate showcase of the immortals, but it is the best next-generation Smackdown game produced.
3D Juegos (Oct 21, 2009)
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 es la mejor entrega de la saga en los últimos años, y consigue este avance merced a profundas mejoras en el combate y a un sistema de personalización sin precedentes en cualquier género de lucha. La franquicia gana en profundidad al mismo tiempo que se acercan a un público mayor, todo ello sin renunciar a continuar agradando a los hardcores de la lucha libre.
Jeuxvideo.com (Oct 23, 2009)
Une fois de plus, THQ a préféré ne pas bousculer le gameplay éprouvé de sa célèbre simulation de catch afin de se concentrer sur son contenu. En dépit de quelques faiblesses techniques, le résultat est vraiment impressionnant. Sans doute le meilleur épisode de la série paru à ce jour pour la plus grande joie des fans.
IGN (Oct 15, 2009)
For years, SVR fans have been lobbing complaints at THQ and ranting about how to make the franchise better. Although WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 stills stumbles -– CAS can seem limited, clipping is still an issue, CAF isn’t that different, only 10 CAS appearances in a story is weak, etc. -– the whole of the game is great. The gameplay tweaks are welcome and make the experience feel fresh, the presentation is straight from TV, the load times are better than ever, the Road to WrestleMania is still great, you can create your own logos, and the ability to share your stories and characters is invaluable. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 might not be the greatest wrestling game of all time, but it’s definitely the best the world’s seen in years.
Game Over Online (Nov 02, 2009)
For the first time in years, a lot of improvements have been made to smaller parts of the gameplay that make a big difference in actual matches, but don’t sound so impressive on the back of the box. Now, the game actually works pretty well as a pro wrestling simulator - not up to par with the Fire Pro or Aki engine games, but it’s easily the best one Yuke’s has done since the Day of Reckoning series, and this may wind up surpassing that - time will tell. Casual fans of wrestling will probably be fine just renting this if they only like a few wrestlers, but anyone wanting to sink their teeth into it will need to buy it - there’s no way someone could enjoy the whole game with just a quick rental. Aside from some lingering issues with the gameplay and horrendous online issues, it’s a well-crafted game that should satisfy fans of the series, and bring back those who have lost faith in it in the past.
4Players.de (Oct 29, 2009)
Es ist zum Haareraufen: Inhaltlich bieten die WWE-Wrestler dieses Jahres das rundeste Erlebnis, das man im virtuellen Sports Entertainment finden kann – ganz gleich, auf welchem System man spielt. Die verbesserte PSP-Steuerung sowie die weit reichenden Wii-Kontrolloptionen zeigen, dass man bei Yukes auch die technisch schwächeren Systeme ansprechend auszunutzen versteht. Technisch jedoch ist es Zeit für einen Umbruch, der vor allem die 360- und PS3-Versionen betrifft. Dass PS2, Wii und PSP langsam ans Limit geführt werden, ist nicht zu ändern und wiegt nicht schwer. Doch in Zeiten von UFC Undisputed muss es für die zukünftigen Wrestler das Ziel sein, wenigstens mit ihren „As real as it gets“-Kollegen gleichzuziehen. THQ, tut euch einen Gefallen: Kreuzt die UFC-Engine mit dem Umfang und den Lizenzen der WWE und ihr habt einen potenziellen Megahit. Es ist Zeit, sich neu zu erfinden.
1UP (Oct 22, 2009)
SVR 2010 is the ultimate wrestling gamer's sandbox. And the combination of one of the most finely tuned 3D wrestling engines with the ability to create and download so much new content, makes 2010 the best SmackDown title to date. It could stand a few improvements, but otherwise there's not another title I'd recommend more highly.
Game Informer Magazine (Oct 20, 2009)
Many minor improvements have been made, such as the red marks that appear after too many Flair-esque chops to the chest. Hardcore WWE fans can also manage the heel/face status of the superstars, their brand alliance, and their rivals/allies. These fans are the ones that will appreciate the little changes the most, but Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 is a solid title whether you have a closet full of Austin 3:16 shirts or just catch the occasional episode of Raw.
Gamervision (Nov 19, 2009)
With the exception of some control tweaks, the pro wrestling genre has remained pretty much unchanged this decade, but Smackdown! vs. Raw 2010 represents the most successful use of the somewhat stale formula. A lot of lingering problems exist, though, and to be honest, the game isn’t close to the massive overhaul that the genre is in need of, but players who have grown used to the collision, AI, and clipping issues will likely enjoy this iterations slightly tighter gameplay, and most customization fans will probably lose their freaking minds over the immense creation suites. It’s easily the best game in the series, and well worth playing, but one has to wonder how many more times THQ can get away with ever-so-slightly improving what is, essentially, the same game.
Spazio Games (Oct 23, 2010)
Fortunatamente dal calcolo dei pro e dei contro si ottiene un risultato indiscutibilmente positivo, un titolo divertente e assai profondo, con alcuni elementi innovativi ed un gameplay ancora da limare ma ricco di qualità, elementi purtroppo accompagnati da un comparto tecnico non propriamente al passo con i tempi. Se siete appassionati dello spettacolo americano e fan della saga videoludica, l’acquisto è consigliato in quanto potreste ritrovare nuovi spunti d’interesse ormai persi nel tempo… ma anche se di wrestling non capite nulla, apprezzando però il genere in sé, WWE Smackdown! vs RAW 2010 potrebbe rivelarsi un prodotto interessante: un videogame arduo da addomesticare ed inaspettatamente tecnico, ma che se ammaestrato propone meccaniche capaci di dar vita ad incontri appassionanti, specialmente tra giocatori umani. Come direbbe il Celebral Assassin Triple H, “it’s time to play the game!”.
Vandal Online (Nov 05, 2009)
Smackdown vs RAW 2010 es, por una parte, más de lo mismo, pero por otra la edición más completa y que más contenido nuevo incluye de la saga en los últimos años. Los fans de la lucha libre, obviamente, no podrán esperar a comprarlo, pero los que solo lo tengan para echar partidas de risas con los amigos, sin tener gran interés en las novedades para un solo jugador, quizás se deban pensar dos veces la compra. Lo mejor del juego es, sobre todo, para un jugador, y a nivel jugable y visual incluye novedades, pero no tan significativas. Aún así, y aunque la fórmula se agota, hay que alabar que este año hayan reunido tantas cosas creando un juego tan completo.
GamingExcellence (Nov 03, 2009)
Overall, WWE Smackdown vs. RAW 2010 is a great wrestling game. The gameplay is more of the same, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's all of the new creation tools that really make the game shine. The story designer is just plain fun, and if the community really embraces it, will introduce an unlimited amount of replayability. The new paint tool helps make this year's create-a-superstar the most customizable yet, and there is definitely no shortage of content to be enjoyed. If you're a wrestling fan, then you won't be disappointed with this year's Smackdown vs. RAW.
TheSixthAxis (Oct 23, 2009)
All things considered, Smackdown Vs Raw 2010 is a brilliant package. It will appeal to anyone with more than a casual interest in the world of professional wrestling and seems to build on previous iterations enough to make the upgrade more beneficial than just access to new rosters. There are a few issues with difficulty and some minor presentation concerns but when a game is fun enough, in so many different ways, to keep you playing through the night until the birds start singing then it must be doing a lot of things right.
videogamer.com (Oct 22, 2009)
WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2010 is, we're surprised to say, easily the best game in the series to date, and a must-buy for WWE fans - especially if you've been giving it a wide-berth for a few years. The controls are refined, the game modes are plentiful, the presentation is top class and the customisation features will excite the little kid in WWE fans the world over. It's still a tad clunky at times, with traditional beat 'em up fans likely to be unimpressed by the combat system, but grappling fans who like to imagine what it would be like to wear spandex and lift giant sweaty men above their heads will find that this does the job superbly.
Gamer.nl (Oct 24, 2009)
Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 is niet bijster origineel en laat af en toe een steekje vallen bij bijvoorbeeld de collision detection, maar is verder een erg leuke game. Als je ooit van plan was om je in de WWE-franchise te verdiepen, dan is dit een goede titel om mee te beginnen. Smackdown vs. Raw is laagdrempelig, ziet er goed uit en speelt simpelweg erg lekker. Je krijgt ook waar voor je geld, omdat er ongelofelijk veel speelmodi aanwezig zijn en je eigen content kunt maken en die vervolgens online kunt delen. Voor de echte worstelfan is het bijna een verplichte aankoop, maar ook niet-worstelfans zullen plezier aan deze game beleven, mits ze bereid zijn hun vooroordelen achter zich te laten.
Eurogamer.it (Oct 23, 2010)
Peccato che una realizzazione tecnica ancora grezza in alcuni dettagli, l'online perennemente affetto da un fastidioso lag di fondo e alcune ingenuità di programmazione qua e là, rovinino una prestazione altrimenti ottima.
411mania.com (Nov 09, 2009)
Smackdown is a game that's been continually delivering what fans of the franchise have been asking for and this year isn't any different. This iteration though has a few new features to encourage new players and also provide those that obsess about the sport enough creative freedom to make endless new scenarios. Whilst the stories are good and the feature list impressive, the gameplay engine is a little behind the curve, but that doesn't stop it being a very pleasant distraction, especially if the rest of the time you're playing a hardcore RPG or other in depth time sink.
Everyeye.it (Nov 29, 2009)
Dotato di un gameplay non totalmente scevro dalla legnosità caratteristica del genere ed ancorato ad un sistema di comandi in parte da rivedere (in particolare per quanto concerne l’utilizzo del tasto singolo per le contromosse) il titolo targato THQ diverte molto ma rende comunque necessaria una rivisitazione globale nella prossima edizione del gioco, se non si vuol correre il rischio di proporre il classico aggiornamento di un prodotto ormai datato nelle meccaniche. Totalmente da rivedere il comparto multiplayer online: l’esigenza di una patch per sistemare uno dei netcode peggio riusciti di questa generazione è sicuramente fondamentale per risollevare le sorti di uno degli aspetti più importanti nell’economia dei moderni videogiochi. Acquisto consigliato soprattutto agli appassionati di wrestling ma non solo a loro, a patto che si voglia accettare qualche compromesso nel gameplay e nella componente tecnica non propriamente da capogiro.
GamingXP (Jan 03, 2010)
THQ setzt auch beim neuesten WWE-Teil auf altbewährte Techniken. Die Updates für die aktuellste Saison wurden eingespielt und der neue „Storyeditor“-Modus liefert erstmal auch einen kreativen Teil in das Spiel. Einzig und allein die etwas veraltete Grafik bräuchte spätestens bei „Smackdown vs. Raw 2011“ ein ordentliches Facelifting. Denn Umfang alleine wird den Fans der Reihe auf Dauer nicht ausreichen.
Game Shark (Nov 02, 2009)
With so many long-desired improvements and completely new features, SvR 2010 may be the best game of the series. Long time fans and newcomers will appreciate how true this installment sticks to the spirit of the sport, from the various match types to the hilariously cheesy plotlines. On the other hand, repetition, unpredictable levels of difficulty, and a slew of bugs and other oddities certainly hampers the experience.
GameSpot (Oct 26, 2009)
Smackdown vs. RAW 2010 offers a lot of subtle improvements over last year's game and includes a lot of new, diverse content. The story designer allows anyone to script their own road to Wrestlemania and could conceivably provide new storylines for as long as players embrace it. The game is still plagued by some lingering problems, however, and one has to wonder how much mileage this series can continue to get out of its current model before there isn't enough new stuff to entice players to make another purchase. Whether or not next year brings a significant overhaul remains to be seen, but until then, wrestling fans are sure to enjoy this well-rounded and entertaining product.
Game Revolution (Oct 20, 2009)
WWE Smackdown vs. RAW 2010 could have been so much more, and yet it is more. The enhanced character models, lightning-fast loading times, authentic WWE presentation, reconfigured match types, better CAW stat-building, the new Story Designer, and the online upload/download server mean that most fans of the franchise will clothesline anyone who gets in their way to the register. But just as many fans will be disappointed by the CAW point system, CAW restrictions in Story Designer and as downloadable characters, gender restrictions, the ho-hum Career mode, and the polished but still linear Road to Wrestlemania. It’s not as much “Your World Now” like the debut trailer claims, as it is “Your World Now. Some Restrictions Apply.”
PSFocus (Nov 10, 2009)
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 is een beter, uitgebreider en misschien wel een leuker deel dan vorig jaar. De ontwikkelaar heeft veel tijd gestoken in nieuwe modi, welke goed uit de vorm komen. Daarnaast is de audio degelijk te noemen. Tevens is het toegankelijker maken van de game een goede zaak, zeker voor nieuwkomers die ook wel eens huis willen houden in de ring. Visueel is het dan allemaal weer wat matig en we hopen dat dit volgend jaar toch echt stukken beter is, want vele vechtgames beginnen langzamerhand een stuk voor te lopen op deze games. Desondanks, als je het vorige deel gespeeld hebt, dan is dit vervolg zeker de moeite waard. Voor nieuwkomers is dit ook het beste deel om mee te beginnen.
9lives (Oct 21, 2009)
WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2010 voegt een heleboel opties toe aan de reeks, maar lijkt over het hoofd te hebben gezien dat de essentie – de gevechten en de sfeer daarrond – verder gaan dan een leuke intrede en flashy moves. Voor mensen die niet echt vaardig zijn om allerlei snelle combinaties uit de mouw te schudden, is deze WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2010 een perfect spel. Mensen die toch iets meer willen, kunnen beter wachten op de volgende editie.
Gamekult (Oct 26, 2009)
Sur consoles comme dans la vraie vie, la WWE règne sur le monde du divertissement sportif. Chaque année Smackdown versus Raw nous promet la meilleure simulation de catch sur console et, une fois de plus, le contrat est rempli avec cette édition 2010. Un bon millésime, complet, blindé de modes de jeu, de paramétrages et d'options de personnalisation, notamment un créateur de storylines bien pensé. Bref c'est du tout bon, même si les possesseurs d'un opus récent pourront se permettre d'attendre un peu avant de renouveler leur licence. Comme en 2009, les développeurs de Yuke's Media Creation ont à peine touché au système de combat et le besoin d'une refonte profonde devient pressant. Côté réalisation également, une vraie grosse évolution sera de plus en plus inévitable pour les prochaines saisons tant cet épisode se montre exhaustif sur les autres plans.
GameSpy (Oct 29, 2009)
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 is an impressive new direction for the franchise, as it features a way for players to become directly involved with the other side of professional wrestling: the storylines. Sadly, I've been unable to find a playable match online, thanks to severe latency issues. So I can see myself downloading funny content online and playing it locally, but I just don't see the incentive in trying to find good ranked matches online when the network code is so poor. Still, if you're the creative type, then WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 is a great way for you to try your hand at creating interactive entertainment for your fellow wrestling fans. If you've dreamed of breathing life into the tales of grappling adventure that have until now only lived in your head... well, now you can.
New York Daily News (Nov 04, 2009)
Road to Wrestlemania mode returns, allowing you to play through set storylines as your favorite wrestlers. Each is well-crafted (by WWE standards, of course), and the mode's presentation does a great job of imitating a real episode. Still, all that quickly gets boring. The career mode is solid, but fighting match after match grows dull. Road to Wrestlemania puts you in the shoes of a pro, but "SvR"'s weak AI means plenty of easy victories. Thankfully, "SvR" includes robust player and story creators. There are plenty of wrestlers, but the player creator lets you infinitely add to that. It's easy to recreate greats like Hulk Hogan and fun to make dream characters like Green Lantern.The story creator lets you one-up WWE's staff and craft your own arc. It takes just moments to change faces to heels, create new tag-teams, and USB keyboard support makes it a snap to type lines for your wrestlers.
DarkZero (Feb 15, 2010)
Again, this is another annual release where all of the new features in the world don’t address the issues that have been plaguing the series for YEARS, no matter how excellent they may be. For all of the steps forward in community and customisable content, there are some fundamental flaws to the gameplay that are holding the Smackdown games back from becoming essential purchases for wrestling fans, and even allowing them to cross-over to the masses. If this year’s features are expanded on for the next game, brilliant, and all that, but in order to really take things to the next level, perhaps completely reworking the gameplay would be the best thing to add into next year’s release.
Giant Bomb (Oct 23, 2009)
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2010 doesn't fix any of the fundamental issues that the series has had for years, and as this style of gameplay gets another year older, it looks that much more dated. The good news is that all of the stuff surrounding the actual gameplay is getting to be really good. I'd be perfectly fine with never wrestling another match... but I'll probably go back and create a couple of completely ridiculous stories using a bunch of created wrestlers. If that sounds appealing to you (or if you've already come to terms with the way the SmackDown! series plays), this year's game is worth checking out.