I am not to sure how some people have rated this as poor? In fact that is quite insulting to the true aspect of this amazing game. If you are an avid wrestling fan such as myself then I urge you to purchase WWE 12. After owning every Wrestling game pretty much since WWF Warzone on the PS1 I have to say that this is the finest and most complete Wrestling game ever. Now where to start?
The game play is much different from what you have been used to on the previous Smackdown Vs Raw titles, the four coloured buttons are now used for various moves, jabs, grapple's etc, to pin some one you must do the damage first and an an indicator will flash up when your opponent is about to pin. The gameplay takes a little getting used to, just like the new Fifa 12 did with it's annoyingly awkward new tackling mode.
The camera angle's are absolutley awesome, it starts when you walk out of the arena..the camera angle's are exactly what you would see on the television, it is exactly liked a televised Raw, Smackdown or PPV episode. For example the first shot is off the Titantron with the Raw visual and audio playing and the silent crowd waiting for the fireworks and then go nuts when they go off. Then your character appears with his music and titantron video..and the camera will swing in around him and then back to the crowd and then back to him as it would on TV. It even pops up at the bottom what City tonight's episdoe is at. The in ring action is exactly every single camera position you would get on the TV, so it's as if your watching Monday Night Raw.
WWE UNIVERSE MODE
This allows you as such to become the Raw or Smackdown General Manager..or both...or basically your Vince McMahon if you like. Each week you control what fights happen in Raw, Smackdown and even Superstars not forgetting the monthly PPV's. The computer will pick at random preset match up's but you can edit them to your content, change what you want about the match, whether it's in a cage, extreme rules, tag team, tornado tag team, hell in a cell, triple threat..anything you want.. you can either play as any of the character's, watch or simulate the match. You can also control all the back stage action, so if you wanted to make your own perfect episode of Raw for example, you could by doing this. This mode really makes you become God, Judge and Jury of the WWE.
Career mode is pretty much straight forward, you wrestle controlling numerous wrestlers playing in different storylines, including your own created wrestler that has graduated from WWE NXT.
The roster is the best of any other WWE title. Everyone from CM Punk, right through to Heath Slater and Yoshi Tatsu. Other official wrestlers are available to download such as Brodus Clay. As you can imagine there are a large number of legends on the game, the usual suspects Stone Cold, Brock Lesnar, Ricky Steamboat, Edge etc, as well as the opportunity to download free fan created wrestlers, see below.
CREATION & DOWNLOADING
The creation suite is much better than before, a real Wrestling fans dream. You can re-create yourself or other to near perfect condition. As before you can edit everything from looks to clothes, entrance music (you can upload your own song), entrance and even your own Titantron video. You can now create your own arena's and what is probably most impressive is you can download other people's creation's whether it's a wrestler or an arena, and with that is the fact that there are people online who seem to of dedicated hours upon hours to creating past wrestlers, TNA wrestlers, the TNA arena, and lots more. If you remember an obscure wrestler from the 1990s you can probably download him for free, I have a lot of other fan made extra's that are quite frankly excellent. This add's to the already impressivley large WWE Roster.
The outcome is THQ have made absolute Wrestling fans paradise with this title, enough fun to make a young lad burst his blood vessells. So many hours and hours of fun await any true wrestling fan who purchases this. The possibilities are endless!!!!