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WWE '12 (Xbox 360)
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Platform: Xbox 360 | Edition: Standard Edition
You love the Superstars, Divas and Legends. You watch every move, captivated by the high-flying stunts and twisting, turning storylines. The slap of the mat. The roar of the crowd. The booming echo of your favourite performer's taunts and jeers as his or her voice resonates throughout the arena. Now, the renowned franchise has been reborn--here come the wrestlers crashing into your living room. Plus, the most electrifying man in all of entertainment is back and better than ever.
The popular WWE franchise returns in an exciting new edition with WWE '12. The new Predatory Technology gameplay system will have your knees shaking as you feel like you're truly in the ring with the most fluid, dynamic, realistic and action-packed WWE simulation to date. Enjoy new and improved gaming features, including the Breaking Point submission system, new attributes, control layout, momentum and stamina. WWE Universe Mode 2.0 introduces new elements of unpredictability based on player decisions to keep gameplay fresh and authentic. Watch your favourite stars and see their amazing moves in stunning display with dynamic visual changes, including new animations, camera positions, lighting and improved rendering. Create the ultimate personalised WWE experience by developing and customising your own Superstar, entrances, finishing moves, storylines, Highlight Reels and more. Explore the Road to WrestleMania mode and get captivated by the suspense of new storylines. With an impressive roster of WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends, you'll be able to choose from your favourites, including Randy Orton, John Cena, The Miz and the debuting Alberto Del Rio. Forget what you thought you knew and get ready for a WWE experience like no other.
- Experience the latest edition of the renowned WWE franchise
- Feel like you're truly in the ring with the most fluid, dynamic, authentic and action-packed WWE simulation yet through the new Predatory Technology gameplay system
- Enjoy new and improved features, including the Breaking Point submission system, new attributes, control layout, momentum and stamina
- Get ready for new elements of unpredictability based on player decisions in WWE Universe Mode 2.0
- See every bone-crushing move in stunning detail with dynamic visual changes, including new animations, camera positions, lighting and improved rendering
- Develop and customise your own Superstar, entrances, finishing moves, storylines, Highlight Reels and more for a personalized WWE experience
- Immerse yourself in the suspense of new storylines in the Road to WrestleMania mode
- Choose from an impressive roster of WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends, including RandyOrton, John Cena, The Miz and the debuting Alberto Del Rio
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- Improved Graphics.
- More 'Create' options than you can shake a stick at.
- An actual story-mode, with a plot, real Wrestler voices, and in-game rewards. (See corresponding Con.)
- Great fun to play, especially with a group of friends - particularly doing Royal Rumble matches.
- Good selection of match-types.
- The reversal system is frustrating to no end. Once a player gets the upper hand, it is almost impossible to break their control.
- Too much Downloadable Content...the game costs enough with out having to pay for extras.
- Other than the same old names (Kane, Undertaker, John Cena) the roster is lacking some of the WWE's greatest talent. Also, the roster appears to be slightly smaller than in previous games.
- Returning to the Story-Mode - Some of the backstage fights have been engineered terribly, making movement frustrating. Also, the Story-Mode is the main way of unlocking other Wrestlers (fair enough), but the balance is way off...basically, you unlock 90% of the Wrestlers at the very end of the (quite long) Story-Mode, and once you have completed the Story-Mode you might not want to play the game anymore, so the unlockables go unused.
- The game is quite hard. Triple Threat and Fatal Four-way matches take forever.
WWE '12 had the tagline of "Bigger. Badder. Better." and in some respects it's true, it's bigger (universe mode is huge but very annoying) it's badder (for me the controls have taken a step backwards) and i guess overall it is better than SVR 11 but that's not saying much.
The main thing about these games that need to be perfect are the controls, now people are complaining that there is no tutorial? Check the options menu (game tutorial is clearly marked) but the controls are a lot more fiddly, button mashing makes an unwelcome return (nearly in every aspect of gameplay) the new grapple system is slow and so very repetitive. Matches feel like a chore now and are not enjoyable.
Road to Wrestlemania makes a return once again with even less freedom than before. You are forced to begin with play as the Irish born Sheamus, note the Irish as a big plot flaw within the story (United Kingdom?) backstage brawls are all too frequent and get very dull as you play along.
Universe mode has apparently been improved but still you can edit only one match on a card (this is 2011 right?) sometimes it can please with shocking story events.
Customising is improved this year with the sound addition of Create an arena which is pretty decent.
So, all in all i'm disappointed with this years effort. Things haven't changed a lot, believe me.
One of the big claims is the gameplay has been refined and includes new "predator technology" I must say it does seem to flow much more than previously and the new physics for the ring ropes etc. do add to the realism. Though apart from the odd tweak here and there I'm not sure the engine has changed all that much just the controls have altered again and the reversal system which is now a case of pressing the RT at the correct time which can be mastered but at first can be infuriating when the CPU nails move after move till you finally get it right. Its all still very restricted too and it feels more so than ever when brawling outside the ring theres not much to do they got rid of the area in the crowd that was in a previous game and the area near the tron is all invisible walls and no interactivity, I understand WWE programming has changed but their current product doesn't make for a very interesting video game.
Road to Wrestlemania returns again but this time there are no optional characters and stories it is now set to one story which is over a much longer period of time rather than just the lead up too Wrestlemania it now includes the full calendar but its broken down into three separate stories for three set superstars so again yes its bigger and more expanded but more restricted and some of the story lines are dire and even inaccurate, someone needs to explain to THQ/Yukes that Ireland is not part of the UK. WWE Universe is a little better and allows you to shape the WWE calendar your own way though its still just a little bit light but it has promise for the future and is reminiscent of the old Smackdown season mode. There are tons of unlockables which are always nice these are achieved through the Universe and Wrestlemania modes but all the old title belts can be unlocked including WWE's now retired Hardcore, European and Light Heavyweight titles and the majority of the WCW belts and even a couple of WCW arenas so there is plenty of nice throwbacks to extend the variation.
The standard custom options return but they have now added Create An Arena which I enjoyed playing around with apart from making your very own arenas they have included all the old Wrestlemania logos etc if your feeling nostalgic. Though you are always stuck with the same modern titan tron which can kind of ruin the effect but its a great addition all the same.
In short its a good game but once again nowhere near as good as it should be over the past few years its become more like FIFA, a game every year and the claim of physics here and physics there but nothings seems different. Especially when WWE's history has a treasure trove of things they can add and include to shake things up a bit, the only thing is everything they add it seems to come at the consequence of something else for example in 2013 they will probably include the Ambulance match but you can bet your life Create An Arena will disappear without a trace and that seems to be the recurring theme with this series these days....one step forward two steps back.
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