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Not Great - Wait for the price to reduce
on 23 November 2012
I bought this game with no high hopes having not been overly impressed with 2012 (picked it up for a tenner so can't complain) - before that SvR 2009 was the last one I bought (due to the games getting progressively worse every year). The reason I chose to buy this years? The Attitude era. Now had it not been for the lure of The Rock, Steve Austin etc... and the ability to put them against the "stars" of today I wouldn't have even touched this game due to the shoddy product of past. However this game still has the same annoying things wrong with it that 2009 and 2012 had (online servers going down more than they are up, the online "1 move wonderkids" who prefer to use the same move over and over rather than put on a wrestling match and of course the absolute joke they call the reversal system! Online you have to press the reversals before you even know your opponent is going to attempt a move due to the lag! Hitting the button when it appears simply says "Too Late" on every single occasion. Likewise on 1 player (Legend difficulty) you may as well just simulate every match for all the use your button bashing does! Your more likely to break your control pad than actually be able to reverse a move!
Those annoying pain in the ass issues aside, this game really does have some good qualities to it as well. For example this years "Universe" mode is a big improvement over last years with the ability to delete both Raw and Smackdown and create your own show with your own created stars if you so choose (and have enough created/downloaded wrestlers). The "Creation Suite" isn't much different than '12 however the arena editor is improved. Unfortunately the create a logo still sucks. The colour of the text is always default, and when you try to "fill" colour it, it leaves a horrible black line around the edge in varying thickness. I don't have the time to sit and colour every little pixel in so for me that is an epic fail. How hard would it have been to be able to press text and then the colour you wanted it? Anyway, the create a wrestler is pretty much identical to last years with 99% of the items being exactly the same as '12 which I think is a bit of a con, however they have brought back the transparency option this year so that is a welcome return.
As for the superstars themselves I must say that the "boast" of almost 100 superstars had me going "wow" until you see that there are 3 Triple H's, 2 Undertakers, 2 Kanes, I think 3 Mick Foleys (Cactus Jack, Dude Love & Mankind), 2 of The Rock, 2 John Cenas (why the hell that is I don't know... 2004 wasn't Attitude), 2 Christians, 2 of Edge oh yeah and David Otunga is on the game (hate him). However there are some talented creators out there so being able to add the likes of Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy etc... negates this (Oh as does the inclusion of Mike Tyson).
The Attitude era mode was underwhelming and I got to the 3rd set before deciding that mode just wasn't entertaining for me. My friend on the other hand loved it so each to their own I guess.
Onto the DLC! Release day DLC characters were Too Cool (Grandmaster Sexay & Scotty Too Hotty), Val Venis, Gangrel & Rikishi. If you buy the Fan Axxess download (1600 MSP) you get all of these characters, along with Diamond Dallas Page & Goldust as well as the ability to unlock all unlockables and edit the WWE stars attributes to your liking (John Cena 96??? I think not!) On top of that there are more DLC packs coming with the likes of Ryback, Damien Sandow and AJ Lee... not to mention the late great Brian Pillman (who I will be purchasing straight away).
This game isn't bad, however I would recommend waiting until it comes down in price before buying it because I think for a WWE game it is probably their best effort in a long while, but from a value for money standpoint, it really isn't worth the release day price. I'd say £24.99 would be the maximum price to pay for this game.