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Fight till you drop

The gameplay in this WWE PS3 game is good and characters look real, but the action’s a little thin.

india Updated: Dec 10, 2010 19:13 IST
Aalap Deboor
Aalap Deboor
Hindustan Times

If you’ve followed the Raw vs Smackdown series, you’ll find it easy to get the hang of the RvS 2011. In what is yet another edition to the franchise, the gameplay remains largely the same — if anything, a plethora of fight options have been added — and the entertainment side of things has been well balanced with action. Even if you’re a newcomer, who has crossed over from the television version, you’ll find RvS gripping at first. But slowly, you’ll notice there’s quite nothing that inspires you to keep at it.

The fights on offer in this edition are overwhelming — you get Triple Threat, 6-Man, Fatal 4-Way, Inferno and Disability. However, only some characters bear similarity to actual stars, including the Undertaker, Kane and Shawn Michaels, and everything ranging from their walk up to the ring and the manner in which they amble during fights looks real. The gameplay is largely smooth and the controls responsive, but the punches, smacks, jabs and kicks fail to play up the intensity. The game breaks into a video each time you perform a finishing move, but the final act is always somewhat unconvincing. Sometimes fights tend to drag on for too long, and you can’t follow the path it is taking. But on-screen prompts come to the rescue, and help you make sense of the your player’s abilities and available combos.

Entry videos are well designed, and the voices on the commentary, too, match up to those on television. However, the game suffers from a limited dialogue options for moves, which means same moves over and over again tend to evoke the same response. The animation on the crowd is thoroughly disappointing, and faces haven’t been rendered well. Every fourth person in the crowd looks similar, making you wonder if you’re actually a family event. Sad, this is anything but that.

First Published: Dec 07, 2010 13:15 IST