Wrestling has always been popular among the PSP gamers and over the years we’ve seen many wrestling games on PlayStation Portable. One of the most popular wrestling franchises on the PSP is the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw and ss you know, we’ve seen WWE SmackDown vs. Raw games on PlayStation Portable before and now here comes the latest installment for the called WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010. Speaking of WWE SmackDown vs. Raw, series has started as WWF SmackDown! and it had its debut on original PlayStation but soon enough sequels came and the franchised moved to the PlayStation 2. After several released sequels the franchise has changed its name from WWF SmackDown! to WWE SmackDown vs. Raw, and the first SmackDown game that we got for the PlayStation Portable was WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2006. After that, we got all new installments on the PSP and now WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 is finally here for all major consoles so let’s see that this game has to offer to PSP gamers.
Like mentioned before WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 has been released for several major consoles such as PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and DS. If you’re a fan of wrestling you’ll be quite pleased with this game because it brings 67 Superstars and Divas and ton of interesting modes to play. Speaking of game modes there’s one particularly interesting in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 and that mode is Story Designer. With Story Designer mode you can make all sorts of stories that you’ve already seen in WWE matches. There are 100 preset animation scenes available in Story Designer and you can add any Superstar, Diva or your custom character to it and write their lines. Interesting thing is that you can make story that will last for 10 years in the game but you can only have 55 scenes and 54 matches in one tale. On the other hand, no matter how big fan of wrestling you are you probably won’t have enough time to make 55 different scenes. Great thing is that you can create your own story with custom characters as well, but unfortunately you can save only two stories at the time.
As for the gameplay itself it has been changed a little so we got a few new moves in this installment. You still move your character with the directional pad and use circle to grapple, and when it comes to grappling you can perform it from the side on downed opponent. Another improvement when it comes to the controls is that you use only one button to perform reversal attacks. If you remember, in previous installments of the game you used two different buttons for reversals, one for strikes and another for grapples. In WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 you perform reversals by pressing the R button at a specific time, so it’s a lot simpler and easier than before. As for the creation of your custom character everything is the same like in the previous version besides that you can unlock new moves through any match and not only through the carrier mode.
Road to WrestleMania mode is back in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 and you’ll have the chance to lead one of the five characters through its own story. Available characters are Edge, HBK, Mickie James, Triple H/John Cena and Randy Orton. In addition, you can add your own custom character to the Road to WrestleMania mode. Speaking of game modes one mode has received several changes and that mode is Royal Rumble. Now if you want to eliminate your opponent in Royal Rumble you have to tap the certain button or press specific buttons at certain time to toss your opponent out of the ring. These button-tapping mini games are interesting enough but there are 18 different Royal finishing moves that can be used as well. There are additional modes available such as First Blood and Championship Scramble but it’s up to you to discover them all. As for the multiplayer, you can enjoy all these modes in 4-player ad-hoc multiplayer.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 is an interesting game with all its changes but somehow it looks outdated. Graphics and animations look stiff, but that’s only because of PSP hardware limitations. Overall, this is great game for you if you’re wrestling fan, and if you’re not you probably won’t find WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 interesting.