Game Review: WWE 12
Sup guys? Here is my review of THQ’s latest entry into every wrestling fan’s favorite wrestling game. Enjoy! Short Story: It’s basically your typical fighting game. Only the battles are wrestling matches and you get to play as either your favorite WWE Superstar or Diva, or create your own superstar and take on the WWE Universe!! The score: WWE 12 was pretty fun. It’s always fun to take control of your favorite Superstar/Diva and throw down in fistacuffs against your least favorite Superstar/Diva. WWE 12 gets the score of a 4 out of 5. Body of Review: Good Things: Here’s where WWE 12 really excelled, the customizable aspects. The THQ WWE games have always been great at letting the player create their own superstar, arena, PPV, move set, entrance, team and logos; but this year they have now given you the ability not only create your own entrance video for your superstar, but also your own storyline as well. Granted the options of templates for the create a storyline and video aren’t that great, it’s still pretty cool none the less at the amount of customizing you can do in it. The create a superstar system was greatly detailed this year as it is every year. If you really wanna take the time to go into great detail with your superstar you can get them to look almost identical to yourself. Along with the in depth creation modes, WWE 12 features a lot of game modes as well. Of course you’ve got your standard exhibition mode, which features different match types like your regular one on one match, tag matches, triple threat, fatal four way, hell in a cell, cage, ladder, table, TLC(which stands for tables, ladders, and chairs), royal rumble, and the elimination chamber match. And each match can have customizable rules and regulations to make it your own. Along with the exhibition mode there’s the new WWE Universe mode. Now for anyone who’s played the previous WWE titles will know this as the WWE 24/7 mode. Basically you can either play as a current superstar/diva or enter your own created superstar/diva, choose a brand, and use them to rise to the top at win participate in the main event at Wrestlemania for the WWE Championship. A new game mode included in WWE 12 is the Road to Wrestlemania mode. This is the story mode portion of the game. The Road to Wrestlemania consists of three different story lines that all mesh together. These story lines are Villain(where you play as the Celtic Warrior Sheamus), Outsider(where you play as The Game Triple H), and then Hero(where you play as the rookie Jacob Cass, who is brought to life by you the player by creating the look of the character or they will use your current create a superstar but I’ll get into that later). Each story line is pretty cool, and flows together well. I do have a couple of complaints about it, but I’ll get into that in a little bit. What’s really cool about the game would be the amount of unlockable superstars there are. Just some of the superstars and legends that you can unlock in the game are: Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels, Hawk and Animal, Arn Anderson, and Vader just to name a few. This is a very impressive line up to go along with the current roster of superstars that includes, Randy Orton, Triple H, and the Undertaker. And at the end of January a DLC pack will we released that will include legends such as The Macho Man Randy Savage and the Hardcore Legend Mick Foley. I’m am certainly going to be getting that because I loved Mick Foley back in the day. Bad Things: Ok, here’s what I didn’t like about the game. The Road to Wrestlemania mode became extremely repetative. Yes, I know, it’s a wrestling game and what you do in a wrestling game is play in wrestling matches. But it was either you had a match in the ring that you have to win, or you took on 3 opponents at the same time in the back stage area. It just got old. Another problem with Road to Wrestlemania is if you have a created superstar before you start the Hero story line, they will use your created star as Jacob Cass. And you can’t change it back to your character after the story line is over. You will have to start all over again and create a new character, which was very annoying. Other than that, WWE 12 is a fun game to play. There’s nothing like a wrestling game to settle scores between your friends and WWE 12 is a good way to settle some differences. So good job THQ for keeping up the tradition of making great wrestling games!! That does it guys! We are at a dry spell right now for new game releases so next month I will be reviewing Red Dead Redemption’s Undead Nightmare! Stay tuned!!