Retro Gaming 00’s- Smackdown vs Raw 2010: (2009)

The 2000’s decade was such a glorious time to be a fan of pro wrestling video games mainly because in terms of quality THQ put out some of the greatest titles within that genre. While there own respective opinion on which pro wrestling game was the best from the 00’s decade one of the few titles from that time period that stood out was Smackdown vs Raw 2010 which was released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2009. SvR 2010 was the sequel to Smackdown vs Raw 2009 from ’08 and saw significant improvements in relation gameplay mechanics compared to its predecessor. The gameplay mechanics in SvR 2010 somewhat rivaled the likes of Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain from ’03 and while having a robust roster of WWE superstars that featured main eventers, mid-carders, tag-teams and divas. SvR: 2010 featured various match types including Single, Tag Team , Hell in a Cell, Cage, Ladder, Fatal 4 Way, Triple Threat, Extreme Rules, Ironman , Submission, 6 Man Tag and more. SvR: 2010 featured a Road to WrestleMania mode which players got to play through various campaigns featuring superstars like John Cena, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Edge, Randy Orton, Mickie James; players also had the option to do campaign with a custom superstar they have created.

The campaigns for the Road to WrestleMania mode featured great dialogue and cutscenes despite not being quite on the same level as its critically acclaimed successor Smackdown vs Raw 2011. Aside from the Road to WrestleMania mode one of most memorable things about SvR 2010 was the Story Designer mode were players could develop custom storylines involving the playable characters within the game. The Story Designer mode was pretty unique since players were given the ability to put together televisions shows like Raw & Smackdown along with PPV’s such as SummerSlam, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble and WrestleMania scene by scene. Players even had the ability to create the dialogue for each superstar during various segments word for word which was very innovative for a pro wrestling game. Even though, Smackdown vs Raw: 2010 was not quite as good as Here Comes The Pain from ’03 or SvR: ’06-’07 it was arguably a better title than a majority of the WWW 2K titles that came out during the 2010’s decade. Unlike, titles such as WWE 2K20 SvR: 2010 was nearly glitch free and was mainly polished before its launch in late 2009.

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