575632When I first heard about WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010's [App Store] release on the app store, I was admittedly unexcited. Other wrestling games on the platform have underwhelmed, to put things nicely, so I was justifiably skeptical. After spending extended amounts of time with the game, learning the ins-and-outs of the mechanics and exploring all of the various modes, however, I can say this: SvR 2010 may not be the first game to attempt to bring wrestling to the iPhone/iPod Touch, but it is without a doubt the best.

There are several ways to play SvR 2010. Exhibition allows you to select your preferred wrestler, opponent, arena, and difficulty setting, before entering a match, while Quick Match is a faster option that throws players right into the fray. There is a tutorial mode available from the Play menu at any time, and it features three tutorials that separately cover the basics of wrestling and more advanced techniques like picking up a chair and applying it to your strategy to aid in beating the snot out of a big ugly guys. This tutorial is also an optional feature when players first begin a file save in Career mode, the heart of SvR 2010's package.

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Career mode starts out by letting players create their own personalized wrestler, and then sets them along the path to WWE stardom. The career mode's story is utterly ridiculous and implausible, but fans of the WWE are likely to have no problem with this sort of thing, as poor writing and over-the-top bravado have become the standard in the wrestling world. In a nutshell, the story involves your created wrestler being betrayed by a friend. Naturally, the only way to achieve vengeance is to beat up a series of goofy characters in a battle for the WWE championship.

You'll unlock more shirts, pants, tattoos, and signature moves for your character as you progress through Career mode, and nearly everything about your character is customizable. I really embraced the ridiculous nature of the story, naming my superstar "ULTIMAHULK" and giving him green skin, so that he might draw energy from the sun to help strike down his enemies with the power of poorly staged piledrivers (that's not in the game, that's just part of my imagined fiction for my character).

575632_4When not making progress through Career mode, there are six arenas (including arenas from Summerslam, the Survivor series, and Wrestlemania) and 11 stars from Raw, SmackDown, and ECW to fool around with via Exhibition mode. These 11 wrestlers (Batista, John Cena, Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, Triple H, Undertaker, Big Show, Edge, Vladimir Kozlov, and Matt Hardy) can duke it out in 7 different modes of play: Regular, No Disqualification, WWE Extreme Rules, Iron Man, Submission, Ultimate Submission, and Last Man Standing.

What really makes SvR 2010 a great game in my eyes are the controls, which are well thought out for the device. Movement is controlled by swipes, and nearly every other action in the game is relegated to a situationally sensitive "smart button" located near the middle of the screen. After completing the three in-game tutorials and playing only a couple matches, I felt that I had a complete understanding of the controls, and was winning matches with consistency. It would be far too difficult to accurately detail the intricacies of the one-button controls, but I think that anyone who enjoys the console games or any sort of arcade fighting game will enjoy the simple genius of the control scheme.

Otherwise, I was pretty disappointed at the lack of any multiplayer features (not even local play is included), and the game's audio is pretty low-budget. No one, not even the ring announcer, has a voice-actor, so it's a stroll down "text-only" lane for this game. There also seems to be only one song in the game, a generic rock track that gets very old very fast. After seeing the clear signs of the extra effort that went into the intuitive controls and above-par visuals in the game, I'm just not happy with the game's audio.


Video by CrunchyApps.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 is enjoyable, and I say that as a person who isn't blindy in love with such games. In fact, it's been a pretty long time since I've really enjoyed a wrestling video game, so downloading this one was a refreshing experience and a great decision. I feel that SvR2010 could get traction amongst fans of the genre, so it's worth a try if the thought of being able to smash Triple H in the face on the go appeals to you.

App Store Link: WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010, $4.99

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  • Dark NRG

    No hot chicks fighting?!

    Pass.

  • Dark NRG

    No hot chicks fighting?!

    Pass.

  • Jason

    I think legends of wrestlemania is better...

  • Jason

    I think legends of wrestlemania is better...

  • dane

    awesome. a wrestling game where you can't move your character around.

    • Ryan Rigney

      "Movement is controlled by swipes..."

      So nah, man. It works.

  • dane

    awesome. a wrestling game where you can't move your character around.

    • Ryan Rigney

      "Movement is controlled by swipes..."

      So nah, man. It works.

  • Yuan

    Is it really that easy to get published? Seriously?

  • Yuan

    Is it really that easy to get published? Seriously?

  • dumas1000

    Well, this company, much like Square Enix, has proven with both recent & past efforts, that they have no faith in the appstore economy. This game would have almost certainly been better had its devs believed that people would have willing paid a premium price for a more premium effort. It does seem like a decent game for $5 game. But if they didn't believe that people would pay more than $5 for a RvS game, then they were going to put as much production effort into the process as they felt was worthy for a $5 game. A full RvS game probably doesn't sell for cheaper than $30, either on the DS or the PSP. So, if you want to pay $5 or less for the majority of your iphone games, then basically, you get what you pay for.

  • dumas1000

    Well, this company, much like Square Enix, has proven with both recent & past efforts, that they have no faith in the appstore economy. This game would have almost certainly been better had its devs believed that people would have willing paid a premium price for a more premium effort. It does seem like a decent game for $5 game. But if they didn't believe that people would pay more than $5 for a RvS game, then they were going to put as much production effort into the process as they felt was worthy for a $5 game. A full RvS game probably doesn't sell for cheaper than $30, either on the DS or the PSP. So, if you want to pay $5 or less for the majority of your iphone games, then basically, you get what you pay for.

  • Foley

    Wow! That looks like a lame game.

  • Foley

    Wow! That looks like a lame game.

  • thebennster93

    where did this come from... seems like all these games come out of no where

  • thebennster93

    where did this come from... seems like all these games come out of no where

  • Deewin

    I loved the old n64 WCW revenge and WWF games :) The best handheld wrestling game however, is Fire Pro Wrestling D for the gameboy advance :)

  • Deewin

    I loved the old n64 WCW revenge and WWF games :) The best handheld wrestling game however, is Fire Pro Wrestling D for the gameboy advance :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/elimcfly88 Eli Mcfly

    Smackdown vs Raw 2010 is Great! You can infact move your character around despite what others have said. It's suprisingly a real good Pick-Up with a great career mode. The only things that could of made it better would of been the Audio like mentioned above, Entrance Themes are missing. And a few more people on the roster wouldn't of hurt, but I didnt expect much but at least you can create additional characters and the Create-A-Wrestler option is pretty decent for a mobile device so pretty much anything is creatable. I would HIGHLY suggest this game for its $5 price tag

  • http://www.twitter.com/elimcfly88 Eli Mcfly

    Smackdown vs Raw 2010 is Great! You can infact move your character around despite what others have said. It's suprisingly a real good Pick-Up with a great career mode. The only things that could of made it better would of been the Audio like mentioned above, Entrance Themes are missing. And a few more people on the roster wouldn't of hurt, but I didnt expect much but at least you can create additional characters and the Create-A-Wrestler option is pretty decent for a mobile device so pretty much anything is creatable. I would HIGHLY suggest this game for its $5 price tag

  • NBM05

    the swipe to move controls are more a 'anywhere direction pad' and they work really well. If you want to walk left, just swipe left and hold your thumb down and your character will walk left and keep walking left until you move your thumb another direction (in which case he'll walk that direction,) or lift you thumb (in which case he'll stop.)

    That said, this game is extremely limited. Every wrestler has the exact same very basic moveset with the exception of their finisher. Faces look terrible. The career mode has very little story (unlike TNA's wrestling game,) and the different modes all play almost exactly the same.

    While the controls do work well, there's very little strategy to the gameplay -- it doesn't really matter what moves you do or where you are in the ring. The reversal system is pretty well done, but the game doesn't have anywhere near the grappling depth of an old N64 wrestling game (which I'm sure the iphone could run.)

    While I've had some fun with this game, there's no reason why it should be so basic or stripped down, and there's no reason why every wrestler should have the exact same moves.

    It's not a bad game, and I hope it does well to encourage THQ to continue making games for the iphone, but if they want to keep my business, the next one will have to have a lot more to it (more moves, tag matches, more strategic gameplay, etc.)

  • NBM05

    the swipe to move controls are more a 'anywhere direction pad' and they work really well. If you want to walk left, just swipe left and hold your thumb down and your character will walk left and keep walking left until you move your thumb another direction (in which case he'll walk that direction,) or lift you thumb (in which case he'll stop.)

    That said, this game is extremely limited. Every wrestler has the exact same very basic moveset with the exception of their finisher. Faces look terrible. The career mode has very little story (unlike TNA's wrestling game,) and the different modes all play almost exactly the same.

    While the controls do work well, there's very little strategy to the gameplay -- it doesn't really matter what moves you do or where you are in the ring. The reversal system is pretty well done, but the game doesn't have anywhere near the grappling depth of an old N64 wrestling game (which I'm sure the iphone could run.)

    While I've had some fun with this game, there's no reason why it should be so basic or stripped down, and there's no reason why every wrestler should have the exact same moves.

    It's not a bad game, and I hope it does well to encourage THQ to continue making games for the iphone, but if they want to keep my business, the next one will have to have a lot more to it (more moves, tag matches, more strategic gameplay, etc.)

  • Chad

    still fake

    • Dark NRG

      +1 lmao

    • theryanlilo

      Still a moron

  • Chad

    still fake

    • Dark NRG

      +1 lmao

  • http://eloot.info Link Building

    That is simply great. I agree with Chad's comment. I think its Fake.

  • http://eloot.info Link Building

    That is simply great. I agree with Chad's comment. I think its Fake.

  • Eli Mcfly

    I'm a Pro Wrestler, trust me, it's not as fake as you might think or assume. It hurts all the same, it has real hatred at times, backstage politics.... It's a beyotch to be honest but I love it...

  • Eli Mcfly

    I'm a Pro Wrestler, trust me, it's not as fake as you might think or assume. It hurts all the same, it has real hatred at times, backstage politics.... It's a beyotch to be honest but I love it...

  • wateracid

    The storyline is kind of short though. You finish about 20+ matchs and become the WWE champion and the games ends . But quite a good game.

  • wateracid

    The storyline is kind of short though. You finish about 20+ matchs and become the WWE champion and the games ends . But quite a good game.

  • tod moat

    I eat eggs.

  • http://none tod moat

    I eat eggs.