WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw 2011 [VIDEO GAME PREVIEW]

Slap on some neon spandex and stock up on body oil. On October 26, Smackdown Vs. Raw 2011 hits shelves and it’s flexing some serious muscles. It’s only been a year since the last SvR, but developer Yuke’s has been hitting the weights hard, delivering a wrestling SIM that looks and feels closer to the ring than ever.

With over 70 fighters to choose from, SvR 2011 will have the deeper character roster than any other SvR to date. Also expect to see new characters available after the game’s launch plus some new WWE Legends like Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat making a debut in the SvR lineup. If that’s not enough testosterone for you, Create-a-Superstar mode will include around 150 new customizations, allowing you to create the ultimate WWE bad-ass. The Create-a-Finisher mode has also been upgraded, allowing you to create signature moves off the turnbuckle in addition to virtually any other wrestling position.

Getting power-bombed through a table always looks ridiculously painful, but with SvR 2011’s brand new physics system, don’t expect generic animations. Every foreign object will snap, bend, or splinter in bone-crushing correspondence to your enemy’s face. But if chair-smashing isn’t your thing, polish up your hip-tosses and power slams because SvR is bringing Royal Rumble matchmaking online for the first time. Nothing establishes dominance like throwing a stranger over the top rope.

WWE Universe will replace the old career mode and will add a couple of new moves. Your story will branch out based upon decisions made, rivalries, alliances, and of course wrestling matches. You can also roam the locker room and pick fights outside the ring. Road to WrestleMania includes storylines from Christian, Chris Jericho, John Cena, Rey Mysterio, and more. You can also choose storylines to end the Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania streak–but be prepared to get Tombstoned and/or lose your soul to the Deadman.

Rounding out SvR’s upgrades are expansions on the insane sandbox Story Designer mode. Yuke’s added voiceover commentary from real WWE commentators, entrance music, championship belts, and new cut-scenes. Expect to embark upon truly odd and profane adventures created by the legion of WWE fanatics and your everday weirdos.

Check out the trailer and screenshots below:

For more screenshots, head over to IGN.com or check out the official website.

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