WWE 12 details
|Formats:||12 PS3, Xbox 360, 16 Wii|
|Collections:||Top Games to play this Christmas|
|Rental release:||25 Nov 2011|
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WWE 12 DisappointingBy Hybrid3415 (2 reviews) , 30 Nov 2011
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[Highly rated reviewer]So Ive been excited for WWE 12 for months, back when I heard they were stripping the whole series back to basics and brining in Predator Technology which would allow players to interrupt moves, instead of standing there watching them happen. The tag line for the game is BIGGER! BADDER! BETTER!, this game must be incredible.
Wrong. Its mediocre at best. I can only assume THQ and YUKES paid game reviewers to score this game into the high 90% or 9/10 domain.
Where do I start?
Road to Wrestlemania
In previous WWE games, this mode was simple. You pick any wrestler you like, or your own creation, the game starts on the RAW the night after Wrestlemania. You then play through an entire year to the next Wrestlemania. In previous years, a lot of the dialogue was just text you had to read, as the real-life wrestlers obviously wouldnt have time to voice all the characters. I didnt mind this, it wasnt an issue for me, as when they did eventually get the real-life wrestlers to voice their characters, it was clear they couldnt act for toffee.
This year, you get to play three years of the Road to Wrestlemania mode. Incredible! All those stories, all that voice acting, it must be amazing. It would be, if you could actually play as a character of your choice. In the first year you play the Villain Story as Sheamus (Which is stupid, as Sheamus is actually a huge Face character at the moment), the second year you play the Outsider Story in which you play Triple H returning from an injury, and the final year you play as your own created wrestler, but youre forced to name him Jacob Cass. So even in the one part of the game where you think youll have creative freedom, they limit the name, so you end up creating a wrestler which fits the name. I dont know if Jacob Cass is an actual wrestler, but I made my character look like a reject from WWE Tough Enough, when I actually wanted to make a huge, masked, muscle power house.
This year there are your usual create modes such as Create a: Logo, Superstar, Finisher, Entrance and so on. The latest addition is Create an Arena. Who cares!? When youre selecting your characters for the ultimate match up, lets say C.M Punk Vs. The Undertaker, IronMan match for the WWE Title! Who cares what arena its held in? Its like on FIFA, how many players actually care if the game is played in a certain stadium? It strikes me as one of those modes, they couldve done without, and just spent more time on the areas which are still poor.
WWE 12 Server is not available. Please try back later. - You should get used to this message. Since its release, Ive not been able to access online for more than 2 minutes. Tops.
New Control System
The old system was simple: X was your strike button, O was your grapple button. Combine these with either up, down, left, or right to perform variations of those moves (e.g X+Up would be clothesline, while X+Down would be dropkick) You had total control over what move you wanted to do. If you wanted to repeatedly do a pile-driver on your opponent, then you could, just keep doing O+Right (or whatever the combination was.) This year, the moves change depending on how beaten up the other guy is. So I was getting quite comfortable with doing a few arm drags, and powerslams, when suddenly the moves changed to a weird side slam and kick to the head move?! Let me do the moves I want to do!
The reversal system has been condensed. It used to be Hit L2 for reversals of strikes, Hit R2 for the reversals of grapples. This year, its simply Hit R2 for a reversal. However, please ensure you hit R2 before your opponent has even thought about the move theyre going to do, otherwise he will just keep hitting you with move, after move, after move, after move, until your index finger slowly wears away to the bone from mashing R2 so hard.
The big one that the developers have been banging on about. It allows you to interrupt moves and create new double finishers. What they didnt mention is how AWFUL the hit detection is! I broke up a grapple between Triple H and The Miz using a STEEL CHAIR and they both stepped back and shook it off, as though Id just slapped them both with a fish. Another time, I had R-Truth, upside down, ready to drop him on his head in a pile-driver, when C.M Punk attacks us both, and R-Truth just magically flips upright and attacks the crap out of me.
Basically, I appreciate that THQ and YUKES have gone back to basics to re-do the wrestling game which has been going for 10 years or more. But guys, come on, just hold back a year, get the core elements up to scratch, listen to the fans who play the games, give them what they want, and fix the bugs. I understand they work hard and fast to get the games out, because the roster is forever changing, but just focus on the big names who arent going anywhere soon, like John Cena, C.M Punk, The Rock, and so on, just make a roster of the main players, then worry about the wrestlers no one EVER plays as like Tyson Kidd or Justin Gabriel. If people really want those guys, theyll make them via the Create-a-wrestler mode.
I hope next year they get their game together. Literally.
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GAME REVIEWBy a customer , 24 Nov 2012Excellent game, I have played WWE games previously and I have to say this game is a step up from the previous ones, great graphics as well.
However some may find a lack of legends irritating.
Game kept freezing on me, which was really annoying
Complete Disappointment!!!By DaleDude (5 reviews) from Derby , 20 Jul 2012I like many others was really looking forward to this game! Hopes of it being reinvented and adding nice little extras to the game, but I was really disappointed. I had the game for a day, I just couldn't get the hang of the new controller system of blocking attacks and reversing them, in all honesty I just wanted to beat the hell out of wrestlers I don't like and and play through some good stories! PLEASE for the next WWE game concentrate on what the fans want! We want a great story-line for your created character with multiple choices with-in the story and we just want to have FUN we wanted the added option of it being harder controls and game play if WE want it because its nice to beat down on a wrestler for ten minuets with a chair untill every inch of his body is raw!!!!!
Awfullly Bad!By Thomas_lad (2 reviews) , 28 Jun 2012Boring boring boring
very disappointed with this game should have taken notice of the previous reviews, felt like i was playing a game made in 2005 didn't feel like an up to date game at all
Very uninspiringBy Panks (1 review) , 20 May 2012Another year, another slight change to the roster, another tweak to the controls and unfortunately another major disappointment. Regular players of the WWE series of games will no doubt feel a sense of deja vu playing this game as there are no radical changes from previous titles in the series.
There is something uninspiring and underwhelming about this year's title. The presentation is lacking somehow and has a stale feel about it all. The commentary and the graphics are fine but there has been no revolutionary jump since the previous title. There are also quite a lot of glitches where the collision detection has fallen down, but this just looks clumsy rather than affecting the gameplay.
The wrestlers do look like their real-life counterparts, but then they did in the previous title so in many cases they've just got a slightly different haircut, or a new tattoo. What is somewhat disconcerting is the bizarre shine that many of the wrestlers have which perhaps is meant to indicate sweat but just makes them look like they have a strange glow to them.
What perhaps lets this game down most is the fighting itself (somewhat crucial in a fighting game). Changes have been made to the control system from the previous title to attempt to improve the grappling system, but unfortunately it does seem to have taken somewhat of a step backwards. Perhaps with persistence the system can be mastered and your wrestler will be able to destroy their opponent with an array of exciting holds and throws, but so often it's just easier to hit the same old moves as manoeuvring your opponent into the correct position just seems like too much effort.
The worst part of the fighting is playing against the CPU and being hit with a sequence of moves that you as the human player just cannot escape from. No matter how many times you hit the counter button, it very rarely works so occasionally you can end up not being able to do anything for up to a minute. As a player there should be very few times when you can't do anything to influence the game as it is very frustrating.
There are some story modes (Road to Wrestlemania), cut scenes and various creation modes to keep the interest going, but ultimately there's just not enough to keep a player interested in continuing to play this title.
A poor effort all round and a full overhaul is in order to keep this series going
Bring Back The Glory Days!By McKenzie2183 (2 reviews) , 10 May 2012Why do they have to mess we these games and make them bad? There has not been a WWE game that matches upto the fun and ease of play of the Smackdown games and this one continues that trend. I used to love these games but too much tinkering and control changes have totally ruined them for me. Even the story mode which should be much improved from the old days has gone down hill. WWE also just does not have the same calibre of superstar as it used to either. I may just be old school but I believe TNA has the best characters these days. Never thought Id say that.
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