WWE 12 – The True WWE Experience

WWE 12 – The True WWE Experience

Last November saw the release of another WWE licensed game. But this release wasn’t just another quick cash-in that milked the Smackdown and RAW franchise. This release was WWE 12. A reboot of WWE that focused more on the complete WWE experience rather than allowing you to simply fight as your favourite wrestlers.

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WWE 12 may have been the 12th edition, but it’s the first true WWE experience!

The most striking improvement over past WWE games are character animations, both in and out of the ring. Never before has Stone Cold Steve Austin looked so bad ass! Never before has a signature move looked so punishing or a reversal looked so fluid. But THQ never considered this “job done”. They had much more to offer the WWE universe!

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Character animations are incredible but this is just a fraction of what makes WWE 12!

Creating a wrestler has been part of the WWE game franchise for a while, but WWE 12 took customisation to a new level. Tons of customisable moves, huge variation to wrestler creation and the ability to even create your own WWE arenas, give WW12 the edge, not just over past WWE/WWF games…but over most fighting games on every platform! Think about it…how many fighting games out there offer huge replayability once you’ve seen every character ending?

wwe arena creation

Create your own WWE character, arena and even your preferred WWE TV schedule!


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In the past, many WWE games struggled to reach the mighty “9” score with critics. No Mercy and Smackdown VS Raw 2007 were always our favourite WWE brawlers, but WWE 12 is not only the first game to score higher than many AAA beat ’em up titles, it’s the first to truly capture the essence of what sells WWE tickets. TV-like camera angles and WWE show scheduling top this latest release perfectly. There is no doubt in our minds that WW12 is finally a release that fans and newcomers will enjoy for many years to come.

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The WWE 12 wrestler creation system is so powerful, gamers have been able to create ex-WWE superstars, such as Jeff Hardy (the man is a legend to us!)

WWE 12 may be the greatest triumph in sports entertainment gaming, but we couldn’t help but clench our fists slightly when reading certain criticisms. “Too much going on outside the ring” and “we want to see wrestling, not acting” were among the major culprits of our nail-indented palms. Sorry, we honestly thought the perfect TV-to-game or movie-to-game licenses would be those that truly captured what made them a hit in the first place?

To those critics who thought WWE 12 had too much story, too much drama, too much “happenings outside the ring”. Maybe you should actually WATCH some WWE? To capture the fans attention and emotions within the ring, you first must create the meaning, the purpose, the story outside of it. WW 12 captured exactly what made WWE. In other words…a TV-to-game license triumph.

As well as your thoughts on WWE 12, what about WWE itself? What are your views on the current story lines of Smackdown and RAW? What do you think of WWE’s current characters and where are you with that sudden bombshell of Rock VS Cena? Get posting and let us know!

9 Responsesto “WWE 12 – The True WWE Experience”

  1. avatar Tez says:

    WWE 13 is good but for god sake…change the engine! It looks terrible!

  2. avatar fran says:

    WWE 12 was a good attempt but there are a few things holding back the great effort. One of my major criticisms is based on the reversal system. Not only is this hard to get right, but it makes all WWE 12 matches JUST about reversals. Basically…miss a few get pinned for 2, screw-up anymore you’re out the stage door!

  3. avatar WWF4EVER! says:

    The last RAW was MUCH better! Cena looked just like he did against JBL, Triple H and RVD. I still don’t think he would’ve needed the ring stairs to take Kane down…but we’ll accept it

  4. avatar D4GAndy says:

    I agree. I’m also sick of how they’re currently making Cena out to be a complete pushover!

    The writers seem to have forgotten that John Cena beat the likes of Brock AND Batista! Suddenly he’s having problems with Kane, who not only throws him around the ring like a rag doll…but somehow seems to easily choke him out cold!

    Oh, just to make the point even more clear, Randy Orton beat Kane SINGLE HANDEDLY! We understand where you’re TRYING to go with this “PSYCHO KANE” saga, but you’re causing more harm than good by making Cena out to be pathetically weak!

  5. avatar WWF4EVER! says:

    WWE 12 looks amazing and the first thing I’d do? Create a better story for John Cena!

    No disrespect to the writers (I’ve loved a lot of their stuff) but they’re making John Cena out to be a total WUSS right now! It sucks!

  6. avatar Chris says:

    Yeah, it was balmy what they did with Zack! I like his character and was hoping he’d work his way to giving Daniel Bryan a slap!

  7. avatar Robyn says:

    Randy Orton made an appearence on Friday night Smackdown. Don’t know if you saw it, it was awesome! I don’t like what they are doing with Zack Ryder at the moment, the last guy I remeber to be out with a broken back was Shaun Michaels and he was out for about 4 years! Don’t want to see him out for that long! My fav at the moment tho is Santino Marella!! He is funny and actually has some good moves in him! COBRA!!! LOL!

  8. avatar Steph says:

    LOL! I was just watching loose women and they had Hulk Hogan on the panel. One of them said to Hulk “are you over here to try and make wrestling popular in the UK”.

    Are you kidding me! She obviously doesn’t have Sky, read the paper or go to any major UK venues! LOL!

  9. avatar Chris says:

    I think the WWE magazine said Randy Orton was coming back at Wrestlemania…but I think he’s gonna make a surprise comeback this weekend at Royal Rumble!

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