WWE ’12 Preview
Another month has passed and we’ve had another opportunity to go hands-on with another updated build of WWE ’12 – this time with Long Island Iced Z playable, naturally.
The more time we spend with this reboot of Yuke’s long-running series, the more we start to think it could actually draw us back to the fold. It still has a lot to prove to us and WWE games are in the doghouse still (in spite of All Stars), but right now consider us un-nonplussed.
While there might be claims of WWE ’12 being ‘built from the ground up’ or some other horrible PR gumph, the fact is it is not. But it is different in a number of ways, with cracks smoothed over rather than the entire thing being stripped down and rebuilt. Animation is a lot smoother and less jerky, while matches themselves have a much quicker flow to them than before.
It’s elements like these, along with things like interruptible moves (punch Rey Mysterio before he hits the 619, for example) that make for some interesting changes. They’re not going to make it a totally brand-new experience, but it looks like they’re going to make it a better one.
It’s not just about adding 50,000 megatexelflops to the sweat physics on the shiny, half-naked men in WWE games to make them more realistic. No, it’s about other things, too.
It’s about the ability to target individual limbs as and when you feel like it, meaning you can wear down an arm before applying Alberto Del RRRRRIIIIIIIIO’s armbar finisher.
It means you can use ‘wake up’ taunts, like Randy Orton’s ‘punch the floor like a mentalist’ routine to make the opponent stand up and waddle straight into an RKO.
It’s about making the ring actually react when someone is slammed on it, rather than remaining entirely static like in SmackDown Vs Raw 2011. It all adds up.
There are more legends, DLC additions and apparently one ‘big surprise’ to be revealed (though he/she may have already been revealed by the time we go to print) when it comes to the roster.
But it’s already a fairly comprehensive list of past and present superstars and divas, sure to have at least one or two of your favourites available – as well as Sin Cara via DLC.
The British contingent is represented through the very pleasant Wade Barrett, the underrated William Regal, the ‘Scottish’ Drew MacIntyre and the absolutely frightening Mason Ryan. So that’s all good. Legends like Kevin Nash, Stone Cold and The Rock also make an appearance, so it covers many bases.