WWE '12 Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
WWE '12 Box Art
System: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii
Dev: Yuke's Media Creations
Pub: THQ
Release: November 22, 2011
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence

The only real area where I can see this franchise really took a hit was with the visuals. Though the "Predator" technology makes animations look less stiff, many of the cutscenes are poorly done and the out-of-ring animations look blocky and crude. Though you won't notice these problems when you are playing in the ring, there is enough out-of-ring content to warrant the criticism.

WWE '12 Screenshot

Sound in the game, however, is extremely well done. Many of the actual wrestlers voice their in-game counterparts, and while they aren't exactly Nolan North, they do the best they can. The announcing is also very high quality, and works extremely well whether you are playing as a stock superstar or a created one. If you do choose the later, there are quite a few options for making the ring announcer as tailor-made for you as possible.

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WWE '12 is a great addition to the current family of wrestling games. However, if you're expecting a huge departure from the SvR series, you won't find it here. Though the game takes a new approach to the battle system and makes the Road to Wrestlemania mode feel a bit more like a "real" story mode (rather than an auxiliary single-player mode), it still feels like the series we've all grown to know and love. Don't be nervous about jumping into this new entry because of the new name; this is very much a spiritual successor to last year's SvR.

At the end of the day, WWE '12 gives fans exactly what they want: a cohesive and fun wrestling game. There aren't a whole lot of different ways to do that.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
In-ring visuals look fine, but other graphics look blocky and lack detail.
4.5
Control
New battle system is easy to learn and is nicely balanced for both pro and casual players.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Voice acting is authentic, and announcing is done extremely well.
4.5
Play Value
With tons of customizable content, a deep Universe mode and an all-new Road to Wrestlemania, you won't be wrestled away from your console any time soon.
3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Predator Technology - Engage in the WWE experience like never before through a dynamic gameplay system that looks, feels, and plays better than ever before. The brand new Breaking Point submission system, new Attributes and control layout, as well as major changes to Momentum and Stamina systems make for the best WWE gameplay to date.
  • Dynamic Presentation - Observe impressive visual changes to gameplay presentation, including new animations, camera positions, lighting arrangements, and significantly improved rendering, all delivering an authentic and striking representation of WWE programming.
  • WWE Universe 2.0 - Embrace the virtual WWE experience through new and more impactful elements of unpredictability, as rivalries, alliances, matches, and spontaneous action will dramatically evolve based on individual player decisions.
  • Create and Share - Develop and customize Superstars, entrances, finishing moves, storylines, Highlight Reels, and all-new to-be-announced capabilities in the franchise's best-in-class creation suite.

  • Videos / Game Trailers
    WWE '12: E3 2011: Randy Orton Debut Trailer  - click to enlarge
    Randy Orton Trailer
    WWE '12: Macho Man Reveal - click to enlarge
    Macho Man Reveal
    WWE '12: BANG! BANG! Mick Foley - click to enlarge
    BANG! BANG! Mick Foley
    WWE '12:
    "Bigger, Badder, Better" Launch Trailer
    WWE '12: FCW to Villain - click to enlarge
    FCW to Villain

    Screenshots / Images
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