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DLC Pack 3 (WCW ARENA!!!!!)

BLOODY HELL!

From: http://www.cnbc.com/id/39627182

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Oct 12, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced details surrounding the new downloadable content purchase program for WWE(R) SmackDown(R) vs. Raw(R) 2011, the forthcoming simulation-based experience from the company’s World Wrestling Entertainment(R) videogame portfolio. Fan Axxess will enable WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 owners to obtain select downloadable content released throughout the life of the videogame for a one-time anticipated purchase cost of 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE(R) for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft or $9.99 on PlayStation(R)Network for the PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system.

The downloadable content will include a number of playable WWE Legends, WWE Superstars and WWE Divas, alternate ring gear, playable arenas, a WWE Superstar Attribute Customizer, instant access to all unlockable content and an in-game badge to recognize the videogame’s biggest supporters.

“The Fan Axxess program for WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 offers consumers a very attractive value proposition to significantly enhance the virtual WWE experience,” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. “We have some of the most passionate fans in the industry, and we are pleased to offer them an opportunity to access premium gameplay content, customization features and recognition for their loyalty for one price point.” About WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 — Fan Axxess Elements The first downloadable content package for Fan Axxess, currently scheduled for release this holiday season, will include WWE Legends British Bulldog and Lex Luger; WWE Superstars Wade Barrett(TM), David Otunga(TM) and Justin Gabriel(TM); WWE Diva Layla(R); alternate ring gear for WWE Superstars Shawn Michaels(R) and Shad(R); and a playable WWE NXT(TM) arena. The downloadable content package will be included as part of the Fan Axxess program, as well as sold separately for the anticipated cost of 560 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE or $6.99 on PlayStation Network.

The second downloadable content package for Fan Axxess, currently scheduled for release in early 2011, will include alternate ring gear for WWE Superstars John Cena(R), Undertaker(R) and CM Punk(R), as well as a playable WCW(R) arena. The downloadable content package will be included as part of the Fan Axxess program, as well as sold separately for the anticipated cost of 240 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE or $2.99 on PlayStation Network.

The WWE Superstar Attribute Customizer will enable players to determine the overall rankings and attribute levels of every WWE Legend, WWE Superstar and WWE Diva in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011. While the videogame will ship to retail outlets with pre-established in-game Superstar ratings, this feature will give players even greater customization freedom to define their own personalized visions of WWE. The WWE Superstar Attribute Customizer will be included as part of the Fan Axxess program, as well as sold separately for the anticipated cost of 80 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE or $0.99 on PlayStation Network.

Players will also be able to quickly access more than 60 unlockable items in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011, including playable WWE Legends, WWE Superstars and WWE Divas, alternate ring gear, playable arenas, WWE Championships and more. Instant access to all unlockable content will be included as part of the Fan Axxess program, as well as sold separately for the anticipated cost of 80 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE or $0.99 on PlayStation Network.


Create-a-match?

So there’s something posted up on the CAWs.ws forum…it’s in German from wrestlinggames.de:

Translation:
the game has been tested in the new GamePro. most important news that I had not heard here, is to edit the possibility matches. one can eg an iron man match play in the cage.
is explained in detail in the test did not. I hope it like with the n64 games, is there one could almost always a lot of cool combos set
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If that’s true, and I have thought this to be the case for a while, then SVR11 is complete and reeking of PURE awesomeness in my estimation. Now I must say that this is UNCOMFIRMED! This has not been announced by THQ and it is has not been posted by a gaming site as coverage of the press conference either. I’m treating it as pure speculation or simply as a rumor. However, it certainly does fit in with what Marcus and others have been saying about the ‘100+’ match claim…and it’s not a specific match in itself, but a match-type right? I have to warn anyone reading this that even if it is true…you shouldn’t immediately think ‘ROYAL RUMBLE IN A CELL!’ or ’10 MAN TLC IN 3 STACKED CELLS!’…You have to be realistic. You would probably be able to create a match similar to the HIAC opener – a 3 way, submissions count anywhere match…or a 4 man elimination…or an Extreme Rules ladder match. Even the last one, I’m thinking twice about…but if you can stipulate that a match is, say, 2 out of 3 falls…or a falls count anywhere TLC match then I’ll be MORE than happy.

Whether or not this is true…or whether the remaining legends are the Brooklyn Brawler and Pez Whatley…SVR11 is by far the best looking wrestling game in history. I say ‘best looking’ as I haven’t played it yet but it certainly seems to have the most promise.

Prophetic Roster
I was just thinking how well the roster is turning out…well, I know we still don’t have it in full but THQ added Paul Bearer a long while back and he returned a month before the game comes out. Also, having Nexus members, whether they have the arm band and shirt or not, is pretty awesome.

Something to remember is that there’s a DLC pack 3. If people say ‘no comment’ or ‘wait and see’ or there’s something that you think should be in the game…it might still be coming.

New Info on Wednesday
The press conference that covered ‘tons’ of info on SVR11 took place in Dallas on Sunday. It’s said that the info will come out (or at least some of it) this Wednesday (source: http://twitter.com/#!/stephensonmc ). No idea where it’ll come from…IGN? Gamespot? The official site? If it comes out Thursday or Friday, don’t shoot Marcus (or me)…it’s 90% that it should be then but you never know.

CAWs.ws
I recently posted on CAWs.ws (I’m the Invisible Man) that I was embarrassed to be part of their community based on some of the comments directed at THQ and other members of the forums…I stand by that. I really wish that the decent SVR fans had a place to call their own where the trolls and idiots weren’t allowed. Perhaps that’s something I should make? An exclusive, invite-only forum?

Is it me or did Raw have a bigger and more impactful feel to it than the HIAC PPV?

Shoutout
I have a post that’s remained in the drafts folder for a week…it was called ‘Marcus and THQ’…and then renamed ‘Lazy THQ, really? REALLY?’. I’ll post it at some  point but wanted to point out that although Marcus gave me a shout out on his Twitter (see quote below) that it won’t alter any opinions I offer. I am always  100% unbiased in my blogging and will remain so. Regardless, it was very flattering!

Marcus Stephenson @stephensonmc Marcus Stephenson
WOW! This is a FANTASTIC SvR fansite: https://svrnerd.wordpress.com/

Thought this was a decent edit:


This past week…

OK, so what happened this past week and what’s going through my noggin…

RTWM Video
One of, if not the biggest things this week was this kick-ass video showing a few new things:

The free-roam looks frickin’ sweet! It was one of the things I was least hyped about as the RTWM never does that much for me…it fun, but not why I buy the game. However, the free-roam has added to the mode so much that I’m actually looking forward to playing them.

Reveals
The roster reveals…as well as a bunch of wrestlers I’m not too fussed about seeing (I like playing as them but since I knew they’d be there, it’s not much of a ‘reveal’) we also got to see a few mystery spots filled – Shelton Benjamin and Mike Knox, two released superstars are on the roster…this is great news on both accounts. We also saw The Rock and Steve Austin revealed. Now, I could have guessed (and did) all four being in this weeks reveal but it’s still great to see them there. Disappointments? Of course, no Austin vest…and a very poor stunner animation. I’ll get over the vest not being in and I’m pretty sure there’ll be more than one stunner in the game, so I can change that up in his moveset. Highlight for me? Without a doubt…the COBRA!!!

Legends
There’s a lot of talk about who the remaining 5 legends are. It would appear that THQ have them listed in alphabetic order…so that should help narrow down the possibilities a little…plus, Marcus has said no to a few (Rude, Slaughter, Dibiase Sr. Goldberg, Lawler and a couple more). I still think macho might be in…he could be listed as either Randy Savage or Macho Man and both would have a spot open. Ultimate Warrior would fit in their too…and although everyone’s writing him off because he did very naughty things to Santa in a comic strip, it’s a possibility…plus, Marcus did his ‘No comment’ thing that he did for Austin and Rocky. I’d love to see Curt Hennig as a legend and LOD even more so. Speaking of LOD – the doomsday device is back in this year (confirmed by Marcus) so it might be possible that it’s reanimated BECAUSE LOD are two of the legends? Just a thought. But if you take the alphabetic thing into account, they’d have to be in under ‘Road Warrior Hawk’ or ‘Road Warrior Animal’ to make it. Regardless, if their entrance makes it in again, the shoulder pads and the D-day…I’m a happy fella!

Press Conference Sunday!
Marcus says that there’s a press conference in Dallas on Sunday (HIAC PPV). They should be throwing out a ton of last minute info on stuff like CAW mode, SD and perhaps explaining the 100+ match claim. Knowing the THQ marketing this year…it’ll tell us nothing and just have a bunch of kids playing SVR 11 demos with guest appearances from a few superstars.

New Video in it’s way
Marcus mentioned that a new video has just been completed. I suspect that it might go up on Sunday like the other gameplay video that Bryan did but then, it’s the HIAC PPV so maybe not…

We’re in the month of October…the waiting is almost over!!!

Twitter updates
Not much recently…you can use superstar threads in Uni-mode.
Regardless of what those nitwits on the GR8Cast say, there is only THREE DLC packs coming out in total. Not seven.  The glamslam is not in.  HBK has an alt attire or two…one is the tights with the broken hearts designs.  In Uni-mode, you can defend a brands title on another brands show.  As well as being able to do it yourself, Superstars turn heel/face on their own in Uni-mode.

Peace.


UNIVERSE MODE

Marcus has said on his Twitter account that we should be getting a Universe Mode video today (it’ll end up posted above if it goes live some time soon)…

How will you play Uni-mode? I imagine a lot of people will re-create the current WWE and try to have their Universe mimic TV. I see people saying that and I have to wonder why? and think, what a waste! You have full freedom to rule over a virtual WWE, import whoever you want to your roster via CAWs and push or fire whoever you see fit.

For me, I’ll be taking out a few guys and all of the divas (if there were more matches allowed per show I’d leave them in). I’ll be adding in a whole bunch of legends like Ultimate Warrior, Macho, Jake Roberts, Mr.Perfect, Rick Rude etc. and bringing in some ECW originals (RVD, Dreamer, Crazy, Sabu etc.) and some Japanese and indy guys. Basically, my plan is to meddle with it as little as possible and see what plays out, see who climbs the ranks to the number 1 contender spots. It seems like an awesome concept to be able to have the likes of Mitsuhara Misawa end up battling with the nWo or the Warrior taking on Sheamus for the World title. If I do interject, it’ll be to re-ignite classic feuds like Dreamer versus Raven.

We’re getting some more roster revealed today too…should be nothing special.


For 2012

THQ recently started asking for us to tell them what we want in 2012…so…here’s my 2 cents.

Universe mode is the way forward and the closest thing to what I used to hope for since I was playing WCW/nWo Revenge on the N64. What I’ve heard about Uni-mode at this early stage (we’re getting a video later today I hope) it sounds like a GIANT step in the right direction. However, it can go further…

What I want is to be able to turn on my console and run a wrestling company. I want to be able to play a Raw show, have the intro run and the pyro kick off and then commentators do a quick run down. I love the cut-scenes element and I don’t need audio driven backstage scenes, but some backstage brawls – being jumped in the locker room or attacking someone when they arrive in a car would add a little more depth. Vacating titles and setting up tournaments is something that I don’t think has made it into this game mode? It should be an option.

I want to be able to edit the shows…as in the ring, banners, lights etc. I want to be able to put logos on the ring apron or at least add text. Name the show, assign a title to it and set the roster. Now, I’d suggest that at some point it may come up that the game is so editable that it’s too easy to turn it into something non-WWE…if that’s an issue, simply leave WWE branding here and there. So if we make show called TNA for example 🙂 it’s actually called WWE TNA. You guys sound so close with Uni-mode that there’s not that much to add. Allow us to set music from our HDDs for the show/PPV intros.

Commentators. Select 3 and use a single team for all the shows. That way we can have more varied commentary.

CAW mode…stop putting in parts like the LOD shoulder pads and the LOD entrance but then leaving out their doomsday device finisher. It makes the forementioned parts pointless. It’s the same with just CAW parts…if you put in parts for a legend or a rival companies wrestler, then make sure we can make the rest of the CAW otherwise you might as well have just added in a random part. Speaking of legends, more would be nice 🙂 – if it needs justifying, RTWM with a legend storyline. Hell, how awesome would a Stone Cold or a Rock RTWM be?b RTWM mixed with a ‘Relive’ storyline like in LOWM.

Create a tag entrance and trio entrance would be good but then that’s an obvious next step.

Manager interfreence old-school style like in LOWM.

The freedom in this years title is definitely a big step in the right direction. No more building up CAWs, restrictions on downloaded CAWs etc. Keep lifting restrictions that are a pain in the ass. Example: only certain moves as finishers. Codes to unlock is great too. Some of us want everything from the start without having to spend 50 hours unlocking everything. There’s a lot of SVR players who aren’t kids and we don’t have as much time to play all day.

A good rule to follow…games are not supposed to be work…they’re fun. Last two years, building up CAWs was so much hard work that it was pretty much impossible to do more than a few times.

Create a taunt was cool way back when. I’d welcome it back.

Struggle submissions are awesome but the way it should work is that when the player in the submission hold struggles past a certain point, they start to wriggle loose. Ex. Boston crab…if the guy in the hold wiggles the right stick enough, he starts to lift himself up and edge towards the ropes. If the guy putting on the hold wriggles the stick enough he pulls him back to the centre. It’s a pretty logical next step.

Story designer, to me, becomes pointless if Universe mode can create the feuds and stories for me. Focus on Uni-mode or find a way to allow both modes to share scenes/moments so they both have the most available to them as they can.

Weight detection. Definitely overdue in my humble opinion. I tend to avoid booking matches with, say, Rey Mysterio versus Big Show to avoid having to see Rey throw Show around like a cruiserweight.

If any THQ employee reads this, I’m honored. If THQ takes any of this to heart and implements any part of it…thank you.


Should be an uncrappy week…

Yes…uncrappy…why? Because not only do we get two roster reveals this week (and fill in some of those mystery spots) but there’ll be a WWE Universe video made public at some point. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess a mystery spot as I don’t really care about the one’s we know going live. I think they’ll reveal just one and I think it’ll be the worst of the bunch. My guess is that if it’s a legend…then JYD. If they unveil a someone no longer actively employed, then I pick Mickie James. Of course, it could be Vinnie Mac as they accidentally showed him on a recent HBK video. Either way, I’m not expecting much (based off the last reveal). Speaking of the last reveal, what’s up with the Hart Dynasty’s ‘7-footer’ double title entrance? Tyson stepping over the top rope? Hopefully, there’s more than one double title entrance (after all, the one we saw wasn’t a new entrance, just an old one with a title also around the waist).

WWETHQ on youtube published this beautiful little nugget on Sunday:

This is more of the type of crap I wanna see…actual gameplay. It looks awesome, the match flows, the new reversals and chain-wrestling works really well…only issue I saw was that Brian was able to play the match, go for specific spots at will while doing commentary and ‘play’ with Jericho on legend setting. So once we’re used to it, it appears that legend difficulty won’t be difficult even when facing a top guy.

I’m very hopeful for Universe mode…it’s pretty much the feature I’ve always wanted in a WWE game. This week we should get to see if it’s going to live up to the hype and if THQ have neglected to show us how limited it really might be. If I were a betting man, based on the stuff we’re getting this year and the freedom that THQ have finally realized they needed to allow us to enjoy, I’d bet that it’ll live up to the hype.

Just ordered my Hitman Edition of SVR 11…can’t wait! But I’m just hopeful that at some point, I can pick up the Ministry Taker attire and TTTT arena…

Peace.


Tag Titles and the unified entrance screw-up

So they (THQ) did something awesome and awful this year…they added in a multi-title entrance! Which in itself, is a great addition! (and about bloody time too!)…however, they either forgot or didn’t bother to mo-cap an entrance for a tag team holding the unified tag straps (THQ fella Marcus Stephenson says that ‘there’s no excuse’ for it – it just wasn’t done)…which strikes me as a little odd. Surely, the main reason to add anything even remotely close to an entrance with more than one title would be to accommodate the tag champs having four belts? Don’t get me wrong, I’m over the flippin’ moon that I can have Regal come out with two belts (he’s been my world champs since I got 2010) but I don’t want my tag champs to come out separately and with the same exact generic double title entrance!

A fix?
However, it was confirmed that the ‘de-unified’ titles are in as an unlockable. This means that we can use the World tags straps instead of the double titles…but it does come with issues. So, say you’re using Universe mode and you want to have the Hart Dynasty defend the World Tag titles against Cryme Tyme. Great, now HD will come out to their tandem entrance and have the tag belts around their waists…BUT, I have to wonder if whoever we stick the unified straps on will interfere or do some cut-scene as the champs and ruin everything. In other words, will we just end up with 3 sets of tag titles and have to have someone holding them all? Can we vacate titles? Is it possible to not use the unified tag belts in Universe mode, perhaps by assigning them to a couple of wrestlers we aren’t using on either roster? Or will Universe mode demand that we use the unified straps since they’re default titles in the mode? Also, there wouldn’t be any rankings for the tag belts in Universe mode as, although you can defend unlocked titles, they don’t have rankings like the main belts do (WWE, WHC, IC, US, Tags, Divas, Womens).

I know it’s no BIG deal over-all…but I’m hoping there’s a ‘get-around’…I skip some entrances when playing, but I do like watching the champs enter as it helps create the impression that a certain team or individual actually holds that belt in the game.