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OK, tomorrow is LEGENDS DAY!

Who are they? Steamboat and who else??? Look up. At first a few guys on CAWs worked out that it should be RVD from a list…they got epically flamed. Then I started a topic about it and they continued, based on the same logic and got more crap from the idiots. Then Marcus himself warned one of said fools, that they should shush and stop nay-saying…as they might be proved wrong:

Seriously…if that’s not saying ‘Hey kids, RVD’s in the game this year!’ then what is? What’s even more remarkable is that some of the posters after this are so unbelievably  dim-witted that they persisted in their absolutist opinion that RVD couldn’t possibly be in…

Eejits.

Of course, most of the trolls and winkie fiddlers who’re saying this stuff will suddenly announce that they were just kidding come tomorrow night….or I’ll look stupid and delete this post pretty damn quickly 🙂

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MY very IMPORTANT, AWESOME AND SPANKINGLY GRAND PREVIEW!

I’m sodding off into obscurity for a few weeks…off into parts unknown. ‘The game’ comes out the day before I get back to civilization so I figured I’d best write this preview now since A.) we have most of the pre-release info and 2.) technology doesn’t seem to exist where I’m going. My invite to London to play the game must have got lost in the post…so for my average 90 or so regular weekly readers…I give you a CRAPPY review!

WWE Universe Mode
This…is by FAR the biggest improvement/addition in wrestling game history…at least for me. Like fat Greggy-poos…I used to write down match cards on note pads and play them out on the N64 and allow my imagination to fill in the gaps (story).  Now, it does everything for me. I can play DX versus L.O.D. and have it turn into a heated feud where the Road Warriors turn heel and beat the life out of HBK and HHH…I can put Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka and Terry Funk in an old-school stable…add them to the SD! roster and watch them work their way up the roster…perhaps Snuka and Funk win the tag titles and Jake attacks Orton…maybe Cena turns heel and joins the nWo with CAWs of Nash and Hall. It’s never ending and I can tweak it till my hearts content or just sit back and let the Universe unfold. With 100 cut-scenes and a full year by year calendar of events, I can’t see me playing anything else in SVR11.

RTWM
Now, I don’t mind playing RTWM but I’m not a big fan…for me, it gets in the way of me having everything unlocked from the start and being able to run my imaginary version of WWE. However, this year, the genius’ at THQ are allowing us, via DLC to unlock everything from the start. So with SVR11 I can play the RTWM in my own sweet time and actually enjoy it. On top of this, there’s free roaming where you can save Diva’s from flaming trash cans and throw Randy Orton on a table full of pizza! In the words of the Jerichoholic Ninja “Road to Wrestlemania in SVR 11 will be superior to the year previous! Hi-ya!” Speaking of Jerichoholics…I’m most looking forward to the Y2J storyline but there’s also a versus Taker RTWM where 5 different guys get a crack at ending the mania streak. Christian, Cena and lil’ Rey Rey also have their own stories to play through……

Here’s a picture of Kelly Kelly…just because.
DLC Fo’Shizzle Dizzle Bizzle Sizzle Pizzle…and whatnot.
This year!!! There will be 3 DLC packs! The first one is a freebie! You get Chris Masters…which ain’t so great…as well as Kelly Kelly and Rey Jr. in Halloween themed costumes…and some other stuff…DLC 2 has Bulldog and Luger as well as Nexus members (in Nexus gear!!!) Otunga, Gabriel and Barrett as well as the NXT arena! Awesome pack! Oh, yeah…and Layla. DLC 3 has some alt.attires for Taker, Cena and Punk as well as…wait for it…..waaaait for it! a WCW arena!!! Hell yeah bee-atch!

The Roster
What a big-ass roster this year! 70+ ‘superstars’…we get some pretty amazing guys this year, other than the current guys I mean. Bulldog, Luger, Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka, Rock and Austin…heck, even Paul Bearer is in (NPC only I’m afraid). There’s two guys to be revealed on the legend roster still…apparently they’re AWESOME!  I mean, they must be if THQ marketing saw fit to say they were unveiling them 2 or 3 times and then not right? Anyhow, we’ll know when the game comes out…they’re currently saying we’ll find out the last legend spots a few days before release but I don’t believe those dirty, lying, lazy no good, stinking, skanky, sleaze bag hos….only kidding…or am I? Yes…I’m not. No, THQ are lovely….honest. Last two legends will be revealed after we’ve had them leaked on the internet.

Physics
This…is a game changer kiddies!  I won’t go on and on…you’ve seen not much else other than physics for months but dude…awesome.

Match Creator
Using 3 tiers of options we can now create our own stipulations in a match. Want a first blood HIAC match? Bloody hell! You have it in 2011! 2 out of 3 falls submission cage match! You bet your cotton panties! We were told we’d have a video last Friday but Tank very selfishly got married and it got held up. Who in the blue hell would think that a life altering event should be prioritized ahead of a match creator video? Seriously…bloody nitwit.

A billion and one extras…
Seriously…there’s so much in the game this year…from a wrestler coming out with two titles to a WCW ring to tons of alt.attires and unlockable belts…there’s not much that I could ask for. Masked Kane…Ministry Taker…old-school HBK (and don’t forget Shad’s alt.attire!!!). Story designer has been revamped with branching storylines and triggers and a ton of extra scenes…patterns are back in CAW mode…more SS moves…create-a-sign…you can pin after a lot of moves by choice…there’s so many more extra stuff…awesome stuff.

My slightly distracted conclusion (as I’m watching Juvi Vs. Jericho while I type)
This year…anyone that seriously calls THQ lazy can kiss my British ass. They’ve out-done themselves. I’d have been happy with half the new stuff we’ve seen. I honestly can’t believe how awesome this years SVR will be. It’s not a question of whether you should buy it…it’s an absolute must buy…if you don’t, puppies will die and you will have a miserable existence for the rest of the year while we – the one’s born with good sense will be 450 splashing Vince McMahon through tables and throwing chairs at Lex Luger.

Behold:

Goodnight my pretties.


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.


Wow/Editable

WOW
On Twitter, I sent Marcus Stephenson a message ‘Thank you THQ!‘.

Create-a-match is in!!! Now this is weird for me. I knew it would be in…I was 99% sure it was the case, yet I was both surprised and relieved that it was confirmed.  There’s always that 1%, that little sickly feeling that makes you think ‘maybe it’s not that feature I’m hoping for…what if it’s something that’ll screw the game up’…so yes, relief. I see a lot of messages that show a lack of common sense and reason. ‘Ladder cage match in a cell with tables and fire!’…it would be cool…but logically, not going to happen. Not because THQ are lazy or because they enjoy screwing us over…it just can’t be done. It’s down to tech…loading times, slow down etc. BUT, this feature is going to be the awesome!

Best 2 out of 3 falls tables match? HELL YEAH! Iron man HIAC? Yup!!! For me, it’s not making over the top bouts that makes this amazing…it’s being able to have a 6-man tag with 2 out of 3 falls rules. I grew up watching 80’s WWF, I remember 4 and 6 man best of 3 falls bouts and I always loved them. Falls count anywhere Extreme Rules matches? I can’t wait!!!

Read more about RTWM, Rumble online and create a match…and a few other things…

Editable
I’m wondering how many people could potentially behave very hypocritically when uploading CAWs this year. How many of you always ask for THQ to allow us freedom and to be able to edit everything possible…this year we can edit a TON of stuff and have an unprecedented amount of control over the game…but I’m wondering how many of you will lock your CAWs? How many people’s egos will stop them from allowing us to edit their creations as we see fit? The thing is, I expect a lot to do so. Why? A lot of really good creators take themselves ridiculously seriously. I actually read a post by a CAW creator today where he referred to CAW making as his ‘career’…good grief. Don’t be a sod CAW peeps.

More info/details should be released today.

One last Legends prediction before some are revealed tomorrow…there’s 5 left.
1.) The Big Bossman
2.) Ricky Steamboat
3.) Honkytonk Man
4.) The Anvil
5.) Arn Anderson

Jake Roberts is a possibility…Ron Simmons and Scott Steiner are alternate picks for the WCW legend (if it’s not Lex ‘bloody’ Luger).


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:


No Warrior or Savage…

So I saw that someone had asked a few questions about the likes of Mr.Perfect and Rick Rude and that Marcus had kindly given straight answers…those being no. So I tried my luck with the Warrior, fully expecting a ‘No comment’ and guess what? Marcus surprised me with a ‘No’. It got slightly better when someone else asked about Steamboat and Marcus said ‘No comment’ which usually means yes. However…things went down hill from there. I pushed my luck and asked about Randy Savage…who, I assumed MUST be in as the legends have been hyped so much and they’ve held the roster back so long…I mean, THQ have to be holding on to a BIG name right? Savage is the only one left who hadn’t been said to be not in…and I got back another no. Now in general, people are a little gutted about this. I mean, you can’t say ‘Our legends will blow your mind!’ and ‘I’m shocked at our legends list this year!’ and then deliver the likes of Koko B. Ware and The Red Rooster right? You also can’t say how great your roster is and then go on to sell the good stuff separately as DLC later. If you hype up a game, you hype what’s on the disc. Could they have been referring to the Bulldog & Luger DLC all along? So the question is…have THQ mis-managed peoples expectations as I have spotted and suspected all along? Or do they have some big name that we ruled out for whatever reason. For example RVD.  Could they have bought the license to use him before he signed with TNA? I doubt this very much, but that’s the caliber of surprise people are expecting.

*I also just noticed a straight up ‘No’ to Sid being in 2011.

The Rock & Stone Cold were revealed last week…but they’re in every year – so how would that be shocking?

At this point I suspect they have simply over-hyped and will under-deliver. The THQ guys have stood firmly by their marketing dept. as you would expect, it’s their job, their company…but I personally have felt a lot of frustration this year and Quite a few disappointments which is crazy considering how AMAZING 2011 should be. It should have been a piece of cake to hype this years release.

I would love to be wrong…and there’s still hope that they could ‘shock’ us…but to me, they’ve run out of names to throw at us.


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.