In my humble opinion this year’s WWE All Stars made every other wrestling game released in the last decade appear stodgy and unplayable. It seems like THQ agreed. Instead of going for another annual release of the Smackdown vs Raw franchise they’ve skipped a year. WWE ’12, a complete reboot, is the end result.
IGN has a preview of some of the game’s latest features here. WWE ’12 seems to be a more fluid fighting experience that attempts to mimic the back and forth flow of good WWE matches. Integrated into this are a number of new mechanics that allow players to dramatically turn the tide of the match in their favour.
We fully support this reboot. The Smackdown vs Raw series had become bloated to the point of no return, featuring ancient mechanics that needed reworking from the ground up. At one point wrestling games truly were every bit as influential and important as other fighting games, hopefully WWE ’12‘s new mechanics will allow wrestling fans to relive those glory days once more.
E3 2011: WWE ’12 Rises [IGN]