WWE RAW (Mobile: THQ)
By David Simpson
Ok, everybody. For those of you wanting to play WWE on the go and don’t want to sit through the PSP’s awful loading times, we have THQ’s new WWE mobile game. WWE RAW!
Now, for those of you expecting a PS2 quality game this will be a crushing disappointment. (On par with being rejected by Angelina Jolie!) For those of you who remember THQ’s early Gameboy WWE games (eg Wrestlemania 2000) this game will come as no surprise.
One problem with THQ’s marketing was the following advert which splices clips of PS2’s Smackdown vs Raw 2006 with clips from the three WWE mobile games (Smackdown/Raw and N-Gage’s Aftershock)
Sure, it doesn’t look perfect and has very few superstars who look like they do in real life. With most of the characters having no necks? (Although their Batista is excellent!)
With Batista’s help, Eugene can fly!
The characters are mostly differentiated by colour of the tights. This could lead to even more disappointment as you realise that Wrestlemania 2000, released over six years ago achieved more visually than this.
I agree, but we should also realise that a mobile phone can only do so much. Though as you play, you feel that THQ could have dropped the crowd’s animation and used this extra animation on the characters instead.
The Big Red (er…) Black-tighted Machine on your phone? Woooooo!!!
The roster is not jam-packed, but does include all the main key players:
Triple H, Batista, Randy Orton, Eugene,
Chris Benoit, Shelton Benjamin, Ric Flair,
Edge, Chris Jericho, Kane, Shawn Michaels
Also included are 3 Divas: Trish Stratus, Stacy Kiebler, Victoria. But, don’t get too excited, they look nothing like they do in real life. Well… not without following a Supersize-Me diet!
Two of the sexiest divas in the palm of your hands. Er… yes, well…
Once again, as with the recent Smackdown, THQ haven’t been watching the product for a while. Smackdown drafted superstars Batista, Benoit and Orton are also included. While Chris Jericho is still here, John Cena is surprisingly absent.
On offer is a short season mode. You can either play as one of the Superstars or as your own created character. Yes, this mobile game includes a CAW. I would be lying if I said you can create a great version of yourself. The closest you will get is Benoit or Triple H with different coloured tights.
Well, at least they tried!
There is no real story behind this mode it is simply fight your opponent, win, and move onto next match and so on. Interestingly, you are able to choose the opponent you fight which could give you the edge if the discover how to overcome a certain opponent. The 11 Superstars are divided into 4 sections of a pyramid and as you win you gain ‘Heat’ and unlock the next layer until you reach the Heavyweight Championship match against Triple H. (Who else?) As simplistic as this sounds, it is actually more fun than most of the recent forced storylines in Day of Reckoning or Smackdown.
For many people who have played Mobile games that have more than four buttons, they will not be surprised when I say that controlling the character is awkward. I would not recommend this game for any phone with small buttons. However, controls are easily picked up and button options or advice is displayed on the screen. At intervals, for grapples or to recover from pinfalls, there is the need to thumbbash which works well despite my usual hatred of this in most games. My mind was piqued when I read in the press release ‘bone-jarring slams’. In a mobile game? As crazy as it sounds, yes we do actually get finishers in this game. All are present and correct and actually add a lot to the game. They are difficult to master at first (as they are in any WWE game) but this adds to the longevity of the game as you discover how to pull off these moves.
Nature boy on your phone? Woooooo!!!
Overall, I really enjoyed this game. It is surprising, I know, but when you consider that a mobile game is not for long play sessions (The whole game can be completed in less than 20 minutes) you see that it fits the ‘quick game’ criteria very well. I never expected great graphics and so the actual layout and design was nice and did not disappoint me. The game manages to cram a lot of things into the game and actually makes you want to play it more than once and for (in UK) 5GBP it is cheap as chips! This makes it well worth checking it out, you maybe surprised at how fun going back to basics can be.
Game kindly supplied by THQ.
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