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WWE® SMACKDOWN® VS. RAW® 2010 REACHES “GREATEST HITS” AND “PLAYER’S CHOICE”
SALES MILESTONES IN NORTH AMERICA
Acclaimed Release in Renowned Fighting Videogame Franchise Now Available at Reduced Price Point
for PlayStation®3 Computer Entertainment System, PlayStation®2 Computer Entertainment System,
PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) System and Wii™ Video Game System
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - August 3, 2010 - THQ Inc. today announced that WWE® SmackDown® vs. Raw® 2010, the latest edition to the renowned fighting videogame franchise, has achieved “Greatest Hits” status in North America for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, as well as joined Nintendo’s “Player’s Choice” collection in North America for the Wii™ video game system. Featuring extensive creative and online freedom, notable gameplay improvements and an impressive talent roster of more than 60 playable WWE Superstars and WWE Divas, all versions of the videogame originally launched on October 20, 2009 and are now available for the suggested retail price of $29.99 for the PlayStation 3 system and $19.99 for the PlayStation 2 system, PSP system and Wii.
“Reaching ‘Greatest Hits’ and ‘Player’s Choice’ status is an honor that speaks to the tremendous support of our fan base throughout North America and around the world,” said Cory Ledesma, Creative Director, THQ. “With a reduced price point, more players can enter the virtual ring and experience WWE like never before.”
About WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 – Creative and Online Freedom
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 introduces a new Create-a-Superstar Mode, including a fresh look, all-new 3-D parts and improved graphical quality, allowing players to create WWE Superstars and WWE Divas comparable in quality with their in-game WWE counterparts. A new Paint Tool enables detailed creation of tattoos, logos and other unique designs, while a franchise-first Superstar Threads feature lets players create alternate ring gear for WWE Superstars and WWE Divas by customizing the colors of shirts, pants, face paint, elbow pads, boots and more. The game’s Create-a-Finisher Mode has been updated to let players create acrobatic and gravity-defying diving attacks from the top turnbuckle, as well as move their creations to new heights by adjusting the trajectory. In addition, Create-a-Finisher delivers an extensive assortment of new moves from the front grapple position.
Taking creativity even further, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 marks the debut of WWE Story Designer. In this new mode, players can create and customize their own storylines and cut scenes, including selection of talent and scene locations, writing their own dialogue, adjusting camera angles, choosing from over 100 scene animations, assigning talent emotions and much more. Players may also construct each night’s show card with matches, unique match stipulations, interference events and other story twists and turns.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 empowers players with not only extensive creative freedom but the ability to share their gameplay experiences as well. For the first time in franchise history, the WWE Community Creations interface enables players to upload their creations online, including created Superstars and Divas, story designs, finishing moves, highlight reels and screenshots, and share them with others around the world. Players may also download created content via keyword search engine from other users for use both online and offline. In addition, players can tag their creations with search terms, as well as leave ratings, allowing for ease of use in searching the robust database for the most popular – or even the most obscure – created items.
About WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 – Additional Gameplay Features
In addition to its extensive creative and online offerings, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 includes a number of key updates. The WWE Training Facility provides a franchise-first in-game tutorial, making it simple for both long-time fans and newcomers to get helpful gameplay tips and practice moves with their favorite WWE Superstars and WWE Divas. The popular Road to WrestleMania story-based mode returns with interactive cut scenes and six new storylines based on a created Superstar, former WWE Diva Mickie James, WWE Superstars Randy Orton, Shawn Michaels and Edge, as well as a “Brand Warfare” co-op storyline with WWE Superstars Triple H and John Cena. In terms of match types, the Championship Scramble makes its WWE SmackDown vs. Raw franchise debut, while the renowned Royal Rumble delivers a revised presentation and more ways to eliminate opponents, including three elimination mini-games and match-specific finishing moves. In addition, a robust talent roster will include more than 60 playable WWE Superstars and WWE Divas, many of whom will make their videogame debut, as they represent the Raw, SmackDown and ECW® brands. A high-profile soundtrack rounds out the gameplay experience, including songs from artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Skillet, Sick Puppies, Adelitas Way and Trivium.
About WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 – Wii and Nintendo DS
Delivering a button-based, simulation-style experience for the first time on the platform, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 for Wii supports the Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™, Classic Controller™ and the Nintendo GameCube™ controller, enabling players to explore the WWE videogame experience in a number of ways. In addition, the game offers a broader features list to the Wii gaming audience, including a more robust move set, more match types, Create-a-Superstar, Create-a-Finisher, WWE Story Designer, Road to WrestleMania and more.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 for Nintendo DS also offers a more simulation-based experience, introducing streamlined controls that take advantage of the DS directional pad and eliminate use of the stylus. Throughout gameplay, players earn a variety of collectible cards to gain power-ups and unlock content, including arenas, backstage areas and Superstar profiles. In Story Mode, players take their created Superstars on an action-packed journey through all WWE brands, participating in training mini-games and interactive cut scenes while earning new moves and customization parts along the way. Rounding out the Nintendo DS experience, a franchise-first Ambulance Match lets players attempt to lock their opponents inside an ambulance to attain victory.
More information about WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 can be found at wwe.thq.com.