As many people may or may not know, I am a big fan of professional wrestling of all kinds - the Japanese purosesu, the English style, mat wrestling, or Mexican lucha libre. It should come as no surprise to anyone that I am always curious to know what is going on with wrestling videogames. At E3 - I got the opportunity to play two wrestling games and see another one in action.
Let's begin with Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 which is scheduled to be released on October 26, 2010. Smackdown vs. Raw has been criticized for years as being the same flawed game, however, when I played it the character animations were smooth, the wrestling manuevers were pulled off well. The only problem that I had was at the beginning trying to learn the tie up pose. Also interesting is that in the upcoming version of this game there will be a brand new TLC or Tables, Ladders, and Chairs mode which will feature 3 tables stacked onto each other. I am looking forward to this game.
The second game that I got an opportunity to play was Heroes Del Ring: AAA which is a lucha libre game based on Mexican wrestling promotion AAA. The game was extremely interesting to me, because it seemed to replicate the quickness and fast pace of lucha libre wrestling. Also, in the demo that I played you could go outside of the ring and grab weapons to use on your enemies and I will admit that I have always been a sucker for any games that allow you to use weapons. The game environments were very vibrant and lush. Finally, Slang who developed the game did a fantastic job simply advertising the game by featuring live lucha libre action. It was truly an awesome sight to see and hopefully got a lot of people interested in their game.
Finally, I briefly got to see someone play the new arcade game WWE All Stars. It looks pretty good and seems to bring back some of the elements that classic wrestling Arcade games had.