SmackDown vs. Raw 2010: Championship Scramble and Royal Rumble

One peek at GameSpot's live video reveal of the complete roster of the upcoming WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2010 and it's clear that THQ and developer Yuke's are cramming a bunch of content into the game. In addition to a roster packed with WWE SuperStars and Divas as well a focus on...

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One peek at GameSpot's live video reveal of the complete roster of the upcoming WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2010 and it's clear that THQ and developer Yuke's are cramming a bunch of content into the game. In addition to a roster packed with WWE SuperStars and Divas as well a focus on creation tools (including the brand new story designer, which sounds like a load of fun), the game will also have a ton of match types to compete in. Today, we've got a look at two of the match types in the game, Championship Scramble and Royal Rumble.

Championship Scramble

Mix a timer together with a fatal four-way match, and toss in a championship belt up, and you'll have an idea of how the Championship Scramble works. In this brand new match type, two wrestlers start off the match and a new competitor enters at specific intervals during the timed match. Eventually, five wrestlers are in the ring at once and if any one of them scores a pinfall, he is declared the title holder. The last man holding the title once the timer runs out leaves as the champion.

You have three match-length options in the Championship Scramble matches: five, ten, or twenty minutes and you can choose when your wrestler enters the ring or set it to random. The longer the match, the larger the interval you have until new wrestlers enter the ring so, if your wrestler is in early, the most successful strategy seems to be to work over your opponent as quickly as possible and get a quick pinfall. From there you can do your best to stay away from the opponents until the end of the match. Once the ring fills up with more wrestlers, successful pins are hard to come by, as the AI wrestlers will inevitably break up each pin attempt. Anything goes in this match, including the use of foreign objects like chairs, sledgehammers and two-by-fours, so you'll need to be on your toes at all times.

Royal Rumble

A fan favorite in the real WWE, the Royal Rumble features a constant stream of WWE SuperStars entering the ring, each of them looking to survive and win this prestigious match. In the game, you'll be able to play three variations on the Royal Rumble: 10-man, 20-man, and 30-man, the last of which turns out to be a Herculean task of survival, especially if you're called into the match in the early goings.

As with the Championship Scramble matches, you'll be able to select which SuperStars take part in the Rumble, as well as which wrestler you control. You can set your wrestler's entry round or set it to random and take your chances. Once the match begins, it's a matter of waiting until your number is called and watching the mayhem unfold in the ring. Wrestlers are eliminated from the Royal Rumble only if they are tossed out of the ring, and it's common for alliances to be formed and broken at any moment as wrestlers gang up to get opponents out of the ring.

Once your wrestler is in the squared circle, you'll be looking to chop, slap and slam anything that gets in your way, while doing your best to avoid getting ganged up on. With lots of wrestlers in the ring at once (I counted a maximum of six in the ring during our time with the game), your best bet for success will be to take advantage of someone else's weakness: look for Superstars that are getting ganged up on and wait for a chance to push them over the top rope. If a wrestler is struggling to put someone over the top, you can join in on the action and help him out as well.

Unlike previous versions of the Royal Rumble, ring-outs in SVR 2010 won't just be button-mashing minigames. There are several different types of ring-outs in the game, each with a slightly different control scheme:

Middle rope elimination: The most straightforward of the bunch, this ring-out is accomplished by rapidly pressing the button shown on screen. If you've got an AI wrestler or two helping out, the chance of eliminating your opponent increases. If you're on a defense and have a finisher stored up, you can instantly escape middle rope elimination by pressing the right bumper (R1 on PS3).

Bottom rope elimination: When attempting an elimination here, a meter will pop up; to ring-out your opponent, you'll need to stop a cursor in the meter's blue target zone by pressing the A button (X on PS3). If you've got a finisher on defense, you can escape by pressing the right bumper (R1).

Corner elimination: This one's all about timing. When attempting to eliminate an opponent in the corner, you'll see a button icon appear on screen; press it before your opponent and you'll gain an advantage--do it enough times and you'll eliminate him. Again, if you have a finisher stored you can escape a corner elimination by pressing the right bumper (R1).

Naturally, conserving your energy in the Royal Rumble is of supreme importance. Unless you're the last one in the ring, you can inevitably count on some of the biggest WWE stars coming late in the match. In one Rumble I played--using Finlay who had entered early on in the bout--I made it all the way to the final pairing only to be eliminated by a relatively fresh Triple H. Surprises are common in the Rumble; in one case, you might think you've got a wrestler ready for elimination, only to have him flip over the top rope, land on the mat and roll back into the ring.

As elsewhere in the game, you can use created wrestlers in both Championship Scramble and in the Royal Rumble but, unless you've spent some time building up their attributes, they won't be much challenge for the heavy hitter Superstars. One of the best ways to beef up your created wrestlers is to spend some time in SVR 2010's story mode, known as Road to WrestleMania. We'll have a look at the mode, its multiple storylines, and how you progress your created Superstars in the game, in our next look at the game on Wednesday, October 7.

Discussion

124 comments
mantis445
mantis445

For me this game is good but it needs old matches ummm...like casket,i q,special refferee and hardcore items like barbered wire and smthing like that...Still svr 2008 is better my opinion

SunitCenation
SunitCenation

svr 10 has really dissapointed me thq has made this game so simple that...u wont njoy this game fr long according to me svr08 ws the best..graphics in this game has also deprived considrably...blood comes likes out in jusst 3 hits..and so a suggestion to all who are willing to buy plz don;t go on the trailor the grafics plus the gameplay isnt the same..

Audros
Audros

yes free good download game SmackDown vs. Raw 2010

wadakram
wadakram

hi is it so enjoining or wt ?

Abineshfire
Abineshfire

I have created a superstar like God of war

DCSchark
DCSchark

@ saqibislam- There was a code give-away for the game. You had to go to GameStop during or a couple of weeks before their release. Check the WWE 2010 site.

saqibislam
saqibislam

I love this game only thing made me disappointed is no "Stone Cold Steve Austin" He is my favorite WWE Superstar any one have coordinations to make Stone Cold in "Create a Wrestler Mode" please upload and if you can reply me. Thank You very Much

defj360
defj360

This game is awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

brad1090
brad1090

good trailers cant wait to get it 7 more daystill it comes out wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

ismith007
ismith007

this is going to be the best svr yet

thesovvolf
thesovvolf

@:J_Loco81 I always thought Raw is war for the playstation had the best customization, christ I can remember playing that game as a kid and you could just about make anything given the right amount of patience and creativity, the fighting it's self was a bit Me'h but the creativity... just wow. That's what my problem as been with the newer games, the customization seems to have went down hill, yeah you could create some cool stuff but not compared to the older games. There' s a big lack in variety and as said before the clothes all lean towards making your character look gimpy. I was happy with the Create a finisher along with create an entrance but were did create a taunt go?, I loved that, in that mode I was able to create a taunt that suited my character instead of hoping one fits.

isaiah2009
isaiah2009

dont worry boys i want general manger back that was the best

icytower
icytower

Middle & bottom rope eliminations and a guy coming back in after going over the ropes? I know I've not watched WWE in a while but there is no way they changed the rules to allow all those things in the Rumble.

Prostovan666
Prostovan666

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garipa
garipa

I"m ging to buyt

J_Loco81
J_Loco81

Best wrestling game ever = WWF No Mercy for N64. Two options from that game that I'd like to see in a future SVR game? The Royal Rumble being able to be customized into basically a hardcore fight featuring from ten to thirty superstars able to end the match with pins, submissions and KO's. And the other thing from older games that I'd like to see is the available re-directing of stories due to your performances in the matches. Although, I'm thankful for the updates to the Create-A-Finisher and look forward to it's further progression, until I'm able to create a finisher from any position. And I like the fact that the CAW is going to be a bit more extensive. Also being able to edit the pre-determined roster is a nice improvement. The Royal Rumble being turned into a straight up fight to the finish gave my friends and I plenty of hours of fights, and if/when that can be established, it would again provide many more hours of entertainment for us. Although, I will once again settle for this new game in a few more days.

jaijames
jaijames

why not tailor they game after wwf smackdown just bring it

rstickey
rstickey

I CANT BELIEVE THEY CHANGED THE BARBED WIRE 2X4 FOR JUST A NORMAL 2X4

jetstopia
jetstopia

Damn im looking forward to this game, the story mode should be great and its about time something like that came along

memphisg
memphisg

U want to impress me THQ then make the caw's progress almost like an rpg when going to championships, make vince and gm's step in and say stuff like if you don't win this 3 on 1 match your fired. you know like on that old system oh the nintendo 64 how do we step backwards from storylines make them continue on we know the wwe has enough story lines to keep going and you can always add new ones to download. Making your on more problems then needed.

isaiah2009
isaiah2009

the games are the same in the ring but they are different when it comes to updating like championship scramble and many more and the road to wrestle mania i like there going to be good best one the brand one and orton i cant wait for

mkbull25
mkbull25

jrco666.. u just took all the words rigth outa my mouth.. they might as well just made an update for SVR09 because 2010 aint nothin more than a recycled piece of bullf*ck

jrco666
jrco666

I wish more people who play WWE games would wake up to the truth! Sure they sprinkle in one or two new elements, but THQ recycles the rest!!! Same exact audio for seven games now, and Taz is in TNA now... MIDDLE ROPE ELIMINATION?! You have to go over the top rope for an elimination to count in the Royal Rumble. They can't even get the rules right now? I like the fact the Diva's are playable in story again, but how about bringing back Co-Op story? Create a story only sounds cool. People will not want to take the time to type a story worth while, and the idea will ultimately fail. Not impressed by anything I read. THQ should have just made an update for SVR 09, since SVR10 is only a small improvement anyway. STOP BUYING THQ'S RECYCLED GAME, AND MAYBE THEY WILL ACTUALLY TRY AGAIN!!!!

thesovvolf
thesovvolf

Hahahaha I'm sorry but I just looked at the picture at the top without scrolling down and well... could have picked a better picture, come on tell me what it looks like lol, sorry but that's just hilarious, other wise can't wait for my cousin to buy the thing so I can pinch it, any news on a release day anyone?

jsososmooth4u
jsososmooth4u

It seems to be better than last year anything than last year although i would like to see the legends return on the game unless their going to do another legend game all together if they do please give us the macho man

Gangstard505
Gangstard505

Smackdown! vs RAW 2010 is gonna be so cool! i can't wait to see the new features in CAW and also the new Create a Storyline Mode OMG i Can't wait!!!!!

JKMadu619
JKMadu619

Only having 6 people in the ring at a time like in every other version. I'm dis-apointed in you THQ. Other than that this game looks great

xbox360555
xbox360555

THQ has made a game that everyone will like.

xbox360555
xbox360555

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swart96
swart96

This is the best game ever

thesovvolf
thesovvolf

@Enigma365 Thanks, just that I had hear differently from my cousin, he stated that you chose from a list of pre-recorded words to create your dialogue, however I haven't see proof of this nor is there any mention on this being the case. Does seem sort of dull just typing the words in though, would be cool to chose pre-recorded words but I doubt it would work properly and it would take up a lot of memory. @pardalokampoi Thank you for providing me a good example of a bad comment.

capesy
capesy

Smackdown vs Raw 2010 is going to be the best game on the planet and if u dont i got two words... SUCK IT!!!!!

cisco22uk
cisco22uk

I cant wait 4 this game 2 come out in England on 23rd October and I have 2 say I am very impressed well done THQ

Enigma365
Enigma365

@ thesovvolf You create your own dialogue (text only) for the story designer mode.

pardalokampoi
pardalokampoi

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thesovvolf
thesovvolf

I also have a odd feeling that my comment below is going to get a lot of thumbs down because I'm not a fan of wrestling and I've criticised the prior games, wish people wouldn't to behonest, the thumbs down, thumps up meeter is to mark a comment as good or bad, disagreeing with some one doesn't make there comment bad, bad comments are "LolZ wreslin is fake f*g" or comments that offer baseless criticisms. I don't hate Pro-wrestling I'm just not much of a fan, prefer to watch Boxing or MMA to behonest I can understand it's appeal but it's not much for me.

thesovvolf
thesovvolf

Not really too much of a Pro-wrestling fan, I'm a mixed martial artist so I can't watch the show without shaking my head and commenting on how that submission wouldn't hurt all that much, all this to the annoyance of my cousin who loves the show... However I have played most of the games and I enjoy them, I like the customization featured in them, however I dislike the lack of innovation shown in most games, they don't often change much specially the last few that just add and take a few new features and be done with it... much like what most EA games do (except fight night). I am excited about this game, mainly for the storyline system, the ability to create my own story line... Sounds interesting, not sure how it will be done, will they speak or will it just come up with soundless text? (If some one knows the answer please let me know... I'm curious) I'm also happy that they claim to have cloths that don't look painted on and I can add my own designs of paint. I just hope they have a larger variety of clothing options, the last few had a very limited option compared to the older versions and most of the costumes looked a little... Gimpy and didn't help when I wanted to create a serious character.

babyyao11
babyyao11

Finally the Royal Rumble match types won't be so dull and boring anymore.

floopsie666
floopsie666

Funny thing is the real life thing is just as fake as the game.

EyeBleedNoSleep
EyeBleedNoSleep

When I was watching the Championship Scramble match video. I can't believe whom I am hearing on commentary. Did I miss something here. Is Tazz still on the WWE payroll? Last time I saw him he was in TNA Wrestling. You'd think they would update everything this time around. Including the commentators. Todd Grisham is getting the shaft again.

sleepinbed
sleepinbed

i think this is good well i will buy this pronto

justhat1
justhat1

i have one more rant why are we stuck with the same legends every year why cant they change it up like along with the rock/austin why not the hart foundation,u.warrior,greg valentine,the road warriors,the wild somoans,rocknroll express,vader,the steiners,the outsiders,british bulldogs,pedro moroles etc... with the wwe's vast roster from the past its no exuse to have the same legends every year!!!