I am a VERY big fan of the THQ Smackdown videogame series and after playing the 2007 version I felt that somethings need to be addressed and fixed. Also I felt now with the WWE expansion of the ECW brand it was time for some other changes as well.
WWE Vs. ECW
The game will feature 22 Superstars from each brand.
Here is a complete roster (Current as of 12/4) for each brand.
· Shelton Benjamin
· Lance Cade
· John Cena
· Jeff Hardy
· Kryme Time
· Kenny (Spirit Squad)
· Chris Masters
· The Highlanders
· Shawn Michaels
· Mikey (Spirit Squad)
· Trevor Murdoch
· Johnny Nitro
· Randy Orton
· Triple H
· Mickie James
· Torrie Wilson
· Candice Michelle
· Mike Chioda
· Jonathan Coachman - Executive Assistant for Vince McMahon
· Armando Alejandro Estrada (Hazem Ali) - Manager for Umaga
· Lilian Garcia - Ring announcer
· Todd Grisham - Backstage interviewer and ring announcer
· Jerry "The King" Lawler - Color commentator for Raw
· Vince McMahon - WWE Chairman, Interim General Manager for Raw
· Jim Ross - Play-by-play commentator for Raw
· The Boogeyman
· Chris Benoit
· Chavo Guerrero
· Matt Hardy
· Gregory Helms
· Idol Stevens
· K.C. James
· Brian Kendrick
· Mr. Kennedy
· King Booker
· Paul London
· Mike "The Miz" Mizanin
· William Regal
· Scotty 2 Hotty
· The Undertaker
· Layla El
· Jillian Hall
· Kristal Marshall
· Ashley Massaro
· Michelle McCool
Nick Patrick (Nick Hamilton)
Other on-air talent
· Tony Chimel - Ring announcer
· Michael Cole - Play-by-play commentator for SmackDown!
· Vickie Guerrero - Manager of Chavo Guerrero
· John "Bradshaw" Layfield - Color commentator for SmackDown!
· Theodore Long - General Manager
· Queen Sharmell - Valet and wife of King Booker
· Elijah Burke
· CM Punk
· Tommy Dreamer
· René Duprée
· The Great Khali
· Hardcore Holly
· Mike Knox
· Bobby Lashley
· Little Guido Maritato (James Maritato)
· Balls Mahoney
· Joey Mercury
· Shannon Moore
· Stevie Richards
· The Sandman
· Matt Striker
· Sylvester Terkay
· Kevin Thorn
· Rob Van Dam
· Scott Armstrong
Other on-air talent
· Ariel - Valet and on-screen girlfriend of Kevin Thorn
· Doug Basham - Heyman's security
· Rebecca DiPietro - Backstage interviewer
· Kelly Kelly - Valet of Mike Knox
· Derek Neikirk - Heyman's security
· Justin Roberts - Ring announcer
· Joey Styles - Play-by-play commentator
· Tazz - Color commentator
New and improved features:
The new HOT SPOT additions from Smackdown Vs Raw would be included as well as the reintroduction of the before match mini-games (ie. Stare Downs, Test of Strength.)
Total control moves will also be included with improved mechanics.
CAW will now have the option of winning animations and how they hold the title belts (Around the waist, Across the shoulder. ETC ETC).
Improved A.I and ring introductions. (Something HAS to be done with the piss poor version in the current games.)
Blood will not vanish when dripped onto the canvas rather slowly smear into it, but blood will not drip as much onto the canvas as in previous installements.
New improved submission meters. Rather then rabidly pressing a button in order to gain momentum on the hold a series of button sequences will come up for each side. The more accurate and timing of the press the more pressure or ability to escape and withhold the move will increase. Example: If the player who is on the receiving end of the hold is more accurate and timely the character will move towards the ropes more quickly or cut down on the submission holds time limit.
Each brand will have a specific CAW season mode as well as specific storylines for select Superstars written by actual WWE storyline writers.
Title matches will have more TV style presentation. Title graphics will scroll the screen before the start. Annoucers will announce the type and title. Challengers introduced first. Champions second. Ref will present the title before the bell and award after match with celebrations.
Weapon improvements. No longer are there a limitless supply of chairs and sledge hammers under the ring. Instead there are two under each side of the aprons. Each weapon will take much longer to dent or break (Approx. 6 to 8 hits per weapon as opposed to 4) After that the item will break or bend and remain on the floor or mat they will NOT disappear as in previous games thus bringing more realisim and balanced control of weapon usage.
Diva season mode will be introduced.
Custom entrance themes for Xbox 360 and PS3 versions from your own personal music library on your harddrive.
CAW will go through pre season training to increase stats proportinatly rather then a points based system to max out all attributes. This new system will test all the limits of the CAW from strength to speed and divide a set amount of statistic points to each attribute based on your weight class thus eliminating unrealistic CAW's. (Think Fight Night Round Three training modes, but more robust and rounded out)
These are just sme of my ideas for improvements. Please feel free to add other improvements I may have overlooked. I think if we can get this to THQ and Yukes we could start to see a better product. I'm starting to see another case of the EA syndrom here with the lack of competition.
EDIT: Removed Big Show and Paul Heyman from ECW since they are both no longer with the company.
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