WWE '12 PlayStation 3

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  • Summary: WWE '12 is the next iteration in this wrestling series with Smackdown vs Raw being no more.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Nov 18, 2011
    92
    WWE '12 offers fans an incredibly intense experience. The Predator technology, the great camera work and presentation, the Wake-Up Taunts and the huge roster are just a few of the many awesome improvements.
  2. Dec 15, 2011
    80
    With a greater sense of gameplay fun than ever before and a true evolution in controls, WWE '12 is an excellent wrestling game, but visual inconsistency and its overabundance of DLC hamper the game experience as a hole and hold it back from truly being a Great One.
  3. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Jan 6, 2012
    80
    One of the most feature-rich games on the market. [Jan 2012, p.82]
  4. Nov 26, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  5. Dec 14, 2011
    70
    It's a series that needs a lot of work and WWE'12 is the first step towards something that could be great. While it's nothing drastically different from what it was in the past, this game is still improving on a franchise that could have just as easily repeated itself into oblivion. The improvements made here aren't perfect but it manages to set the ground work for something great in the future and helps make this game stand out among its predecessors.
  6. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Dec 1, 2011
    67
    As awkward as "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan wrestling today, WWE 12 delivers but a fraction of the changes it needed. [Christmas 2011, p.95]
  7. Nov 26, 2011
    40
    Undoubtedly prettier and more incisive, this WWE 12 still suffers from some deep technical issues that undermine the fun. Even though the gameplay really did benefit from an added dynamism, it lost in terms of precision and variety. The matches, are less enticing and more repetitive, and sometimes chaotic when there's more than 2 brawlers on the ring.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Nov 22, 2011
    10
    The weak/strong grapple system from the past games has been removed. Characters now perform different moves based on their opponent's currentThe weak/strong grapple system from the past games has been removed. Characters now perform different moves based on their opponent's current physical state. Players now have a window of opportunity to attack while still in a downed state and can also interrupt moves and Royal Rumble eliminations with attacks. Similarly, the pinning meter from the past games has been reworked to make it more difficult to kick out as a wrestler takes more damage. The game's artificial intelligence has also been adjusted to prevent players from overusing the same move. In addition, the ability to store finishing moves has returned. A new feature called "Dynamic Comebacks" will give players on the verge of losing the opportunity to successfully hit a combination of moves to gain two finishing moves. New "wake up taunts" bring a downed opponent to their feet for a finishing move (such as Randy Orton pounding on the ground before his RKO finishing maneuver).[1] Players also have the ability to target specific limbs during matches and perform submissions through a new "Breaking Point" submission minigame Expand
  2. Nov 23, 2011
    10
    wwe 12 is finally here it's expections live up to the name wwe 12 . overall this game is a 10/10 but they need to improve the reversal system.wwe 12 is finally here it's expections live up to the name wwe 12 . overall this game is a 10/10 but they need to improve the reversal system. the new create a arena is really cool it feels like you didn't make it was all ready in the game. the new predator technology has really stepped up the wwe franchise. the wake up taunts are really dramatic it brings more realism to the game. the comeback system is a really helpful mechanic when you are taking a beating, if you successfully do the comeback you can pull a victory out of no where. universe mode 2.0 takes wwe game close to real life simulation. this game is a must buy for any wwe fan history is being made here peolpe if you smell what i"m cooking. Expand
  3. Nov 29, 2011
    8
    I originally reviewed this game as 6, but as it was a gift I forced myself to play it more and it's really grown on me. I think to trulyI originally reviewed this game as 6, but as it was a gift I forced myself to play it more and it's really grown on me. I think to truly appreciate this game you need to go into it very aware that it isn't the reboot to the series we've been waiting for. But just like with the Fifa series, although the improvements aren't apparent right off the bat, you'll have trouble ever going back and playing the other ones. The new body part targetting system is a great start and I hope they build on this adding more moves to it in future, but it does add extra to the strategy of trying to make your opponent submit, and the reversal system is much better than it has been in years, making for really interesting player vs player matches. The AI seems far more intelligent, if you're in a 3 on 1 situation in a Elimination chamber he'll try to avoid you until his friends come. The new comeback mechanism is good, and the WWE Universe mode just keep getting better and better. Also the targeting system has improved, it's still not flawless but you generally aims for whomever you point the control stick at.

    Obviously due to how rapid they fire out these games, testing has been fairly poor as usual so their a few glitches here and there, but there's no more than usual.
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  4. Jun 19, 2013
    7
    There is a big difference between this game and another wrestling game from 6 years ago. I loved the wrestling games, they where one of myThere is a big difference between this game and another wrestling game from 6 years ago. I loved the wrestling games, they where one of my favorite games on the ps2 and the controls where simple and enjoyable, but now they decided to make it harder. The counters are really hard to do but yes, there was a lot of new and good things but in overall this game was not as good as i expected it would be. The creator mode is awesome but there was some lack of variety of matches and i liked the older story mode and the general manager mode. I must give a 6 because of it's glitches and technical problems and also the lack of fun that the previous games offered like (WWE 2007). But i must say the wrestlers graphics where great! Expand
  5. Oct 19, 2014
    6
    WWE '12 is the next iteration in this wrestling series with Smackdown vs Raw being no more as the brands unite for a new experience in thisWWE '12 is the next iteration in this wrestling series with Smackdown vs Raw being no more as the brands unite for a new experience in this installation of the franchise. Expand
  6. Apr 28, 2013
    5
    The roster here is great, even if there are a few names like Chris Jericho absent from the game (for now, at least). But the PredatorThe roster here is great, even if there are a few names like Chris Jericho absent from the game (for now, at least). But the Predator technology used to revamp the gameplay is the selling point, as it makes matches so much better than the SvR series. Fans of the n64's No Mercy should enjoy WWE '12. The only downside is the story mode is kinda "meh," but other than that, I have no complaints. Well...besides Randy Orton being on the cover (he's boring). Expand
  7. Dec 2, 2011
    1
    Less of a revamp, more of an incorporation of features that they removed from SvR2006. The game out of the box is glitchy and bug ridden. TheLess of a revamp, more of an incorporation of features that they removed from SvR2006. The game out of the box is glitchy and bug ridden. The creation suite while expansive, is evidently stagnant in many aspects, despite the new CAA addition. Many major moves from the past were removed in favor of 20 different variations of the punches and toe kicks your favorite superstar does, all of which appear slightly different at most. Hit detection is still consistently non existent at times. AI's difficulty is still adjusted by the amount of reversals they do, rather than the in-ring psychology that they possess. The roster, while standard fare, is less impressive since they revealed the DLC characters already, indicating that it's likely the characters are already on the disc, and can be unlocked through a purchase code. RTW mania mode was fun, but the lack of storyline options compared to years before was simply stupid. Not everyone wants to play as Sheamus or Triple H. Many have praised the game being a markedly improved product compared to years past. That's not saying much really, as every Smackdown since SvR2006 have regressed through "innovations" that were poorly executed, most likely due to the poor direction of the project managers. Cory Ledesma and Bryan Williams better thank their lucky stars that they have the WWE brand to work with, and the audience they need to satisfy are easy to please kids who only cares that they have 50 different versions of each and every single one of Cena's moves in his rather limited arsenal. To say that WWE 12 would better serve as a coaster for your cup would be doing your cup injustice. Thank goodness for ebay, as someone was willing to buy into the hype and take the game off of my hands. I get to screw THQ and Gamestop in one transaction! Expand

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