This year, WWE ’12 is pumping all its energy into the new “Predator Technology,” which allows the animations of the wrestlers and the gameplay, to be a much smoother experience.
Because of this technology, the character models have been improved, though looking on the THQ blog, I have to say I think the SVR 2011 models look better. These ones have weird eyes...
The ring ropes that stayed still last year now react to every move you do in the ring whether it be a suplex or an elbow, those ropes will shake! This is a small change but a welcome one as it adds to the dynamic presentation of this year’s game.
The animations are a lot better this year though due to this technology, as moves flow seamlessly, avoiding the warp issue that has plagued the former series for years. It is the finishing moves that will apparently highlight what a difference a year makes as both characters will now set up the move realistically, adding to the authenticity of the whole game.
Limb targeting also features now allowing the player to focus on one extremity to wear their opponent down, giving them trouble later on in the match when they are hobbling round the ring.
The wake-up taunt is how this will be achieved, as it provokes a small cut scene showing the offensive wrestler setting up his finishing manoeuvre, stalking the other character realistically as he wakes up dazed to find himself on the end of a Stunner or an RKO. This allows for a more tactical approach to the gameplay, giving the player more control.
If you are more of a submission specialist then the new Predator Technology has you covered there as well—with a new Breaking Point system. It isn’t technically new though as button mashing has been around for decades.
The final addition to the game brought by Predator Technology is the comeback moment. Only available once in a match, it can be used when one is on the verge of losing and it seamlessly shifts momentum from one wrestler to another.
With a lot of new features brought about by this new technology, one has to assume the series is going in a completely different direction to its predecessors.