Smackdown vs. Raw 2011: Early thoughts

There’s something special about October for your Masked Marvel.  The weather cools off, the leaves turn, and Halloween makes me long for the days when I could dress up for complete strangers’ candy.  But there’s another annual tradition that makes me eagerly await each October.  No, it’s not Bound for Glory.  It’s the annual version of THQ’s Smackdown vs. Raw series.

I’ve been playing the Smackdown series since the very first one came out for the PS1 back in 1999.  It was in those days that I led D’Lo Brown to achieve his destiny by capturing the WWF Championship from the Undertaker…at WrestleMania no less.  Since that ridiculous beginning, I’ve played each and every version of the game, from the highs (Here Comes the Pain) to the lows (Just Bring It).  All of the 1/8th Nelson contributors have created Superstars on my system for when they fail miserably in their attempts to curb my dominance.  (Technically, manof1004gimmicks can beat me…but I don’t count it.)

So yesterday, on my way home from work, I stopped by my local Best Buy and picked up my reserve copy (done so to get Bret Hart unlocked for free).  I didn’t do much else yesterday evening.  My early thoughts on it after the jump.

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