One of the really great things that they brought back in Road to WrestleMania and in the quick matches are the backstage area as an actual match location. The nice thing about this is that it returns an element of realism from the actual product. However, there are some very obvious flaws with it, the main one being the navigation in Road to WrestleMania mode. It takes a long time to get around from one side of the backstage area to another. Additionally, some of the areas are active and let you throw people into them during matches but at other times people will simply stop running in a location. It is very frustrating trying to get around.
This is a franchise that has been around for a long time and will continue to be a strong seller as long as there are wrestling fans, but it is now long overdue for a complete update as opposed to tweaking elements here and there. It is still an enjoyable game and there are a lot of people who will have a good time playing it, I just hope that THQ will finally take the initiative and update this game like it deserves.
WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB for Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence. This game can also be found on: PS2, PSP, Wii, and Xbox 360.