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Welcome to Morning Hangover -- an excellent way to start your day with the crew at TheFeed...no matter what you're recovering from. Every morning you'll hear musings from our editors and have the chance to share your thoughts on what's going on in the gaming world.

WWE Superstar Ted DiBiase Talks Nintendo And SmackDown Vs. Raw 2010

Sterling McGarvey: It’s been a while since I’ve strapped on the virtual boots and stepped into the squared circle. But as fate would have it, I’m playing Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 for review this week. Admittedly, I don’t keep up with wrestling as much as I did in years past. That said, I played a few hours of Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 last year just for the sake of keeping up with gameplay advancements, although I haven’t really dug too deeply into the series since Smackdown vs. Raw 2007, the last wrestling game I reviewed.

I won’t give away too much prior to the review, but I’m really impressed with some of the presentation elements. I’m also a fan of THQ’s EA-inspired approach to practicing the basics. The idea is that when the game starts, you’re immediately thrust into a training ring, where you can start suplexing and atomic-dropping to your heart’s content. It’s good for players like me who remember the grapple system -- thanks to the N64, I’ll always favor a solid grappling system to anything else a developer throws at me -- but can’t remember all of the subtle transformations year after year. SVR 10’s approach feels natural to a guy who likes kicking a soccer ball around the virtual FIFA pitch or shooting three-pointers on the virtual court.

But as I saved my game and went to bed a few nights ago, I found myself wondering the same question that irked me years and years prior: how do you categorize wrestling games? I get really annoyed when people who don’t get pro wrestling refer to them as fighting games, because intrinsically, they’re not. Yet at the same time, the systems and counter-attack mechanics are more unique than what you find in the average sports game.

What do you think? For the record, I’m pro-“sports game.”

 

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Patrick Klepek: Right now, I have Machinarium (seen above) and Tales of Monkey Island: Lair of the Leviathan on my computer and Beneath A Steel Sky: Remastered on my iPhone. As someone who's always had a thing for adventure games (even if I have a bad habit of resorting to walkthroughts...), this seemingly sudden adventure games renaissance is one that I'm embracing with open arms. There's a good chance you haven't heard of Machinarium, though. Please, check out the game's website. It's a homegrown, beautifully drawn indie adventure game. They deserve your support.

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