Monday, January 25, 2010

TEW 2010 Released Today

This has nothing to do with WoW, but the latest edition of the highly addictive professional wrestling booking simulator called Total Extreme Wrestling 2010 will be released at some point today by Grey Dog Software.

Needless to say, I'm quite excited! As a long-time supporter of the series, and having played the free Demo that was available this week, I'm chomping at the bit to get deeper into the new version past the one month you get in the Demo.

If you've never heard about the game before, it has roots dating back to 1995's Extreme Warfare and it has constantly been evolving ever since.

This isn't a fighting game in the Fighter Hayabusa vs. King Slender mold. At the beginning of the game you become the Head Booker of a promotion (or you can choose to start unemployed), and you try to lead that promotion to be the number one wrestling organization in the world. There is a fantastic fictional database included with the game called the CornellVerse (C-Verse, CVerse) and features promotions and workers from around the globe.

It can be a little daunting at first entering the default data for the first time, just like anything else unknown. And if you want to make an informed decision about which fed to start with it's probably going to take some quality time to read each of the worker and fed bios, not to mention checking the skillset for the workers to know their individual strengths and weaknesses. So if you can't read, or are unwilling to, this may not be the sim for you.

But that said, there's always a workaround. If playing with fictional characters isn't your thing you can check out the mods forum on the Grey Dog site. The TEW community is quite vibrant and active, and real world mods are often released by forum members relatively quickly after the new version of the game is released.

Of course, you don't have to take over a promotion right away. As mentioned above you can start unemployed and watch the game world evolve before entering. If you do go that route you likely won't be able to be hired by the biggest, most powerful feds, but it does give you a nice chance to simply sit back and see exactly how the AI books, and which workers they decide to push, sign, or release.

One of the best things about the game is that it's highly customizable. And even moreso in TEW2010. You can do everything you can possibly think of from creating your own database (which would give your universe only the feds and workers that you specify) to simply creating one new wrestler to drop down in the middle of the C-Verse to see how he/she fares. And everything in between. From storylines, to angles, to titles, everything is under your domain and can be edited. Not to mention all of the new in-game options available in 2010 which you can read about on their site.

FYI, in addition to other games, they have a very solid MMA simulator called WMMA2 which you can see also see on the main Grey Dog site.

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