I've just started playing this game, but I have run into a few big issues so far. As someone who bought the playstation years ago just to play this game, I have a lot of experience w/ this title. They usually expound upon last years game adding a few details and making it look and play better. This year's game has a lot of differences in the basic game play and look. The characters look bigger and they and the backgrounds do not look that good for the ps3. I'm used to better graphics and last years looked better IMO. They got rid of the strong grapples (used by holding the R1 button and pointing the left stick in a direction) as we know them and replaced them w/ groggy grapples. What makes someone go into a groggy state allowing you to perform these grapples is not always clear. I found myself becoming groggy (wobbling in the ring vulnerable for a groggy grapple or strong strike) for no reason in matches. The move set of the characters is bothering me most. They cut out a lot of moves and have the wrestlers move sets consisting of very few moves compared to last incarnations. I found myself trying to plug in moves for the wrestlers from memory so as to not be doing the same maneuver over and over. If I'm not clear then I'll elaborate. When you move the stick up, down, right, or left for a grapple you initiate a chain grapple. You are holding an opponent in a hold and then have a choice of 4 maneuvers from these positions. Up, down, right or left will then give you different moves IF you have different moves plugged in to their move set. Most wrestlers have the same move for up, down, left, and right instead of different moves like in the past. This bored due to pulling off the same moves over and over.
The game feels choppier than last years. The constant reversing of moves back and forth is irritating and unlike WWE matches we all watch on TV. Last years game was much better. One good thing, this years game you can lose at matches as opposed to last years.