||For the past couple of years, I've been reviewing SmackDown games, a franchise I've never denied being a fan of and never shied away from being incredibly tough on. Two years ago, I said the game was good by giving it a 7.5, and a year later I said the title had made just a bit of progress and gave it a 7.8...As someone who has been buying these titles since they debuted on the PSone, I'm thrilled to sit here today and tell you that WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 isn't good -- it's great. For a while now, the THQ franchise has been putting pieces of greatness in every game -- Road to WrestleMania, the Highlight Reel, etc. -- but they've never come together. This year, enough pieces come together to get the most jaded fan off the couch and into the squared circle...While I'm mentioning Create-A-Superstar, it's worth noting that the entire feature has been overhauled. THQ went in and put an emphasis on creating 3D models for all the clothing and parts you can pick so that the finished products have a chance at standing up to the real Superstars and not looking completely fake. The final result is a bit of a mixed bag. Hands down, the characters look more realistic than ever, but there are some nagging issues...In the Shawn Michaels storyline, there's a goal that challenges HBK to bust open Jericho to prove he still has fight left in him. Slamming Y2J's head into the exposed turnbuckle and watching the blood get worse and worse with every slam was one of the coolest close-ups I've seen in a videogame wrestling match...For years, SVR fans have been lobbing complaints at THQ and ranting about how to make the franchise better. Although WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 stills stumbles -- CAS can seem limited, clipping is still an issue, CAF isn't that different, only 10 CAS appearances in a story is weak, etc. -- the whole of the game is great. The gameplay tweaks are welcome and make the experience feel fresh, the presentation is straight from TV, the load times are better than ever, the Road to WrestleMania is still great, you can create your own logos, and the ability to share your stories and characters is invaluable...WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 might not be the greatest wrestling game of all time, but it's definitely the best the world's seen in years.