WWE SmackDown! vs Raw 2008 lets players bring the fight
into their own living room with the debut of Superstar Fighting
Styles. The game features eight unique styles, each having
its own strategy and exclusive attributes. A brand new Struggle
Submission System gives players intuitive and natural control
over their WWE Superstars by using the analogue controls.
Realism and strategy are at the forefront, as players now
control the amount of pressure they apply to their opponents.
In addition, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2008 features a
significant Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) presence,
including a variety of Superstars, arenas and weapons. The
game is also packed with significant updates requested by
fans, including new rosters, more environmental hotspots,
a combined Season and General Manager Mode experience, improved
out-of-ring action, enhanced online community support and
of the WWE SmackDown! vs Raw franchise might think
they know it all when it comes to these games, but THQ has
included quite a few additional variants to the game to make
it necessary for fans to sit through a few short video tutorials
in order to ensure that they can pull off the new functions
fans have come to expect, the graphics are pretty impressive,
with everyone's favourite WWE stars looking as realistic as
is possible for a console game.
load times are a bit of a pain. Before you can get into a
match, you'll have to endure loads for each character's entrance
and then again before the match starts proper. I found myself
sitting there twiddling my thumbs as the game slowly loaded
up the next match. Although, there are some superstar trivia
and stats that pop up on the screen to make the waiting process
a little less painful.
of the things I moaned about with last
year's offering was the poor commentary. While
the new offering is far from perfect, it's a lot better than
last year's and is actually quite amusing.
the technical side many improvements have been made on the
gameplay side of things, but in addition the animation have
been overhauled and you can now run in any direction in and
outside of the ring.
a new single player mode called 24/7. This is quite a lot
more in depth than the previous year's Season and General
Manager modes and allows you to play mini-game, invade other
shows and attend autograph signings all in a bid to become
a true superstar of the sport.
this is another enjoyable offering from the WWE stable, I
couldn't help think that unless you're really into wresting
games in a big way, there probably isn't enough here to justify
this if you already have the 2007 release. But if you are
a hard-core fan you'll need to get hold of this.
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